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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

Lion Air with 189 people on board crashes in Indonesia

PANGKALPINANG, Bangka Belitung —A Lion Air plane with flight number JT610 and 189 people on board, crashed in Tanjung Kerawang waters, West Java Province, after flying for 13 minutes from Jakarta toward Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Province, on Monday morning."It has been confirmed that the... Read More

Bangladesh's ship industry sails on amid economic woes

DHAKA -- Despite being a third-world country and suffering from the pressures brought about by the global economic slowdown, Bangladesh remains at pace with shipbuilding giants as far as quality services and international standards are concerned.This could be attributed to the country's rich... Read More

China’s canal cities forum highlights sustainable dev’t, cooperation

JIANGSU PROVINCE, China – City mayors and organizational leaders from more than 30 countries convened for the 11th World Canal Cities Forum at the Yangzhou Jinghang Convention Center on Oct. 11. Zheng Jianbiang, vice-chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, stressed the importance of canals... Read More

PH, China enhance media cooperation

BEIJING, China — Officials of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine Embassy in Beijing met with officials of the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) of the People’s Republic of China on Sept. 17 to discuss ways of enhancing media... Read More

Vatican waiting for invitation from N. Korean leader: official

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is waiting for North Korea's invitation to Pope Francis, its spokesman said, amid rising speculation about his visit to Pyongyang."The Vatican is just waiting for the invitation to officially arrive," spokesman Greg Burke told Yonhap News on Wednesday. He added that he... Read More

3 killed as strong quake rocks Indonesia's East Java

JAKARTA -- A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked East Java province in the western part of Indonesia early Thursday left three people dead and scores of houses damaged, officials said.The quake is not expected to trigger a tsunami warning and its epicenter is located 61 km northeast of Situbondo, It had... Read More

North Korean leader Kim invites Pope Francis to visit Pyongyang

TOKYO -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Pope Francis to Pyongyang and the invitation will be delivered by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the president's spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, said.According to the presidential spokesman, Moon will hand over the invitation from Kim to the pope... Read More

UN chief, Trump vow to fight global drug problem

MANILA – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and United States President Donald Trump have both expressed their commitment to fight the global drug problem through two means – combating drug addiction and stopping all forms of trafficking and smuggling.In an article... Read More

Indonesian earthquake death toll rises to 1,424

JAKARTA -- The death toll from the recent earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island has risen to 1,424, while 113 people are still missing, Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said at a briefing on Thursday.He said more than 2,500 people... Read More

Mt. Soputan's alert status raised to level 3

JAKARTA -- Authorities have raised the alert status of Mount Soputan in Southeast Minahasa District, North Sulawesi Province, to Level 3 or Siaga (watch) status after it erupted on Wednesday morning."Local residents should not carry out activities within the four-kilometer radius of the volcano's... Read More

Strong quake strikes off Sumba Island of Indonesia

JAKARTA – An earthquake of 6.0-magnitude rocked Sumba Island of central Indonesia on Tuesday, but no tsunami alert was issued and no report of damages has so far been made, officials said.The meteorology and geophysics agency earlier said the quake was 6.3-magnitude and later revised the... Read More

Death toll from Indonesia quake, tsunami soars to 832

JAKARTA -- Death toll from Indonesia's strong quake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi province soared to 832 on Sunday, as lack of rescuers and large stricken areas remaining hard to access hampered search and rescue efforts, a government official said here.Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the toll... Read More

PTV co-produces ‘Belt and Road’ special with China, Laos media

BEIJING, China — The People’s Television Network (PTV-4) is co-producing a TV special showcasing the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, with the China Global Television Network (CGTN) and the Lao National Television (LNTV).The program, entitled “Vision into... Read More

Gansu expo bats for bolstered cooperation, global harmony

GANSU PROVINCE, China -- World leaders, foreign diplomats, and tourism and agricultural attachés from more than 100 countries and international organizations have convened for the 3rd Silk Road International Cultural Expo at the Dunhuang International Convention and Exhibition Center on... Read More

At least 5 missing as tsunami hits Indonesia after strong quakes

JAKARTA -- A tsunami struck off coastal areas near Talisa beach of Dongala district of Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, leaving at least five people missing and scores of houses destroyed, spokesman of the national disaster management agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said Friday."One family in... Read More

Vietnamese President Quang dies at 62

HANOI— President Tran Dai Quang passed away due to serious illness on Friday morning at the age of 62. The National Commission of Health Services for Officials announced that President Quang died at 10:05 a.m. at the 108 Military Hospital despite the efforts of both Vietnamese and foreign... Read More

China seeks revival of ‘Silk Road’ for cultural exchange, dialogue

GUANGDONG, China — Chinese officials on Wednesday called for the creation of a new future for the silk road in stimulating vitality of cooperation, during the opening of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Communication Forum 2018 at the Zhuhai Exhibition Hall here. Chinese Vice... Read More