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Qatar awards Malaysian ambassador for enhancing bilateral relations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 (Bernama) --Malaysian ambassador to Qatar, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, was granted the Al Wajbah Decoration for his role in enhancing bilateral relations by Qatar’s Deputy Amir, Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani, at Diwan Amiri in Doha on Thursday.

US President Trump says to veto congressional measure blocking emergency declaration

WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- US President Donald Trump said Friday he will "100 per cent" veto any attempt by Congress to block his national emergency declaration, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported.

India rushes in paramilitary forces to Indian-controlled Kashmir to fight separatists

SRINAGAR (Indian-controlled Kashmir), Feb 23 (Bernama) -- India's federal government rushed 100 companies of paramilitary forces for deployment in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir amid a major crackdown on separatists, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported officials as saying on Saturday.

Sudanese president declares one-year state of emergency, dissolves government

KHARTOUM, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Friday declared a one-year state of emergency all over Sudan and dissolved central and state governments after more than two months of popular protests in the country, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

At least three injured following strong earthquake in Ecuador

QUITO, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- At least three people were injured when a strong earthquakes rocked the Amazonian region of Ecuador on Friday, China's Xinhua News Agency reported the National Risk and Emergency Management Service as saying.

Severe weather warned for popular Aussie coastal spots as cyclone weakens

SYDNEY, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- Authorities warned of severe weather and hazardous surf conditions for Australia's southern Queensland and far northern New South Wales states on Saturday, despite the cancellation of a Tropical Cyclone Oma alert as the major storm weakened, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

Civilian deaths reported in Yemen despite Hodeidah ceasefire deal - UN

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- Eight Yemeni civilians have been killed by shelling earlier this week in Hodeidah of Yemen despite a ceasefire deal reached by the warring parties, a UN spokesman said on Friday, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.