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South Asia

 This video frame grab taken from footage recorded in mid-June 2020 and released by China Central Television (CCTV) on January 20, 2021 shows Chinese (foreground) and Indian soldiers (R, background) during an incident where troops from both countries clashed in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley, in the Karakoram Mountains in the Himalayas. (Photo by - / CCTV / AFP)

China shares dramatic video of mountain clash with Indian Army

Footage appeared to show Indian troops wading through a river towards Chinese soldiers in the barren and ice-covered Karakoram Mountains

Fifty-year-old retired Indian Navy officer Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. (PTI File)

India failed to appoint lawyer to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pak court informed

The Islamabad High Court had last month set a new deadline for India to appoint a legal representative for Jadhav

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China declines to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden

China has not yet come out with an official reaction to Biden and Kamala Harris' victory

 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (AFP)

Pakistan PM Imran Khan wins trust vote; Opposition demands resignation

The floor test took place without the Opposition boycotted the voting, making it easier for Khan to secure the required numbers

  People are silhouetted on vehicles headlights on a dark street during widespread power outages in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Pakistan's national power grid experienced a major breakdown late night on Saturday, leaving millions of people in darkness, local media reported. (AP)

Pakistan hit by nationwide power blackout

Power Minister Omar Ayub Khan said the frequency in the power distribution system suddenly dropped from 50 to zero, causing the blackout

Asia

Anti-coup protesters display images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, February 25, 2021. Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar's military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army's seizure of power on Feb. 1. (AP)

Facebook bans Myanmar military accounts citing the coup

The move, which takes effect immediately, applies to the military and entities controlled by the armed forces on both Facebook and Instagram

This handout photo taken and released on January 15, 2021 by Indonesia's National Disaster Agency shows rescuers looking for survivors trapped in a collapsed building in Mamuju, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Sulawesi island. (Photo by Handout/ National Search and Rescue Agency / AFP)

At least 34 killed as quake rocks Indonesia

Rescuers were searching for more than a dozen patients and staff trapped beneath the rubble of the levelled Mamuju hospital

Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, spokesman for the ruling council (Twitter@descifraguerra)

Myanmar military promises new election; Suu Kyi faces additional charge

Suu Kyi, 75, spent nearly 15 years under house arrest for her efforts to end military rule

Buddhist monks lead an anti-coup protest march in Mandalay, Myanmar on Feb. 27, 2021. 'CRPH' in the placards stand for 'Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.' (AP)

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to face court after deadly crackdown

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to streets regularly over the past month to oppose the coup

Middle East

In this May 5, 2018 photo, a giant image of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, adorns a tower in Doha, Qatar. Saudi Arabia will open its airspace and land border to Qatar in the first step toward ending a years-long diplomatic crisis  that deeply divided US defense partners.  (AP/Kamran Jebreili)

Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo, easing the Gulf crisis

Kuwait, which had been mediating throughout the dispute, was first to announce the diplomatic breakthrough through its foreign minister

Little Amal

Little Amal, a puppet, is all set to traverse the world in support of refugees

Little Amal will travel 8,000km, starting from April 2021, crossing many contrasting terrains

 U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader sign a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban say the long-awaited peace talks with the negotiating team selected by the Afghan government are to begin on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar. The announcement on Sept. 10, came in a statement from the Taliban in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office, and also as an announcement from Qatar's foreign ministry. (AP File)

Peace talks to begin between Taliban, Afghan government 19 years after 9/11 triggered war

The US-backed negotiations come six months later than planned owing to bitter disagreements over a controversial prisoner swap

 US President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. - The US will cut its troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 in January, the lowest level in nearly two decades of war, as outgoing President Donald Trump follows through on a pledge to end conflicts abroad, the Pentagon announced on November 17, 2020. (AFP)

US announces troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq

The House Armed Services Committee has announced a hearing on Afghanistan on November 20

US President Donald Trump at the Oval Office on Friday. (AFP)

Donald Trump announces peace between Israel and Bahrain

In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the agreement.

