Singapore PM meets Trump ahead of summit

SINGAPORE -- US President Donald Trump arrived to meet with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long on Monday ahead of his upcoming summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.Trump and Lee are meeting privately at the Istana, the prime minister's office... Read More

Hundreds of homes destroyed by volcano lava in Hawaii

LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by lava from the Kilauea volcano overnight in the Big Island of Hawaii, local authorities said Tuesday.Officials have not released the total number of homes destroyed by lava, but the assessment that "hundreds" more have been claimed by lava comes... Read More

Saudi Arabia grants woman driving license after decades of ban

RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia on Monday granted a woman driving license after decades of driving ban, Al Arabiya local news reported.The country announced last week its readiness to allow women to drive vehicles, starting from June 24, after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered in September 2017... Read More

White House says Trump-Kim meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 12

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump and North Korean top leader Kim Jong Un, are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Singapore time on June 12, the White House said on Monday.In a press briefing, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders also said that the US advance team now in Singapore "is finalizing... Read More

At least 7 dead, injured in Guatemala volcano eruption

GUATEMALA CITY -- At least seven people have been killed and 296 others injured in Guatemala, as a highly active volcano near the country's capital erupted for the second time this year, authorities said Sunday.About 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption and more than 3,000... Read More

Moon may be off to Singapore for three-way summit to end Korean war

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in may travel to Singapore next month to hold a three-way summit with his US and North Korean counterparts, Seoul officials noted Thursday, possibly suggesting that Washington and Pyongyang may currently be considering a formal end to the Korean War as an... Read More

US renames Pacific Command to Indo-Pacific Command

LOS ANGELES -- US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday announced the renaming of US Pacific Command.He announced the name change at a ceremony held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii."Further in recognition in increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, today we... Read More

Ties that bind Philippines, China

BEIJING -- If porcelain and silk were historically known as the major products for barter trading between the Philippines and China, the sweet potato or “kamote” to Filipinos is the unknown crop that also binds the two countries.This was revealed on Sunday, May 27, by Wu Jiewei, the... Read More

People-to-people communication key to stronger PH-China relations

BEIJING --A university professor here has cited people-to-people communication as one of the key factors that could further enhance Philippine-Chinese relations.In his lecture to participants of the 2018 Seminar for Information Officers and Journalists from the Philippines held at the Beijing Xijiao... Read More

Adverse weather claims 11 lives in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO -- The death toll from the adverse weather conditions in Sri Lanka rose to 11 on Wednesday, a spokesman here said.Spokesman for the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC), Pradeep Kodippili told Xinhua on Wednesday that five of these deaths were caused by lightning strikes.The spokesman... Read More

US relays SCS militarization concern with China

MANILA -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday relayed to his counterpart in Beijing Washington's "consistent concerns" on the alleged militarization in the South China Sea amid latest developments in the disputed waters in the region.Pompeo, who met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for the... Read More

Chinese academic cites Duterte's diplomatic skills

BEIJING, China -- A university professor here has cited the diplomatic skills of President Rodrigo Duterte as ideal qualities to help improve mutual understanding among countries.Zhong Feiteng, a professor of the National Institute of International Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,... Read More

2018 Andrei Stenin photo contest shortlist of winners bared

MOSCOW, Russia – The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest has published the shortlist of winners for 2018.The jury of representatives from major international news agencies such as AFP (France), Anadolu Ajansi (Turkey) and Notimex (Mexico) as well as outstanding photographers and... Read More

Chain bombs hit Southern Thailand, several injured

BANGKOK -- More than 10 bombs exploded in Thailand's deep south on Sunday night, causing several injuries.No deaths have been reported so far. But police said several people were injured and no one was killed.Most of the blasts targeted ATM machines in Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani and Songkla of... Read More

Maduro wins Venezuela presidential election

MOSCOW -- Incumbent Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won in the country’s presidential election, according to results voiced on television by National Electoral Council’s head Tibisay Lucena.According to Lucena, over 90 percent of voting ballots have been processed. Maduro secured... Read More

Trump nominates Pacific commander as new US envoy to S Korea

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has nominated US Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harry Harris as America's new Ambassador to South Korea ahead of his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month.North Korea has warned that it might not attend the much-talked-about summit... Read More

Indian-origin chef comes with treats to Harry, Meghan wedding

WINDSOR -- An Indian-origin chef and social entrepreneur invited by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to their wedding arrived with some specially-baked treats at Windsor Castle Saturday.Rosie Ginday, dressed in a bright yellow flowery dress, said she felt really special to be chosen to be a part of... Read More

NoKor urges SoKor to stop military drills with US

PYONGYANG -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) urged South Korea on Thursday to stop its joint military drills with the United States and stop using northern defectors to attack Pyongyang, so that inter-Korean talks could be resumed.Pyongyang suspended inter-Korean talks on Wednesday... Read More

Hawaii volcano spews 9-km-high plume of ash

NEW YORK -- The Kilauea volcano, located in the eastern part of the island of Hawaii, the largest in the Hawaii archipelago, spewed ash at a height of approximately 9.1 km., the US Geological Survey said in a statement.As noted in the statement, ash is falling on several nearby villages."With ash... Read More

EU summit decides to back Iran deal: Macron

SOFIA -- Participants of the EU summit have decided to support the Iran nuclear deal and protect European businesses from the US steps, French President Emmanuel Macron said, as he arrived for the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia on Thursday."We had a substantive discussion on Iran. The 2015 deal... Read More