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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

UN calls for political negotiations to end Venezuela crisis

UNITED NATIONS -- "Serious political negotiations" are necessary for finding a solution to the crisis in Venezuela and find lasting peace, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday."When we see the present stand-off, it becomes even more clear that serious political... Read More

Buddhist leader offers peace proposal, calls for urgent action

TOKYO -- The 37th annual peace proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist movement, titled "Toward a New Era of Peace and Disarmament: A People-Centered Approach", was released last January 26.The proposal's main theme is the need for a concerted effort in... Read More

May's Brexit deal finally wins majority support in parliament

LONDON -- Just days after suffering the biggest humiliation in British political history, Prime Minister Theresa May was closer than ever Tuesday to finally reach an elusive Brexit deal.By 317 votes to 301, MPs in the House of Commons gave their backing to May's deal, which they rejected earlier... Read More

Sultan Abdullah named new Malaysian King

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's Conference of Rulers on Thursday named Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as the country's 16th king, who serves as the constitutional head of state, state news agency Bernama reported.In a statement from the Keeper of the Ruler's Seal, Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, Abdullah will... Read More

British PM refuses to back no-deal Brexit, delay EU departure

LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that she would not back a no-deal Brexit or delay the country's departure from the European Union (EU).May made the remarks while addressing lawmakers in the House of Commons to outline her latest proposals for Britain's departure from... Read More

Trump cancels US delegation's trip to Davos

WASHINGTON -- The White House said Thursday US President Donald Trump has canceled his delegation's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, due to the partial government shutdown."Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can... Read More