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- One month into conflict, Israeli troops reach “heart of Gaza City
JERUSALEM (Xinhua) -- Israeli troops were fighting on Tuesday “in the heart of Gaza City,” a senior Israeli commander said, on the 32nd day of the Israel-Hamas conflict that has claimed the lives of 10,328 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.... More >>>
- China, Australia embark on right path of improving ties: Xi
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Beijing on Monday, saying China and Australia have embarked on the right path of improving relations.... More >>>
- US, Arab states at odds on truce
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Xinhua) -- The United States and Arab countries disagreed on the need for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as Israeli military strikes killed civilians at a United Nations shelter and hospitals. ... More >>>
- Xi-Scholz talk highlights pragmatic cooperation
(Global Times) – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday held a video meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, during which he noted that China and Germany, both responsible major countries, should not only develop bilateral relations and serve as examples of win-win cooperation, but also defend the international order and multilateralism, and work together to address global challenges.... More >>>
- Chinese authorities discover hundreds of illegal foreign-related meteorological detection sites
(Global Times) -- Chinese authorities discovered hundreds of illegal foreign-related meteorological detection sites which are widely distributed across more than 20 provinces nationwide,... More >>>
- Israel sends more troops ‘deep in Gaza’, conducts deadly airstrikes on refugee camp
JERUSALEM/GAZA (Xinhua) -- Israel intensified its ground offensive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, sending troops deep into the Palestinian territory and clashing with Hamas militants in fierce battles. ... More >>>
- Concerns mount for elderly as fewer Japanese donate blood
(The Japan Times/ANN) -- The number of people under the age of 40 who have donated blood in Japan in the last decade has declined 33 percent, according to data from the Japanese Red Cross Society, posing a concern as the country’s population rapidly ages.... More >>>
- Survey shows 60 percent of Japanese wrongly believe antibiotics can treat a cold
(The Japan Times/ANN) -- Nearly 60 percent of people erroneously believe that antibiotics are effective in treating a cold, according to a recent survey in Japan, with medical experts warning their misuse and overuse can increase antimicrobial resistance. ... More >>>
- China vows to provide more benefits to neighbours through modernisation
Beijing, China: China will continue to promote the development of principles in the new era, hoping that the Chinese style of modernisation will deliver more benefits to its neighbours and contribute to Asia’s modernisation, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said.... More >>>
- Extreme heatwave warnings grip Australia’s north as the south-east prepares for a cold front
(ABC) -- Extreme and severe weather warnings are gripping Australia this week, all the way from the north-west to the south-east.... More >>>
- UN warns of clear violations of international law in Gaza
United Nations (Prensa Latina) -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday warned of clear violations of international humanitarian law in the Israel-Palestine conflict. ... More >>>
- Accelerating switch to renewables could put fossil fuel peak in sight this decade: IEA
(ABC) -- Almost half of the world’s electricity could come from emissions-free sources such as wind, solar and nuclear by the end of the decade according to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). ... More >>>
- A large demonstration in Brussels calls for ceasefire in Gaza
BRUSSELS (Xinhua) -- A large demonstration rallied on Sunday afternoon in Brussels, calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaze Strip. ... More >>>
- Trucks with humanitarian aid enter Gaza through Rafah border crossing
GAZA/RAFAH, Egypt (Xinhua) -- Twenty trucks loaded with humanitarian aid entered Gaza on Saturday through the Rafah crossing, the only border crossing between the besieged coastal enclave and Egypt, after a two-week blockade.... More >>>
- China, Russia agree to advance ties
(China Daily/ANN) -- President Xi Jinping underlined China’s readiness to enable a higher and deeper level of regional cooperation between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union, during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.... More >>>
- China and Russia work to enhance cooperation
(China Daily/ANN) -- With China and Russia pledging to deepen bilateral trade and investment cooperation, government officials and experts said economic ties between the two countries will be bolstered by dedicated collaboration across various sectors, including automotive, trade in services and other emerging fields. ... More >>>
- What to expect at 3rd Belt and Road Forum for Int’l Cooperation
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- The third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) will be held in Beijing from Tuesday to Wednesday.... More >>>
- China urges Israel to avoid collective punishment as Gaza humanitarian crisis grows
(Global Times) -- The humanitarian crisis has been further aggravating in the Gaza Strip over the weekend. With Israel further pressing on Sunday with preparations for a ground offensive after having ordered more than 1 million ... More >>>
- Israeli army says preparing strike on Gaza from “air, sea and land”
JERUSALEM (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday toured southern Israel, where the surprise Hamas attack took place a week ago, encouraging troops to get “prepared for what is coming,” according to his office.... More >>>
- Israel forms unity gov’t as battles with Hamas escalate
GAZA/JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
The death toll of Palestinians from the ongoing Israeli airstrikes has reached 1,100, the Health Ministry in Gaza said in a statement Wednesday.... More >>>
- Israel bolsters forces on border with Gaza as regional powers scramble to mediate
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Xinhua) -- Israel intensified on Tuesday its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and bolstered its forces along the border, the fourth day of one of the most intense clashes between Israel and Hamas militants in decades. ... More >>>
- Israel besieges Gaza amid intensified conflict with Hamas, attacks on border with Lebanon
