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South Asia

Police official Ramesh Thapa said there was no information on the Twin Otter aircraft and a search was underway. (Representational image)

Plane carrying 22 people on board, including four Indians goes missing in Nepal

The plane, which was on a 15-minute scheduled flight to the town of Jomsom, lost contact with the airport tower shortly after takeoff

The Russian foreign minister said both his country and India had agreed to keep in close touch on the situation in the strife-torn nation, pointing to the contributions that neighbours and old powerful actors in the region can make in the Afghan peace process. —  AP

Russia stresses on need for participation of Talibans in Afghanistan peace process

The exclusion of a group will not lead to implementation of peace agreement and that it is fraught with the risk of hostilities, says Lavrov

People queueing to undergo nucleic acid tests for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Guangzhou in China's southern Guangdong province. (Photo by AFP) / China OUT

Beijing locks down more people in China's 'zero-COVID' fight

Most of Beijing is not locked down, but the streets are much quieter than usual with many shops closed and people working from home

Sri Lankan protesters storm prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe 's office, demanding he resign after president Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled amid economic crisis in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has already said he was willing to resign and make way for an all-party government to take over

Sri Lanka's new president Ranil Wickremesinghe addresses the media representatives during his visit at the Gangaramaya Buddhist temple in Colombo. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the 8th Executive President of Sri Lanka at the Parliament complex before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya


Aviation ground crew wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) working on an aircraft that flew in from abroad at the airport in Yantai in China's eastern Shandong province.  (Photo by AFP)

China to reopen borders, scrap quarantine for international travellers from Jan 8

Previously passengers coming from abroad had to mandatorily stay in over two weeks of quarantine in government accommodations

 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (AP)

China stands ready to work with India: Chinese Foreign Minister

This statement came in the backdrop of the December 9 faceoff between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang sector

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks in a meeting of ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. (Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea blames US for Ukraine crisis

North Korea, in a muted response issued in the form of a commentary, said the US was to blame for the unfolding disaster

Imran Khan along with other lawmakers, gestures upon his arrival to address the supporters of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party during a rally in Islamabad. (Aamir QURESHI / AFP)

Imran Khan loses majority as MQM strikes deal with opposition

Attempts are being made through foreign money to change the government in Pakistan, alleged Imran Khan

Middle East

Afghans wait to receive food rations organized by the World Food Program (WFP) in Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar province. eastern of Afghanistan. (Photo: AP)

UN expresses concern over human rights violations in Afghanistan

The UNAMA Human Rights said that there is a need for investigations, transparency and accountability of such cases

The Taliban has recently requested India's aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to resume commercial flight operations to Kabul. (Representational image: AFP)

Turkey, Uzbekistan to resume flights to Kabul; India yet to decide on services

It will be the first time Kabul is hosting commercial flights from the two countries after the Taliban takeover

 Cpharma rejected any kind of involvement in the cannabis deal with the Taliban, the company said in a press release. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)

Taliban signs deal with Australian company, may legalize 'cannabis processing'

The Taliban had earlier committed to crack down on cannabis and opium processing in Afghanistan

In this May 20, 2021, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: AP)

Zalmay Khalilzad resigns as special Afghan envoy, replaced by Thomas West

Thomas West had previously served as the Deputy Special Representative

Taliban fighters stand guard near the Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan military hospital in Kabul on November 2, 2021, after at least 19 people were killed and 50 others wounded in an attack on a military hospital. (Wakil KOHSAR / AFP)

Senior Taliban commander among dead in hospital attack

At least 19 people were killed on Tuesday in the attack claimed by the Taliban's hardline rivals, the Islamic State-Khorasan


Thousands of pro-democracy protesters take to the streets to condemn a takeover by military officials in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday Oct. 25, 2021. (AP/Ashraf Idris)

Sudanese take to the streets as international community condemns coup

On Monday soldiers detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, ministers in his government and civilian members of the ruling council

Japanese MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, can be seen from the coast of Mauritius. The oil spill disaster turned deadly this week when a tugboat leaving the shipwreck collided with a barge and sank, killing at least three sailors, police said Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

