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Asia & Pacific
the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017

US, South Korea begin naval drills after North's missile test

'We will further improve the ability to conduct joint operations between the naval forces,' says Kwang-sub

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The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Kazakhstan's capital, Nur-Sultan.

Kazakhstan’s religions congress: What’s in it for the host - and Israel?

At a major conference in a Muslim-majority country, Israel is an equal

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A hearse transporting the body of former prime minister Shinzo Abe makes a brief visit to the Prime Minister's Office after the funeral ceremony, as a Japanese flag (top R) flies as half-mast, in Tokyo on July 12, 2022.

Man sets himself on fire outside Japan PM's office

A police officer who tried to extinguish the fire was reportedly injured in the process

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Flood victims sit under the shadow of a cot on a roadside in Jaffarabad, a district of southwestern Balochistan province, Pakistan, on September 19, 2022.

Pakistan flood-born diseases could get ‘out of control’

'Everywhere we go, we see desperation and despair growing'

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Protesters hold a rally to demand that authorities support residents of Kyrgyzstan's southern Batken province following border clashes with Tajik troops, near the Kyrgyz parliament in Bishkek on September 16, 2022.

Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan ceasefire holds up after border fighting

Central Asian border issues largely stem from the Soviet era when Moscow tried to divide the region

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses "Populism and the Right" during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC, United States.

Fox News host comments about UK ‘civilizing’ India spark outrage

'For most of us this is intensely personal,' Indian columnist tells i24NEWS

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Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau delivers his speech flanked by Pope Francis during the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, on September 15, 2022.

Muslim, Jewish leaders work for interfaith dialogue in Kazakhstan

'Would like to say out loud the things we are able to say between us,' Rabbi Lau tells Grand Imam of al-Azhar

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi shake hands during their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on September 15, 2022.

Iran to join Asian security body led by China, Russia

'Iran is determined to boost its ties with Russia, from economic to aerospace and political fields'

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An activist holds a placard during a demonstration as part of the global climate strike week, in Hanoi, Vietnam, on September 27, 2019.

Activists urge UN rights body to reject Vietnam’s bid to join

'What's happening in Vietnam is just the tip of the iceberg'

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Pope Francis presides over a Mass at the Expo Grounds in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 14, 2022.

Pope in Kazakhstan to promote interreligious dialogue

The 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions being held in the capital Nur-Sultan

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An ambulance moves on a street near a military hospital, where servicemen wounded in night border clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan receive treatment, in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 13, 2022.

Nearly 100 killed in Armenia-Azerbaijan border clashes

'50 Azerbaijani servicemen died as a result of Armenia's large-scale provocation,' says Baku

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A Russian peacekeeper guards an entry of the Dadivank, an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery near Kalbajar, Azerbaijan, on December 2, 2020.

Russia calls for calm after Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes

'We also have been seeing the collapse of Russia’s reputation as a security patron… in the region'

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The name plaque at the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania, Vilnius, November 18, 2021.

Taiwan: New Lithuanian office in Taipei begins operations

China has repeatedly denounced Lithuania's engagement with Taiwan

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This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 17, 2022 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he observes the test-fire of a new-type tactical guided weapon at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

North Korea law makes nuclear program 'irreversible'

The move effectively eliminates the possibility of denuclearization talks

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Asia & Pacific
Families sit near their belongings surrounded by floodwaters, in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, on September 3, 2022.

Pakistan looks 'like a sea' from floods, says PM Sharif

'You wouldn't believe the scale of destruction there. It is water everywhere, as far as you could see'

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Des nuages passant au-dessus de l'Opéra de Sydney, le 1er octobre 2021

Australia: University magazine article calls for 'death to Israel'

'The university deplores religious and racial discrimination, including antisemitism'

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A mural painted on a wall on Taiwan's Kinmen islands, which lie two miles from the mainland China coast in the Taiwan Strait, on October 21, 2020.

US approves $1.1 billion in arms for Taiwan, angering China

The package is the largest for Taiwan approved under Biden administration

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Members of the Women Muslim Uyghur minority protest near China's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 8, 2021.

Beijing taps into anti-West sentiment to counter Uyghur report

The report is 'orchestrated by the US and some Western forces' and is a 'political tool' to contain China

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Demonstrators supporting Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Hong Kongers take part in a protest against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as they march along Regent Street towards the Chinese Embassy, in London, England, on October 1, 2021.

How should UN handle China? Latest report on Uyghurs tells the story

China paid a massive reputational price for its abuses in recent years

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A woman wears a face mask reading 'Free Uyghurs' as she attends a protest during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin, Germany, September 1, 2020.

UN report lists litany of rights abuses in China's Xinjiang

World body calls for urgent action on accusations of torture and sexual violence against Uyghurs

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Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force planes fly in formation during a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China on October 1, 2019.

Taiwan sees record 446 air incursions by China in August

Beijing rages against visits to democratic island by United States lawmakers

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Taiwanese soldiers operate equipment at a naval station on Penghu, an archipelago of several dozen islands off Taiwan's western coast, August 30, 2022.

Taiwan vows to counter Chinese aggression

China's intention to make Taiwan Strait its 'inner sea' will be the root of instability, says Taipei

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Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz, (L), and Japan's Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada shake hands during a signing of a Japan-Israel defense memorandum of understanding at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, August 30, 2022.

Japan and Israel strengthen defense ties

Israeli DM Benny Gantz in Tokyo to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations between two countries

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US President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, the United States, on August 10, 2022.

Biden to ask US Congress to approve $1.1b arms sale to Taiwan - report

The purchase would include 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles