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China eyes positive outcome at US-NK summit

China expressed its support for direct talks between North Korea and the United States on Wednesday, as Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said China expects a positive outcome from the upcoming summit of the two countries.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/20 21:48:41

Beijing welcomes Muslim autonomy law

China welcomed the ratification of the new expanded Muslim autonomy law in the Philippines, which marks an important step toward the country's peace process, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/20 21:48:40

Trump starts up US Space Force

Republican US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a directive to start the lengthy process of creating a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space, the US Space Force.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/20 20:33:40

Japan govt, Fukushima operator to pay $4m

A Japanese court Wednesday awarded nearly $4 million in fresh damages to scores of residents forced to flee their homes after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/20 20:18:41

South Korean women abandon makeup to fight male domination

South Korean university student Yim Ji-su used to sacrifice up to two hours of sleep each ­morning for her laborious makeup routine - from applying foundation and concealer to perming her shoulder-length hair.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/20 18:38:41

7 dolphins found dead in Myanmar in single year

Seven Ayeyarwady dolphins, an endangered species, were found dead from February 2018 to February this year, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/20 17:17:40

Trump says "no rush" on DPRK denuclearization

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he expected to see the ultimate denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula while pointing out that he had no pressing schedule for that objective.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/20 14:04:02

DPRK premier attends Lunar New Year reception at Chinese embassy in Pyongyang

Premier of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Pak Pong Ju attended a Chinese New Year celebration at the Chinese embassy here on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/20 13:18:04

Pakistan offers India cooperation in Kashmir attack probe, calls for UN mediation

Pakistan on Tuesday offered India cooperation in the probe into a recent deadly attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir that has soured relations between the neighbors, while Islamabad also sought international help to ease tensions in the region.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/20 11:06:50

Summit-ready

Vietnamese children perform before portraits of the late North Korean leader, Kim Il Sung and Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh at the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship Kindergarten in Hanoi on Tuesday. Wearing traditional hanbok dress, the children of Hanoi's only North Korean-founded kindergarten sing Korean songs and recite Korean vocabulary – skills they hope to show off to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when he visits Vietnam next week.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/19 23:18:41

Taho-throwing has nothing to do with disrespect to nation

Though a Chinese student made the headlines in the Philippine media over her disrespectful taho-throwing move toward a Philippine police officer, netizens have urged calm over the incident.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/19 21:25:27

IS fighters face surrender or death: Syrian Kurd-led force

Jihadists defending their last dreg of territory in Syria will be "killed in battle" if they don't surrender, a Kurdish-­led force said Tuesday ahead of a final showdown.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/19 21:23:41

Spotlight: Pullout of warring sides from Yemen's Hodeidah may succeed if deal's key provisions implemented

The United Nations announced that Yemen's warring sides agreed on the first phase of a redeployment plan in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah following days of constructive negotiations.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/19 13:39:52

US blocks NK air traffic revival ahead of summit

The US has blocked efforts by a UN agency to improve civil aviation in North Korea at a time when Pyongyang is trying to reopen part of its airspace to foreign flights, three sources familiar with the matter said.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/18 21:38:40

Yemen government, rebels agree deal on first pullback: UN

Yemen's government and Houthi rebels have agreed on the first phase of a pullback of ­forces from the key city of Hodeida, in a deal the United Nations described Sunday as important progress.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/18 19:08:40

Coach-truck crash in Vietnam injures 11 tourists

A coach carrying 16 South Korean tourists made a head-on collision with a container truck on Monday afternoon in Vietnam's central Da Nang city, injuring 11.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/18 17:42:56

Only conjecture

With regard to the "Zhongye Dao Crisis" provoked by Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the incumbent Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. has played down AMTI's report that Chinese vessels have been gathering near Zhongye Dao (Thitu Island), saying that no reports of increased number of Chinese vessels had been received, as quoted by The Philippine Daily Inquirer on February 14.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/17 22:39:26

Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time

Japan's government introduced a bill Friday to recognize the country's ethnic Ainu minority as an “indigenous” people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/15 22:13:42