Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted a 45-day state of emergency which had outlawed protests amid political upheaval on the Muslim-majority Indian Ocean island chain.
Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days
A gunfight has claimed the lives of five soldiers and five suspected militants in the disputed region of Kashmir, police say.
Kashmir gunfight leaves 10 Indian soldiers, suspected militants dead
Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw, a close ally of the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has announced his resignation, citing ill health.
Myanmar’s president resigns 'to take rest from duties’
Peninsula, Pyongyang has dismissed speculation that tough sanctions brought North Korea to the negotiating table with the US and the South, stressing that the North is now driving a “peace offensive.”
N Korea says diplomatic overtures signal its strength, not sanctions
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that the deployment of US missile system components in Japan would have a direct impact on his country's national security and regional interests.
Japan's deployment of US missile system affects Russia’s security interests: Lavrov
German President Frank Walter Steinmeier in a message on the occasion of Norouz (New Iranian Year) called it the festivity of friendship and solidarity.
German President: Norouz, festivity of friendship and solidarity
At least 35 people have been killed in a rocket attack by militants on a market in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Rocket fire by militants kills 35 in Damascus suburb: State TV
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has praised the Islamic Republic’s role in efforts to restore peace and stability to the Middle East through cooperation with regional countries.
President Rouhani praises Iran's peace efforts in Mideast
In his strongest warning yet to Taiwan, China’s President Xi Jinping says the self-ruled island will face the “punishment of history” for any attempt to split the mainland.
Xi: Taiwan to face ‘punishment of history’ over any separatist move
The United States and South Korea say their annual joint military drills will resume next month, despite a diplomatic thaw with North Korea, a move that risks irking Pyongyang ahead of a planned summit with US President Donald Trump.
US, South Korea to resume annual military drills

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