Soaring Fuel, Food Prices Hitting the Vulnerable in Myanmar

YANGON, MYANMAR —  An unprecedented plunge in the value of Myanmar’s currency, the kyat, has driven up the prices of key imported commodities, placing basic commodities ranging from auto fuel to cooking oil beyond the reach of many ordinary citizens. … Read More

China’s Xi Vows ‘Reunification’ with Taiwan, but Holds Off Threatening Force

BEIJING —  Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed Saturday to realize peaceful “reunification” with Taiwan, though did not directly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the Chinese-claimed island that sparked international concern. Democratically ruled Taiwan has … Read More

US to Hold First In-Person Talks with Taliban Since Withdrawal From Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD —  Senior U.S. officials will hold in-person talks beginning Saturday with representatives of Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban for the first time since the U.S. withdrawal from the country. U.S. State Department officials said the U.S. delegation will meet Saturday and … Read More

Green Card Lottery Reopens; Past Winners Still in Limbo

As the U.S. government officially opens its diversity visa lottery program at the start of a new fiscal year, thousands of past winners from Afghanistan, Egypt, Peru, Iran and other nations continue to endure processing delays that are dimming hopes … Read More

Kunduz mosque attack widely condemned

KABUL : The Afghan government, the United Nations, European Union and some former government officials have strongly condemned attack in northern Kunduz province which resulted in heavy civilian casualties. At least 46 people were killed and 143 others wounded in … Read More

Top US Officials Set for Security Talks with Mexico

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is shifting his focus to security talks with Mexico after working to soothe relations with ally France. After a stop Thursday in the U.S. state of California, Blinken is joining U.S. Homeland Security Secretary … Read More

Powerful Earthquake Strikes Southwest Pakistan

At least 20 people are dead and more than 200 injured after a strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Pakistan early Thursday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was about 100 kilometers east of Quetta … Read More

Over 7,000 passports sent to Kabul post offices

KABUL  : The Passport Office on Thursday announced the sending of 7,446 passports to the central post office in Kabul. The passport office says those who have completed their documents in August 15 can receive their passports. In its Facebook … Read More

Biden Says Bypassing Filibuster ‘Real Possibility’ to Raise Debt Limit

WASHINGTON —  U.S. President Joe Biden indicated Tuesday senators from his Democratic Party could bypass a supermajority voting rule in order to increase the nation’s debt limit without Republican votes. “It’s a real possibility,” Biden told reporters outside the White … Read More

French Senators Arrive in Taiwan Amid Tensions with China

TAIPEI —  A group of French senators arrived in Taiwan for a five-day visit Wednesday following a large Chinese show of force with fighter jets amid the highest tensions in decades between China and Taiwan. The group, led by senator … Read More

Blinken to Close France Visit with OECD Talks

WASHINGTON —  After a push to patch U.S.-French relations, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken closes a Paris visit Wednesday with the final day of ministerial talks at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Blinken highlighted several challenges as … Read More

153 Afghan Media Outlets Cease Operating in Less Than 1 Month

Organizations supporting free media in Afghanistan said on Monday that since the fall of the former government in mid-August, 153 media outlets have stopped activity in 20 provinces. According to officials at the organizations, these outlets include radio, print and … Read More

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