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Afghans go to polls to elect country’s next president

The polling opened at 7:00 am. local time (0230 GMT) and will continue uninterrupted till 3:00 pm. local time (1030 GMT) in the country’s 34 provinces, according to Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials. The election time is likely to be extended.

Xinhua

Trump says no meeting scheduled with Iran’s Rouhani

Washington on Friday announced the latest round of maximum pressure campaign against Tehran, including sanctions targeting Iran’s central bank and its national development fund as well as the deployment of more U.S. military assets to the Gulf

Xinhua

137 people arrested as “Yellow Vest” renews in Paris

7,500 police officers have been poured in and armored vehicles were deployed to handle more threats of rioting. A brief standoff erupted when anti-riot police fired tear gas to prevent some demonstrators from cruising to adjacent streets.

Xinhua

Xi calls for restraint after attacks on Saudi oil facilities

Xi made the remarks in phone talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who briefed him about the incident. The attacks on Saudi oil facilities have had an impact on the situation in the Gulf region and on the international energy market, he said.

Xinhua