PH, China handling Recto Bank incident through diplomacy

BEIJING – A professor from China’s Renmin University said the governments of China and the Philippines seek to resolve the latest incident involving a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat in the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.Wang Yiwei, professor at School of International... Read More

Earthquake off Japan's Yamagata Prefecture revised to 6.7

TOKYO -- The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) revised the magnitude of an earthquake, which struck off Yamagata Prefecture on Tuesday evening to 6.7, with tsunami advisories lifted.The quake was originally estimated to have a magnitude of 6.8 when it struck off the northern Japanese prefecture late... Read More

Southwest China quake death toll rises to 12

CHENGDU -- Twelve people died and another 125 were injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan Province on Monday night, China's Ministry of Emergency Management said Tuesday.The earthquake hit Changning County in Yibin at 10:55 p.m. Monday (Beijing Time), according to... Read More

Egypt's ousted President Morsi dies in court

CAIRO -- Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session in an espionage lawsuit, the state TV reported."The former president had asked to speak and the judge gave him the permission," said the state TV.Morsi fainted later and his body was taken... Read More

World's population to reach 9.7B in 2050: UN report

UNITED NATIONS -- The world's population is expected to increase by 2 billion in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to a United Nations report released here on Monday.The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights, published by the Population Division of... Read More

Filipinos in Beijing cap off Independence Day celebration

BEIJING -- The Filipino community in China’s capital ended its celebration of 121st Philippine Independence Day at the Philippine Embassy on Sunday, showcasing Filipino food, folk songs and dances, and indigenous games.Under the theme of “Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan”... Read More

PH, Japan reaffirm strategic partnership in Tokyo meet

TOKYO – The Philippines and Japan reaffirmed their commitment to build a strategic partnership, particularly on political and defense cooperation, at the 8th Political-Military and Military to Military Meeting on June 10 and 11, 2019 in Tokyo.Coming on the heels of the summit between President... Read More

Thai king appoints Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister

BANGKOK -- Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has formally appointed Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister.The Royal Gazette on Tuesday publicized the royal appointment of Prayut as prime minister after he was voted for the top post of government in a joint house-senate meeting last week.A total of 500 MPs... Read More

Jack Ma joins UN chief in talks on global digital cooperation

UNITED NATIONS -- Jack Ma of China's Alibaba Group joined United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation in a live conversation here on Monday to discuss global digital cooperation for a safer and more sustainable future of the digital industry.The global... Read More

Tokayev wins Kazakhstan's presidential election

NUR-SULTAN -- Kazakhstan's incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has won the country's presidential election by gaining some 70 percent of the votes, the national exit poll results showed Sunday.The exit poll conducted by Kazakhstan's Public Opinion Research Institute suggested that Tokayev is... Read More

Asia Pacific countries share green economy best practices

BANGKOK -- The 2019 Asia-Pacific Regional Ministerial Conference on Green Economy kicked off here on Monday, bringing green economy solutions closer to the regional context.The three-day regional high-level forum from June 10-12 aims to raise awareness in the Asia Pacific by showcasing the impact of... Read More

Vatican announces meeting between Pope Francis, Putin

MOSCOW -- Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican on July 4, Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday, citing a statement by Vatican Spokesman Alessandro Gisotti."I can confirm that the Holy Father will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican on... Read More

China, Russia agree to upgrade relations for new era

MOSCOW -- China and Russia agreed on Wednesday to upgrade their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era.The decision was made at a meeting between visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.During the meeting, the two... Read More

New Zealand government proposes 'Facebook Tax'

WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand government has proposed two options for a Digital Services Tax (DST) on Tuesday to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax.The DST, widely known as "Facebook Tax", was first announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in February that her government... Read More

Air pollution leads to 7M premature deaths yearly

GENEVA -- Some 7 million people die prematurely every year from air pollution, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment said Monday ahead of World Environment Day, noting there are also success stories.David Boyd, the Special Rapporteur, urged nations to beat air... Read More

North Sumatra rattled by 6.0-magnitude quake

JAKARTA -- The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that an earthquake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, hit South Nias in North Sumatra Province on Monday afternoon.The epicenter of the quake that hit West Indonesia Standard Time (WIB) at 12:57 was located at sea, 30... Read More

US-China decoupling to create economic disaster: MOFCOM

BEIJING -- Disintegration of commercial relationship between China and the United States will only create global economic disaster, said Zhang Jianping, Director for Regional Cooperation at China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM).In an interview on CGTN’s Closer to China Sunday evening,... Read More

7 killed as tourist boat capsizes in Budapest

BUDAPEST -- Seven people died and several others are still missing here in Budapest after a Hungarian tourist boat with 34 people on board sank on Wednesday evening, according to official sources."We have transported seven people to the hospital, they are in stable condition, and our colleagues have... Read More

Sleeping too long, too little may affect cognitive performance

LONDON -- Either sleeping for less than seven hours or more than nine hours could affect one's cognitive performance such as visual memory and reaction time in a negative way, according to a study released on Tuesday by the University College London (UCL).A team of researchers from UCL analyzed data... Read More

15 people stabbed in knife rampage in park near Tokyo

TOKYO -- A total of 15 people had been injured, some critically, after a man went on a stabbing rampage in a park close to Japan's capital Tokyo on Tuesday morning.Japan's public broadcaster NHK, quoting local fire department and police officials, reported that majority of the victims of the... Read More