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‘No basis’ to ground Boeing 737 Max despite crashes

WASHINGTON -- US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday said it saw "no basis" to ground Boeing 737 Max planes, despite two recent similar crashes involving aircraft in the series."Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the... Read More

British PM's Brexit deal rejected by parliament anew

LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected again on Tuesday by MPs in the second meaningful vote in the parliament since January, increasing uncertainty about how the country will leave the European Union.MPs voted against May's revised EU withdrawal agreement by 391 to... Read More

Singapore suspends Boeing 737 Max flights after Ethiopia crash

SINGAPORE -- Singapore's aviation regulator on Tuesday ordered the temporary suspension of Boeing 737 Max flights in its airspace days after the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people aboard."The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is temporarily suspending operation of all... Read More

Ethiopian Airlines' crash leaves 157 dead

ADDIS ABABA -- All 157 people aboard Ethiopian Airlines flight were confirmed dead as Africa's fastest growing airline witnessed the worst-ever incident in its history.Prior to the latest deadly incident, an Ethiopian Airlines flight had also encountered similar catastrophe in 2010, when a jet... Read More

Bigger Belt and Road Forum expected in April: Chinese FM

BEIJING -- The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) next month will be bigger than the forum’s launch in 2017, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday.In a press conference here, Wang said more than a thousand participants from more than 100... Read More

China eyes completion of SCS Code of Conduct by 2021

BEIJING -- China offered to conclude negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea by 2021.In a press conference here Friday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said more member states of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) support their... Read More

China earmarks largest budget for defense in 2019

BEIJING – Defense sector is the top priority of the Chinese government in terms of spending this year, as it gets the lion’s share of the central government budget in 2019.In its draft central and local budgets for 2019 released by the Ministry of Finance Thursday, defense expenditure... Read More

London patient becomes 2nd known man cleared of AIDS virus

LONDON -- A London patient has become the second known man worldwide to be cleared of AIDS virus after receiving a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor, according to his doctor.The patient has shown no trace of previous HIV infection since he underwent the transplant operation three... Read More

China cuts 2019 defense budget hike by 0.6%

BEIJING – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced Tuesday that the government lowered its defense budget growth rate to 7.5 percent this year.Li made the announcement during the opening of the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People here... Read More

Chinese gov’t says it won’t use firms to gather intelligence

BEIJING – Chinese government is not using its homegrown companies to gather military or political information of other countries, National People’s Congress (NPC) spokesperson Zhang Yesui said on Monday.Talking to local and foreign media at the Great Hall of the People here, Zhang said... Read More

China’s rising defense budget not a threat to neighbors

BEIJING -- The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s national legislature, said Monday that its rising defense budget should not be treated as a military threat by other nations.In a press conference before the opening of NPC’s annual session, NPC spokesperson Zhang Yesui said... Read More

Indonesia to help rebuild Marawi City grand mosque

BANJAR PATROMAN, West Java – The government of Indonesia plans to help in the rebuilding a grand mosque in Marawi City which was destroyed by a five-month war in 2017, Indonesia Vice President Jasuf Kalla said."The President (Joko Widodo) has agreed to help [with] the reconstruction of the... Read More

US, China shared interests dwarf ‘inevitable differences’: CPPCC

BEIJING – China’s top political advisory body believes the shared interests of China and the United States outweigh the “inevitable differences” of the two countries.Speaking to the media prior to the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference... Read More

Kim, Trump make more meaningful progress at second summit: SoKor

SEOUL -- Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump made more meaningful progress in their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Thursday."It is regrettable that President Donald Trump and... Read More

China committed to pursue Belt & Road Initiative

BEIJING – The Chinese government remains committed to pursue its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to boost cooperation among different regions around the world.Speaking to journalists at the joint opening ceremony of China-Asia Pacific and China-Africa Press Center Program on Wednesday, China... Read More

China starts training journalists from Asia-Pacific, Africa

BEIJING – The China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) on Wednesday formally opened here its annual training program for media members from countries in the Asia Pacific and Africa.Under the China International Press Communication Center (CIPCC), the China-Asia Pacific Press Center (CAPPC)... Read More

Fotogs from 5 countries join Stenin for 1st time

MOSCOW, Russia -- The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest expands its geographical reach to new countries.Young photo correspondents from Bhutan, Yemen, Sudan, as well as Papua New Guinea and Luxembourg have applied for the contest for the first time by submitting outstanding photographs... Read More

WGEID exec lauds PH for clarifying 625 ‘desaparecidos’ cases

PH’s sincere commitmentCatura also underscored during Thursday’s meeting the Philippine Government’s sincere commitment to work with the UN human rights mechanisms and affirmed the policy of the Duterte administration to implement a human approach to development and governance. He... Read More

23 news agencies to strengthen cultural, people co-existence

DUBAI, UAE – Despite diversity in culture and religion, some 23 news agencies from different parts of the world vowed to promote the principles of tolerance and co-existence.In a rare gathering on the sidelines of the World Government Summit held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on... Read More

WAM signs 'Tolerance Charter' with 25 news agencies

DUBAI, UAE – The Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Sunday signed the "News Agencies Tolerance Charter" with 25 news agencies, in the presence of Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council, NMC, on the sidelines of the first day of the World... Read More