China, Nepal upgrade ties

China and Nepal agreed on Saturday to upgrade their relations to a strategic partnership of cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship for development and prosperity.


Turkish forces say they've captured key Syrian border town

Turkey's military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago.

31 passengers kidnapped by insurgents in Myanmar's western state

Some 31 passengers have been kidnapped from an express bus by an insurgent group in Myanmar's Rakhine state, said police Sunday.

Xi congratulates national organization for children on 70th anniversary

President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory letter to the Chinese Young Pioneers (CYP), a national mass organization for Chinese children, on its 70th anniversary.

France, Germany halt arms exports to Turkey

France and Germany on Saturday suspended arms exports to Turkey over its offensive into Syria against Kurdish fighters, as protesters denounced Ankara at rallies in several European cities.

No secondary disasters reported after 5.2-magnitude quake hits Guangxi

No secondary disasters have been reported after a 5.2-magnitude earthquake hit Beiliu, Yulin City, southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Saturday night, according to local authorities.

All illegal foreign troops must leave Syria: Putin

All foreign military forces illegally stationed in Syria must withdraw from the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on Saturday.

4 dead in shooting at illegal gambling site in Brooklyn

Gunfire broke out inside an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn early Saturday, police said, leaving four people dead, three wounded, and investigators trying to piece together what prompted the bloodshed.

Iran threatens to respond to oil tanker attack in Red Sea

A senior Iranian security official said on Saturday that Iran will respond to the recent attack on its oil tanker in the Red Sea, official IRNA news agency reported.

Kenya's Kipchoge becomes first person to run marathon in under 2 hours

Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, clocking 1:59:40.2 in Vienna on Saturday.

NASA and SpaceX hope for manned mission to ISS in early 2020

SpaceX could launch US astronauts to the International Space Station as early as next year if tests on the company's long-delayed Crew Dragon capsule prove conclusive.

Egypt unveils 18th dynasty industrial zone in Luxor

Renowned Egyptian Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced on Thursday the unearthing of first ancient industrial zone in Egypt, which dates back to the 18th Dynasty from 1549/1550 to 1292 BC.

McAleenan, acting Homeland Security secretary, stepping down

Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job.



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