Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill

ANKARA -- Unrelenting months-long protests finally pushed Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday to withdraw a proposed amendment which would have legalized extradition of suspects to mainland China.In a pre-recorded video, Lam said her government will withdraw the bill.In response to... Read More

1,183 arrested over violence in Hong Kong since June: police

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong police arrested 35 people in violent protests in different parts of Hong Kong on Tuesday, bringing the total number of the arrested since June 9 to 1,183, the police told a media briefing on Wednesday.Radical protesters committed violent acts in different parts of Hong... Read More

Asean countries urged to work collectively against terrorism

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) members should work collectively to combat terrorism, Brunei Police Commissioner Mohammad Irwan said on Tuesday.Speaking at the 28th Joint Asean Senior Police Officers' Course, Irwan cited the ASEANAPOL (Asean police)... Read More

27M people in Africa face acute food shortage

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- An estimated 27 million people across seven African nations face acute food insecurity, a recent report said.The figure accounts for 24 percent of the total food insecure people in the world, according to the report of African bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development... Read More

Hong Kong leader denies resignation reports

BEIJING -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday refuted the reports about her plans to resign in light of ongoing protests, which have been raging in the city since June."Since the beginning [of the crisis] and until this moment I have never asked for the resignation from the Chinese... Read More

25 killed in California boat fire

LOS ANGELES -- A total of 25 people were killed and nine others went missing after a fire broke out on a boat off Santa Cruz island in California, authorities said late Monday.Five crew members were rescued, U.S. Coast Guard Matthew Kroll said.The search for nine people who remain unaccounted for is... Read More

Hurricane Dorian claims 5 lives in Bahamas

NEW YORK -- At least five deaths have been recorded in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a news conference Monday.As the storm creeps across the Atlantic Ocean toward the US mainland, it also injured at least 21 people, Minnis said."Dorian remains an extremely... Read More

62 people dead, over 42,000 infected with dengue in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO -- Sixty-two people died and over 42,000 were infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first eight months of this year, the Epidemiology Unit quoted by the government information department as reporting on Thursday.Till Aug. 23, a total of 42,051 dengue cases were reported, with... Read More

People-to-people exchanges fortify Asean-China ties

BEIJING -- The 10 member-states of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China shall continue people-to-people exchanges to strengthen relations for further cooperation, Asean-China Center Secretary General Chen Daihe said.During the Asean-China Fair in Beijing Wednesday (August 21),... Read More

Heavy rains leave 28 people dead in India

NEW DELHI -- Heavy rains on Sunday lashed northern Indian states, leaving at least 28 people dead, local media reported.According to figures released by Himachal Pradesh state, as many as 22 people were killed and 12 others sustained injuries in rain-related incidents.Officials said teams of the... Read More

Hong Kong cancels all flights as protesters disrupt airport

HONG KONG -- All flights in and out of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region were cancelled on Monday due to a protest held at the Hong Kong International Airport, according to local airport authority.All check-in services were suspended, said the Airport Authority Hong Kong in a statement... Read More

Typhoon Lekima leaves 44 dead, 16 missing in China

HANGZHOU/JINAN -- Typhoon Lekima has left 44 dead and 16 missing in two Chinese provinces, wreaking havoc there with torrential rains and strong gales.By Monday morning, the death toll in Zhejiang Province has risen to 39 while nine others remained missing, said the Zhejiang provincial flood control... Read More

Asean highlights milestones in bloc's 50-year history

HANOI -- The mechanisms established by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have contributed to maintaining strategic balance, as well as peace and stability in the region, according to a top Asean official.Mechanisms such as the Asean Regional Forum, East Asia Summit and Asia Plus... Read More

Consecutive mass shootings hit U.S. over weekend

WASHINGTON-- Two mass shootings took place hours apart this weekend in the United States, leaving at least 29 people dead and over 50 injured.On Sunday morning, Connor Betts, a 24-year-old white male, opened fire in a popular bar district in the city of Dayton in midwest U.S. state of Ohio, killing... Read More

20 killed, 26 wounded in Texas mass shooting

HOUSTON -- A mass shooting on Saturday killed at least 20 and injured 26 others in the US state of Texas, local officials said at a press conference.The suspect, now in custody, was identified as a 21-year-old white male from Texas, according to Texas Police chief Greg Allen.The shooting has a... Read More

Asean FMs welcome ‘major progress’ on COC negotiations

BANGKOK -- The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Wednesday (July 31) welcomed the efforts and progress made by the bloc members and China in negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea.At the China-Asean foreign ministers' meeting here,... Read More

China, Asean countries agree to forge closer ties

BANGKOK -- China and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) agreed here Wednesday to forge closer ties at the China-Asean foreign ministers' meeting.At the meeting, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Asean and Asean-led cooperation platforms have... Read More

Over 20,000 HIV-positive people died in Russia in 2018

MOSCOW -- More than 20,000 HIV-positive Russians died in 2018, with the death toll related to this infection growing 2.2 percent year-on-year, a report of the Russian Health Ministry’s research center revealed on Wednesday."In 2018, some 20,597 people died of HIV infection, and this is 14... Read More

China-Asean economic, trade cooperation on fast lane

BEIJING -- The economic and trade cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries has been in the fast lane with increasing trade volume and progress in regional economic integration, a commerce ministry official said Wednesday.China has been the largest... Read More

Thai PM calls for strengthened ASEAN-led mechanisms, cooperation

BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday called on member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to make more efforts in strengthening ASEAN-led mechanisms and enhancing regional cooperation. Prayut was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 52nd ASEAN... Read More