US-Afghan security deal could be signed soon: Kerry

New York  - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday voiced hope a long-delayed US-Afghan security deal governing the presence of American troops in the country beyond 2014 may be signed shortly. The bilateral security deal (BSA) was supposed [...]

Abdullah: Afghanistan’s ‘almost’ man stays in the game

Kabul – Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah believes the title of President of Afghanistan has been stolen from him twice — but this time he has secured a compromise role which will give him a hand on the tiller. Abdullah, [...]

UN welcomes signing of agreement on unity govt

  UNITED NATIONS,   After months of uncertainty, the United Nations has welcomed the agreement signed today by Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to establish a government of national [...]

Nepal’s former king suffers heart attack

Kathmandu – Nepal’s last king, Gyanendra Shah, was in a stable condition in a Kathmandu hospital on Sunday after suffering a heart attack, his doctor said. Gyanendra, 67, was rushed to Kathmandu’s Norvic Hospital late Saturday [...]

Sri Lanka president’s party narrowly clears vote test

Colombo – Sri Lanka’s ruling party saw its popularity significantly eroded in a narrow local election win seen as a bellwether for a snap presidential election, official results showed on Sunday. President Mahinda Rajapakse’s [...]

Ashraf Ghani: Afghan ‘free spirit’ seizes presidency

Kabul – Ashraf Ghani is an intellectual high-achiever with a famous temper who proudly describes himself as a “free spirit” — and his rule as president of Afghanistan is unlikely to be dull. Ghani, now 65, enjoyed a [...]

Egypt to Host New Mideast Talks

The Egyptian news agency MENA reports that Cairo will host talks between the rival Palestinian factions, followed by indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The meeting between representatives of Fatah, led by Palestinian President [...]

Iraq FM to UN: Leave Ground Combat to Iraqi Forces

Iraq’s Foreign Minister said Friday that his country must lead the fight against Islamic State militants within its borders, but encouraged a continued air campaign from international allies. Addressing the United Nations Security Council [...]

US Football Commissioner Vows to ‘Clean Up’ After Abuse Scandal

The U.S. National Football League has announced plans to implement new personal conduct policies after the publication of a video showing one of its biggest stars knocking his wife unconscious. An apologetic Roger Goodell, who heads the league, [...]

Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda

WHITE HOUSE—President Barack Obama will head to the United Nations General Assembly this coming week with two missions: to rally international support for a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and to back his plan to [...]

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