JERUSALEM/GAZA (Xinhua) -- Israel intensified its air strikes in Gaza on Monday and imposed a “complete siege” on the Palestinian enclave on the third day of conflict following the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement’s (Hamas) Saturday surprise attack on Israel. ... More >>>
- Israel declares “state of war” as conflict with Hamas continues
JERUSALEM/GAZA (Xinhua) -- Israel’s cabinet declared a “state of war” on Sunday after a massive surprise attack launched by Hamas has so far killed at least 700 in Israel while retaliatory Israeli airstrikes killed at least 413 in Gaza.... More >>>
- ‘Sea of bodies’ in Israel, scores dead in Gaza as shock Hamas attack unleashes war
JERUSALEM/GAZA/SDEROT (The Straits Times/ANN) -- Gunmen from the Palestinian group Hamas rampaged through Israeli towns on Saturday killing and capturing scores of civilians and soldiers in a ... More >>>
- Flash floods kill at least 14 in northeastern India and leave more than 100 missing
NEW DELHI (AP)  - - Rescue workers were searching for more than 100 people on Thursday after flash floods triggered by a sudden heavy rainfall swamped several towns in northeastern India, killing at least 14 people, officials said.... More >>>
- Taiwan shuts offices, cancels flights as Typhoon Koinu nears
(The Straits Times/ANN) -- Taiwan cancelled flights and shut schools and offices across parts of the south and outlying islands on Wednesday as Typhoon Koinu closes in on its southern tip. ... More >>>
- Emergency bushfire warning issued for Coolagolite, Kearsley blaze alert downgraded
(ABC News) – A bushfire is impacting homes and properties on the New South Wales South Coast, while another blaze has been downgraded from an emergency level. ... More >>>
- Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway begins operation, expected to see ridership of around 10 million trips in the first year
(Global Times) -- The Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (HSR), the first HSR in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, officially began operation on Monday.... More >>>
- China’s 8-day National Day holiday sparks travel, consumption frenzy
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Approximately a week prior to the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays, more than 6,000 hotel... More >>>
- Meta unveils celebrity AI chatbots featuring Matildas captain Sam Kerr, and smart glasses that live stream from your face
(AP) -- Meta — the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — has unveiled new artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots, smart streaming glasses and a refreshed mixed reality headset, as chief executive Mark Zuckerberg continues to push his vision for a virtual reality known as “the metaverse”.... More >>>
- Human metapneumovirus is spreading in NSW
(ABC) -- NSW Health has recorded a spike in cases of a lesser-known respiratory virus. Human metapneumovirus (HMPV) has been on the medical radar since the early 2000s and ... More >>>
- China’s white paper shedding directions for building community with shared global future
Beijing, China: China on Tuesday released a white paper outlining the path to build a global community with a shared future in order to enhance the international community’s ability to work together for better Cooperation on global development. ... More >>>
- 10 years on, BRI brings closer Euro-Asian ties
XI’AN (Xinhua) -- Employing his fluent Chinese, Wouters Jeffery was busy introducing his Belgian products to expo visitors, pouring beer for them to taste. Held on the sidelines of 2023 Euro-Asia Economic Forum, the economic and trade expo was held from Friday to Monday in Xi’an, the capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.... More >>>
- White House preparing for government shutdown as House Republicans lack a viable endgame for funding
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday directed federal agencies to get ready for a shutdown after House Republicans left town for the weekend with no viable plan to keep the government funded and avert politically and economically costly disruption of federal services.... More >>>
- UN chief urges bold solutions to tackle great finance divide to deliver SDGs
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The UN chief on Wednesday urged global policymakers to unlock better financing and tackle the great finance divide, as progress on some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has gone into reverse for the first time in decades.... More >>>
- UN General Assembly begins general debate
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The General Debate of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, focusing on restoring global trust and solidarity in current challenging time. ... More >>>
- Asean leaders sustain positive outlook on Chinese economy
NANNING (Xinhua) -- Asean leaders attending the ongoing 20th China- Asean Expo highlighted the achievements of China- Asean cooperation and expressed optimism about China’s economic development prospects. ... More >>>
- Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chinh arrives in US
CALIFORNIA (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chinh arrived in California on September 17 (local time), beginning a working trip to the US to attend the high-level week of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, and to conduct bilateral activities in the country.... More >>>
- Kim Jong Un, Shoigu discuss military cooperation, international affairs
TOKYO (TASS) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in Vladivostok and they discussed cooperation and exchanges between the armed forces of the two countries and international affairs, Voice of Korea radio reported.... More >>>
- Putin, Kim Jong Un wrap up more than five hours of talks at Russian spaceport
VOSTOCHNY SPACEPORT /Amur Region/, (TASS) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have ended their talks that lasted more than five hours.... More >>>
- Putin meets with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
(Sputnik) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Russia’s Far East later on Wednesday to discuss a range of issues of mutual interest.... More >>>
- Kim Jong Un leaves North Korea for Russia ahead of Putin talks
MOSCOW (Sputnik) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Pyongyang by special train in the afternoon of September 10 and is now heading to Russia, accompanied by senior officials from his government, state media reported Tuesday. ... More >>>
- Vietnam, US upgrade ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Peace, Cooperation, and Sustainable Development
