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Pakistan: Blast Rocks Lahore, Killing 10

A powerful blast rocked a busy section of the northeastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Feb. 23, killing 10 people and injured more than 20 others, police sources said, Dawn reported. Read more…

Somalia: New Prime Minister Appointed

Recently elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed appointed a new prime minister Feb. 23, AP reported. Read more…

Indonesia: President To Visit Australia In Coming Days

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will head to Australia for a two-day visit beginning Feb. 26, Tempo reported Feb. 23. Read more…

Syria: Turkey-Backed Fighters Retake Al-Bab

Rebels backed by Turkey said Feb. 23 they have recaptured the northern town of al-Bab from the Islamic State, AFP reported. Clearing operations have yet to be completed near al-Bab and the Islamic State still holds a handful of smaller towns near the town. Read more…

Iraq: Government Forces Recapture Mosul Airport

According to unconfirmed reports, Iraqi government forces recaptured Mosul airport on Feb. 23, a key objective in the government's offensive to retake the western half of the city from the Islamic State, BBC reported. Read more…

Syria: Geneva Peace Negotiations Underway

U.N.-sponsored peace talks aimed at finding a political solution to the Syrian war began Feb. 23 in Geneva, BBC reported. Read more…

Austria: New Government Plan Would Give Bonuses For Hiring Residents

Austria's government is working on a plan to cut down on migration from other EU countries by offering state-funded employment bonuses to companies that hire Austrian residents, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Feb. 23. Read more…

Philippines: Chinese Minister Cancels Visit Following South China Sea Comments

Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng postponed a Feb. 23 official trip to the Philippines following comments by the Philippines’ foreign minister on Feb. 21 about Chinese activities in the South China Sea, unnamed Philippine officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

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