CAIRO, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Palestinian rival movements Fatah and Hamas on Thursday agreed to end their long-time rift following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, Xinhua news agency reported, citing official MENA news agency.

CAIRO, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Egypt has decided to extend the nationwide state of emergency for another three months starting from Friday over security challenges, Xinhua news agency reported according to a presidential decree published in the official gazette on Thursday.

TIANJIN, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest ice cream producer, according to statistics published at an industry expo in north China's Tianjin City, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

TOKYO, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Thursday that the US forces in Japan will ground all of its CH-53E helicopters following one of the transport choppers crash-landing near a US base on the main island of Okinawa in Japan\'s southernmost prefecture, Xinhua news agency reported.

MANILA, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said on Thursday that he has ordered the police to stay out of the anti-drug campaign after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte designated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the "sole agency" in charge of his war against drugs, Xinhua news agency reported.

By Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has brushed aside criticism claiming that a fleet of 28 'VT4' main battle tanks it bought from China for 4.9 billion Baht (RM612 million) are from an old model.

GAZA, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Islamic Hamas movement's chief Ismail Haniyeh announced on Thursday that his movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party have reached a reconciliation agreement in Cairo, Xinhua news agency reported.