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Vietnam and the United States on Sunday announced the establishment of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Peace, Cooperation, and Sustainable Development, a major, historic upgrade from the current Comprehensive Partnership. ... More >>>
- Powerful quake in Morocco kills more than 2,000 people and damages historic buildings in Marrakech
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- A rare, powerful earthquake struck Morocco, sending people racing from their beds into the streets and toppling buildings in mountainous villages and ancient cities not built to withstand such force. More than 2,000 people were killed, and the toll was expected to rise as rescuers struggled Saturday to reach hard-hit remote areas.... More >>>
- Asean and China, Japan, RoK need to enhance multilateral trade linkages
JAKARTA (Vietnam News) -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chinh attended the 26th Asean Plus Three Summit (China, Japan, and Republic of Korea) held in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday.... More >>>
- Fierce storm in southern Brazil kills at least 21 people and displaces more than 1,600
SAO PAULO (AP) -- At least 21 people died in southern Brazil due to a fierce storm that caused floods in several cities, authorities said Tuesday. ... More >>>
- Cooperation ramped up to amplify Asia’s voice
(China Daily/ANN) -- Representatives of 15 news entities in Asia emphasised the need for elevating cooperation to a new level and making Asia’s voice heard, during the board meeting of the Asia News Network on Monday in Beijing.
The meeting marked the first in-person assembly of the leading regional news alliance since the COVID-19 pandemic, building new bridges for collaborative efforts among Asian countries and between Asia and the rest of the world. ... More >>>
- 43rd Asean Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting emphasises unity, inclusiveness
JAKARTA (Xinhua) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the 43rd Asean summit convened here on Monday, with an emphasis on Asean’s unity and inclusiveness.... More >>>
- Xi reaffirms China’s commitment to high-level opening up
(China Daily/ANN) -- President Xi Jinping reaffirmed on Saturday Beijing’s commitment to pushing forward a high level of opening up, saying that China will open wider in sectors including telecommunications, tourism, law and vocational examinations and widen the market access in the services sector.... More >>>
- Chandrayaan 3: Rover Pragyan confirms Moon has Oxygen, Sulphur; search for Hydrogen on
(The Statesman/ANN) -- Chandrayaan 3 Moon Mission Latest Update: The Chandrayaan 3’s rover Pragyan has confirmed the presence of Sulphur on the Moon, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Tuesday... More >>>
- Erdogan expects to meet with Putin before UNGA kicks off — source in Ankara
ANKARA (TASS) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expects to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September, before the 78th session of the UN General Assembly begins on September 19, a political source in Ankara told TASS. ... More >>>
- Asean reaffirms commitment to energy security, connectivity
(The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- During the 41st Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) held on August 24 in Bali, Indonesia, the bloc renewed its dedication to sustainable energy security through enhanced connectivity.... More >>>
- Myanmar faces rising inflation rate due to the increase in exchange rates: CBM vice governor
(Eleven/ANN) -- Inflation rates in Myanmar are increasing at a reasonable rate and the increase in the value of imports is not concerned with the increase in wages, the increase in the amount of currency and the increase in demand, but due to the increase in exchange rates, which should be valued in the calculation of the value of imports, said Dr Lin Aung, vice governor (2) of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM).... More >>>
- Chandrayaan-3 makes soft landing on Moon surface, first country to do so on its South Pole
(The Statesman/ANN) -- India created history on Wednesday after its ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan 3 successfully made a soft landing near the south pole of the lunar surface.... More >>>
- BRICS ties give impetus for growth
(China Daily/ANN) -- Enhanced cooperation and better coordination among BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — will bolster their economic growth and fortify the multilateral trading system, said market watchers and business leaders. ... More >>>
- China launches new book edition to publicise achievements of BRI
Beijing, China: A nicely-designed book emphasising numerous successful stories of international development and cooperation projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which was initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping a decade ago, has now been published in Urdu. ... More >>>
- Ecuador prepares for 2nd round of presidential voting in October
(AA) -- Ecuador is headed for a presidential election runoff in October between leftist candidate Luisa Gonzalez and former lawmaker and businessman, Daniel Noboa, after the early results of Sunday’s election failed to present a winner.... More >>>
- Summit set to bolster BRICS cooperation
(China Daily/ANN) -- The upcoming 15th BRICS Summit, to be hosted by South Africa, will present key opportunities to boost dialogue and cooperation between the five major emerging economies and other developing nations, and enhance solidarity between China and Africa, officials and analysts have said. ... More >>>
- Jakarta air pollution may cast a shadow over sports tourism
(The Jakarta Post/ANN) -- As Greater Jakarta struggles to curb its perennial air pollution, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has called for a swift solution to ... More >>>
- Number of dead from Maui wildfires reaches 99, as governor warns there could be scores more
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- The number of deaths caused by the Maui wildfires stood at 99 Monday, a figure that is likely to increase as search crews comb neighborhoods where flames moved as fast as a mile a minute. ... More >>>
- Chinese communication expert share tips on reporting 
Beijing, China: Constructive journalism significantly influences fairness and equality in societies and enable the maintenance of stability and peaceful circumstances, and the media’s responsibility for social development is crucial for developing nations.... More >>>
- Over 30 people missing after landslide at Hpakant’s old jade mining site
(Eleven/ANN) -- Over 30 people went missing after a landslide occurred at an old jade mine near Mana village in Hpakant Township, Kachin State, on the evening of August 13, according to local social organisations.... More >>>
