Papua New Guinea hit by latest 6.8 earthquake

SYDNEY -- A 6.8-magnitude quake struck 20 kilometers (km) east-northeast of Taron, Papua New Guinea at 05:39 p.m. GMT on Thursday, less than two weeks after a 7.5 tremor hit the southwestern Pacific country, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The latest earthquake occurred at a depth of 15.2 km... Read More

Trump agrees to meet Kim Jong-Un: Seoul envoy

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), by May at the invitation of Kim, a visiting South Korean envoy said here Thursday.Kim has said the DPRK "will refrain from any further nuclear or missile... Read More

2 high school students shot in U.S. state Alabama

WASHINGTON, -- Two students were shot Wednesday in a reportedly accidental shooting at a high school in the southern US state of Alabama.One of the students died on the way to the hospital, CBS affiliate WIAT-TV reported. The other was reportedly critically injured, but is in stable condition. A... Read More

Inequality, discrimination vs. women harm everyone, says UN chief

UNITED NATIONS -- In his message for the International Women's Day to be observed on March 8, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that "inequality and discrimination against women harm everyone."Emphasizing that women's empowerment was at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for... Read More

Women still less likely to be active in labor market than men: ILO

GENEVA-- Women are less likely to participate in the labor market than men and are more likely to be unemployed in most parts of the world, a new study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) said Wednesday.The World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for Women 2018 - Global snapshot was... Read More

US sanctions NoKor over use of nerve agent to kill Kim Jong-nam

WASHINGTON -- The United States imposed new sanctions on the government of North Korea for using a chemical agent to kill Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, US State Department spokesperson Healther Nauert said in a press release."The United States determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons... Read More

Trump welcomes progress on Korean Peninsula issue

WASHINGTON-- US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there was progress on the Korean Peninsula issue afterNorth Korea expressed willingness to denuclearize the peninsula."They seem to be acting positively. We're going to see," said Trump before meeting at White House with visiting Swedish Prime... Read More

China ready to promote trade liberalization among RCEP countries

BEIJING, China — China is committed to promoting economic globalization and protecting free trade on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).Speaking during the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of People on March 5, Chinese... Read More

'Coco' wins Best Animated Feature Film of 90th Oscars

LOS ANGELES -- The 90th Academy Awards honored "Coco" as the Best Animated Feature Film of the year here on Sunday."Coco" is a 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures."Coco" tells a story of a 12-year-old boy, Miguel, who... Read More

China willing to impart governance practices to the world

BEIJING, China-- People’s Republic of China said it is willing to impart its practices and success in governance with other countries for as long as it is based on the five principles of peaceful code systems.Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, in a press conference at the Great Hall... Read More

Magnitude 6.0 aftershock hits Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY-- A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Papua New Guinea at a depth of 10 kilometers early on Monday, one week after a 7.5 magnitude tremor left more than 30 people dead and about 150,000 others in urgent need of aid in the country, according to the US Geological Survey.At least three aftershocks... Read More

US Olympic chief resigns in wake of Nassar sex scandal

WASHINGTON -- The US Olympic Committee (USOC) said in a news release its CEO Scott Blackmun has resigned because of his prostate cancer, leaving the USOC to find a successor to deal with the damage caused by the Larry Nassar mass sexual abuse scandal."The USOC also announced that CEO Scott Blackmun... Read More

Volcano erupts in southwestern Japan

TOKYO -- Mount Shinmoe on the southwestern Japanese main island of Kyushu erupted on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.According to the JMA, volcanic tremors were observed on Mt. Shinmoe, which straddles Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, at around 11 a.m. local time.The... Read More

Ireland hit by worst snowstorm in 36 years

DUBLIN, Ireland -- A severe snowstorm hit most parts of Ireland on Wednesday, leaving local resident's lives and businesses in the country seriously disrupted, the local media here reported.Latest reports coming in said that over 400 flights were cancelled at the airport of the country's capital... Read More

46 journalists join 2018 China Media Exchange Program

BEIJING, China-- A total of 46 foreign journalists were welcomed for the China Public Diplomacy Association’s (CPDA) 2018 China-Africa Press Center (CAPC) and China-Asia Pacific Press Center (CAPPC) Media Exchange Program here on February 27.The participants from African and Asian countries... Read More

'Black Panther' is top grossing Feb movie ever released

LOS ANGELES -- Disney and Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" has grossed a spectacular USD400 million in North America through Sunday and is the highest grossing movie ever released in the month of February.The superhero film continued to dominate North American box office with an estimated USD108.04... Read More

SoKor anticipates start of "constructive" talks between NoKor, US

SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry on Monday expressed its anticipation of the launch of "constructive" talks between North Korea and the United States as Pyongyang showed willingness to talk with Washington.Baik Tae-hyun, unification ministry spokesman, told a routine press briefing that... Read More

Powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY -- A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake has struck 96 kilometers south-west of Mendi in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey reported on Monday.The earthquake, which occurred at 1744 GMT Sunday, was determined to be at 6.149 degrees south latitude and... Read More

Trump pushes for arming teachers to prevent mass shootings

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump has backed a proposal to arm school teachers with guns to prevent mass shootings, drawing criticism from certain quarters who accused him of promoting gun culture in schools.Trump's comments came as demands intensified for stronger gun control after a shooter... Read More

More countries join Stenin photo contest

MOSCOW, Russia – Young photojournalists from Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Costa Rica and Ruanda are taking part in the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest for the first time.They presented stylish black-and-white portraits as well as bright macro- and landscape photographs and images of... Read More