TOKYO, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- Japan and the United States agreed in talks on Tuesday that focus should be kept on a diplomatic solution to address the current tensions on the Korean Peninsula, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

ANKARA, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- Turkish jets and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) targeted Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in northern Iraq, killing eight militants, the military announced in a statement on Tuesday, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

KABUL, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- A suicide bomber on Tuesday blew his explosive device next to a police training center in Gardez city, capital of Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province, killing at least 20 people and injuring 160 others, China's Xinhua news agency reported a local official as saying.

MANILA, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- The Philippine media reported on Tuesday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had declared the liberation of the southern city of Marawi after nearly five months of fighting, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

PRETORIA, Oct 17 (BERNAMA-NNN-SABC) -- The South African Policing Union (Sapu) has called on President Jacob Zuma to fire Police Minister Fikile Mbalula for failing to resolve the ongoing 10111 Call Centre operators wage dispute.

SEOUL, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- US President Donald Trump will make a two-day state visit to South Korea next month to hold a summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and deliver a speech to the National Assembly, China's Xinhua news agency reported Moon's office as saying on Tuesday.

KABUL, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- A total of 26 militants of Haqqani terror group were killed after Afghan Special Forces launched airstrikes against their hideouts in eastern province of Khost, China's Xinhua news agency reported authorities as saying on Tuesday.