- Survivors of the deadly Maui wildfires start returning to ruins. The death toll is likely to rise
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Deadly wildfires that swept with alarming speed and strength through the Hawaiian island of Maui reduced hundreds of homes to ash, sending emergency workers scrambling Saturday to find temporary housing... More >>>
- Wildfires take Maui by surprise, burning through a historic town and killing at least 6 people
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) -- The sky was dark from smoke and flames were racing through the historic Hawaiian town of Lahaina when Kamuela Kawaakoa got back to his apartment after a quick dash to... More >>>
- New Covid-19 subvariant accounts for 18 percent of recent community cases: MOH
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- About 18 per cent of all community cases of Covid-19 detected in recent weeks are ... More >>>
- ECB rate hikes might knock 3.8 percent off euro area economy: analysis
FRANKFURT (Xinhua) -- Aggressive rate hikes by the European Central Bank (ECB) can inflict an adverse impact on the economy of the euro area, and will trim 3.8 percent off from its economic output in 2024, a Bloomberg analysis published on Monday said. ... More >>>
- King appoints Hun Manet as Prime Minister
(The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- King Norodom Sihamoni on August 7 issued a royal decree appointing Hun Manet, an elected lawmaker for Phnom Penh, as the prime minister of Cambodia.... More >>>
- AI already playing bigger roles behind the scenes in healthcare: Kenneth Mak
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times) -- Artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a game changer in healthcare, bringing about a significant shift in the way diseases are detected, thereby providing for early interventions and hopefully better outcomes.... More >>>
- Pheu Thai announces candidates for five major ministries
(The Nation/ANN) -- Following its announcement on Wednesday that it was getting ready to form a government without Move Forward, Pheu Thai Party has put in
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- President calls for all-out search and rescue efforts
(China Daily/ANN) -- President Xi Jinping issued an instruction on flood prevention and disaster relief work on Tuesday, ordering all-out search and rescue efforts to save those missing or trapped in floods and geological disasters caused by Typhoon Doksuri. ... More >>>
- 11 dead and 27 missing in Beijing’s heavy rainfall
(China Daily/ANN) -- The latest round of heavy rainfall in Beijing has resulted in 11 deaths, including two people who sacrificed their lives during rescue operations, and another 27 missing individuals as of 6 am on Tuesday, according to city government. ... More >>>
- Suicide bomber at political rally in northwest Pakistan kills at least 44 people, wounds nearly 200
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up at a political rally in a former stronghold of militants in northwest Pakistan bordering Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 44 people and wounding nearly 200 in an attack that a senior leader said was meant to weaken Pakistani Islamists.... More >>>
- Hun Sen: Cambodia set to witness leadership transition
(The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- Prime Minister Hun Sen reaffirmed on July 28 that Cambodia is about to experience a landmark leadership transition, with the country poised to have a new prime minister who will continue steering the nation towards prosperity and sustainable development.... More >>>
- US Fed hikes interest rates by 25 basis points
NEW YORK (Xinhua) -- The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rates by 25 basis points to the range of 5.25 to 5.5 percent, the highest level in over two decades, as it continues to ramp up its fight against inflation.... More >>>
- China’s top legislature adopts a decision of removing Qin Gang as foreign minister, appoints Wang Yi as foreign minister
(Global Times) -- China’s top legislature convened a session on Tuesday to review a draft criminal law amendment and a decision on ... More >>>
- PM shares vision of future after sweeping election win
(The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- Following the July 23 general election, Prime Minister Hun Sen, having secured 120 of the 125 parliamentary seats according to preliminary results, briefed international election monitoring delegations about the fresh generation of leaders set to take the helm. This new leadership group, he outlined, comprises individuals with substantial education, including in the realm of digital technology. ... More >>>
- Housing stress affecting growing number of Australians, survey finds, amid calls for action
(ABC) -- Housing advocates warn that the nation’s housing crisis is getting worse, with a survey of hundreds of renters revealing the majority are now under “housing stress”.... More >>>
- NEC reports smooth conduct of 21-day election campaign
(The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- The National Election Committee (NEC) reported that the 21 days of the election campaign had progressed smoothly.... More >>>
- Thailand braces for mass protests after parliamentary ‘coup’ against Pita
(The Nation/ANN) -- Supporters called the mass rally at 5pm, straight after the Constitutional Court suspended Pita pending its ruling on whether he was unqualified to contest the May 14 election because he owned shares in media firm iTV.... More >>>
- Pita ineligible for renomination, Parliament majority decides
(The Nation/ANN) -- After more than eight hours of debate, 395 of 715 parliamentarians voted that renominating Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat as PM candidate violates Parliament regulation No 41. ... More >>>
- Pheu Thai to field Srettha for PM in 3rd round if Pita fails again: Paetongtarn
(The Nation/ANN) -- The Pheu Thai Party would nominate Srettha Thavisin in the third round of the election for prime minister if Move Forward Party’s PM candidate, Pita Limjaroenrat, fails to win the post in the second round on Wednesday, Pheu Thai PM candidate Paetongtarn Shinawatra said on Tuesday. ... More >>>
- Renewed bid to become Thai PM faces hurdles
(China Daily/ANN) -- Pita Limjaroenrat is expected to renew his push to become Thailand’s next prime minister, but analysts say this will be an uphill climb for the 42-year-old businessman-turned-politician.... More >>>
- Pita says Move Forward ready to back Pheu Thai nominee if all else fails
(The Nation/ANN) -- Pita Limjaroenrat, Move Forward leader and PM hopeful, called on the public to help him and his party “change the hearts of the senators”.
