Leaders at economic summit in Turkmenistan vow to help Afghanistan
The countries, which are part of the 10-member Economic Cooperation Organization that includes Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and six ex-Soviet nations, called for removing trade barriers and developing new transport corridors across the region.
Israeli president celebrates Hanukkah at West Bank site
President Isaac Herzog said he was visiting the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron to celebrate the ancient city's Jewish past and promote interfaith relations. But his visit to the city, known for its tiny ultranationalist Jewish settler community and difficult living conditions for Palestinians, drew widespread criticism from Palestinians and left-wing Israelis.
In Iraq, family mourns victim of English Channel death
Ever-increasing numbers of people fleeing conflict or poverty in Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Eritrea or elsewhere are risking the perilous journey in small, unseaworthy craft from France, hoping to win asylum or find better opportunities in Britain. The crossings have tripled this year compared to 2020.
As Afghanistan’s economy collapses, international community looks for innovative ways to avoid humanitarian disaster
A U.N. program supporting health clinics could provide a model for injecting cash into the economy while bypassing the interim Taliban government.
More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more
Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus.
Kazakhstan plays Iran anthem for Syria at FIBA World Cup qualifier
Ironically, a national anthem mishap had previously affected Kazakhstan's national shooting team. In 2012, a fictional national anthem from the comedy film Borat was played, instead of the real one, at a medal ceremony at championships in Kuwait.
Islamic State roadside bomb in Iraq leaves 5 peshmerga dead, 4 wounded
Militants remain active through sleeper cells in many areas, especially across a band of territory in the north under dispute between federal Iraq and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government.
Pakistan says militants kill 2 soldiers near Afghan border
North Waziristan for years served as a safe haven for militants until the military carried out massive operations to try to clear the area.
Taliban prime minister seeks global help to shore up economy
Afghanistan's Acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan said his interim administration has inherited a sinking economy and called on the global community to assist the country in preventing a further crisis as inflation spirals.
What the return of the Taliban means for Afghanistan
The strict Islamic fundamentalists - whose previous five-year rule was characterized by the oppression of women and minorities, and the harboring of international terrorists - pledged to do things somewhat differently this time.