Maduro sworn in for new presidential term in Venezuela

CARACAS -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) for a new six-year term on Thursday.Maduro told the president of the TSJ, Maikel Moreno, that he swore on behalf of the people of Venezuela and that he would fulfill and enforce all constitutional... Read More

6.1-magnitude quake strikes eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA -- A 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's eastern Papua Barat province on Friday, but no tsunami warning was issued, an official of the meteorology and geophysics agency said.The quake jolted the area at 10:03 a.m. local time (0303 GMT), and its epicenter was located 26 km. beneath... Read More

Sunda Strait tsunami flattens two villages in South Lampung

SOUTH LAMPUNG, Lampung Indonesia -- The tsunami triggered by a landslide of Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, located between Java and Sumatra Islands, last Saturday (22/12), has devastated two coastal villages in South Lampung, Lampung Province.Many houses and school buildings were destroyed... Read More

SpaceX launches new GPS satellite for US military

WASHINGTON -- SpaceX launched a new breed of GPS satellite for the United States military on Sunday, marking the private space company's first contracted mission for the country's national security.A Falcon 9 rocket, carrying US Air Force's first Global Positioning System (GPS) III space vehicle 01... Read More

Volcano-triggered tsunami kills 222 in Indonesia, rescue on

PANDEGLANG/SERANG, Indonesia -- The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia rose to 222 with at least 843 others injured, the disaster management agency confirmed on Sunday, while the figures are feared to increase as damage verification goes on.The tsunami hit at 9:27 p.m. Jakarta... Read More

Indonesia's tsunami death toll rises to 168, over 700 wounded

JAKARTA -- The total casualty of a tsunami triggered by the eruption of Child of Krakatoa volcano has increased to 168 people in coastal areas of Sunda Strait of western Indonesia, a disaster agency official said here Sunday.The catastrophe killed at least 168 people, wounded at least 745 ones and... Read More

Early career choices influence personality

CHICAGO -- In a study that tracked young adults over a period of six years, University of Illinois (UI) researchers found that early life career choices are associated with shifts in personality, or influence on the young adults' personality years later.The researchers focused on two groups of... Read More

PH, Bangladesh sign deal promoting cultural exchange

DHAKA -- To develop the mutual cooperation in the field of arts, education and culture, the Philippines and Bangladesh signed an agreement on cultural exchange programs from 2018 to 2020.Cultural Affairs Secretary Md Nasir Uddin Ahmed and Ambassador of the Philippines Vicente Vivencio Bandillo... Read More

ASEAN labor ministers to promote green jobs, inclusive growth

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The 25th ASEAN Labor Ministers' Meeting and its Related Conferences that concluded last Nov. 29 have adopted three outcome documents: the ASEAN Declaration on Promoting Green Jobs for Equity and Inclusive Growth of ASEAN Community, the Action Plan to implement the ASEAN... Read More

Massive bushfires in Queensland, Australia force 8K to evacuate

MOSCOW -- The authorities of Australia's northern state of Queensland have begun evacuating 8,000 people amid bushfires that are raging across the state, the ABC News broadcaster reported on Wednesday.According to the ABC, the authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of 8,000 people in the town... Read More

Migrant caravans flee from tear gas on US-Mexico border

MEXICO CITY -- Scores of Central American migrants seeking to cross the US-Mexico border ran from tear gas fired by US border agents near US border fence, Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said on Sunday.Navarrete said a group of asylum-seekers on Sunday tried to break through to the other... Read More

PH peace process takes center stage at UNAOC Global Forum

NEW YORK CITY – The Philippine approach in preventing conflict and sustaining peace took the spotlight in the international community during the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) held on November 19-20.The country’s delegation, led by Presidential... Read More

Death toll from California wildfires rises to 77

MOSCOW -- The US authorities have recovered the remains of one person killed in California's massive wildfires, which brings the death toll from the blaze to 77, Sheriff of California's Butte County Kory Honea said on Monday.“One human remain was located today in the area of Butte Creek... Read More

56 killed, 130 missing in latest California wildfires

MOSCOW -- As many as 130 people remain missing amid the deadly wildfires in the United States’ western state of California, Butte county Sheriff Kory Honea said, adding that at least 56 people have been killed in the blaze."As of tonight, we currently have 130 people on our unaccounted for... Read More

PH showcases products, tourism in China import expo

SHANGHAI, China — The Philippines has showcased the country’s trade, tourism and investment sectors in the first ever China International Import Expo (CIIE) in the National Exhibition Convention Center on Tuesday here.Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, who led the... Read More

Kochetkova is 2018 Andrei Stenin contest Grand Prix winner

MOSCOW, Russia -- The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, bared the biggest mystery of this year’s competition -- the Grand Prix and the first prize in the My Planet.... Read More

China import expo pushes for inclusive dev’t, shared benefits

SHANGHAI, China – Chinese President Xi Jinping called for upholding the principle of inclusive development and shared benefits for a global common development. “China’s initiative to expand imports is not a makeshift, but (a) long-term consideration of embracing the world and... Read More

South Korea, US resume marine drills

SEOUL -- South Korea and the United States resumed their combined marine drills Monday for the first time since they were suspended in June to support diplomacy with North Korea over its denuclearization.The allies began the two-week Korea Marine Exercise Program (KMEP), which involves some 500... Read More

Believe in what you do, Sputnik exec tells foreign journos

MOSCOW -- It does not matter whether journalists works for state-run media or private media, what matters is that journalists are honest with themselves and believe in the importance of what they do.This was the point raised by Anton Anisimov, Head of International Broadcasting in Moscow-based... Read More

Trump accuses Saudi Arabia of unskillful use of US weapons

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump accused Saudi Arabia of unskillful use of US weapons in Yemen, citing the August attack on a bus carrying Yemeni school children, in an interview for Axios.On August 9, an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Saada, northern Yemeni province, hit... Read More