Morning News Brief: Afghan peace deal, Malaysian turmoil, and more

WION Web Team New Delhi Feb 29, 2020, 08.27 AM(IST)

A peace deal is in place for Afghanistan but peace still seems to elude the war torn nation Photograph:( AFP )

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Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad will stand for the premiership on behalf of the former ruling coalition, the interim prime minister said on Saturday, less than a week after he quit and plunged the country into turmoil.

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Afghanistan's future in the balance as US, Taliban sign deal


The deal, drafted over a tempestuous year of dialogue marked by the abrupt cancellation of the effort by US President Donald Trump in September, is expected to lay out a timetable for a US force withdrawal.


Malaysian turmoil takes new twist as Mahathir and Anwar ally again


Mahathir has thus secured the likely support he needs to return as prime minister full-time, less than a week after he resigned and was appointed as interim leader.


Iran faces global criticism over its handling of coronavirus outbreak


A spokesperson from Iran's health ministry accused BBC of spreading lies and said that Iran's transparency in publishing information regarding the virus had stunned many people.