Hong Kong cancels all flights as protesters disrupt airport

HONG KONG -- All flights in and out of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region were cancelled on Monday due to a protest held at the Hong Kong International Airport, according to local airport authority.All check-in services were suspended, said the Airport Authority Hong Kong in a statement... Read More

Typhoon Lekima leaves 44 dead, 16 missing in China

HANGZHOU/JINAN -- Typhoon Lekima has left 44 dead and 16 missing in two Chinese provinces, wreaking havoc there with torrential rains and strong gales.By Monday morning, the death toll in Zhejiang Province has risen to 39 while nine others remained missing, said the Zhejiang provincial flood control... Read More

Asean highlights milestones in bloc's 50-year history

HANOI -- The mechanisms established by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have contributed to maintaining strategic balance, as well as peace and stability in the region, according to a top Asean official.Mechanisms such as the Asean Regional Forum, East Asia Summit and Asia Plus... Read More

Consecutive mass shootings hit U.S. over weekend

WASHINGTON-- Two mass shootings took place hours apart this weekend in the United States, leaving at least 29 people dead and over 50 injured.On Sunday morning, Connor Betts, a 24-year-old white male, opened fire in a popular bar district in the city of Dayton in midwest U.S. state of Ohio, killing... Read More

20 killed, 26 wounded in Texas mass shooting

HOUSTON -- A mass shooting on Saturday killed at least 20 and injured 26 others in the US state of Texas, local officials said at a press conference.The suspect, now in custody, was identified as a 21-year-old white male from Texas, according to Texas Police chief Greg Allen.The shooting has a... Read More

Asean FMs welcome ‘major progress’ on COC negotiations

BANGKOK -- The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Wednesday (July 31) welcomed the efforts and progress made by the bloc members and China in negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea.At the China-Asean foreign ministers' meeting here,... Read More

China, Asean countries agree to forge closer ties

BANGKOK -- China and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) agreed here Wednesday to forge closer ties at the China-Asean foreign ministers' meeting.At the meeting, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Asean and Asean-led cooperation platforms have... Read More

Over 20,000 HIV-positive people died in Russia in 2018

MOSCOW -- More than 20,000 HIV-positive Russians died in 2018, with the death toll related to this infection growing 2.2 percent year-on-year, a report of the Russian Health Ministry’s research center revealed on Wednesday."In 2018, some 20,597 people died of HIV infection, and this is 14... Read More

China-Asean economic, trade cooperation on fast lane

BEIJING -- The economic and trade cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries has been in the fast lane with increasing trade volume and progress in regional economic integration, a commerce ministry official said Wednesday.China has been the largest... Read More

Thai PM calls for strengthened ASEAN-led mechanisms, cooperation

BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday called on member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to make more efforts in strengthening ASEAN-led mechanisms and enhancing regional cooperation. Prayut was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 52nd ASEAN... Read More

North Korea fires multiple projectiles

MOSCOW -- North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles early on Wednesday, Yonhap news agency reported citing South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).The JCS said that "the projectiles were launched from the Hodo peninsula in South Hamgyong Province on North Korea's east coast."Yonhap said... Read More

Children bear brunt of human trafficking: UN chief

ANKARA, Turkey -- Children are one of the most affected victims of human trafficking, UNited Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on July 30."Human trafficking is a heinous crime happening all around us. The victims -- 30% of which are children -- are subject to forced labor, sexual... Read More

ICA adopts reso allowing foreign workers to bring family to UAE

ABU DHABI, UAE -- The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, ICA, announced recently that it is adopting Cabinet Resolution No.30 for 2019 regarding foreign residents wishing to bring their family members and domestic helpers to the UAE, which changed the main condition of acquiring... Read More

Asean: Southeast Asian power engine

KUALA LUMPUR -- The 52nd Meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Foreign Ministers was held in Thailand on Tuesday (July 30).Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu represented Turkey which is participating in the meeting as a sectoral dialogue partner.ASEAN was established in 1967 with... Read More

Boko Haram kills 60 mourners in northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- At least 60 village mourners were killed by the Boko Haram terror group in northeast Nigeria during a burial rites.A local official confirmed late Sunday that motorbike-riding men, who are allegedly members of the terrorist organization, opened fire on dozens of villagers... Read More

Tunisian president dies at 92

TUNIS -- Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi died on Thursday at the age of 92 at the military hospital in the capital of Tunis, a presidency statement said.The Tunisian president died at 10:25 a.m. local time (0925 GMT) and "the funeral ceremony will be announced later," the statement said.His... Read More

Thousands forced to evacuate as floods hit Myanmar

YANGON --Floods hit eight regions and states in Myanmar recently due to heavy rainfall, forcing 9,420 households to evacuate due to flood shelters, according to the Disaster Management Department on Thursday. The affected eight regions and states are Bago, Mon, Chin, Rakhine, Kachin, Sagaing,... Read More

China issues white paper on nat'l defense

BEIJING -- Chinese government has released Tuesday a white paper on its national defense policy amid the changing international security environment."China's National Defense in the New Era", the 10th white paper on national defense and the latest white paper released since 2015, outlines China's... Read More

Experts say kids under 2 must have ‘zero screen time’

SYDNEY — The average time that children under two are spending on electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets is getting out of control, according to new research by Australian health experts.Released on Wednesday in the Medical Journal of Australia, the University of Queensland study... Read More

Suspected arson at Kyoto anime studio leaves multiple people dead

TOKYO – A fire at an animation studio in the city of Kyoto, western Japan, left multiple people dead and more than 30 others injured, some of them seriously, local media quoted investigators as saying Thursday.According to local reports, 10 people who were found lying unconscious inside the... Read More