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Husband Of Jailed U.K.-Iranian Woman Says Temporary Release Extended In Tehran

The husband of the jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says his wife has had her temporary release extended for another two weeks by the Iranian government.

Rosneft Sells Assets In Venezuela To Russian State Company.

Russia’s largest oil producer, Rosneft, has announced that it is halting operations in Venezuela and selling its assets there to a company fully owned by the Russian government.

Taliban Takes District Headquarters, Says It Will Not Negotiate With Afghan Government Team.

Taliban forces have taken control of a district headquarters in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Badakhshan, an overnight development that was followed on March 28 by an announcement that the militant group will not negotiate with a team rec...

COVID-19: New Death Reported In Russia; New Restrictions In Effect In Ukraine.

The global death toll from the coronavirus is more than 27,700 with almost 600,000 infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness. Here's a roundup of developments in...

UN Postpones Five-Year Review Of Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Due To Coronavirus.

The United Nations has announced that a conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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IMF’s Georgieva Says World In Recession, Urges Funds for Emerging-Market Nations.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Kristalina Georgieva says the global economy has already been thrust into a recession because of the coronavirus pandemic and she urged countries to respond with “very massive” spending programs to avoid a f...

Olympic Gold Medalists Among Four Russians Facing New Doping Charges.

Two Olympic gold medalists are among four Russian track-and-field athletes charged with fresh doping offenses.

EU Criticizes Russia For Labeling Brussels-Based Organization 'Undesirable'.

The European Union says it rejects Russia's decision earlier this month to designate the Brussels-based European Endowment for Democracy (EED) an "undesirable" organization.

Afghan Government Unveils Negotiating Team For Taliban Talks.

Afghanistan's government has finalized a 21-member team that is expected to negotiate with the Taliban at upcoming talks aimed at putting an end to the country’s 18-year conflict.

North Macedonia Officially Joins NATO

North Macedonia has officially become NATO's 30th member, the military alliance says.

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Kazakh Authorities Detain 25 Over Deadly Ethnic Clashes In February.

Kazakh authorities say they have detained 25 people during a police operation connected to February's deadly ethnic clashes in the southern region of Zhambyl.

Moscow Court Postpones Start Of Whelan Trial Due To Coronavirus.

The trial of a former U.S. Marine held in a Moscow prison on espionage charges has been postponed for two weeks.

U.S. Denies Pushing Plan For Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap

The United States says it has no “secret plan” to push land swaps between Kosovo and Serbia, rejecting speculation by some Kosovoar officials that such a move was in the works.

Three French Aid Workers Released With Iraqi Colleague Following Baghdad Abduction.

Three French aid workers and an Iraqi colleague have been released in Iraq two months after they were kidnapped in Baghdad, the French government reports.

COVID-19: Kazakhstan Widens Restrictions; Uzbekistan Records First Death.

The global death toll from the coronavirus has exceeded 24,000 with more than 534,000 infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness. Here's a roundup of developments...

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FBI Chief Vows To Keep Working To Discover Ex-Agent’s Fate In Iran.

FBI Director Chris Wray says the U.S. law-enforcement agency will never give up on “finding out what happened" to former agent Robert Levinson, who the U.S. government believes died while in Iranian custody.

EU Leaders Give Final OK To Begin North Macedonia, Albania Membership Talks.

European Union leaders have given North Macedonia and Albania formal approval to begin talks to join the bloc, two days after EU ministers gave the green light for the small Balkan nations to begin the process.

IMF Board Approves Nearly $121 Million In Coronavirus Aid To Kyrgyzstan.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said its board has approved an emergency $120.9 million disbursement to Kyrgyzstan to help the Central Asian nation deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, in what could be the first in a series of such moves.

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Putin Makes Plea For Sanctions Relief At G20 Summit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed at a Group of 20 (G20) video conference that a freeze be placed on economic sanctions to allow countries to better combat the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 500,000 worldwide and kill...

U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Revolutionary Guards-Linked Firms, Individuals

The United States says it has imposed sanctions against 20 companies based in Iran and Iraq, along with officials and other individuals there who are accused of supporting terrorist groups.

Belarusian Journalist Satsuk Detained For Alleged Bribe Taking.

The Belarusian news website ej.by says state authorities have detained its director and editor in chief on suspicion of accepting a bribe.

Blast Rocks Funeral Services For Sikhs Killed In Kabul Attack.

A small explosion has disrupted the funeral services for 25 members of Afghanistan's Sikh community who were killed earlier this week in an attack by an Islamic State gunman on their religious compound.

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Kazakh Security Officials Arrest Man They Say Was Plotting 'Terrorist' Attack.

The National Security Committee for Kazakhstan says it has arrested a man suspected of plotting a terrorist act in Nur-Sultan, the capital of the Central Asian nation.

Tehran Denies Knowledge Of Missing Ex-FBI Agent After Reports He Died In Iranian Custody.

Tehran has denied it knows the whereabouts of Robert Levinson after the United States demanded "a complete accounting" of what happened to the retired FBI agent, who is believed to have died in Iranian custody.

Abdullah Says Release Of Taliban Prisoners 'Beneficial' For Peace Process.

Afghanistan's former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says the release of Taliban prisoners by the government would be beneficial for both sides and would help move the Afghan peace process forward.

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