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Hassan Rouhani vs Ebrahim Raisi: Long queues as Iranians start voting in Presidential Election
Hassan Rouhani vs Ebrahim Raisi: Long queues as Iranians start voting in Presidential Election

President Hassan Rouhani faces stiff competition from hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who has positioned himself as a defender of the poor.

Japan Cabinet approves bill to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate

 Japan`s cabinet approved a bill on Friday that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down.

New China-made attack chopper makes maiden flight

The China-made attack helicopter Z-19E made its deput flight from the Harbin airport yesterday marking a major step towards the country's entry into the global market for combative choppers.

Chinese SU-30 aircraft intercept US radiation-sniffing plane
Chinese SU-30 aircraft intercept US radiation-sniffing plane

China is deeply suspicious of any US military activity in the resource-rich South China Sea.

Boko Haram traps starving people in Nigeria, UN warns

Two million people are teetering on the brink of famine in northeastern Nigeria but efforts to reach some are being thwarted by Boko Haram jihadists, the UN`s food agency said Thursday.

Polls suggest parliamentary majority within reach for French President Emmanuel Macron

A parliamentary majority looks to be within reach for centrist French President Emmanuel Macron in next month`s parliamentary elections.

Turkey ready to retaliate against any threats from Syrian Kurdish forces, warns Erdogan
Turkey ready to retaliate against any threats from Syrian Kurdish forces, warns Erdogan

Turkey is ready to retaliate if it faces a threat from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and will not shirk from launching a military campaign if need be, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

One killed as car hits people at Times Square; Donald Trump informed

A car plowed into pedestrians at the busy tourist destination Times Square in New York on Thursday, killing one person and leaving 12 others injured, authorities said.

Libya asks Italy to arm migrant patrol boats

Libya on Thursday asked Italy to arm the patrol boats it uses in the fight against illegal immigration across the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe.

NATO chief rules out combat role against Islamic State

NATO's chief says members are discussing whether to join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group but insists the alliance will not deploy combat troops.

Donald Trump administration must engage early with India: Expert
Donald Trump administration must engage early with India: Expert

The Donald Trump administration must actively work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on developing a common strategic view of the US-India relations.

Donald Trump decries Russia probe as greatest witch hunt in US history
Donald Trump decries Russia probe as greatest witch hunt in US history

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted the probe into whether his team colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in his favor as the "greatest witch hunt" in US history.

Donald Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions: Seoul
Donald Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions: Seoul

U.S. President Donald Trump told South Korea`s presidential envoy that Washington was willing to try to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through engagement, but under the right conditions, South Korea`s foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Vladimir Putin holds first phone call with France`s Macron: Kremlin
Vladimir Putin holds first phone call with France`s Macron: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and new French leader Emmanuel Macron discussed boosting poor ties between Paris and Moscow in their first phone conversation, the Kremlin said Thursday.

United Nations says struggling to cope with Mosul exodus

The exodus of civilians from the battleground city of Mosul has reached an unprecedented level, leaving aid agencies struggling to cope, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq said today.

Islamic State kills more than 50 in central Syria attack: Monitor

The Islamic State group killed more than 50 people in an attack on two government-held villages in central Syria`s Hama province on Thursday.

Ukraine delays vote on religious bill outraging Russia

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday postponed a vote on a religious bill that has outraged Russia because it suggests imposing severe restrictions on the branch of the Orthodox Church headed by the Moscow patriarchate.

Nepal Parliament prorogued, fate of second phase poll unknown

Nepal's House Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar on Thursday prorogued Parliament, leaving the fate of the second phase of local body polls unknown and undecided.

 

Turkey hit back at German to pull its troops out of a key NATO base

Relations between Turkey and German plunged after Turkey imprisoned Deniz Yucel.

49 killed during Syria clashes

SOHR reported 17 security personnel and 32 IS extremists are killed in the clashes between Syrian force and militants. 

Iran condemns new US missile sanctions: Spokesman

Iran criticised new US sanctions on its missile programme today, saying they would undermine the nuclear deal with world powers.

Australia to repatriate non-refugee asylum seekers

Australian authorities will repatriate asylum-seekers who are found not to be refugees in the Manus Island detention centre this year, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed on Thursday.

South Korea, Japan seek to lower tensions over `comfort women`

Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with a senior South Korean envoy on Thursday, as the two countries try to lower tensions over Tokyo`s wartime use of "comfort women".

Iran condemns new US missile sanctions

Iran denies ever seeking nuclear weapons.

Pakistan's government rejects Pervez Musharraf's conditions to face trial

Pervez Musharraf filed an application before the special court on May 5 in which he expressed willingness to face the trial under military protection.

Pakistan hangs four more terrorists convicted by military courts

Military courts were restored in March for another two years after their initial two-year term expired in January.

South Korea prepares for summit with United States

South Korea`s foreign ministry said on Thursday preparations have begun for a summit meeting with the United States slated for late June, as both countries aim to strengthen ties in the face of North Korea`s weapons development.

Philippines declines aid from Europe to assert independence

The Philippines is willing to forego about EUR 250 million worth of grants to prevent the EU from meddling in its internal affairs.

Four Indonesian soldiers killed in South China Sea training

Indonesia maintains it has no maritime disputes with China in the South China Sea, unlike other Asian nations, and does not contest ownership of reefs or islets there.