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Exclusive: Afghan lawmakers say 45 migrants drowned after Iranian guards forced them into river

KABUL/HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Iranian border guards killed 45 Afghan migrant workers trying to cross into Iran this month by forcing them into a raging mountain torrent at gunpoint, according to two Afghan lawmakers investigating the deaths.

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Afghanistan probes report Iranian border guards forced migrants into river, many drowned

HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan officials on Sunday launched a hunt to retrieve bodies of Afghan migrants from a river in a western province after reports that Iranian border guards tortured and threw Afghans into the river to prevent their entry into Iran.

Nation

Malaysia leaps in press freedom ranking

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is now ranked 101st globally in the latest 2020 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Football

Soccer - Turkmenistan league set to resume with fans despite coronavirus threat

ASHGABAT (Reuters) - Turkmenistan in Central Asia is set to resume its soccer season with spectators at the weekend, making it only the second country in the world to let fans attend matches as the new coronavirus shuts down almost all of world football.

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Central Asia tightens restrictions as coronavirus spreads

ALMATY (Reuters) - Authorities in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have announced fresh restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases in Central Asia snowballed.

Football

FIFA and AFC agree to postpone Asian World Cup qualifiers

(Reuters) - FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have agreed to postpone the Asian World Cup qualifying matches in March and June due to the coronavirus outbreak, the world soccer body said on Monday.