Turkish embassy commemorates 2016 coup attempt

MANILA-- The Embassy of Turkey in Manila on Friday commemorated the deadly coup attempt led bya small Turkish military faction which belonged to the Fetullah Gülen movement that launched coordinated operations in July 2016 to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.At least 250 people were killed... Read More

13 killed, 47 injured in suicide blast in Pakistan's Peshawar

ISLAMABAD -- At least 13 people were killed and 47 others injured in a suicide blast that hit a political gathering in the country's northwest provincial capital of Peshawar on Tuesday night, police and hospital officials said.Zulfiqar Ali Baba Khel, the spokesperson of the Lady Ready Hospital of... Read More

US to become global leading crude oil producer

HOUSTON -- The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts in a report on Tuesday that the United States will become the world's leading producer of crude oil if the output sustains the current momentum.Based on the June Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecast US crude oil production... Read More

Trump congratulates Thai Navy Seals on rescue of teenagers from cave

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump congratulated on Tuesday the Thai Navy Seals on the successful rescue of 12 teenage boys and their coach from a flooded cave, where they were trapped for 18 days."On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful... Read More

Japan floods, landslides death toll rises to at least 112

TOKYO -- The death toll from landslides and floods caused by widespread torrential rain across western Japan has risen to 112, with at least three others in a critical condition, public broadcaster NHK said Monday.Authorities have also said that 79 people still remain unaccounted for and, as such,... Read More

Scientists discover world's oldest colors in Africa

WASHINGTON -- Scientists have discovered the oldest colors in the geological record, 1.1 billion-year-old pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa.A study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that the pigments taken from... Read More

Over 60 militants killed in Afghanistan within a day

KABUL -- More than 60 militants have been killed and several others wounded in Afghanistan within the past 24 hours, authorities said Monday.In one province, 14 Taliban militants were killed and eight others wounded after Afghan army backed by Afghan air force helicopters waged operations in... Read More

Erdogan to be sworn in, assume office as Turkey’s president

ANKARA -- The swearing-in ceremony of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won the June 24 election, takes place in Ankara on Monday.According to Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, at 16:30 local time (coincides with Moscow time), Erdogan would take the oath of office at the Grand National... Read More

Death toll up to 83, dozens missing as torrential rain pummels Japan

TOKYO -- Death toll has risen to 83 after record torrential rain pummeled wide swathes of Japan since Thursday, triggering landslides and flooding, local media reported on Sunday.According to Japan's public broadcaster NHK, 83 people have been confirmed dead, six people sustained serious injuries... Read More

Global leaders push for green dev’t in Guiyang Eco-Forum

GUIZHOU, China – Global leaders convened to tackle the importance of green development in pursuing feasible and sustainable growth during the Eco Forum Global Annual Conference 2018 in Guiyang City on July 6-8. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the Eco Forum which... Read More

EU, SEA judges to boost enforcement system vs. IP cases

MANILA-- Key members of the judiciary from Southeast Asia, including Filipino judge Romeo Tagra, met Wednesday at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to share their respective state's intellectual property (IP) enforcement measures.EU pointed out that implementation of... Read More

Former Malaysian PM Najib pleads not guilty, granted bail

KUALA LUMPUR -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was granted bail on Wednesday after pleading not guilty to corruption charges.Najib was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust as well as using his position for graft in connection of 42 million ringgit (USD10.5 million) from... Read More

Man arrested for plotting attack on July 4 holiday

WASHINGTON -- A US man was arrested and charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, according to court papers released Monday.The 48-year-old man, named Demetrius Pitts, was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the central city of Cleveland Sunday, and... Read More

Foreign journos explore China’s Guangxi province

GUANGXI, China – Some 45 foreign journalists from over 20 countries around the world participated in a three-day Overseas Media Tour organized by the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the People's Daily Online in the capital city, Nanning, on June 25.The foreign journalists, who were... Read More

47 die after bus plunges into deep gorge in India

NEW DELHI -- As many as 47 people have been killed after a passenger bus skidded off a steep mountain road and plunged into a deep gorge in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand Sunday, police said.The accident occurred on the Pipali-Bhoan motorway in Pauri Garhwal district, some 200 km from the... Read More

5 dead, multiple injured in US newspaper shooting

WASHINGTON -- Five people were killed on Thursday afternoon with several "gravely injured" in a mass shooting at a local daily newspaper Capital Gazette in Annapolis, the capital city of eastern US state Maryland, police said.The shooter is in custody and is interviewed, local police said, but is... Read More

Malaysian police seize haul of cash, luxury items from Ex-PM Najib

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian police said on Wednesday they have seized cash and luxury items from premises related to former Prime Minister Najib Razak totalling between 910 million ringgit (USD226 million) and 1.1 billion ringgit (USD273 million).The counted items include cash in 26 currencies, 25... Read More

9 police killed in suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan

ASADABAD, Afghanistan -- Some nine police personnel were killed and three others wounded in a suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern province of Kunar Monday night, a local official said Tuesday."A terrorist tried to make his way in an Afghan Local Police (ALP) camp in Babar Tangai area of... Read More

Flood, landslide fatalities increase to 7 in northern Vietnam

HANOI -- Flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rains during the weekend in Vietnam's northern mountainous region left seven people dead and 12 others missing, the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Fight said on Monday.The dead people consisted of five in... Read More

Erdogan, alliance win Turkish presidential, parliamentary polls

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his alliance at the parliament won in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, state-run Anadolu Agency announced.Erdogan had 52.5 percent, with 98 percent of the votes counted in his bid for a presidency with... Read More