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

Malaysian police search ex-prime minister’s home: reports

MOSCOW-- Malaysian police on Thursday raided the home of former prime minister Najib Razak in an unfolding corruption scandal, local media reported."No documents were taken, nothing of note, only personal possessions," his lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal, was quoted as saying by The Star daily.Police... Read More

Anwar Ibrahim a free man again

KUALA LUMPUR -- Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is now a free man after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V granted him a full pardon.The Pardons Board met Wednesday and decided on his case, according to a statement from Istana Negara.The Parti KeadilanRakyat's (PKR) de facto leader was serving a... Read More

South Korea regrets NoKor's unilateral suspension of talks

SEOUL -- South Korea expressed regret over North Korea's unilateral decision to cancel inter-Korean talks planned for Wednesday, calling on Pyongyang to return to dialogue as soon as possible.Earlier in the day, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that Pyongyang has canceled the... Read More

NoKor suspends talks with SoKor over military drills

PYONGYANG/WASHINGTON -- In view of recent "provocative" acts such as the South Korea-US joint military exercises, North Korea has no choice but to suspend high-level talks with South Korea, state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Wednesday.The state media also said the United States... Read More

Facebook reports increased posts of graphic violence in Q1 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook on Tuesday unveiled for the first time a transparency report that shows an increasing number of posts identified as containing graphic violence in the first of quarter of 2018."Of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence, compared to an... Read More

Facebook suspends 200 apps over possible data misuse

SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook said Monday that it has suspended around 200 apps for possible misuse of data after its CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised in March to launch full app investigation and audit in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Ime Archibong, vice president of Product Partnerships at... Read More

North Korea starts dismantling Punggye-ri nuclear test site

TOKYO -- The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has started tearing down buildings at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site prior to its closure, according to the report of a group of experts from the Johns Hopkins University released on 38 North website."Commercial satellite imagery from May 7... Read More

Koreas in close consultations ahead of NoKor-US summit

SEOUL -- South and North Koreas are in close and continuous dialogue, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae confirmed Tuesday, apparently to fine-tune their methods of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula ahead of a historic US-North Korea summit.The confirmation came amid... Read More

6 killed, at least 35 wounded in suicide bombings in Indonesia

JAKARTA -- Six people including policemen and suspects were killed and at least 35 others injured as suicide bombers blew themselves up during congregations in three churches in Surabaya city, capital of Indonesia's East Java province, on Sunday, a police officer said.The explosions killed two... Read More

Iran condemns Israel’s strikes on Syria — diplomat

MOSCOW -- Tehran condemns the Israeli strikes on the territory of Syria, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi was quoted as saying by the Press TV on Friday."The Zionist regime's repeated attacks on Syrian soil under self-proclaimed, baseless pretexts amount to a blatant violation of... Read More

4 children among 7 killed in Australian mass shooting

SYDNEY -- Seven people, including four children, have been shot dead in the early hours of Friday morning, near the Margaret River area, some 270 kilometers south of Perth in Western Australia. Western Australian Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said officers were called to a property in a small... Read More

Trump sets June 12 meeting with NoKor's Kim in Singapore

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that his meeting with the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, will be in Singapore on June 12."The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June... Read More

92-year old Mahathir sworn in as Malaysian Prime Minister

KUALA LUMPUR -- Mahathir Mohamad, 92, a former Malaysian prime minister who led the opposition to achieve a stunning victory in the general election, took the oath of office on Thursday night, becoming the world's oldest government leader.Mahathir won the election after his coalition Pakatan Harapan... Read More

Malaysia opposition coalition wins majority in snap election

MOSCOW -- A coalition of Malaysian opposition parties won a simple majority during Wednesday’s snap parliamentary vote and is set to form the next government.The national election commission said the People's Justice Party (PKR) won 104 seats, while the allied Democratic Action Party (DAP)... Read More

Kim Jong Un expresses confidence in summit with Trump: KCNA

PYONGYANG -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed his confidence that the upcoming summit with US President Donald Trump would be a historic one.The summit would be an excellent first step toward promoting the positive development of situation on the Korean Peninsula and building a good... Read More

Malaysians vote in highly-contested general election

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian voters Wednesday morning went to the polls for the country's general election, with the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition meeting a fierce challenge brought by the opposition alliance - Pakatan Harapan, or the Alliance of Hope.The BN led by incumbent Prime Minister... Read More