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- Election agency justifies its decision to send Pita’s case to charter court
(The Nation) -- The Election Commission (EC) is only performing its duties in filing the case against Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat in the Constitutional Court as stipulated by the 2017 Constitution, the election agency said in a statement on Thursday.... More >>>
- Asean foreign ministers meet in Jakarta for AMM-56
JAKARTA (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Asean foreign ministers and their counterparts from China, Russia, the United States and other key partners yesterday met in Jakarta for the 56th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. ... More >>>
- Chinese President calls for stronger Sino-Russian cooperation
(China Daily/ANN) -- President Xi Jinping has called for further strengthening cooperation between China and Russia, saying that developing Sino-Russian relations is a strategic choice made by the two countries based on their fundamental interests.... More >>>
- Cambodia joins in outcry over US cluster bomb supply to Ukraine
(The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- Cambodia has united with a host of nations in opposition to the US supplying Ukraine with cluster bombs, issuing a stark warning that such weaponry will cause great suffering to the Ukrainian people. ... More >>>
- Erdogan says Türkiye takes “fair, balanced stance” in Russia-Ukraine conflict
ANKARA (Xinhua) -- Türkiye has taken a “fair and balanced stance” in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and strengthened ties with both countries, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday.... More >>>
- Toxic gas leak in South Africa has killed 16 people, including 3 children, police say
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least 16 people, including three children, were killed by a leak of a toxic nitrate gas being used by illegal miners to process gold in a settlement of closely packed metal shacks, South African police and local officials said late Wednesday.... More >>>
- We just had the world’s hottest day on record, initial data shows — and experts say it’s only going to get hotter
(ABC News) – Scientists told us it was close. And now we have data suggesting that on Monday, the record for the hottest day ever globally was broken. ... More >>>
- Riots in France ‘may spread to more European countries’ amid economic downturn
France, (Global Times) – Riots in France showed on local time Sunday signs of easing after five nights of unrest, with more than 3,000 being arrested, while the French leadership faces a massive task in addressing the thorny issue. ... More >>>
- Shot teenager’s grandmother urges end to riots, as home of French mayor ram-raided  
(AP) -- The grandmother of the teenager shot dead by police during a traffic stop in a Paris suburb said on Sunday she wanted the nationwide rioting triggered by his killing to end, after a fifth night of unrest. ... More >>>
- PM speaks to Putin; reiterates call for dialogue & diplomacy to resolve Ukraine conflict
(The Statesman) -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which he renewed his appeal for dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.... More >>>
- First hints of ‘background’ gravitational waves from supermassive black holes
(ABC News) -- You may not be able to feel it, but scientists believe the fabric of space-time around you is constantly rippling with waves created by monster black holes circling each other.... More >>>
- Vietnamese, Chinese leaders agree to maintain peace at sea, boost trade and transport links
BEIJING (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of China, Xi Jinping, held talks in Beijing, China on Tuesday, during which they agreed to maintain peace at sea and enhance trade and transport connectivity. ... More >>>
- Military, law enforcement officers in fact stopped civil war - Putin
MOSCOW (TASS) -- Russia’s military and law enforcement agencies took crucial streps to protect the people’s safety at the time of an attempted armed insurgency... More >>>
- North China sizzles under heatwaves, south tormented by heavy rains
(Global Times) -- China has been experiencing heavy rainfalls in its southern region and unusually high temperatures in the northern region recently.... More >>>
- Kremlin: Situation With Wanger PMC Won’t Affect Russia’s Military Op in Ukraine
(Sputnik) -- Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin ordered a halt to Wagner troops’ drive on Moscow and opted for to de-escalation on Saturday, accepting a proposal mediated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.... More >>>
- Search for the missing Titanic submersible nears the critical 96-hour mark for oxygen supply
(AP) -- The search for the missing submersible on an expedition to view the wreckage of the Titanic neared the critical 96-hour mark Thursday when breathable air is expected to run out, reaching a vital moment in the intense effort to save the five people aboard.... More >>>
- Li, Scholz vow to strengthen Sino-German cooperation
(China Daily/ANN) -- Premier Li Qiang called on Tuesday for strengthened ties between China and Germany to better serve the development of both countries and inject more positive energy and stability into a turbulent world. ... More >>>
- World needs stable Sino-US ties, Xi says
(China Daily/ANN) -- President Xi Jinping has urged the United States to respect China, reject major-country competition and honor the positive statements and consensus made at his meeting with US President Joe Biden last year. ... More >>>
- A spate of weekend mass shootings leaves 6 people dead and dozens injured across the US
(AP) -- A spate of weekend mass shootings and violence across the US killed at least six people, including a Pennsylvania state trooper, and left dozens injured.
