Bolivian President Evo Morales steps down

ANKARA -- Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned Sunday, shortly after the head of the country’s armed forces called on him to step down."I resign my post as president," Morales said in a televised address.During his speech, he slammed the "capitalist system" and vowed to continue fighting... Read More

Moon asks OANA agencies to continue support for Korea peace

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Thursday asked for continued attention and support for the Korea peace process from Asia-Pacific news agencies, as he greeted their representatives at Cheong Wa Dae."Peace on the Korean Peninsula is a starting point for achieving a peace community of co-prosperity,"... Read More

Death toll from Iraqi protests climbs to 254: UN

ISTANBUL -- At least 254 people have so far lost their lives amid anti-government protests in Iraq that started early October, said a report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Tuesday.The report, titled “Demonstrations in Iraq: update, 25 October - 4 November... Read More

China vows to import more, cut tariffs

SHANGHAI, China – Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday that China would boost its imports while the government would further cut trade costs.“China will give greater importance to import. We will continue to lower tariffs and institutional transaction costs,” Xi said in... Read More

Asean leaders, partners conclude RCEP talks sans India

NONTHABURI, Thailand – India continues to have “unresolved” issues in the proposed 16-country free trade agreement but leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their five trading partner countries concluded the text-based negotiations on Monday.In a joint... Read More

Asean countries seek free trade deals with EAEU: Russian PM

BANGKOK – The Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Thailand have expressed interest in signing free trade agreements with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday."The Eurasian Economic Union has experience in creating a common market... Read More

Yonhap to host 17th OANA General Assembly in Seoul

SEOUL -- Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's key newswire, on Monday said it will host a general assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), a gathering of 43 news agencies in the region, in Seoul this week.The 17th OANA General Assembly will take place at Lotte Hotel Seoul on... Read More

Asean leaders bat for removal of uncertainties in South China Sea

NONTHABURI, Thailand -- Removal of uncertainties in the South China Sea was among the topics discussed during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-China Summit here Sunday.The summit is part of the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits held here and in Bangkok from November 2 to 4.“The... Read More

UN chief calls for strengthened efforts vs. climate change

NONTHABURI, Thailand – Gains against climate change continue to lag behind the destruction of the environment that has put the lives of more people in danger, the chief of the United Nations (UN) said Sunday.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a briefing after the Association of... Read More

9 Filipinos on board Norwegian cargo ship kidnapped in Benin

OSLO -- Nine Filipino crew members were kidnapped from a cargo ship owned by Norwegian shipping company J.J. Ugland, Norwegian media reported on Sunday.The nine people were taken off the bulk vessel while it was waiting to be unloaded off coast in Benin, according to a statement released by... Read More

China, Asean countries to strengthen media exchanges, cooperation

BANGKOK -- China and countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will take more actions to strengthen media exchanges and cooperation to further enhance mutual understanding and friendship between their peoples and boost ties between the two sides.Leaders of China and the 10... Read More

Thai PM cites importance of Asean, external partner tie-ups

NONTHABURI, Thailand -- Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Saturday said fostering greater relations with other economic blocs and groups will ensure the achievement and sustainability of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) goals.In his speech during the... Read More

AI in media to bridge language gap in Asean, China

BEIJING -- The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the media industry is seen to address the language barrier among the 10 member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China, an official of China Media Group (CMG) said here Thursday.During the 2nd ASEAN Media... Read More

SoKor, Asean agree to expand cooperation in 5G, AI

SEOUL -- South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) agreed to expand cooperation in 5G communication networks and artificial intelligence (AI) areas so as to maximize the benefits from the emerging technologies, the government said Sunday.The joint declaration made at the... Read More

Int'l community remains cautious after IS leader's death

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a US military operation in Syria.Speaking in the White House, Trump said US Special Operations Forces conducted a raid Saturday night targeting al-Baghdadi in northwest... Read More

Death toll climbs to 63 in latest round of protests in Iraq

BAGHDAD -- The death toll rose to 63 in Iraq since the latest eruption of anti-government protests, the country's rights commission said Saturday.The Iraq High Commission for Human Rights announced the latest death toll since the eruption of protests on Tuesday.At least 2,592 people -- including... Read More

2,000 evacuated due to massive wildfire in northern California

LOS ANGELES -- About 2,000 people living in northern California have been ordered to evacuate Thursday after a massive wildfire dubbed Kincade Fire exploded in size overnight.According to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), the fire ignited Wednesday night exploded very... Read More

39 found dead in truck believed to be Chinese nationals

LONDON – The 39 people who were found dead in a truck in Essex, England were Chinese nationals, local media reported on Thursday.British police said the bodies of 39 people were found in a truck in an industrial park in Thurrock, west England on Wednesday."We were called by colleagues from the... Read More

Hong Kong officially withdraws extradition bill

ANKARA -- After months of being hit by protests, the government in Hong Kong officially withdrew the extradition bill as the session of Legislative Council resumed on Wednesday, local media reported.Earlier this month, Carrie Lam had announced the withdrawal of the bill, which sought to legalize... Read More

39 bodies discovered in truck in Essex, England

LONDON -- British police said the bodies of 39 people have been found in a truck in an industrial park in Thurrock, west England.“We were called by colleagues from the ambulance service shortly before 1:40 a.m. (1240 GMT) this morning Wednesday, 23 October, following the discovery of a lorry... Read More