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US midterm elections: Over 20 million cast early votes

More than 20 million people across the US have already cast their ballots for the crucial midterm elections slated to be held on Tuesday.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un meets Cuban president in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with visiting Cuban president in Pyongyang and discussed "crucial issues of common concern" on the current international situation, the North's state media reported

Xi Jinping pledges to ‘step up’ opening China’s markets as criticism grows

Xi said China would seek to "step up" moves to stimulate domestic consumption of imports, lower tariffs, ease customs clearance procedures, and implement harsh punishments for intellectual property in

Donald Trump, Democrats in frenzied final push ahead of US midterm elections

Donald Trump and his Democratic rivals have made frenzied, final pushes to motivate their core voters ahead of contentious midterm elections seen as a referendum on the president's divisive first two

First moon walk’s commemorative plaque sold for $468,500

A commemorative plaque brought to the moon on the Apollo 11 mission went under the hammer for USD 468,500 in Texas, as part of a huge collection that once belonged to late astronaut Neil Armstrong, au

Canada: One dead in plane crash near Ottawa

The pilot of a small passenger plane has died after colliding with another aircraft and crashing into a field near the capital Ottawa, officials said.

5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan’s Hokkaido, says USGS

A shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defends waivers to Iran sanctions

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending the Trump administration's reimposition of sanctions against Iran from conservative critics who argue more should be done to isolate the country.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he will meet North Korea number two in New York

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he will meet this week in New York with North Korea's number two, Kim Yong Chol, to resume denuclearization talks.

President Maithripala Sirisena announces reconvening of Parliament on November 14

According to a gazette notification, issued by his Secretary Udaya R Seneviratne on Sunday evening, the assembly would be recalled on November 14.

Data recovered from crashed Lion Air data recorder, says official

Investigators succeeded in retrieving hours of data from a crashed Lion Air jet's flight recorder.

China to boost Pakistan defence ties, pats Islamabad on dispute with India

China and Pakistan on Sunday agreed to further develop their military cooperation after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan ended his official talks with the Chinese leadership here.

EU faces a risk in 2019 that has nothing to do with populists

Anti-establishment forces are attracting plenty of attention as they prepare a fresh assault on the European Union next year.

How did the Irish border become the biggest fight of Brexit?

In the run-up to the UK’s 2016 Brexit referendum, the Irish border barely featured in the debate.

How Beirut’s ghost apartments are haunting the Economy

The ghost apartments of Beirut are haunting the economy.

Saudi prince arrested for criticising crackdown on corruption freed from detention

A Saudi prince arrested for criticising a crackdown on corruption is reported to have been freed from detention, authorities said on Sunday.

US midterm elections: Poll says Democrats retain advantage in House preferences

Heading into the critical US midterm elections, the Democrats have retained their advantage in the battle for the House of Representatives, but Republicans could be buoyed by increasingly positive ass

US sanctions on Iran puts oil market on alert

US sanctions against importers of Iranian oil threaten the crude oil market's precarious balance and risk surging prices, all under Saudi Arabia's watchful gaze, according to experts.

US midterm elections: A referendum on Donald Trump’s policies?

The US midterm elections will be held on November 6. Many knowledgeable observers are calling these midterms the most important elections in a generation.

China throws “open for business” import expo to rebrand global image as a welcoming market

Facing a blizzard of trade complaints, China is throwing an "open for business'' import fair hosted by President Xi Jinping to rebrand itself as a welcoming market and positive global force.

Amazon building collapse kills two in US

Two people were killed when part of an Amazon distribution warehouse collapsed amid severe weather.

Diwali in South Africa hailed as social-cohesion exercise

The 20th edition of the annual Diwali Festival in Durban has been hailed as a major social-cohesion exercise in a city that is bedevilled by tensions between the large Indian community in South Africa

UN confirms support for efforts to stabilise Libya

The country is struggling to make a democratic transition amid political division and unrest as well as dominance of armed groups and militias with shifting loyalties.

Florida shooting: Yoga studio shooter posted racist, misogynistic videos

The Friday evening shooting at a busy upscale shopping plaza jolted the state capital and police said they were still searching for a motive that led to the deaths of a Florida State University studen

Iraqi forces launch large-scale anti-IS offensive

Iraqi security forces have began a large-scale security operation to clear areas in western Iraq from the Islamic State (IS) militants, the Iraqi military said.

US-led coalition strikes kill 14 civilians in east Syria, says Monitor

At least 14 civilians were killed Saturday in US-led coalition air strikes on the Islamic State group's last holdout in eastern Syria, a monitor said.

Sanctions will hit Iran in big way from November 5, says Donald Trump

The US sanctions will hit Iran in a big way from November 5, President Donald Trump has said, asserting that the "toughest-ever" punitive measures have been put in place for a "corrupt regime" in Tehr

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