China seeks more cooperation on medical innovation

BEIJING – China seeks more cooperation with various countries in the field of medicine, as it will hold the International Medical Innovation and Cooperation Forum in the city of Fangchenggang in the country's southwestern Guangxi region on May 26-29.In a press conference here Friday,... Read More

Prince Harry and Meghan's baby boy named Archie

LONDON -- Buckingham Palace announced Wednesday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.The couple presented the baby to the world, with Meghan declaring: "It's magic, it's pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I'm... Read More

1 student killed, 8 injured in US charter school shooting

LOS ANGELES -- An 18-year-old male student was killed and eight others were injured in a shooting that occurred at a charter school near Denver, capital of the US western state of Colorado, on Tuesday afternoon, local police confirmed."It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that 1 student at... Read More

7.2-magnitude quake rocks Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY -- A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck 33 km. northwest of Bulolo in the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey.The earthquake, which occurred at 7:19 a.m. local time, was initially determined to be at 6.977 degrees south latitude and 146.440... Read More

Britain's Duchess of Sussex gives birth to a boy

LONDON -- Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex announced here on Monday.Prince Harry said the baby was delivered at 05:26 BST and both the mother and baby were doing "incredibly well."He added that they were "absolutely thrilled" and they were still thinking... Read More

41 confirmed dead as plane lands in flames in Moscow

MOSCOW -- Russia's Investigative Committee confirmed Monday that 41 people were killed after an SSJ-100 passenger plane en route to the northwestern Russian city of Murmansk caught fire before an emergency landing Sunday at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow."Forty-one people died,"... Read More

Japan ready to celebrate beginning of new imperial era

TOKYO -- Japanese people, immersed in a jubilant mood to welcome the beginning of a new era, planned on Tuesday to celebrate Reiwa in various activities, starting on May 1 with the ascent of Crown Prince Naruhito to the throne.Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final speech as a monarch on Tuesday,... Read More

Families of 737 Max crash victims file suit vs. Boeing in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Two families filed lawsuits against Boeing in Chicago on Monday over the 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people, the same day when Boeing held its shareholders meeting at the James Simpson Theatre in the Field Museum of Natural History in downtown Chicago.Manant Vaidya, the plaintiff,... Read More

Chinese media group to open Belt & Road news center in SEA

BEIJING – Chengdu Media Group’s Red Star News has launched Monday the Belt and Road International News Channel, and eyes to open a news center in Southeast Asia this year.Red Star News is a mobile news platform in China established by newspaper Chengdu Economic Daily.The Red Star News... Read More

Death toll from Indonesia's floods, landslides climbs to 31

JAKARTA -- The death toll from floods and landslides in Indonesia's western Bengkulu province and the capital of Jakarta jumped to 31 on Monday, while the search for 13 missing people was underway, disaster agency officials said.Floods and landslides have struck Bengkulu province since Friday,... Read More

2nd Belt and Road Forum produces more results: Xi

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping said the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) is more substantive and has produced more results.Xi made the statement during his press conference on Saturday at the Yanqi Lake Convention Center here.“This year’s Belt... Read More

World leaders meet in Beijing for Belt and Road forum

BEIJING -- Nearly 40 heads of states, including President Rodrigo Duterte,met for the opening ceremony of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in this city Friday.The attendance of world leaders, as well as heads of international organizations in China’s major... Read More

China aims to dispel debt-trap fear with financing framework

BEIJING -- Chinese Finance Minister Liu Kun announced Thursday that a debt sustainability framework for projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will be launched, dispelling the debt-trap concern for Beijing-backed infrastructure projects.During a thematic forum on financial connectivity... Read More

Putin, Kim start talks in Russia's Vladivostok

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, started their first meeting at Russia's Far Eastern Federal University on Russky Island here on Thursday.In his opening remarks, Putin expressed confidence... Read More

Belt & Road news platform launched

BEIJING -- An online news platform focusing on stories about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was launched here Tuesday, in time for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF).People’s Daily, the biggest and official newspaper group of the Central Committee of the... Read More

Sri Lankan Easter bombings death toll climbs to 310

COLOMBO -- The death toll from a string of explosions that rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday rose to 310 while over 500 were injured, the police said Tuesday.Another minor explosion occurred in Kochchikade in the capital Colombo on Monday evening when the Bomb Disposal Squad was attempting to deactivate an... Read More

Death toll from Sri Lanka's multiple blasts rises to 290

COLOMBO -- The death toll from the multiple explosions which shook Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 290, while over 500 have been injured, the police said Monday.Earlier reports put the number of casualties at 228, with 450 wounded in the nine attacks that occurred at three churches and four hotels... Read More

Death toll in Sri Lankan blasts rises to 70, more than 260 injured

COLOMBO -- The death toll from the multiple church and hotel explosions in Sri Lanka on Sunday rose to 70 while more than 260 others were injured, the country's information department, quoting hospital sources, said.Sources from the Colombo National Hospital, Batticaloa Hospital in the east and... Read More

6.7-magnitude quake hits Taiwan

BEIJING -- A 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted a sea area near Hualien county, Taiwan at 1:01 p.m. Thursday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).The epicenter was monitored at 24.02 degrees north latitude and 121.65 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 24 km., the center said... Read More

Indonesians vote to elect president, parliamentarians

JAKARTA -- Voters in Indonesia began voting on Wednesday as polling stations opened in the east of the vast archipelagic country to select a new president and members of the parliament.Voters in the eastern province of Papua lined up to cast their ballots at 7 a.m. local time, which is two hours... Read More