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Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan, his wife indicted on graft charges

A Pakistani court has indicted imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife on graft charges of retaining state gifts from when Khan was in power, including jewelry from Saudi Arabia's government, authorities announced.

Taliban brand Daesh as common Enemy of Afghanistan, Iran

Deputy prime minister of the Taliban administration for political affairs, Mohammed Abdul Kabir, has denounced the Daesh terrorist group as the common enemy of Afghanistan and Iran.

Reunification with Taiwan ‘inevitable’: China’s Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared that the reunification of Taiwan and the Chinese mainland is a “historical inevitability”. He made the comments as the island prepares to hold contentious parliamentary and presidential elections.

Pakistan electoral body rejects ex-premier Imran Khan’s nomination for 2024 vote

Pakistan’s election body rejected former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nomination to contest the 2024 parliamentary elections, with the Tahreek-e Insaf (PTI) party accusing authorities of stopping most of its candidates from participating in the elections due in February.

Acting Afghan FM urges migrants in Iran to return home

The foreign minister of the caretaker government in Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi visited representatives of Afghan migrants in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad on Monday, calling on all Afghans in Iran to return to their homeland as he said the conditions are back to normal.

Afghanistan seeks economic revival to facilitate return of Afghan immigrants

Amir Khan Mottaghi, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, expressed the nation's commitment to creating an environment conducive to the repatriation of Afghan immigrants.

Beijing-Moscow $200bn trade goal achieved ahead of schedule: President Xi

The goal of bringing Russia-China trade to the $200 billion mark has already been achieved ahead of schedule as bilateral trade reached $218.28 by the end of 2023, Chinese President Xi Jinping stated on Wednesday.

Afghanistan’s poppy supply on global market plummeted 95% since last year: Report

Opium poppy production in Afghanistan, once the world’s top supplier, has plummeted since the Taliban outlawed cultivation of the crop in 2022, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report shows.

Ex-Pakistan PM’s party picks new head before election

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, currently in jail facing what he states are more than 150 cases filed to prevent him from contesting elections next year, has been replaced as head of the party he founded, officials have announced.

Russia sets new record for gas supplies to China

Russia’s energy giant, Gazprom, has set a new record for daily gas deliveries to China through the Power of Siberia mega pipeline, the company announced on Saturday.

Pakistan seeking BRICS membership despite India roadblock

Pakistan has formally sought membership in BRICS, the grouping of five emerging economies that includes rival India alongside Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. It comes at a time the body is fast gaining the status as the leading bloc of the Global South.

Russia-China de-dollarization almost complete: Moscow

Western currencies have been almost completely phased out in Moscow-Beijing trade, as nearly all payments between the two countries are now carried out in rubles and yuan, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov has stated.

China-Russia relations withstand test of complex international situation: Xi

Sino-Russian relations have withstood the test of the complex international situation, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated, adding that Beijing intends to develop the ties.

BRICS overtaking G7 in economic might: Report

The rapid rise of the BRICS is transforming the global economy, with the group’s share of world GDP in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) set to rise well beyond of that of the Group of Seven (G7) major advanced economies, Bloomberg has reported.

Biden to ask China’s president to advise Iran against further Middle East escalation: Report

US President Joe Biden reportedly intends to urge his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to wield his clout with Tehran to prevent the Palestine-Israel conflict from escalating into a wider regional one.

Afghan caretaker govt. envoy thanks Iran for hosting refugees

Mulla Abul Ghani Baradar, the Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan's caretaker government for economic affairs, appreciated Tehran for sheltering Afghan refugees seeking asylum in the Islamic Republic over the past decades.

BRICS trade surges ahead of enlargement: Report

The five current members of the BRICS group increased trade by 56% from 2017 to 2022, reaching some $422 billion worth of turnover last year, Bloomberg has reported.

Thousands of Afghan refugees flee Pakistan as deadline looms

Thousands of Afghan refugees and migrants in Pakistan are heading to the border to return home as a Pakistani deadline to leave the country expires.

West seeking to spread military conflict to Asia-Pacific: Russia

The West is now seeking to expand the current European conflict, that it is responsible for, to Asia, Russia's Defense Minister has warned. Sergey Shoigu was speaking at China’s biggest annual military diplomacy event, the Beijing Xiangshan Forum, on Monday.

Russia-North Korea relations have reached ‘strategic level’: Lavrov

Relations between Russia and North Korea have now soared to new heights, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated during his landmark two-day trip to Pyongyang.

Russia’s president arrives in China for two-day visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in China to attend the Belt and Road Initiative conference and hold a meeting with President Xi Jinping of China.

Putin says China offered ‘realistic basis’ for Ukraine peace talks

Moscow is grateful to Beijing for its proposals on ways to end the Ukrainian crisis, but the government in Kiev keeps rejecting any constructive talks while stubbornly seeking Russia’s defeat on the battleground and suffering “enormous” losses in its failed counteroffensive, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated.

Blast at Afghanistan Shia mosque causes casualties

An explosion ripped through a mosque in Pul-e-Khumri, the provincial capital of north Afghanistan's Baghlan province, on Friday, inflicting casualties, Provincial Director for Information and Culture Asadullah Mustafa Hashimi says.

Afghanistan quake death toll nears 2,500

The death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck Afghanistan on Saturday has risen to 2,445 while more than 9,200 people have been injured, the Xinhua news agency reported. According to the outlet, 13 villages in the Zanda Jan district of Herat have been completely wiped out and many victims remain trapped under the rubble.

Pakistan plan for mass deportations of migrants draws UN criticism

The United Nations has warned Islamabad that its plans for the “phased and orderly” mass deportations of migrants, including up to 1.7 million Afghans, could threaten their safety after Pakistan announced a crackdown on people living in the country illegally.

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