Mauritius oil spill ship operator to pay $9.4 million

More than 1,000 tonnes of oil is believed to have leaked from the ship, with the rest siphoned out before it spilled

Air China flight crew members in hazmat suits walk through the arrivals area at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday. (AP/Jae C. Hong)

'It was scary': How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant

The samples, tested in the Lancet laboratory, all bore a large number of mutations, especially on the spike protein

 In Tswane, the municipality that includes the capital Pretoria, 52 children under the age of 2 diagnosed with the coronavirus have been admitted and one has died. (Bloomberg Image)

Toddlers make up 10% of hospital cases in Omicron epicenter in S.Africa

More kids are being admitted than during the early stages of the country entering the current fourth wave of infections


Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss addresses the media in Downing Street in London, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Truss says she resigns as leader of UK Conservative Party.  (Photo: AP)

Liz Truss resigns as British Prime Minister

She has been in office for just 45 days - the shortest tenure of any British prime minister

Rishi Sunak & Liz Truss

Rebels plot to replace Liz Truss with Rishi Sunak amid UK crisis

It comes as a YouGov poll for the The Times found that almost half of Tory party supporters believe the party chose the wrong candidate

Ukrainian soldiersrest near their position in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)

Ukraine races to restore power after Russian missiles batter grid

Russia fired 74 -- mainly cruise -- missiles Friday, 60 of which were shot down by anti-aircraft defences, according to the Ukrainian army

In this photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, attends Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, July 6, 2022. (AP)

Boris Johnson to resign, will stay UK PM until new leader elected

The move came after days of high drama and a steady stream of resignations from his Cabinet since Tuesday

This handout picture released by the Ukrainian Presidential press service on July 8, 2022 shows Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky looking at a map during his visit to the position of the Ukrainian army in Dnipro region. (AFP)

Zelenskiy sacks Ukraine's ambassadors to India, 4 other countries

Zelenskiy announced the sacking of Ukraine's ambassadors to Germany, India, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary


Salman Rushdie (AP file photo)

Salman Rushdie on ventilator, likely to lose an eye, liver stabbed and damaged

According to Rushdie's agent, Andrew Wylie, the Mumbai-born controversial author was on a ventilator and could not speak

(R-L) U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore and  Former President Donald Trump dances after he finished speaking at a campaign rally in support of the campaign of Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance.

US votes with Biden agenda at stake and Trump in the wings

Across the country voters called on their fellow citizens to cast their ballot in the midterms, which historically have low turnout

Twitter's new owner Elon Musk. (Photo: AP)

'No choice', says Musk as he justifies massive layoffs at Twitter

The company posted a net loss of USD 270 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2022

 Elton John performs on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Veteran musician Elton John quits Twitter due to misinformation

The singer-songwriter shared the news in a statement posted on the microblogging site


An Ukrainian serviceman flashes the V for victory sign during unpacking shipment of military aid delivered as part of the USA's security assistance to Ukraine, at the Boryspil airport, outside Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

New Zealand Foreign Minister urging citizens to leave Ukraine 'immediately'

The minister said the country does not have a diplomatic mission in Ukraine, and the assistance that can be provided to citizens is limited

World Health Organisation has sought additional clarifications from Bharat Biotech, which manufactures Covaxin and a decision on emergency use authorisation is expected early next month. (Bloomberg)

Australia adds Covaxin to list of 'recognised' COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration after an assessment and approval process

 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (AP)

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cancels her wedding due to Omicron surge

New Zealanders are set to face new COVID-19 restrictions after nine cases of the omicron variant were detected in a single family


Indian student stabbed multiple times in Australia allegedly for cash

The incident took place on Oct 6 at about 10.30 pm, as Shubham Garg walked along the Pacific Highway, NSW Police Force said in a statement

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern walks to the COVID-19 update press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.  (Mark Mitchell Pool photo via AP)

New Zealand extends Delta outbreak lockdown

PM Jacinda Ardern said the initial three-day lockdown, which would have expired overnight Friday, would be extended by another four days