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KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan grand assembly, known as the Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release of 400 "hard-core" Taliban prisoners, a decision endorsed by President Ashraf Ghani, paving the way for peace talks between the government and the insurgents aimed at ending a 19-year war.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said reshuffling the Cabinet is not an easy task as it takes time and has to be accepted by all parties in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN): Laos is planning to proceed to the second evaluation of implementation measures for Anti Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) in March this year.
BEIJING (Xinhua): Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, stressed strengthening checks and oversight over the exercise of power as he demanded consistency in full and strict governance over the party.
BEIJING (China Daily/ANN): In South China's Guangdong province, one of the country's major economic powerhouses, high-tech and new-industry sectors are powering economic growth, along with the upgrading of traditional manufacturing.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elizabeth Warren took the unusual step on Monday of confirming a report that fellow Democratic White House contender Bernie Sanders told her during a 2018 meeting that he did not believe a woman could win the 2020 presidential race.
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday it was too early to be pessimistic about stalled denuclearisation dialogue between the United States and North Korea, and that inter-Korean cooperation could help ease the way for sanctions to be lifted.
BANGALORE (Bloomberg): Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is likely to be greeted by an unprecedented show of opposition during his short India visit this week, after thousands of small-time local retailers pledged to protest its pricing and exclusive-selling practices.
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak on Monday (Jan 13) instructed the Board of Investment (BOI) to work with the Finance Ministry on measures aimed at encouraging businesses to accelerate their investments in the next six months, taking advantage of the strong baht
SANDRINGHAM, UK (AFP): Queen Elizabeth II on Monday allowed her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan to split their time between Canada and Britain during a "transition period" in which the family will figure out how to deal with their shock resignation from front-line royal duties.