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Maldives lifts state of emergency

Maldives lifts state of emergency

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen lifted a 45-day state of emergency on Thursday, a day after senior political opponents were charged with trying to topple him last month.

Afghanistan's Ghani offers peace talks with Taliban ‘without condition’

Afghanistan's Ghani offers peace talks with Taliban ‘without condition’

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of Taliban insurgents as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that could lead to talks ...

Vietnam jails 15 for foiled airport 'terror' attack

Vietnam jails 15 for foiled airport 'terror' attack

Vietnam jailed 15 people on Wednesday for a foiled terrorism plot to detonate petrol bombs at the country's busiest airport ahead of a national holiday, state media reported.

Afghan political crisis deepens as ousted governor refuses to go

Afghan political crisis deepens as ousted governor refuses to go

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's bid to oust one of the country's most powerful provincial governors has run into strong resistance that has deepened political uncertainty just as Washington ...

Afghanistan political turmoil deepens as regional leader ousted

Afghanistan political turmoil deepens as regional leader ousted

One of the main parties behind Afghanistan's Western-backed government warned President Ashraf Ghani that it could withdraw its support unless he reversed the dismissal ...

Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race

Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race

President Nicolas Maduro has set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party as predicted dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a crumbling opposition.

Russia's Putin says to seek new presidential term in 2018

Russia's Putin says to seek new presidential term in 2018

President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday he would seek re-election in March 2018, a contest opinion polls show he will win comfortably, setting the stage for him to extend his dominance ...

Merkel fourth term in doubt as German coalition talks fail

Merkel fourth term in doubt as German coalition talks fail

Efforts to form a three-way coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, pitching Germany into its worse political crisis for decades ...

Suicide attack outside Kabul wedding hall, nine dead: officials

Suicide attack outside Kabul wedding hall, nine dead: officials

A suicide attacker blew himself up outside a wedding hall in Kabul killing at least nine people, officials said Thursday, in an apparent attempt to strike a political gathering under way inside.

Iranian political activist shot dead in Netherlands

Iranian political activist shot dead in Netherlands

A political activist who founded an Arab nationalist group seeking an independent state inside Iran was shot dead in the Netherlands, police said on Thursday.

Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif returns to face trial

Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif returns to face trial

Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned home on Thursday to face trial in an anti-corruption case he calls political revenge but opposition leaders have termed as accountability for the rich and powerful.

Politics should not affect cultural events: Minister

Politics should not affect cultural events: Minister

Cultural activities should not be linked to political differences, HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali has stressed.