US military announces killing of senior Al Qaeda leader in a drone strike

A senior al-Qaeda leader was killed in a US drone strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday.  The strike comes two days after a base in southern Syria, used by…

Afghanistan: Suicide attack hits Kandahar mosque during prayers

More than 40 people were killed and dozens more injured after blasts tore through a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the Afghan city of Kandahar. Pictures from inside the…

Taiwan building inferno kills 46, dozens injured

AN overnight fire tore through a building in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung on Thursday, killing 46 people and injuring dozens of others in the island’s deadliest blaze in…

Under-pressure Taliban meet EU-US delegation in push for support

THE Taliban held face-to-face talks with EU and US envoys Tuesday, as the hardline Islamists pursue their diplomatic push for international support. Afghanistan’s new rulers are seeking recognition, as well…

Taliban will be judged on their actions, not just their words, says US after talks

THE United States said on Sunday the first face-to-face meeting between senior US and Taliban officials since the hardline group retook power in Afghanistan was “candid and professional” and that…

India to re-open for tourists from October 15

INDIA will re-open for tourists from October 15 after being closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government said Thursday. The country had suspended all…

Record number of China planes enter Taiwan air defence zone

Military relations with China are at their worst in 40 years, Taiwan’s defence minister has said. Chiu Kuo-cheng also warned China would be capable of mounting a full-scale invasion of…

Fumio Kishida: Japan’s new prime minister takes office

Fumio Kishida has formally taken office as Japan’s new prime minister, succeeding Yoshihide Suga who resigned after just one year in office. Mr Kishida, 64, won the race to lead…

North Korea’s Kim seeks to reopen hotline with South, but dismisses US offer of talks

NORTH Korea leader Kim Jong Un expressed his willingness to restore stalled communication lines with South Korea in early October to promote peace while shrugging off US offers for dialogue…

Afghanistan envoy withdraws from General Assembly debate: UN

AFGHANISTAN’s ambassador to the United Nations pulled out of delivering an address to world leaders at the General Assembly later Monday, a UN spokesperson said. Ghulam Isaczai, who represented president…