Over 55-M Russians vote for Putin in presidential elections

MOSCOW -- More than 55 million Russians have voted for incumbent head of state Vladimir Putin in Sunday's presidential election, Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) said, citing preliminary data.A total of 55,013,955 people have voted for Putin with 98.59 percent of the ballots... Read More

China's parliament re-elects Xi Jinping as prexy; Wang named VP

BEIJING, China — Chinese President Xi Jin Ping has been re-elected at the 5th plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People on Saturday (March 17).Earning a landslide vote of 2,970, Xi was also unanimously voted as the... Read More

7 killed, over 20 injured in Pakistan's Lahore blast

ISLAMABAD -- At least seven persons, including four policemen, were killed and more than 20 others were injured Wednesday evening as a blast hit a police checkpost in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, the provincial health minister said.Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Imran Nazir said the death toll... Read More

US House passes bill to prevent gun violence in schools

WASHINGTON -- A majority of the US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to pass legislation that would provide federal grants aimed at preventing gun violence in schools.Members of the House voted 407-10 in support of the STOP School Violence Act, which authorizes USD500 million in federal... Read More

Stephen Hawking dies at 76

LONDON -- Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, a family spokesman said Wednesday.The professor died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Cambridge in London, the spokesman said.Hawking, a legendary figure in the modern history of physics, has authored several... Read More

Trump keeps pressing toward Mexico border wall despite controversy

WASHINGTON --United States President Donald Trump is continuing his plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico, despite a sea of controversy surrounding the issue.Trump on Tuesday inspected eight prototypes in San Diego, a border city in the US state of California, for the "big beautiful... Read More

US extends lead in global arms exports, study shows

STOCKHOLM -- The United States has strengthened its position as the world's top arms seller over the past five years, providing 34 percent of total arms exports, a Swedish-based research institute said Monday.In its latest overview of global arms transfers, the Stockholm International Peace Research... Read More

Change is coming with inter-Korean, NoKor-US summit: SoKor prez

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday momentous changes will come with summits between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, and between the DPRK and the United States, which had been agreed to hold in succession in the next two... Read More

Up to 1K children abused UK's ‘worst ever' scandal

LONDON -- Girls as young as 11 were drugged, beaten, and raped in the western British town of Telford with up to 1,000 children estimated to have suffered abuse over 40 years, a British newspaper reported on Sunday."Authorities failed to act over 40 years -- despite repeated warnings to social... Read More

2 dead in chopper crash in New York City's East River

NEW YORK -- A helicopter crashed in New York City's East River on Sunday, killing at least two people, according to police."A helicopter earlier this evening descended into the East River near East 90 St.," said the New York Police Department (NYPD) on Twitter.Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor... Read More

All 11 dead on board Turkish plane crash in Iran

TEHRAN -- All 11 people on board the Turkish plane crashed in Iran on Sunday are dead, Iran's Emergency Organization announced.The locals reached the wreckage of crashed plane late evening on Sunday and encountered the corps which are not identifiable and need DNA examination, the spokesman for the... Read More

China vows to maintain peace in South China Sea

BEIJING – China’s determination to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea is “unchangeable and sincere”.Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi made this remark on the sidelines of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress at the Media... Read More

Papua New Guinea hit by latest 6.8 earthquake

SYDNEY -- A 6.8-magnitude quake struck 20 kilometers (km) east-northeast of Taron, Papua New Guinea at 05:39 p.m. GMT on Thursday, less than two weeks after a 7.5 tremor hit the southwestern Pacific country, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The latest earthquake occurred at a depth of 15.2 km... Read More

Trump agrees to meet Kim Jong-Un: Seoul envoy

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), by May at the invitation of Kim, a visiting South Korean envoy said here Thursday.Kim has said the DPRK "will refrain from any further nuclear or missile... Read More

2 high school students shot in U.S. state Alabama

WASHINGTON, -- Two students were shot Wednesday in a reportedly accidental shooting at a high school in the southern US state of Alabama.One of the students died on the way to the hospital, CBS affiliate WIAT-TV reported. The other was reportedly critically injured, but is in stable condition. A... Read More

Inequality, discrimination vs. women harm everyone, says UN chief

UNITED NATIONS -- In his message for the International Women's Day to be observed on March 8, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that "inequality and discrimination against women harm everyone."Emphasizing that women's empowerment was at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for... Read More

Women still less likely to be active in labor market than men: ILO

GENEVA-- Women are less likely to participate in the labor market than men and are more likely to be unemployed in most parts of the world, a new study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) said Wednesday.The World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for Women 2018 - Global snapshot was... Read More

US sanctions NoKor over use of nerve agent to kill Kim Jong-nam

WASHINGTON -- The United States imposed new sanctions on the government of North Korea for using a chemical agent to kill Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, US State Department spokesperson Healther Nauert said in a press release."The United States determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons... Read More

Trump welcomes progress on Korean Peninsula issue

WASHINGTON-- US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there was progress on the Korean Peninsula issue afterNorth Korea expressed willingness to denuclearize the peninsula."They seem to be acting positively. We're going to see," said Trump before meeting at White House with visiting Swedish Prime... Read More

China ready to promote trade liberalization among RCEP countries

BEIJING, China — China is committed to promoting economic globalization and protecting free trade on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).Speaking during the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of People on March 5, Chinese... Read More