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

DRCongo Ebola death toll climbs to 2,150: African Union

ANKARA -- The death toll from the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 2,150 as of Oct. 13, according to a new African Union report.The figure is up from 2,133 earlier this month, the AU-affiliated Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

Death toll from Japan typhoon rises to 77

ANKARA -- The death toll from the last weekend typhoon in Japan has risen to 77, with more than a dozen others still missing, local media reported on Thursday.In the wake of devastation caused by heavy rains and winds, the Japanese government is considering to postpone the enthronement parade for... Read More

China, Asean universities ally to promote medical, health care

BEIJING -- Supported by the Asean-China Centre, the China-Asean University Consortium on Medicine and Health was founded here Monday, helping deepen medical and health care cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The consortium, led by the Peking University Health... Read More

Death toll rises to 35 as Typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan

TOKYO -- At least 35 people have died, and another 17 missing on Sunday as Typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan, including the Tokyo metropolitan area, causing multiple rivers to overflow and blackouts in 376,000 houses.Meanwhile, according to information provided by rescuers and authorities, more... Read More

2 dead, 70 injured as ‘Hagibis’ makes landfall in Japan

TOKYO -- Two people have died, three went missing and at least 70 injured after Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the Izu Peninsula on Japan's main island at 7 p.m. Saturday local time, bringing heavy downpours and winds, authorities said.A man in his 50s was found dead in an overturned car in Chiba... Read More

Diaz-Canel elected president of Cuba

HAVANA -- Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected on Thursday to serve in the newly-created post of president of the Republic of Cuba.The election took place at an extraordinary legislative session of the National Assembly of People's Power, the single-chamber parliament.Currently serving as... Read More

Over 1K foreign journalists witness 70th anniversary of PROC

BEIJING -- Thirty-nine media scholars of the China International Press Communication Center (CIPCC) under China Diplomacy Public Association (CPDA) joined 1,100 foreign journalists who covered the recent 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PROC).The 39 journalists,... Read More

North Korea announces date for fresh talks with US

SEOUL -- The talks between North Korea and the United States will resume by the end of this week, a senior Pyongyang official revealed on Tuesday.Quoting First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported that an official-level dialogue was expected on... Read More

Indonesia: 250 injured, 649 detained in Jakarta riots

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- At least 250 people -- including 209 protesters and 41 policemen -- were injured during a protest-turned-riot in this Indonesian capital on late Monday, police said on Tuesday.According to police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo, the injured were being treated at nearby... Read More

No force can ever shake status of China: Xi

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said no force can stop the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from marching forward after an unprecedented rise from a poor country seven decades ago to one of the largest economies in the world.Xi made this remark during the PRC’s... Read More

Fil-Chinese join China’s 70th anniversary celebration

BEIJING – Nearly 70 Filipino-Chinese are invited by the Chinese government to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of China in Beijing Tuesday.Tycoon Francis Chua and his wife Tanzania Honorary Consul Betty Ang, as well as former chair of Commission on Information and Communications... Read More