Kazakhstan’s Former National Security Chief Detained For Treason Amid Unrest

NUR-SULTAN – Karim Masimov, former chairman of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan, has been detained on suspicion of high treason, the committee announced yesterday.   Masimov and unnamed others were placed in a temporary detention centre on Thursday, and the committee has launched a pre-trial investigation, it said in a statement, on its website. […]

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China, Maldives On Shared Path To Hope, Prosperity, Happiness: Wang Yi

MALE – Visiting Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, said here yesterday that, China-Maldives relations, through 50 years of joint efforts, have become a model of friendly exchanges and win-win cooperation.   Wang told a joint press conference with Maldivian Foreign Minister, Abdulla Shahid, that China, as an all-round friendly and cooperative partner, […]

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Update: Death Toll Of Tourists Stuck By Snow In North Pakistan Rises To 22

ISLAMABAD – At least 22 tourists died in freezing temperatures, after being stranded in heavy snow, in Pakistan’s northern Murree city, police sources said.   All the bodies have been recovered by civil and military rescue teams and shifted to Army Schools of Logistics in the city, sources from the Murree police said.   Interior […]

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UN Women sets the theme for 2022 International Women’s Day

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Women have set the theme for International Women’s Day, as “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow,” which will be marked by a high-level virtual event on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.   The Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly, the Chair of the Commission […]

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Vietnam Reports 16,553 New COVID-19 Cases

HANOI – Vietnam reported 16,553 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, including 16,513 locally transmitted and 40 imported, according to its Ministry of Health.   The Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, remained the locality with the highest number of infections yesterday, with 2,791 cases, followed by central Khanh Hoa province with 798 cases and northern Hai Phong city with […]

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Myanmar To Further Extend Ceasefire Period Until End Of 2022

YANGON– Myanmar’s military, planned to further extend its ceasefire with ethnic armed groups until the end of 2022, according to a joint statement, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs late Friday.   Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, chairman of the State Administration Council and commander-in-chief of Defence Services, announced the move during a meeting […]

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Iran Says Disputes “Decreasing” In Vienna Talks

TEHRAN – Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, said yesterday that, the disputes, or so-called “open parenthesis,” are decreasing in the ongoing Vienna talks.   Bagheri Kani made the remarks, at the end of meetings between representatives of Iran and other remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, before leaving the Coburg Hotel in […]

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Djokovic Detention Draws Focus to Australia’s Asylum-Seekers

Novak Djokovic spent a fourth day on Sunday among the unwilling occupants of Melbourne’s Park Hotel.   The tennis superstar is awaiting court proceedings on Monday that will determine whether he can defend his Australian Open title or whether he will be deported – and the world has shown keen interest in his temporary accommodation. […]

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