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Kim, Trump shake hands at historic summit

SINGAPORE -- Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump shook hands and started the first-ever DPRK-US summit Tuesday.Kim and Trump entered the venue separately at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa.The two leaders... Read More

New World Trade Center skyscraper opens 16 years after 9/11 attacks

NEW YORK -- A new World Trade Center skyscraper in New York City opened for business on Monday, after years of delay and lack of funding.The 80-story office building, known as 3 World Trade Center, rises to 1,079 ft. (329 meters), making it the fifth-tallest building in New York City.The tower,... Read More

Wife of Korean Air boss grilled on hiring maids without visas from PH

SEOUL -- Lee Myung-hee, the wife of the chief of Korean Air Lines Co., on Monday appeared for questioning once again, this time over allegations that she hired housekeepers from the Philippines without due visas.Lee, 69, arrived at the Seoul office of the Korea Immigration Service at around 10... Read More

US, NoKor to discuss 'new relations,' denuclearization

MOSCOW -- The upcoming US-North Korean talks will focus on the establishment of new relations between the countries, the creation of a peace system and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, the North Korean media reported Monday."During the US-North Korean talks, a broad exchange of views will... Read More

Singapore PM meets Trump ahead of summit

SINGAPORE -- US President Donald Trump arrived to meet with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long on Monday ahead of his upcoming summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.Trump and Lee are meeting privately at the Istana, the prime minister's office... Read More

Hundreds of homes destroyed by volcano lava in Hawaii

LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by lava from the Kilauea volcano overnight in the Big Island of Hawaii, local authorities said Tuesday.Officials have not released the total number of homes destroyed by lava, but the assessment that "hundreds" more have been claimed by lava comes... Read More

Saudi Arabia grants woman driving license after decades of ban

RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia on Monday granted a woman driving license after decades of driving ban, Al Arabiya local news reported.The country announced last week its readiness to allow women to drive vehicles, starting from June 24, after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered in September 2017... Read More

White House says Trump-Kim meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 12

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump and North Korean top leader Kim Jong Un, are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Singapore time on June 12, the White House said on Monday.In a press briefing, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders also said that the US advance team now in Singapore "is finalizing... Read More

At least 7 dead, injured in Guatemala volcano eruption

GUATEMALA CITY -- At least seven people have been killed and 296 others injured in Guatemala, as a highly active volcano near the country's capital erupted for the second time this year, authorities said Sunday.About 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption and more than 3,000... Read More

Moon may be off to Singapore for three-way summit to end Korean war

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in may travel to Singapore next month to hold a three-way summit with his US and North Korean counterparts, Seoul officials noted Thursday, possibly suggesting that Washington and Pyongyang may currently be considering a formal end to the Korean War as an... Read More

US renames Pacific Command to Indo-Pacific Command

LOS ANGELES -- US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday announced the renaming of US Pacific Command.He announced the name change at a ceremony held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii."Further in recognition in increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, today we... Read More

Ties that bind Philippines, China

BEIJING -- If porcelain and silk were historically known as the major products for barter trading between the Philippines and China, the sweet potato or “kamote” to Filipinos is the unknown crop that also binds the two countries.This was revealed on Sunday, May 27, by Wu Jiewei, the... Read More

People-to-people communication key to stronger PH-China relations

BEIJING --A university professor here has cited people-to-people communication as one of the key factors that could further enhance Philippine-Chinese relations.In his lecture to participants of the 2018 Seminar for Information Officers and Journalists from the Philippines held at the Beijing Xijiao... Read More

Adverse weather claims 11 lives in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO -- The death toll from the adverse weather conditions in Sri Lanka rose to 11 on Wednesday, a spokesman here said.Spokesman for the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC), Pradeep Kodippili told Xinhua on Wednesday that five of these deaths were caused by lightning strikes.The spokesman... Read More

US relays SCS militarization concern with China

MANILA -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday relayed to his counterpart in Beijing Washington's "consistent concerns" on the alleged militarization in the South China Sea amid latest developments in the disputed waters in the region.Pompeo, who met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for the... Read More

Chinese academic cites Duterte's diplomatic skills

BEIJING, China -- A university professor here has cited the diplomatic skills of President Rodrigo Duterte as ideal qualities to help improve mutual understanding among countries.Zhong Feiteng, a professor of the National Institute of International Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,... Read More

2018 Andrei Stenin photo contest shortlist of winners bared

MOSCOW, Russia – The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest has published the shortlist of winners for 2018.The jury of representatives from major international news agencies such as AFP (France), Anadolu Ajansi (Turkey) and Notimex (Mexico) as well as outstanding photographers and... Read More

Chain bombs hit Southern Thailand, several injured

BANGKOK -- More than 10 bombs exploded in Thailand's deep south on Sunday night, causing several injuries.No deaths have been reported so far. But police said several people were injured and no one was killed.Most of the blasts targeted ATM machines in Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani and Songkla of... Read More

Maduro wins Venezuela presidential election

MOSCOW -- Incumbent Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won in the country’s presidential election, according to results voiced on television by National Electoral Council’s head Tibisay Lucena.According to Lucena, over 90 percent of voting ballots have been processed. Maduro secured... Read More

Trump nominates Pacific commander as new US envoy to S Korea

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has nominated US Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harry Harris as America's new Ambassador to South Korea ahead of his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month.North Korea has warned that it might not attend the much-talked-about summit... Read More