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Russia Hopes Tehran, Baku To Settle Border Tensions Diplomatically – Foreign Ministry

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Moscow expected that Iran and Azerbaijan would resolve the situation on the border through political and diplomatic methods, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. “We consistently advocate reduction of tensions on the border between Azerbaijan and Iran. “We are convinced that all issues in relations between these two states, […]

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Syria: Twin Blasts In Damascus Kill At Least 13

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  At least 13 people have been killed and three others wounded in twin blasts in the Syrian capital Damascus, state media reported on Wednesday. The state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA) said twin explosive devices were detonated in a terrorist attack while a bus was passing at the President Bridge in Damascus. Images […]

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Indonesia, China Begin Feasibility Study On $560m Coal-To-Methanol Plant

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Indonesia and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study of a $560-million-U.S. dollars coal-to-methanol plant, according to a recent statement released from Indonesia’s Industry Ministry. Held in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, on Monday, the signing ceremony was attended by Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita and representatives of […]

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Philippine Police Kill 4 Chinese Nationals In Drug Sting

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Philippine police on Monday killed four Chinese nationals during an anti-illegal drugs operation that lead to the confiscation of more than 262 million pesos (5.24 million dollars) worth of crystal meth. The suspects, from Fujian and Shanxi in China, were known distributors of illegal drugs in the capital and surrounding provinces, a […]

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Chinese Economic Growth Slows In 3rd Quarter

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Economic growth in China slowed to 4.9 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter, according to data released on Monday by the statistics office. The third quarter figures are the weakest so far this year. China had posted record growth of 18.3 per cent in the first quarter and 7.9 per cent […]

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BREAKING: Seven Dies In Afghan Mosque Blast

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – At least seven people were killed and 15 wounded when an explosion hit a Shiite mosque in the Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, a doctor told AFP. “So far seven dead and 13 wounded have been brought to our hospital,” the medic in the southern city’s central hospital said. Details later… […]

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Syria Says Israeli Strike In Homs Countryside Killed One Soldier

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  A Syrian soldier was killed and three others wounded in an Israeli airstrike in central Homs province. Syrian TV and the state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA) said that shortly after midnight Israeli strikes hit the eastern countryside of Homs, targeting a communications tower and surrounding points. According to the report, the attack […]

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South Korea’s Employment Growth Hits 7.5-Year High

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  South Korea’s employment growth has hit the highest in seven and a half years in September, indicating a labour market recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, statistical office data showed on Wednesday. The number of those employed totaled 27,683,000 in September, up 671,000 from a year earlier, according to data from Statistics Korea. […]

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Pakistan Faces Dengue Fever Scare, As COVID-19 Subsides

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  An outbreak of dengue fever has hit major Pakistani cities, overwhelming hospitals and further exhausting health workers already fatigued by the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Wednesday. Hospitals in the capital Islamabad and eastern city of Lahore were running out of beds in the isolation wards as patients with the symptoms of […]

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North Calls South’s Proposal To Declare End Of Korean War

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  North Korea has called a South Korean proposal to declare a formal end to the Korean War “an interesting and an admirable idea” and signalled a willingness to resume talks with some preconditions. “The declaration of the termination of the war is an interesting and an admirable idea in that itself is […]

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Malaysians Free To Send Mail Overseas Again After Long Pandemic Ban

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Malaysians  from Wednesday can  resume sending international mail after a break of more than a year which the national postal service put down to the Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on air transport. Sending is to be limited to 56 countries “due to limited international flights available,” POS Malaysia said, listing many European countries […]

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3 Killed, 60 Injured In Earthquake In South-Western China

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  At least three people were killed  and 60 injured in an earthquake in south-western China, state media reported on Thursday. The quake’s magnitude was measured at 6.0 and its epicentre was in Luxian County in Sichuan Province. The People’s Daily reported that 737 houses collapsed and more than 7,000 buildings were damaged. […]

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Taliban Official Denies IS Presence In Afghanistan’s Kunduz Province

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Hajji Najibullah Haron, the Taliban intelligence chief in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province has rejected reports of the local presence of militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group as baseless and fabricated. “Lasting peace has returned to Kunduz province and people are living in peace there and any report about the presence […]

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Israel To Seal Off Palestinian Territories Ahead Of `Yom Kippur’

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Israeli army has begun sealing off the Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar, which will begin at sunset on Wednesday, according to the military. The West Bank and Gaza border crossings would be opened only to Palestinians in certain medical […]

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Minister Warns Of ‘Highly Lethal’ Terrorist Attack In Kabul

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  The final stages of the evacuation effort in Afghanistan are under further strain after a warning that a “highly lethal” terror attack could be launched within hours. Armed forces minister James Heappey warned on Thursday that there was “very credible reporting” of an “imminent” and “severe” threat to Kabul airport. He called […]

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Thousands Besiege Kabul Airport In Frantic Attempt To Flee Taliban

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Thousands of people are besieging the entrances to the airport in the Afghan capital Kabul, which is the main lifeline for Afghans and foreign citizens trying to flee the country as the Islamist Taliban take over. Shots continued to be fired almost continuously outside the heavily armed airport compound, a witness at […]

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Afghans Troop Out In Protest Against Taliban Rule

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Many demonstrators flooded Afghan cities on Thursday as popular opposition to the Taliban spread across the Middle East nation facing forceful takeover of power by the extremist group. A witness said several people were killed when the militants fired on a crowd in Asadabad in the east. “Our flag, our identity,” a […]

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Afghanistan’s Fate Means West Now Perceived As Weak, UK Minister Says

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  The fate of Afghanistan after a 20-year war led by U.S. means the West’s resolve is now perceived as weak by major adversaries. According to the British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, the adversaries include Russia. Afghanistan’s war has cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars but the militant Islamist Taliban are […]

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Afghanistan: UN Agencies Urge Taliban To Protect Vulnerable

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  UN agencies has appealed to the Taliban to make good on promises to protect the vulnerable as Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of the crisis in the country where humanitarian needs remain critical. Some 18 million people in the country need aid assistance and one in three children is expected […]

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Lebanese President Says He Will Not Resign

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, on Monday said he would not resign and would continue to assume his responsibilities until the end of his tenure. The statement came following remarks by citizens over the social media and TV outlets urging the president to resign to pave way for new parliamentary elections, the appointment […]

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