Asia

No Progress Reported in Pakistan-Afghanistan Talks

ISLAMABAD —  Afghanistan’s two-day dialogue with neighboring Pakistan ended Saturday without progress on issues dividing the two countries and fueling bilateral tensions, officials said. Islamabad hosted the meeting of what is named the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity, or APAPPS. The inaugural round of the Pakistan-initiated dialogue was …

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Preparations Underway to Protect Rohingya Refugees From Monsoons

GENEVA —  Aid agencies are scrambling to protect hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh ahead of the impending monsoon season in April. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar are living in overcrowded, squalid conditions in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. U.N. Migration spokesman Joel Millman says …

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Joint Korean Women’s Hockey Team Competes for First Time in Olympic History

A combined Korean women’s hockey team took to the ice Saturday for the first time in Olympic history. The team squared off against Switzerland in a preliminary match before a sell-out crowd at the Winter Olympics games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where political overtones are most prevalent. North Korean leader …

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North Korea’s Kim Invites South Korea’s Moon to Summit in the North

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA —  North Korea’s leader has invited his South Korea counterpart to visit the North at the South Korean leader’s earliest convenience. Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivered the invitation personally during a meeting Saturday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in …

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Mosquito Nets Widely Misused for Fishing, Study Finds

Mosquito nets intended to prevent malaria are finding an unanticipated use as fishing nets all across the tropics, according to a new study. These fine-meshed nets scoop up fish of all types and sizes indiscriminately. Experts are worried they are draining fish populations. But the study’s authors say poverty is …

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US Clamping Down on Islamic State’s Global Network

WASHINGTON —  The United States is ramping up pressure on regional and local Islamic State operatives and facilitators, part of an effort to shut down the terror group’s global financial lifeline. The U.S. Treasury Department Friday announced sanctions against a series of individuals and companies from Somalia, Turkey and the …

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