New Zealand’s Ardern seen resisting call to delay September vote as virus flares up

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WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to decide by Monday whether a general election will go ahead on September 19,...

Japan marks 75th anniversary of war end with no Abe apology

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TOKYO: Japan on Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, with Emperor Naruhito expressing “deep remorse” over his...

In struggle to land a blow on Biden, Trump toys with nickname change

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"What's better, Sleepy Joe or Slow Joe?" Trump asked the crowd outside the clubhouse at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. "I go...

Mike Pompeo urges unity on Iran ahead of UN arms embargo vote

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VIENNA: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called for the world to unite around a long-shot American bid to indefinitely extend...

Macron hails ‘courageous’ UAE decision on Israel ties

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PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Friday the decision by the United Arab Emirates to normalise ties with Israel. "I hail the courageous...

11 killed, 27 missing in rain-triggered landslides in Nepal

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KATHMANDU: Powerful landslides triggered by torrential rains hit central Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district on Friday, killing at least 11 people and leaving 27 others...

New Zealand extends Covid-19 restrictions for 12 days

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WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday announced a 12-day extension of the country's Covid-19 restrictions, after a cluster of cases...

Kabul begins release of final 400 Taliban, talks to follow

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KABUL: Afghanistan has released the first 80 of a final 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for negotiations between the warring sides in...

Iran, Turkey lash out at UAE over agreement with Israel

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Iran and Turkey lashed out at their regional rival the UAE over its decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel in a US-brokered...

France, Netherlands added to UK’s 14-day quarantine list

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LONDON: Hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers on Friday faced the prospect of having to go into self-isolation for 14 days when they...

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