Turkey likely to host Afghan peace meeting

ANKARA: The administration of US President Joe Biden will ask Turkey to host a senior-level meeting between Taliban and Afghan officials in coming weeks to finalize a peace agreement, according to ToloNews, an Afghan news outlet. It was quoting from an official letter it published on Sunday

Train derails killing 1, injuring 40 in southern Pakistan

Eight cars of a Lahore bound train derailed in southern Pakistan early Sunday, killing at least one passenger and injuring 40 others, officials said.The accident took place between the Rohri and Sangi stations in southern Sindh province and caused a temporary suspension of railway traffic in both

Rouhani: Iran ready to take steps when US lifts sanctions

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday his country was prepared to take steps to live up to measures in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as soon as the United States lifts economic sanctions on Iran.In a meeting with Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, Rouhani sai

Malaysian PM arrives in Jeddah ahead of Umrah

Malaysia’s prime minister arrived in Jeddah on Saturday ahead of performing Umrah.Muhyiddin Yassin, who was photographed wearing an Ihram, was received on arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport by the the Kingdom’s ambassador to Malaysia Mahmoud Qattan.He was also greeted by t

Pakistani PM wins vote of confidence amidst opposition protest, boycott

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan won a vote of confidence from parliament on Saturday in a session marked by opposition boycott and protest.Khan was able to secure 178 votes, against the 172 required to win confidence, the speaker of the house announced.Khan had himself volunteered to seek parl

Taliban leaders, US envoy meet in Doha

Washington’s special envoy to Afghanistan met with the Taliban in Qatar, the insurgents said Saturday, as efforts intensify to revive a peace process faced with mounting violence and a US troop withdrawal deadline.The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, held talks earlier this week with Afgha

Iran condemns the statement of the Arab League meeting

Today, Friday, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the statement of the Arab League meeting, saying that what was stated in it regarding Iran are "baseless allegations and accusations." "The statement of the Arab League is provocative and will only lead to the continuation of the cu

Erdogan stresses the importance of the new Libyan government starting its duties as soon as it is granted confidence

Today, Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the priority for the new Libyan government to perform its duties as soon as it is granted confidence. This came during a video chat with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which he discussed bilateral relations and regional issues, i

Female doctor killed in eastern Afghanistan after murder of media workers

Afghanistan: A female doctor was killed in a bomb blast in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in what appeared to be another targeted hit, officials said Thursday, just days after three women media workers were gunned down in the area.Journalists, religious scholars, activists and judges have al

Nine Turkish soldiers killed in helicopter crash

ISTANBUL: Nine Turkish soldiers were killed and four others wounded when their military helicopter crashed in the southeast of the country on Thursday, the defence ministry said.Television images from the crash site showed the ground blanketed in snow and visibility hampered by thick clouds i

Three female media workers shot dead in Afghanistan

Three women who worked at a local television station in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad were shot dead on Tuesday afternoon while on their way home from work. A fourth woman was critically injured. The women, all in their early twenties, held positions in the dubbing department at E

Pakistan Senate election kicks off as Imran Khan’s ruling party looks for majority

The ruling party of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his political allies will seek to wrest control of Pakistan’s Senate from opposition parties on Wednesday in indirect elections to 37 seats in the 104-member upper house of the country’s parliament.Though his party won the 2018 general

Turkey’s reopening relieves restaurants but worries doctors

ISTANBUL: Turkish restaurants reopened and many children returned to school on Tuesday after the government announced steps to ease COVID-19 curbs even as cases edged higher, raising concerns in the top medical association.On Monday evening, President Tayyip Erdogan lifted weekend lockdowns in low

Nigerian governor says 279 kidnapped schoolgirls are freed

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last week from a boarding school in the northwestern Zamfara state have been released, the state’s governor said on Tuesday. Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle announced that 279 girls have been freed. Gunmen abducted the girls from the Governm

Erdogan: We will begin the stage of returning to normal life in a good way

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country will begin the stage of returning life to normal in a disciplined manner. The Turkish president said that Ankara will lift general isolation measures during weekends in low and medium-risk cities, and restrictions will be limited t

US Afghanistan peace envoy travels to meet Taliban representatives amid surge in violence

The US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad held discussions on Monday with a senior Afghan official in Kabul over ways to accelerate the peace process, before heading to Qatar, where negotiations with Taliban representatives are ongoing. Mr Khalilzad's arrival marks the first time he ha

Freeing more than 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria from bandits

Today, the Nigerian newspaper Vanguard said, 317 schoolgirls, who were kidnapped by a group of bandits, were released on February 26th in northern Nigeria. The newspaper pointed out that the girls are now on their way to the city of Gosau, the administrative center of Zamfara State. The newspape

Iran health ministry says virus deaths cross 60,000 mark

Iran's health ministry said the country's coronavirus fatalities broke the 60,000 mark on Sunday, as the Islamic republic battles the Middle East's worst outbreak of the illness."Sadly in the past 24 hours, 93 people lost their lives to Covid-19, and total deaths from this disease reached 60,073,"