An unprecedented meeting set to begin in Qatar on Friday was called off amid internal disputes in Kabul and Taliban complaints.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry issued the statement hours after the country announced it had test-fired a new tactical guided weapon, in its first public weapons test since a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un abruptly ended.

Indian election rules mandate that no voter should have to travel more than 1.24 miles to cast a ballot.


Growth was a surprisingly good 6.4 percent in the first quarter, data showed, though it was fueled largely by unsustainable government spending.

Many in Afghanistan are hopeful about the talks, despite the Taliban announcement of a spring offensive.

Opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto, a retired general, disputed the preliminary results from a quick count and exit polls that showed Widodo winning by a decisive margin. 

Russia is also trying to extend its influence, but any meeting is likely to be longer on symbolism than any major policy shifts.

Rula Ghani has stepped forward to become a defender of Afghan women in the peace process. 

Rising conservatism in the Muslim-majority country, the world’s third-largest democracy, is a factor for both the incumbent president and his rival.

The Soviet cultural center once symbolized Moscow’s bid for power in Afghanistan. Russia rebuilt the facility for a new era of influence. 

Kim Jong Un said he would wait until the end of the year for the United States to take a “bold” decision.

Even with a slowing economy, China is looking to turn a farming region into a secondary capital and business zone.

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Many in Palu, devastated by a quake and a tsunami, say they are joining a movement to snub Wednesday’s presidential vote.

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Some rights activists and diplomats contend that Washington has lost leverage in Asia after leaving the Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

Military and civilian leaders in Pakistan say they are working to rein in anti-India militants.

Polarizing and charismatic, the prime minister appeals to national pride amid economic challenges.

Kim said his country should deliver a “telling blow” to the hostile forces imposing sanctions.

The ban was rarely enforced until the last decade, when the government cracked down on the procedure.

Each Indian political party has a distinctive symbol — and the symbols themselves have become a feature of Indian democracy.

Lawmakers in New Zealand voted almost unanimously for a bill that would ban most semiautomatic weapons after 50 were fatally shot in two Christchurch attacks.

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