Thousands take to the streets in Lebanon in protest against WhatsApp tax BEIRUT. KAZINFORM: Demonstrations erupted last night in Lebanon over plans for the introduction of a tax on telephone calls made over the internet using the WhatsApp messenger, Kazinform has learnt from Arab News. Thousands of of people continued to protest past midnight, even after an announcement by Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Choucair that the plan had been abandoned at the request of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Issues of extremism and terrorism are still relevant, D. Nazarbayeva NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – The first meeting of the World and Traditional Religions’ Leaders was held at the moment when the humanity was in the crisis of interfaith trust, Chief of the Secretariat of the World and Traditional Religions’ Leaders Dariga Nazarbayeva said at the 18th meeting of the Secretariat in Nur-Sultan, Kazinform correspondent reports.
Syrian military take full control over Eastern Ghouta DAMASCUS. KAZINFORM Syria's government army has taken full control over the city of Douma that was held by the Jaysh al-Islam group and now entire Eastern Ghouta is under control of government forces, chief of the Russian center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria Yuri Yevtushenko said on Thursday, according to TASS.
Kazakhstan may send troops to join UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon ASTANA. KAZINFORM According to the country's Deputy Defense Minister Talgat Mukhtarov, currently, around 120 Kazakh troops are undergoing training to be deployed as part of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Middle Eastern country, Kazinform correspondent reports.
Ankara’s Russia-Turkey-Iran summit on April 4 to yield statement on Syria - Kremlin aide MOSCOW. KAZINFORM Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Hassan Rouhani of Iran are expected to pass a joint statement on the situation in Syria after their summit in Ankara on April 4, Russian president's aide Yuri Ushakov said on Monday, according to TASS.
South Korea, China exchange views on DPRK nukes ahead of summit SEOUL. KAZINFORM Ranking officials from South Korea and China met in Seoul on Thursday to exchange views on how to rid North Korea of its nuclear ambitions, while the two Koreas set the date for what could be a historic meeting between their leaders, Yonhap reports.
Afghanistan peace conference in Tashkent is a signal to Taliban - expert TASHKENT. KAZINFORM Afghanistan peace conference in Tashkent will serve as a good signal to the Taliban that the international community is determined to the peace process, says an expert on Afghan issues, former deputy foreign minister of Uzbekistan Abdusamat Khaidarov.
Russian, Iranian, Turkish presidents to discuss Syrian settlement on April 4 ASTANA. KAZINFORM The presidents of Russia, Iran, and Turkey will meet in Istanbul on April 4, to agree on additional approaches to ways of promoting a settlement in Syria on the basis of resolutions by the international community, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Astana, according to TASS.