5 militants killed in E. Afghanistan

GHAZNI (Afghanistan), Feb 22 (NNN-Xinhua) — Five militants were confirmed dead as government fighting aircraft pounded a Taliban hideout in Qarabagh district of the eastern Ghazni province on Thursday, provincial government spokesman Aref Nuri said Friday. Acting upon intelligence report, the fighting aircraft targeted the hideout in Qabarga area of the district on Thursday evening, […]

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14 killed after consuming spurious liquor in India’s northeast

NEW DELHI, Feb 22 (NNN-Xinhua) — At least 14 people including eight women were killed and 13 others taken ill after consuming spurious liquor in India’s northeastern state of Assam, police said Friday. The hooch was consumed by people on Thursday evening at Halmira tea estate in Golaghat district, about 275 km east of Dispur, […]

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Vietnam tightens security at border station ahead of Kim Jong Un visit

HANOI, Feb 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Vietnamese police have stepped up security at a remote rail station on the Chinese border where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to enter the country by train next week ahead of a summit with US President Donald Trump. Vietnam is preparing for Kim to arrive by train for […]

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Sri Lanka sends bone fragments from mass grave for US analysis

COLOMBO, Feb 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Bone fragments from one of the biggest mass graves found in Sri Lanka since its civil war ended nearly a decade ago have been sent to the US for analysis, officials said. The remains of dozens of men, women and children were found at the site in the northern Mannar […]

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Vanuatu to ban disposable diapers in bid to reduce pollution

PORT VILA, Feb 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The Pacific nation of Vanuatu has announced plans to ban disposable diapers in a move it says will significantly reduce pollution. Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu announced the ban at a conference in Port Vila, saying plastic cutlery, polystyrene cups, plastic drinks stirrers and types of food packaging would also […]

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2,600 foreign reporters register to cover US-North Korea Summit in Vietnam

HANOI, Feb 22 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Some 2,600 foreign reporters have registered to cover the second summit between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) here scheduled for Feb 27-28, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung. Trung told the press on Thursday that they have just […]

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Supported by Thailand and Japan, Kazakhstan Makes a Strong Pitch for Universal Healthcare in New York

By Manik Mehta New York, Feb 22 (NNN-BERNAMA) — As a country that has been leading the call for universal healthcare since the late 1990s, Kazakhstan made a strong pitch for universal healthcare in New York, holding an “interactive dialogue” on primary healthcare at its permanent mission to the United Nations on Thursday. Yelzhan Birtanov, […]

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Trump and Kim to have one-on-one meeting at Vietnam summit

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) — US President Donald Trump will have a one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong during their summit in Vietnam next week, a US official said. The two leaders, who met for the first time in Singapore last June, are due to hold talks in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on […]

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Australian who rammed and killed 6 pedestrians jailed for life

SYDNEY, Feb 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) — An Australian man who drove a car into dozens of pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Melbourne in 2017, killing six, has been jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 46 years, the Victorian state Supreme Court said. James Gargasoulas, 29, was handed a life sentence […]

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Myanmar: State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi expected at U.N. in Geneva next week

GENEVA, Feb 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been criticized by the West over the government’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims and other human rights concerns, is scheduled to speak at the United Nations in Geneva next week, a U.N. official said. Her itinerary has not been made public […]

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