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Afghanistan to release 400 'hard-core' Taliban to start peace talks

Under election pressure from Trump for a deal allowing him to bring US soldiers home, Afghan grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release.

August 09, 2020

Philippine sees 61 new virus deaths, biggest spike in 3 weeks

Australia had its deadliest day with 17 virus deaths in the state of Victoria while India's tally topped 2.1 million after reporting 64,339 new COVID-19 cases.

August 09, 2020

Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka's new PM

Rajapaksa took oaths during a grand ceremony at Kelaniya Temple, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo.

August 09, 2020

Seven die in fire at COVID-19 hotel facility in India

At least seven people died after a massive fire broke out at a hotel that was being used as a COVID-19 facility in India’s Andhra Pradesh state Sunday.

August 09, 2020