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- Russia, OPEC+ to continue ensuring fair prices on energy markets — Kremlin Spokesman
ST. PETERSBURG (TASS) -- Russia will continue developing relations with Arab states and Persian Gulf states in particular, including in energy area, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview for RT.... More >>>
- TikTok to invest ‘billions of dollars’ in S-E Asia to help region’s businesses: CEO Chew Shou Zi
JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) -- Video-sharing app TikTok will be pumping “billions of dollars” in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South-east Asia over the next few years as it seeks to expand its functions beyond entertainment and become a relevant tool for businesses in the region.... More >>>
- Federal Reserve is likely to skip a rate hike at pivotal meeting Wednesday yet signal more to come
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve, having raised interest rates at the fastest pace in four decades, is poised Wednesday to leave rates alone for the first time in 15 months to allow time to gauge the impact of its aggressive drive to tame inflation. ... More >>>
- Trump will face judge in historic court appearance over charges he mishandled secret documents
MIAMI (AP) -- Donald Trump was set to make his first court appearance Tuesday in a historic criminal case charging the former president with hoarding top secret government documents, boastfully displaying them to visitors and trying to hide them from investigators who demanded them back. ... More >>>
- 26 detained, weapons seized in deadly armed attack on police headquarter in Central Highlands
HANOI (Vietnam News|ANN) -- Twenty-six people have been arrested and a number of weapons seized after an armed attack at a police headquarters that left four police officers dead, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security Lieutenant General To An Xo said on Monday.... More >>>
- An El Niño looms over Australia’s stressed electricity system – and we must plan for the worst
(ABC) -- The Bureau of Meteorology this week declared a 70 percent chance of an El Niño developing this year.... More >>>
- UN agencies in Ukraine to assess impact of dam’s destruction
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- Representatives from various UN agencies in Ukraine were in Kherson on Wednesday to assess the impact of the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam and coordinate the humanitarian response. ... More >>>
- 2 dead in shooting after high school graduation ceremony in Virginia capital
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Seven people were shot, two fatally, when gunfire rang out Tuesday outside a downtown theater in Richmond, Virginia, where a high school graduation ceremony had just ended, causing hundreds of attendees to flee in panic, weep and clutch their children, authorities and witnesses said. ... More >>>
- UN chief launches 3 policy briefs on Our Common Agenda
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday launched three policy briefs on Our Common Agenda -- on reforming the international financial architecture, on looking beyond gross domestic product (GDP) as a metric for economic progress, and on forming a Global Digital Compact.