Africa

An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached, and syringes, with a flag of the European Union, on November 17, 2020. (AFP)

Poorer and developing nations face vaccine wait as West locks down supply

Based on advance purchase agreements signed with Pfizer, it is calculated that 1.1 billion doses had been snapped up by wealthy nations

Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe. (AP)

Zimbabwe investigating deaths of 22 elephants, more expected

Zimbabwe has been facing successive climate-induced droughts in recent years, leaving animals with less water and vegetation for food

 Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock attends a remote press conference to update the nation on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 23, 2020. - Britain on Wednesday introduced restrictions on travel from South Africa over the spread of another new variant of coronavirus, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said. "We're placing immediate restrictions on travel from South Africa," Hancock said, adding that two cases of the "highly concerning" new virus strain had been discovered in Britain. (AFP)

UK quarantines travelers from South Africa as one more Covid variant detected

Hancock said the new variant has ‘mutated further’ than the one that recently prompted the British government to tighten restrictions

Mohamed's office announced late Thursday the appointment of Mohamed Hussein Roble, a Swedish-trained civil engineer and political neophyte.Image: Twitter/@AbikarDr)

Somalia names new PM, announces plan for national elections

Somalia had set itself the goal of holding its first fully democratic, one-man one-vote election since 1969

Europe

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is surrounded by journalists inside the plane prior to his flight to Moscow in the Airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER) in Schoenefeld, near Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP /Mstyslav Chernov)

Kremlin critic Navalny detained after landing in Moscow

Navalny has been a thorn in the Kremlin’s side for a decade, unusually durable in an opposition movement often demoralized by repressions

 Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wears a face mask as he visits St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. - Prince William tested positive for coronavirus in April according to media reports on November 2, 2020. (AFP)

Prince William's COVID-19 positive kept secret in first wave of UK pandemic

Around the same time in April, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital after testing positive for the virus

 Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London on October 31, 2020 to announce new lockdown restrictions in an effort to curb rising infections of the novel coronavirus. (AFP)

Johnson locks down England as UK COVID-19 cases pass 1 million

Johnson was criticised by political opponents for moving too slowly into the first national lockdown

 Climate and environmental activist Greta Thunberg. (AFP)

After Rihanna, Greta Thunberg extends support to farmers' protest

Thunberg tweeted soon after singer Rihanna shared a news article highlighting the Centre's crackdown on the farmers

 Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny. The German government says specialist labs in France and Sweden have confirmed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. (AP File)

Germany says French, Swedish labs confirm Navalny's Novichok poisoning

The poisoning has brought tensions between Russia and Germany to new heights, fuelling calls for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be scrapped

Americas

 U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event with the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Merck at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden announced that the government will purchase 100 million more doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

US will share COVID-19 vaccine if it has surplus: Biden

We are going to start off making sure Americans are taken care of first but we are then going to try to help the rest of the world, he said

Republican US Senator Jim Jordan speaks to the press after the first day of the impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, February 9, 2021, in Washington, DC. - The US Senate voted on February 9, 2021, to proceed with the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, rejecting defense arguments that it was unconstitutional. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

Trump trial begins but Republicans signal likely acquittal

The trial is clearly uncomfortable for many Republican senators, who had to flee to safety during the violence

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, January. 7, 2021. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

House will move to impeach Trump if he doesn't resign 'immediately', says Pelosi

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said the impeachment proceedings should begin immediately

 Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP)

Thousands rally behind Trump, believing he won the race he lost

A week after Democrat Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election, demonstrations in support of Trump took place in other cities

Oceania

 While COVID-19 has rattled some diplomatic ties, the 30 countries that make up the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes teamed up early to keep the virus out. (AP)

Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?

Until this year, conversations with incoming visitors focused on preparing the newcomers. Now the advice goes both ways

 PM Jacinda Ardern declared New Zealand "beat the virus again". (Image: Facebook/Jacinda Ardern)

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern says 'we beat the virus again'

Ardern announced restrictions in the country's largest city would be eased, after a second COVID-19 wave was contained

 New Zealand has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic, with just 25 deaths from 1,927 confirmed virus cases in a population of five million. (Representational Image/AFP)

New Zealand detects first community virus case in two months

It is the second time a returnee has developed coronavirus symptoms after being cleared to leave an isolation facility in New Zealand

This file photo taken on October 23, 2019 shows a giant digital sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. - Facebook said on February 23, 2021 it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news pages "in the coming days", after the government agreed to amend a world-first media law fiercely opposed by the tech giant. (Josh Edelson / AFP)

Facebook to restore Australia news pages as deal reached on media law

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had angrily accused Facebook of making a decision to 'unfriend' Australia

Police patrol a running track as people exercise ahead of an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne, as the city continues to enforce strict lockdown measure to battle a second wave of COVID-19 coronavirus infections. (AFP)

Australia's Victoria reports lowest COVID-19 cases since June

Residents in the state can now have outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, and cafes will be able to seat up to 50 people outside