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Tehran changes economic driver from oil to innovative sector

As Tehran is shifting its economic growth driver from oil to technology, an Iranian delegation headed by Iranian vice president for science and technology Sourena Sattari (Sattari), including tech entrepreneurs and researchers, participated in the 2019 China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF). Global Times reporters Li Sikun and Wang Bozun (GT) sat for an exclusive interview with Sattari in Beijing after the event, and talked about Iran's technology development under US sanctions.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/19 18:48:40

Azerbaijan to take full advantage of China's opening-up opportunities

Azerbaijan's new deputy prime minister Shahin Mustafayev led a delegation to Shanghai for the just-concluded second China International Import Expo (CIIE). Global Times reporter Li Sikun (GT) spoke with Mustafayev (Mustafayev) in an exclusive interview on this occasion. Mustafayev spoke highly of the CIIE and praised the remarks of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony as very intelligent. Mustafayev said Azerbaijan attached great importance to the expo and would take full advantage of China's opening-up opportunities to further enhance cooperation with China.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/19 18:32:28

Smoke haze blankets Sydney as bushfire threat rises

Sydney was shrouded in dangerous haze Tuesday as smoke from bushfires blazing along Australia's eastern seaboard sent pollution levels soaring in the country's biggest city.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/19 18:08:40

DPRK says no talks until US drops hostile policy

A senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) put forward new conditions for talks with the United States Monday night, saying Washington should give up its hostile policy before coming to the negotiation table with Pyongyang.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/11/19 13:37:52

Indonesia arrests dozens after IS-linked suicide bombing in Sumatr

Dozens of suspected Indonesian militants were rounded up after a suicide bomber linked to the Islamic State group killed himself and wounded six others in a police station attack last week, police said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/18 20:23:39

Sri Lanka president sworn in

Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in Monday at a Buddhist temple revered by his supporters, following an election victory.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/18 20:13:39

Samoa starts mandatory vaccination for measles

Samoa finalized plans for a compulsory measles vaccination program on Monday, after declaring a state of emergency as a deadly epidemic sweeps the Pacific nation.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/18 18:03:40

Pontiff expected to call for ban on nuclear weapons

Pope Francis, who years ago hoped to be a missionary in Japan, travels to the sites of the world's only atomic attacks this week seeking a ban on nuclear weapons.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/18 17:48:39

Top DPRK leader guides airborne landing training: KCNA

Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), guided an airborne landing training of sharpshooter sub-units of the Air and Anti-Aircraft Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA), the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/11/18 17:03:15

Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka polls

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the crushing of the Tamil Tigers 10 years ago, stormed to victory on Sunday in Sri Lanka's presidential elections, seven months after Islamist extremist attacks killed 269 people.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/17 22:23:39

Life taking 'toll on my health,' says Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that life is taking its "toll on my health," as speculation swirls over the 74-year-old's prolonged absences from the public eye.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/17 21:13:40

Largest reef begins coral spawning

A mass coral spawning has begun on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, with early indications the annual event could be among the biggest in recent years, local marine biologists said Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/17 18:08:39

Japan monarch ends throne rituals

In the chill pre-dawn hours of Friday, Japan's Emperor Naruhito emerged from a shrine compound where he had spent a symbolic night with the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe his family descends, completing the rituals of his accession.
Source: Reuters | 2019/11/15 21:53:41

Pentagon's Esper says S.Korea should pay more for American military

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pressed South Korea on Friday to pay more for the cost of stationing US troops in the country and to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan that Seoul is about to let lapse.
Source: Reuters | 2019/11/15 21:48:40

N.Korea rebuffs US offer of December talks

The Foreign Ministry of North Korea on Thursday called for a direct dialogue with the United States at any place and at any time in response to a new US proposal.
Source: Xinhua-AFP | 2019/11/15 21:43:40

S.Korea, US to hold talks for upkeep cost-sharing for USFK

Negotiators from South Korea and the United States will hold talks next week in Seoul to share the upkeep cost for the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), Seoul's foreign ministry said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/11/15 21:19:45

Indian students protest fee hikes

In an effort to quell protests by thousands of students, India's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has reduced fee hikes, which in some cases tripled the cost of services, according to a press release from the school on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/14 21:33:41

Measles outbreak hits Tonga

All government primary schools and kindergartens in Tonga have been shut in an effort to limit the spread of measles sweeping through the South Pacific, the government announced on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/14 18:28:40