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China`s sea militarisation `very troubling`: Philippine defence chie

China`s militarisation of the South China Sea is "very troubling" and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines` defence secretary said on Tuesday.

Allegations of Russian cyber attacks fabricated: Lavrov Allegations of Russian cyber attacks fabricated: Lavrov

Allegations of Russian cyber attacks are fabricated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises

Trump has riled Beijing by suggesting the "one China" policy could become a bargaining chip in negotiations over trade practises.

Six tourists injured in hot-air balloon crash in UAE desert

Investigators in the United Arab Emirates are looking into what caused a hot-air balloon to abruptly drop from the sky, injuring six tourists onboard.

Syrian rebels agree to attend peace talks

Syrian rebel groups have agreed to attend peace talks in Kazakhstan, in what Russia says is a boost to its diplomatic attempts to end the nearly six-year-old civil war.

Japan pledges fresh aid to Vietnam for security, maritime

Japan pledged $1.1 billion to Vietnam Monday as part of a sprawling aid package that targets maritime and security affairs to bolster ties in the face of regional powerhouse China.

Afghan attackers 'live, recruit and operate' in Pakistan: Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa that those who recently launched attacks in Afghanistan "lived, were recruited and operated freely in Pakistan and no action was taken against them", a Presidential Palace statement said on Monday.

Syrian rebels to attend peace talks in Kazakhstan: Officials Syrian rebels to attend peace talks in Kazakhstan: Officials

Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for implementation of a widely violated ceasefire, rebel officials said on Monday, in a boost for Moscow-led diplomacy.

Narayanganj killing: 26 sentenced to death in Bangladesh Narayanganj killing: 26 sentenced to death in Bangladesh

 Twenty six people, including a former city councillor extradited from India and three senior officers from Bangladesh's elite security force, were today sentenced to death for brutal murders of seven persons in Narayanganj in 2014.

Kidnapped Red Cross staffer released in Kunduz

An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff member who was abducted last year in Kunduz province, has been released.Juan Carlos, was abducted on December 19 while traveling from the ICRC office in Kunduz to the office in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Narayanganj killings: Bangladesh court awards death to 26 convicts

A Bangladesh court sentenced 26 people, including three senior officers from the country`s elite security force, to death Monday after convicting them of murdering seven people who were abducted outside a cricket stadium.

Afghanistan's HPC blames Pakistan for failure of Taliban peace talks

Afghanistan's High Peace Council (HPC) has slammed Pakistan for its controversial role in the Afghan peace process, saying Islamabad has been the key obstruction in the way of purposeful peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group.

Turkey arrests two Uighurs over nightclub attack Turkey arrests two Uighurs over nightclub attack

Turkey has arrested two Chinese nationals of Uighur origin in connection with a mass shooting in a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Eve claimed by the Islamic State group, media reports said.

South Korean hostage released in Philippines: Govt

A South Korean captain and a Filipino crewman abducted by suspected Islamist militants off the southern Philippines were released on Saturday, authorities said, ending a three-month ordeal where they endured beatings and hunger.

Another ''mastermind'' of Dhaka cafe attack arrested

Bangladesh Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested Neo-JMB terrorist Jahangir Alam, one of the key figures behind the Gulshan café terror attack in 2016 in which over 20 people, mostly foreigners, were killed.

Palestinians turn to God, Putin against Donald Trump's US embassy move Palestinians turn to God, Putin against Donald Trump's US embassy move

Palestinians on Friday stepped up their campaign to prevent President-elect Donald Trump from carrying out his pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Syrian troops capture rebel-held village near Damascus

The Syrian army and an opposition activist group say government forces have captured a village near the capital Damascus that has witnessed intense clashes for weeks.

Iraqi forces enter Mosul University in battling Islamic State for city Iraqi forces enter Mosul University in battling Islamic State for city

Iraqi special forces entered Mosul University today in their latest advance along the eastern front as they battle Islamic State militants for control of the city, according to senior Iraqi officers.

Bashar al-Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time Bashar al-Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

A Syrian government official said accusations that government forces had used chemical weapons had "no basis in truth". 

Syria says Israeli missiles struck near military airport

Syria accused Israel of firing missiles early Friday that struck near a major military airport west of Damascus, sparking a fire, and warned Israel of repercussions without specifying whether it would retaliate for the attack.

Iraqi forces reach second Mosul bridge, enter university complex: Military

Iraqi special forces stormed the Mosul University complex in the city`s northeast on Friday and pushed Islamic State further back to reach another bridge across the Tigris river, the military said.

Pervez Musharraf files petition seeking 'foolproof security' in Pakistan Pervez Musharraf files petition seeking 'foolproof security' in Pakistan

Citing "serious security threats", Pakistan's former dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf today filed a petition in an anti-terrorism court, seeking "foolproof security" in order to be able to return to the country and appear in the judges' detention case.

Paris draft says 2-state solution best for Israel, Palestinians

In a strong message to Israel and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries are expected this weekend to reiterate their opposition to Israeli settlements and call for the establishment of a Palestinian state as "the only way" to ensure peace in the region.

Pakistan made "counterproductive" moves risking nuke war: Joe Biden Pakistan made "counterproductive" moves risking nuke war: Joe Biden

Nuclear weapons and the possibility of a terrorist obtaining nuclear material, remain among the most pressing security challenges, US Vice President Joe Biden said.

Turkey says US will be invited to fresh Syria talks

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, whose country, like Washington, backs Syria`s rebels, nonetheless insisted Thursday that US officials would be invited.