More than 100 members of Afghan security forces were killed when armed Taliban fighters attacked a military base and police training centre outside Kabul on Monday, a senior defence ministry official has said. "We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training centre," the official, speaking on condition of…
By most normal standards, an economic slowdown like the one Beijing announced on Monday should have set off alarm bells on financial markets. China said its gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 6.6 percent last year. The last time it recorded such a slow growth rate was in 1990. Back then, it was the world's…
The United States has no plan for Syria as it proceeds with President Donald Trump's order to pull troops out of the country, Washington's former anti-ISIL envoy, who quit in protest against the withdrawal, said. Brett McGurk, who was the envoy to the US-led global coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant…
A government scheme designed to allow European citizens to continue living in the UK after Brexit was launched in public test phase on Monday, amid warnings that it could leave tens of thousands of people undocumented in years to come. The 3.5 million citizens of the EU's 27 countries residing in the UK must go…
London - In 1999, Mike Lupton-Christian from Yorkshire, England - was made redundant and decided to move more than 14,000km away to his wife's homeland of the Pitcairn islands - a tiny South Pacific outcrop between New Zealand and Chile. "It was either look for another job in England or emigrate to a tropical paradise,"…
Kyiv, Ukraine - "It wasn't a search, it was a sacrilege," Father Anatoly Kaplyuk said, describing how police and intelligence officers interrupted service in his church in the northern Ukrainian town of Ovruch. In early December, they entered the building that belongs to Moscow-affiliated Orthodox Church, one of Ukraine's largest religious groups, to look for…
Manila, Philippines - Nearly three million Filipinos from the country's Muslim-majority southern region are set to decide on a new law which would place them under a substantially more autonomous regional government. Monday's plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law could make or break the decades-old peace process between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation…
Nyeri, Kenya - As the early morning fog gave way to bright sunshine, residents of Majengo in the town of Nyeri in central Kenya, stepped gingerly out of their homes. Most were quiet and appeared uneasy as groups of young students in uniform rushed to get to school. The day before, the community found out…
Beirut, Lebanon - Arab leaders have agreed a 29-item economic agenda in addition to encouraging the safe return of Syrian refugees to their homeland at the conclusion of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit. The 20 countries taking part in the summit issued a joint statement called the Beirut Declaration on Sunday, calling for the establishment of an…
Nationwide protests have been taking place in Sudan almost every day for a month. They are the longest in decades and the most significant in the country's recent history. The demonstrations were prompted by a rise in bread and fuel prices. But the protesters quickly turned their attention to other issues and are now demanding…
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