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Saudi Arabia intercepts new missile fired by Yemen rebels

RIYADH -- Saudi air defense forces intercepted on Thursday evening another ballistic missile over the border city of Jazan, which was fired by the Houthi militia, Al Arabiya local news reported.On Wednesday, Saudi air defense forces intercepted three ballistic missiles over Saudi Arabia, including... Read More

PH, China sign six bilateral agreements

HAINAN,China — President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, April 10, witnessed the signing of six bilateral agreements following the bilateral meeting held between the two leaders here.President Duterte is here in China for his attendance to the Boao Forum for Asia... Read More

World's focus on Asia has come: Cayetano

MANILA -- With the growth and leadership Asian countries have shown the world, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he believes Asia's time has come."When we talk about inclusiveness and equality, Asia has gone through so much and sacrificed so much for the world," he said... Read More

S. Korea, Slovakia leaders call for more economic cooperation

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Slovakian President Andrej Kiska agreed to enhance their countries' bilateral ties Tuesday, also calling for efforts to expand their economic cooperation."I believe our two countries have great potential to develop and expand our mutual cooperation in... Read More

Daewoo appliance sales hit 100K units in SE Asia

SEOUL -- South Korean home appliance maker Daewoo said Tuesday that sales of its "localized" products for the Southeast Asian market have reached 100,000 units since their release some two years ago.The company said its customized washer, first released in Indonesia in 2016 and later expanded to... Read More

Asian media leaders discuss exchanges, innovation in China summit

HAINAN, China — Asian media leaders and practitioners converged to discuss media exchanges and cooperation, and vowed to help spread the “voice of Asia,” during the 2018 Media Leaders Summit for Asia at Sanya, south China's Hainan Province on Monday.Minister of the Publicity... Read More

Fiji on high alert for another cyclone

SUVA -- Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Friday urged Fijians to be on high alert and adhere to advice from authorities as they prepare for more severe weather and a cyclone over the next few days.In a national address to Fijians on Friday, Bainimarama issued the warning as weather... Read More

Seoul court sentences ex-SoKor President Park to 24 years in prison

TOKYO -- The Seoul Central District Court sentenced on Friday former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who was ousted and arrested in March 2017 due to a massive corruption scandal, to 24 years in prison.The court hearing was broadcast live by South Korea’s largest television channels.The... Read More

US, ASEAN reaffirm stand vs. use of chemical weapons

MANILA -- The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reaffirmed their stand that the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances is "reprehensible," following the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia using a nerve agent in... Read More

Saudi Arabia outlaws 'spying' on spouse's phone

RIYADH -- Spying on spouse's phone is now a crime in Saudi Arabia that could land the offender in jail or with a fine of up to USD133,000, according to a government release Monday.The new "Anti-Cybercrime Law" criminalizes activities, such as spying on data transmitted through a computer without... Read More

1 dead, 4 wounded in shooting at California YouTube headquarters

SAN FRANCISCO -- One person was killed and four others were wounded in a shooting at the YouTube headquarters in the US state of California Tuesday, authorities said.Police Chief Ed Barberini of San Bruno, a city about 19 kms south of downtown San Francisco on US western coast, said the suspect... Read More

SoKor seeks denuclearization declaration from summit with NoKor

SEOUL -- South Korea is seeking a denuclearization declaration from the upcoming summit with North Korea, a presidential official said Tuesday.The official said it's a "matter of course" to seek such a declaration because denuclearization is one of the three key agenda items for the April 27 summit,... Read More

Duterte to attend 2018 BOAO forum

BEIJING, China -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte will head to China on April 9-10 to attend the 2018 BOAO Asia Forum (BAF) in the south island province of Hainan, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed.According to Yi, the forum will showcase reform and building a shared... Read More

S. African president mourns passing of Winnie Mandela

CAPE TOWN -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday mourned the death of anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, calling her "an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free"."It is with a profound sense of loss and deep sadness that we have learnt of the passing away... Read More

6.8 Bolivia quake rattles residents in neighboring Brazil

BRASILIA-- South Bolivia's earthquake on Monday was felt as far away as Brazil's capital Brasilia, where residents and office workers spilled into the streets.Though strong enough to be felt even in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, which is located on the other side of the South American continent... Read More

N. Korean, Chinese leaders meet in Beijing

BEIJING -- North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday.North Korea’s leader stayed in China from March 25 to 28, CCTV reported. According to Xi Jinping, Kim... Read More

UN chief shocked by Myanmar general's speech over ethnic minority

UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was shocked by remarks attributed to the Myanmar army chief regarding the Rohingya, said Guterres' deputy spokesman on Monday."The secretary-general is shocked at reports today of remarks attributed to Myanmar Senior General U Min Aung Hlaing,"... Read More

Russia announces 3-day mourning for mall fire victims

MOSCOW -- Russia's Kemerovo region will observe three days of mourning starting Tuesday for the victims of a shopping mall fire, the regional administration said in a statement."The mourning will last for three days from March 27 to 29. The corresponding order was signed by the governor Aman... Read More

Orange snow falls in Eastern Europe

MOSCOW -- Parts of Russia and Eastern Europe are covered by orange-tinted snow this week, a bizarre weather phenomenon caused by sand blown from the Sahara desert across Europe.According to meteorologists, storms in northern Africa, which picked up sand, dust, and pollen articles from the Sahara and... Read More

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits waters off Indonesia

MOSCOW -- A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the waters near Indonesia, the US Geological Survey said Monday.The tremor was registered at 8:15 p.m in Greenwich Mean Time on Sunday with the epicenter locating 214 kilometers (132 miles) northwest of the town of Saumlaki of the Indonesian Maluku province,... Read More