Asia

Bush criticizes Afghanistan withdrawal, fears for women

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BERLIN — Former President George W. Bush criticized the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan in an interview with a German broadcaster released Wednesday, saying he...

Olympic athletes to put on own medals at Tokyo ceremonies

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TOKYO — Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the coronavirus. ...

Merkel brings message of stability to US on farewell visit

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BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel left Wednesday for Washington on what is likely to be her last official visit , carrying a bag...

German FM: China using vaccine donations for political ends

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BERLIN — Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday accused China of tying the delivery of coronavirus vaccines to political demands. ...

IOC president quickly corrects slip up in Olympic pep talk

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TOKYO — IOC President Thomas Bach appeared in public on Tuesday for the first time since arriving in Tokyo last week with the pandemic-postponed...

4 US, UK Olympic contractors arrested for alleged drug use

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TOKYO — Four U.S. and British men working for a power company contracted for the Olympics were arrested on suspicion of using cocaine, officials...

Russian fund: India’s top vaccine maker to produce Sputnik V

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MOSCOW — Russia's sovereign fund on Tuesday announced a deal with a top Indian vaccine manufacturer to produce the Russia-designed Sputnik V vaccine. ...

France urges compatriots to leave Afghanistan immediately

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PARIS — France on Tuesday urged all its citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately given growing security risks, and is arranging a special weekend evacuation...

Turkmenistan president’s son promoted to key government job

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ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — Turkmenistan’s autocratic president has promoted his only son to a key government post, a development seen as laying the foundation for...

Taliban say they now control 85% of Afghanistan’s territory

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MOSCOW — The Taliban claimed on Friday that they now control 85% of Afghanistan's territory amid a surge in wins on the ground and...