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- UN climate chief calls fossil fuel phase out key to curbing warming but may not be on talks’ agenda
(AP) -- The world needs to phase out fossil fuels if it wants to curb global warming, the United Nations climate chief said in an interview with The Associated Press. But he said the idea might not make it on to the agenda of “make-or-break” international climate negotiations this fall, run in and by an oil haven.... More >>>
- China takes steps to address Ukraine crisis
Beijing, China: China has clearly made known its position and suggestions for resolving the Ukraine crisis after listening to the opinions and advice of various parties in European countries.... More >>>
- Ukraine crisis has far-reaching negative economic impact: Italy’s central bank head
ROME (Xinhua) -- The Bank of Italy on Wednesday said that the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has had a... More >>>
- Brain-computer tech on march in country
(China Daily/ANN) -- Brain-computer interface technology is becoming more than a hypothetical phenomenon in China with ... More >>>
- Rise in Covid cases no cause for panic, authorities say
(The Nation/ANN) -- The number of Covid-19 cases recorded by hospitals over the past week stood at 2,970 with 42 fatalities, putting the average death rate at six per day, according to the Department of Disease Control. ... More >>>
- Turkish expats in Europe rejoice after President Erdogan’s runoff win
(AA) -- Turkish expats poured out in cities across Europe to celebrate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s historic runoff election.... More >>>
- Australian Medical Association calls for national regulations around AI in health care
(ABC) -- Doctors in Perth have been ordered not to use AI bot technology, with authorities concerned about patient confidentiality.... More >>>
- China, Russia vow to bolster ties
(China Daily/ANN) -- President Xi Jinping reiterated on Wednesday China’s readiness to work with Russia to support each other on issues concerning core interests, and he called for enhancing all-around bilateral cooperation between the two countries.... More >>>
- China travelogue showcases China’s historical, cultural and technology development to media
Qingdao, China -- A media event dubbed “Travelogue of China” was staged to teach foreign journalists about China’s historical and cultural legacy, the development of modern technologies, and the high-quality development achieved by Chinese cities.... More >>>
- Australia’s fifth COVID-19 wave is approaching
(ABC) -- A leading epidemiologist says it is clear Australia is approaching its fifth wave of COVID-19. ... More >>>
- Experts call for uniform air quality indicator in Asean
(The Straits Times/ANN) -- The need for a common indicator to track air quality in Southeast Asia has become more urgent, with drier weather conditions and the likelihood of the warmer El Nino weather phenomenon developing in the coming months.... More >>>
- China-Central Asia summit injects strength into regional development, peace, stability
Shaanxi, China: Growing China and Central Asia relations will inject strength into development, regional peace and stability, Chinese President Xi Jinping said when meeting the press following the successful conclusion of the China-Central Asia Summit on Friday.... More >>>
- Biden declares ‘America will not default,’ says he’s confident of budget deal with GOP lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) — An optimistic President Joe Biden declared Wednesday he is confident the US will avoid an unprecedented and potentially catastrophic debt default,... More >>>
- Debt limit progress as Biden, McCarthy name top negotiators to avert national default
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Debt-limit talks shifted into an encouraging new phase Tuesday as President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy named top emissaries to negotiate a deal to avert an unprecedented national default. ... More >>>
- Move Forward, Pheu Thai and 4 others join up to form new coalition govt
(The Nation/ANN) -- Move Forward will partner up with Pheu Thai and four other parties in a move to ensure the junta-appointed Senate does not block their move to form a government. ... More >>>
- President Erdogan says ‘well ahead’ in election race as Türkiye awaits final results
(AA) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the People’s Alliance is “well ahead” in Sunday’s parliamentary and presidential elections, though final results have yet to be announced.... More >>>
- Thumbs up for polling stations countrywide after official inspection on Saturday
(The Nation/ANN) -- The Election Commission said polling stations are ready for Sunday’s general election after examining ballots... More >>>
- Israeli airstrikes on Gaza kill 21 Palestinians: Health Ministry
GAZA (Xinhua) -- At least 21 Palestinians were killed and 64 were injured in the continuing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, said the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza on Wednesday.... More >>>
- Biden ramps up pressure on House GOP in debt limit battle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh off a White House meeting with no serious breakthrough on the debt limit standoff, President Joe Biden is launching a new phase of his pressure campaign against House Republicans as ... More >>>
- Australian cities are falling behind the rest of the world
(ABC) -- Australia risks “sleepwalking into a long-term loss of productivity” unless workers return to the office in greater numbers, one of the world’s foremost experts on cities has warned. ... More >>>
- Fire deep in gold mine in southern Peru kills 27 workers
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A fire broke out deep in a gold mine in southern Peru and killed at least 27 workers during an overnight shift, Peruvian authorities reported.... More >>>
- Police: 8 killed in Texas mall shooting, gunman also dead
ALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A gunman killed eight people and wounded seven others – three critically – in a shooting at a Dallas-area mall before being fatally shot by a police officer who happened to be nearby, authorities said Saturday.... More >>>
- Russia claims Kremlin hit by drones
(China Daily/ANN) -- Russia claimed to reserve the right to take retaliatory measures “whenever and wherever it sees fit” after an alleged drone attack at the Kremlin “aiming at killing President Vladimir Putin” on Wednesday.... More >>>
- European banks pull back after collapse of First Republic in US
ROME (Xinhua) -- European banking stocks fell sharply on Tuesday in the wake of the failure and subsequent takeover of ... More >>>
- UK hit by fresh round of strikes by health workers
LONDON (Xinhua) -- Health workers in the United Kingdom (UK) staged fresh walkouts on Monday and Tuesday over pay and conditions, after unions rejected the government’s pay offer last month.... More >>>
- Foreigners again flocking to Singapore for medical treatment after lifting of Covid-19 curbs
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- On March 15, Mr Robert Putra Sampurna, 34, felt a sudden sharp pain in his abdomen while driving in his home town of Surabaya, Indonesia.... More >>>
