ANKARA, June 27 (Bernama) --Muslims in certain Asian and African countries celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Monday, unlike most others which marked the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Sunday, Turkey's Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

SEOUL, June 27 (Bernama)--South Korea's Unification Ministry said Monday it was "expecting" North Korea to agree to form a joint team at next year's first Winter Olympics on the peninsula, Turkey's Anadolu (AA) news agency reported.

TOKYO, June 27 (Bernama) --Troubled air bag maker Takata Corp on Monday filed with Tokyo District Court for bankruptcy protection under Japan's civil rehabilitation law, in the largest manufacturing business failure in postwar Japan, Japan's Jiji Press reported.

ISLAMABAD, June 24 (Bernama) -- Death toll of the two bomb blasts that hit two different cities of Pakistan on Friday has risen to 59, China's Xinhua news agency reported officials as saying on Saturday.

ANKARA, June 24 (Bernama) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a state in northern Syria, said state-run Anadolu Agency on Saturday, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

CAIRO, June 24 (Bernama) -- Egypt strongly condemned on Saturday a failed terror attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca that left 11 persons injured, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

CHENGDU, June 24 (Bernama) -- The rescue headquarters of the landslide in southwest China\'s Sichuan Province has said the landslide buried 62 homes, and more than 120 people are thought to be missing, China's Xinhua news agency reported.