Norway urges support for U.N. fund to aid Afghans

By Victoria Klesty OSLO (Reuters) – Norway on Tuesday urged other countries to contribute to a United Nations fund by providing cash directly to Afghans so they can survive the winter, its foreign minister told Reuters. With the Afghan economy...

Kabul passport office suspends work as demand crashes system

KABUL (Reuters) – The Kabul passport office has been forced to suspend operations after equipment used for issuing biometric documents broke down under the pressure of processing thousands of applications a day, the head of the office said. Worries about the...

Japan distances itself from report its envoy helped free U.S. reporter

By Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan on Tuesday distanced itself from a visit to Myanmar by its special envoy during which, according to military-run media in Myanmar, he played a role in the release from jail of U.S. journalist Danny Fenster. Fenster, 37, the...

In rare phone call, Merkel and Lukashenko discuss help for refugees

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belarus’ leader Alexander Lukashenko held a phone call on Monday to discuss humanitarian aid for refugees and migrants stranded at the EU-Belarus border, a German government spokesperson said. The rare...