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August 19, 2018 11:01 AM Asian Games: Khim Wen lands Malaysia's first medal

JAKARTA: National taekwondo athlete, Yap Khim Wen, has become the first Malaysian to deliver a medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games for the country, after bagging a bronze medal in the women's individual poomsae event today. The success also ended a 16-year wait for the national taekwondo camp in the Asian Games after Lee Pei Fen/Lee Wan Yuen won a bronze 5

August 10, 2018 7:20 AM North Korea will preserve know-how despite denuclearization

TEHRAN: North Korea will preserve its nuclear know-how despite its promise of denuclearization to the United States, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said during a visit to Tehran, Iranian media reported on Thursday. Despite the agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula struck during a landmark summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President 10

August 6, 2018 5:06 AM Tajikistan fears for tourism after attack on bike tourists

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan: En route to mountainous Tajikistan's "roof of the world" lies a hastily-erected memorial to four bike tourists killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group late last month. Roses and tulips lie scattered at the tribute — featuring a plaque inscribed in English — in the foreground of a scrubby mountain landscape. "We express 15

August 1, 2018 9:16 AM Trump predicts Iran talks 'pretty soon'

TAMPA: US President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that talks with arch foe Iran were imminent, but the idea has been criticized in Tehran, with the country's foreign minister warning that "PR stunts won't work." Tehran has not given a definitive response to Trump's statement that he would meet "any time" without preconditions, but skepticism is rife in Iran over the possibility 8

July 29, 2018 8:17 AM Turkey planning summit with France, Germany, Russia

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is seeking to hold a summit in Istanbul with France, Germany and Russia on Sept 7 to discuss regional issues including the Syrian conflict, in comments published on Sunday. "We will discuss what we can do in the region together," Erdogan said, quoted by Hurriyet daily. He gave no further details on the issues 5

July 23, 2018 9:12 AM Trump's threats are 'psychological warfare': Iran general

TEHRAN: The head of Iran's Basij militia on Monday dismissed threats by US President Donald Trump as "psychological warfare", local media reported. "Trump's statements against Iran are psychological warfare. He is not in a position to act against Iran," said General Gholam Hossein Gheypour, according to the semi-official Isna news agency. His comments 6

July 22, 2018 9:57 AM Rouhani says conflict with Iran would be 'mother of all wars'

TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States not to "play with the lion's tail" on Sunday, saying that conflict with Iran would be the "mother of all wars". Addressing his US counterpart Donald Trump, Rouhani said: "You declare war and then you speak of wanting to support the Iranian people. "You cannot provoke the Iranian people 7

July 16, 2018 11:02 AM US rejects European call for Iran sanctions waiver: FT

PARIS: Washington will not budge on its decision to impose fresh sanctions on corporations operating in Iran, despite a European request for exemption, the Financial Times reported Monday. "International companies active in Iran face the threat of US sanctions within weeks after Washington rebuffed a high-level European plea to exempt crucial industries 8

July 5, 2018 1:06 AM US envoy to work with Sudan to remove from 'terror' list

KHARTOUM: The top US envoy in Sudan vowed Wednesday to work with Khartoum in its efforts to be removed from Washington's "terrorism" blacklist as he welcomed the African country's decision to sever ties with North Korea. In June, Sudan announced its defence firms had scrapped contracts with the Asian pariah state, acknowledging for the first time the existence 13

June 29, 2018 10:24 AM Iran striker retires at 23 over World Cup criticism

TEHRAN: Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun has announced his retirement from international football aged just 23, saying criticism from fans of his performance at the World Cup had harmed his mother's health. Azmoun, a rising star, who with 11 goals had been Iran's top scorer in qualification for the finals in Russia, drew brickbats from fans after he failed 8