Ocean warming in Antarctica will reduce marine diversity

SYDNEY -- An increase of just 1-2 degrees Celsius in shallow waters on the West Antarctic Peninsula has radically reduced marine diversity, said a new study released on Friday.Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center placed heating panels at the... Read More

China’s Jiangxi TV seeks ties with PH, other ASEAN channels

JIANGXI – Jiangxi TV, one of the top 10 urban television channels in China, has expressed intention to expand cooperation with counterparts in the Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines.Li Jianguo, deputy director of Jiangxi TV, said cooperation with ASEAN countries is necessary... Read More

UN Security Council condemns N. Korea missile launch

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, demanding it immediately cease such actions.In a statement, the 15-member council said North Korea'sactions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member... Read More

Remains of all 10 missing US sailors from destroyer found: US Navy

SINGAPORE -- All 10 missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain were confirmed dead as their remains had been found aboard the ship now docked at the Singapore Changi Naval Base, the US Navy said Monday.The destroyer collided with oil tanker Alnic MC in waters off the eastern side of Singapore last... Read More

Recovery efforts ongoing as Texas badly hit by Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott Sunday said the state has activated 3,000 National Guard and State Guard members to take part in rescue operations as a result of severe damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey.A body was found not far from the coastal area in southeast Texas on Sunday, the... Read More

3 more die in 3 days in Myanmar due to swine flu

YANGON -- Three more people have died of seasonal influenza A/H1N1-2009, also known as swine flu, over the past three days, bringing the total death toll to 33 as of Wednesday, official media reported Thursday.More than 300 patients were confirmed for being infected with the virus across the country... Read More

10 missing, 5 hurt in US Navy destroyer, merchant vessel collision

SINGAPORE -- Some 10 sailors were missing and five others were injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in waters east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore early on Monday, the US navy said in a statement.According to the statement by U.S.... Read More

Halal Fiesta ASEAN 2017 to woo visitors, entrepreneurs

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Halal Fiesta ASEAN (Halfest ASEAN) 2017 is expected to woo both visitors and entrepreneurs to its impactful programs, innovative and quality products and services, says Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin.He said the... Read More

Magnitude 6.4 quake rocks Fiji

MOSCOW -- A strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck early Saturday east of the South Pacific island country of Fiji, the US Geological Survey said.The deep quake was registered at 2:00 a.m. UTC almost 158 miles northeast of the town of Lambasa, the USGS estimated, with a depth of 335 miles. (Sputnik) Read More

Tianjin FTZ attracts 15,000 enterprises in 2 years

TIANJIN CITY -- China's (Tianjin) Pilot Free Trade Zone continued to attract foreign and local enterprisesowing it to the good business environment that FTZ has been providing since its establishment in April 2015.“Many enterprises have considered the good business and working environment when... Read More

European leaders express condolences over Barcelona attack

BRUSSELS -- European leaders on Thursday expressed condolences following the terrorist attack in Barcelona."This cowardly attack has deliberately targeted those enjoying life and sharing time with family and friends. We will never be cowed by such barbarism," European Commission President... Read More

More than one-third of Australian doctors face workplace bullying

CANBERRA -- More than a third of Australia's emergency doctors face "ongoing, severe" workplace bullying or harassment, a national study has found.More than 2,100 members of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine took part in the survey which asked them about their experience at... Read More

Melbourne is world's most livable city for 7th straight year

SYDNEY -- Melbourne in Australia was rated the world's most livable city on Wednesday, for the seventh consecutive year.The Economist Intelligence Unit in Britain measures the livability standards of 140 countries around the world each year, by comparing stability, culture and environmental... Read More

Experts to build largest solar thermal power plant in Australia

CANBERRA -- Energy experts on Tuesday hailed the South Australian government's decision to build the world's largest solar thermal power plant as a very exciting development for clean energy in Australia.Late on Monday, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill announced that construction on a... Read More

6.0-magnitude quake hits 132 km SSW of Gataivai, Samoa -- USGS

HONG KONG -- An earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude jolted 132km SSW of Gataivai, Samoa at 06:01:47 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.The epicenter, with a depth of 10 km, was initially determined to be at 14.839 degrees south latitude and 172.956 degrees west longitude. (Xinhua) Read More

Chinese firms seize Belt & Road’s ‘boundless’ opportunities

TIANJIN City -- Large Chinese construction companies have expressed enthusiasm to seize abundant opportunities that Belt and Road Initiative is offering to broaden their overseas market.Since interconnectivity of infrastructure is the priority of the Belt and Road, Wang Xingzhou, board chairman of... Read More

Mattis warns of escalation into war if N. Korea attacks US

WASHINGTON-- US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned on Monday that if the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fires at the United States, the situation could quickly escalate into war."If they (DPRK) fire at the United States, it could escalate into a war very quickly," Mattis told... Read More

US Vice President Pence begins Central, South American trip

MOSCOW, Aug. 13 -- US Vice President Mike Pence starts his trip to Central and South America on Sunday.According tothe White House, Pence will travel toCartagena and Bogota inColombia, Buenos Aires inArgentina, Santiago inChile and Panama City inPanama, completing the trip onFriday, August 18."At... Read More

Trump to order investigation into China's 'unfair' trade practices

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 -- President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order to probe China's "unfair" trade practices that harm American businesses and have an impact on its intellectual properties, a senior official said today.Trump, currently on a 17-day working summer vacation at his golf... Read More

Death toll from Charlottesville violence rises to 3

MOSCOW, Aug. 13 -- Death toll from violence over far-right protests in the US city of Charlottesville rose to three, Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe said Sunday.On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally offar-right nationalists dubbed "Unite the Right" held inprotest forthe removal ofa... Read More