- Xi says dialogue only viable way out for Ukraine crisis
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that dialogue and negotiations are the only viable way out for the Ukraine crisis, and no one wins a nuclear war.... More >>>
- UN chief sounds alarm on lack of progress on Sustainable Development Goals
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday sounded the alarm on the lack of progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ... More >>>
- Ministry warns about 14 cough syrups after death of children in many countries
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- The Ministry of Health (MOH) has warned health departments and medical examination and treatment establishments nationwide about 14 cough syrup products banned in some countries which have caused death or acute kidney damage for hundreds of children. ... More >>>
- Diplomats flee Sudan fighting as citizens struggle to escape
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Foreign governments evacuated diplomats, staff and others from Sudan on Sunday as rival generals battled for a ninth day with no sign of a truce that had been declared for a major Muslim holiday.... More >>>
- Sudanese army says will help evacuate foreign nationals
KHARTOUM (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese army on Saturday said it would help to secure the evacuation of foreign diplomats and nationals amid Sudan’s deadly clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).... More >>>
- ‘Devastating’ melt of Greenland, Antarctic ice sheets found
(AP) -- The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are now losing more than three times as much ice a year as they were 30 years ago, according to a new comprehensive international study.... More >>>
- WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic still volatile
GENEVA (The Straits Times/ANN) -- The World Health Organisation on Tuesday warned the Covid pandemic was still volatile, saying there could be further trouble before the virus settles into a predictable pattern. ... More >>>
- UN chief calls for dialogue to resolve crisis in Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on leaders of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to immediately cease hostilities and begin a dialogue to resolve the crisis in Sudan. ... More >>>
- N.China’s Inner Mongolia mobilises firefighters to prevent grassland fires from spreading across border
(Global Times) -- North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has dispatched several groups of firefighters to prevent the flames of a grassland fire in Mongolia from spreading across the China-Mongolia border.... More >>>
- Hundreds flee Gangneung wildfire
(Korea Herald/ANN) -- Hundreds of residents and tourists evacuated from a wildfire that spread fast with strong winds blowing across Gangneung, Gangwon province, on Tuesday, amid growing concerns over additional damages due to high winds and dry weather. ... More >>>
- Türkiye expects thriving tourism season despite earthquake
ANKARA (Xinhua) -- Türkiye’s Mediterranean coast is expected to see a large number of tourists flowing in this summer despite the devastating earthquakes in February, industry professionals said.... More >>>
- Macron’s fruitful visit shows resuming all-level exchanges ‘main tone’ of 2023 China-EU ties
(Global Times) -- European leaders were wrapping up their three-day visit to China after Chinese and French top leaders met for informal talks in southern China’s Guangzhou on Friday, marking the climax in high-level interactions between China and Europe. ... More >>>
- Missouri tornado kills 5 in latest wave of severe weather
GLEN ALLEN, Mo. (AP) -- A tornado ripped through southeastern Missouri before dawn on Wednesday, killing five people and causing widespread destruction as the third in a... More >>>
- Trump pleads not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records
(Kyodo News) -- Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday as expected pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, opening an unprecedented legal battle that is likely to drag on and impact his re-election bid. ... More >>>
- Recovery in services, investment to boost growth in Laos: ADB

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- Singapore is the smartest Asian city and the seventh smartest in the world, ... More >>>
- EU carbon rules hurt Asean exporters but could benefit them later: ADB
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) -- ASEAN countries, especially Malaysia and Indonesia, are bracing for measures aimed at keeping some of their export... More >>>
- At least 21 dead after tornadoes rake US Midwest, South
WYNNE, Ark. (AP) -- Storms that dropped possibly dozens of tornadoes killed at least 21 people in small towns and big cities across the South and Midwest, tearing a path through the Arkansas capital, collapsing the roof of a packed
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- Philippine ferry fire kills 31 people; at least 7 missing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A fire broke out on a ferry in the southern Philippines and raged overnight for eight hours, killing at least 31 of the approximately 250 passengers and crew, officials said Thursday.
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- 38 dead in Mexico fire after guards didn’t let migrants out
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) -- When smoke began billowing out of a migrant detention centre in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Venezuelan migrant Viangly Infante Padrón was terrified because she knew her husband was still inside.... More >>>
- PM to build on close China ties
BEIJING (The Star/ANN) -- It’s an almost devout act undertaken by Malaysia’s prime ministers for about half a century, but this time round there’s an added weight to it. ... More >>>
- Asian youth forum boosts Laos-China cooperative relations
Guangzhou, China: The Asian Young Leaders Forum (AYLF) will help strengthen the cooperative relations, traditional friendship, and comprehensive strategic cooperative relations between Laos and China.... More >>>
- In Macron’s France, streets and fields seethe with protest
PARIS (AP) -- A big day has come for French high school student Elisa Fares. At age 17, she is taking part in her first protest. ... More >>>
- Deep South tornadoes kill 26
ROLLING FORK, Miss. (AP) -- Rescuers raced Saturday to search for survivors and help hundreds of people left homeless after a powerful tornado cut a devastating path through Mississippi, killing at least 25 people, injuring dozens, and flattening entire blocks as it carved a path of destruction for more than an hour. One person was killed in Alabama.... More >>>
- UN calls for game-changing action on global water crisis
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Wednesday called for game-changing action when world leaders, businesses, youth and other stakeholders gathered at the three-day UN 2023 Water Conference to address the global water crisis.... More >>>

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