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Bad times

It really cannot get more bizarre. The day US President Donald Trump ordered his bombers to drop the “mother of all bombs” (MOAB) on the impoverished district of Nangarhar in Afghanistan to smoke out the Islamic State (IS), there was perceptible glee amongst many of those who have no qualms in recommending firing of machine guns at Kashmiri stone pelters.

Major Western leaders snub China’s New Silk Road summit?

While China has portrayed the New Silk Road as a genuine effort to share the bounty of China’s economic development, many Western countries are concerned about transparency in the project and are suspicious about China’s broader political intents

Ben Blanchard Beijing

 Only one country from the Group of Seven (G7) nations—Italy—is attending China's most important diplomatic event of the year: a summit next month on President Xi Jinping's New Silk Road strategy. China's foreign minister, however, has refused to read the gesture as a snub. 

Migrants in Turkey pray for return to Syria

Tuvan Gumrukcu

REYHANLI: Ahmad Mustafa fled northern Syria to Turkey four months ago, badly injuring his hand along the way.

But while the free healthcare he gets as a refugee is helping him heal, Mustafa and many of the nearly 3 million Syrian migrants who have fled to Turkey are gradually losing hope for their war-ravaged homeland.

"We have no hope for Syria at this stage. Russia, Iran, and the United States are all hitting us from different sides," Mustafa said, his right arm still in a sling.