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Japanese ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine, first since 2016

Apo - Four Japanese cabinet ministers paid their respects on Saturday at a war shrine seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism, in the first such visit since 2016.

Taliban prisoner release re-opens wounds for victims' families

Kabul - The decision to release hundreds of the Taliban's most dangerous prisoners has stirred painful memories for the loved ones of those killed in Afghanistan's war, with many questioning whether the move will help bring peace.

Afghan authorities begin release of 'dangerous' Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Afghan authorities said Friday they had started to release 400 Taliban prisoners, the final hurdle in long-delayed peace talks between the two warring sides, even as President Ashraf Ghani warned they were a "danger to the world".

Afghan authorities begin releasing final 400 Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Afghan authorities said Friday they had started to release 400 Taliban prisoners, the final hurdle in launching long-delayed peace talks between the two warring sides.

Taliban inmates danger 'to the world': Afghan president

Kabul - Hundreds of Taliban inmates that are set to be released as a precondition to peace talks with Kabul pose a danger "to the world", Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Thursday.

Israel attacks, sanctions Gaza over ballon fire bombs

Gaza - Israel attacked targets of Islamist group Hamas in Gaza and halted fuel supplies to the enclave Thursday in the latest retaliation against fire bombs suspended from balloons that have been released from the Palestinian territory.

Israel halts Gaza fuel supply over fire bombs

Gaza - Israel announced Thursday it was halting the "import of fuel into the Gaza Strip", the latest punitive measure over a wave of airborne fire bombs from the Palestinian territory.

Yemen's heritage battered first by bombs, then floods

Sanaa - Muddy waters lap overfoot in Sanaa's Old City, inhabited without interruption for more than 2,500 years but now facing disaster after floods that threaten the collapse of irreplaceable houses.

Israel strikes Hamas positions in Gaza over fire balloons

Jerusalem - The Israeli military said Wednesday it carried out overnight strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after incendiary balloons were launched across the border from the Palestinian enclave.

Israel closes Gaza goods crossing after balloon attacks

Jerusalem - Israel will close its goods crossing with the Gaza Strip, authorities said Monday, after militants in the Hamas-run territory fired rockets into the Mediterranean and launched incendiary balloons towards the Jewish state.

Afghan peace talks expected in days as prisoner release approved

Kabul - Afghan peace talks are expected to begin within days after authorities announced Monday they would soon start releasing hundreds of Taliban prisoners accused of brutal attacks, including on foreigners.

Afghan peace talks near after Taliban prisoner release approved

Kabul - The Afghan government and the Taliban are on the verge of peace talks after thousands of prominent Afghans approved the release of about 400 contentious militant prisoners, the head of Kabul's peace council said Sunday.

Almost 150 extrajudicial killings by Malian, Burkinabe troops: UN

Bamako - Almost 150 people were extrajudicially killed by Malian and Burkinabe security forces in Mali between April and June, the UN said Thursday.

Afghan leader urges mega gathering to decide on 400 Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged thousands of prominent citizens gathered in Kabul on Friday to decide whether to release about 400 Taliban prisoners, including many involved in attacks that killed scores of Afghans and foreigners.

Pakistan PM Khan slams 'oppressor' India on Kashmir anniversary

Muzaffarabad - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan branded India an "oppressor and aggressor" on Wednesday, a year after New Delhi imposed direct rule on Indian-administered Kashmir.

Islamic State jihadists on the run after Afghan prison raid

Jalalabad - Afghan authorities were searching Tuesday for about 270 inmates -- most of them Islamic State fighters -- who remained on the loose after escaping during a deadly prison raid.

Indian Kashmir under curfew ahead of 'black day' anniversary

Srinagar - Thousands of Indian troops imposed a curfew in Kashmir on Tuesday, with razor wire and steel barricades blocking main roads a day ahead of the one-year anniversary of the restive region being stripped of its autonomy.

Pandemic's economic fallout will worsen conflicts: UN diplomats

New York - The coronavirus pandemic is worsening the humanitarian situation in the world's deadliest conflicts and threatens to unleash economic devastation that will intensify violence, United Nations diplomats and experts warn.

India imposes curfew in Kashmir ahead of clampdown anniversary

Srinagar - A curfew has been imposed across Indian Kashmir just two days before the first anniversary of New Delhi's abolition of the restive region's semi-autonomy, officials said late Monday, citing intelligence reports of looming protests.

Prison raid mars relative calm in Afghanistan after ceasefire

Jalalabad - At least 29 people were killed in a raid on an Afghan prison claimed by the Islamic State group, officials said Monday, as the country waited to see if a government ceasefire with the Taliban would rupture after its formal expiration.

At least 20 killed in Afghan prison raid claimed by Islamic State

Jalalabad - At least 20 people have been killed in a raid claimed by the Islamic State group on an Afghan prison, officials said Monday, shattering a ceasefire between the Taliban and government forces marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Afghan govt urges Taliban to extend ceasefire

Kabul - The Afghan government on Sunday urged the Taliban to extend a rare ceasefire hours before it was due to end, as a contentious prisoner swap between the two warring sides edged closer to completion.

Tough words but Israel, Hezbollah don't want new war: experts

Metula - Harsh rhetoric from Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah appeared to threaten further conflict after border unrest this week, but experts predict both sides will try to avoid escalation.

Afghan ceasefire holds as hundreds of Taliban prisoners freed

Kabul - A ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan government appeared to hold for the third and final day on Sunday, with hundreds of militant prisoners released in a bid to bring peace talks closer.

Afghan president orders release of 500 Taliban inmates

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday ordered the release of 500 Taliban prisoners as part of a new ceasefire that could lead into long-delayed peace talks.

New ceasefire holds across Afghanistan as Eid begins

Kabul - A new ceasefire appeared to be holding across Afghanistan on Friday as the Kabul government released more Taliban insurgents in a bid to accelerate the start of delayed peace talks.

Gloomy mood in war-torn Libya on eve of Eid al-Adha

Tajurah - Worn down by conflict, poverty and the pandemic, many Libyans are gloomy this year on the eve of the holy Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha.

Three decades on, Iraq and Kuwait haunted by Saddam's invasion

Baghdad - Thirty years have passed since Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein invaded neighbouring Kuwait, but despite hints of a diplomatic rapprochement, people in both countries say the wounds have yet to heal.

US imposes sanctions on teenage son of Syrian leader Assad

Washington - The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on the 18-year-old son of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, vowing never to let the war-torn nation's regime enrich itself.

Yemeni separatists abandon self-rule, push peace deal

Apo - Yemeni separatists abandoned their declaration of self-rule in the south on Wednesday and pledged to implement a stalled Saudi-brokered peace deal, mending a rift between allies in the war against Huthi rebels.
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