Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced Tehran’s support for “an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process”, saying a withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-weary nation could pave the way for the peace and reconciliation process.
Tehran backs Afghan-led peace process: FM
Commanders of Iran and Pakistan naval forces discussed collaboration between the two neighboring nations in a meeting in Islamabad.
Iran, Pakistan navy chiefs discuss furthering cooperation
Japan’s economy expanded at a faster than earlier estimated annual rate of 1.8 percent in July-September, powered by stronger consumer purchases and corporate investment ahead of an Oct. 1 tax hike.
Japan economy marks fourth straight quarter of expansion
A fire believed to be caused by an electrical short circuit engulfed a building in India's capital on Sunday where handbags and other items were made by workers, killing at least 43 people.
Fire at New Delhi factory kills dozens
North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United States last year.
North Korea conducts ‘very important test’ at once-dismantled site
Crowds of black-clad demonstrators thronged Hong Kong on Sunday in fresh anti-government protests since local elections last month.
Hong Kong sees biggest protests since November elections
The South Korean economy shows a continued sluggishness due to slowing exports and weak investment, a state-run think tank said Sunday.
South Korean economy remains sluggish on slowing exports: KDI
China’s exports in November shrank for the fourth consecutive month, underscoring persistent pressures on manufacturers from the Sino-US war but growth in imports may be a sign that Beijing’s stimulus steps are helping to stoke demand.
China November exports fall, but import growth hints of recovering demand
North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Saturday that denuclearization is off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed.
North Korea's UN envoy says denuclearization off negotiating table with US
The United States has resumed talks with the Taliban militant group in Qatar, according to a US source, days after President Donald Trump paid a surprise visit to the war-torn country and hinted at a resumption of the negotiations.
US resumes talks with Taliban in Qatar: Source

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