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US ambassador testifies Trump directed diplomats to work with his lawyer on Ukraine


US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on Thursday testified to House committees over their impeachment inquiry, saying he and other US diplomats were "disappointed" by President Donald Trump's directive to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters.

Philippines offers low-cost solution to China's growing English teacher demand

The Philippines has become a fast-growing source for China's burgeoning English teaching market with many Chinese online platforms starting to look for language teachers in the country.

Is Singapore's upcoming leadership up to the challenge?

Lee Hsien Loong once said the PAP's new committee was a “major step forward in our political renewal.” As the potential leader and “a safe pair of hands,” Heng Swee Keat shoulders great responsibility.


Closing a Brexit deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrive for a European Union Summit at European Union Headquarters in Brussels on Thursday. EU and British ...

World Food Day marked in Yemen

The long-running conflict has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Currently, some 24 million Yemenis, or 80 percent of the population, need humanitarian aid and protection, with some 20 million ...


Catalan protest coverage shows Western media bias

Similar protests, different reporting tactics. Western media, once boisterous on Hong Kong riots, is now trying to play down the Catalan protests in Spain which share many similarities with Hong Kong riots, and this serves as “iron-clad evidence of their 'double standards' and deviation from real journalism,” observers said.
Source: Global Times | 2019/10/18 22:03:40

Surprise performance

Members of the Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child perform outside the Harry Potter Concept store in Melbourne, Australia on Friday. Warner Brothers has teamed up with the Myer department store to unveil the country's largest Harry Potter concept shop.
Source: IC | 2019/10/18 22:13:40

US imposes tariffs on EU goods

The US imposed tariffs on a record $7.5 billion worth of European Union goods on Friday, earning a swift threat of retaliation by the EU.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/18 22:08:40

Japan to dispatch own self-defense troops to Strait of Hormuz

Japan has decided to dispatch its own self-defence troops to the Strait of Hormuz area instead of joining the US-coalition to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, the Asahi newspaper reported.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/18 22:03:40

PM scrambles to sell Brexit deal to MPs

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a charm offensive on Friday to sell his Brexit deal to sceptical MPs, with a looming vote in parliament resting on a knife-edge.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/18 21:48:41

White House admits Trump tied Ukraine military aid to political request

A top White House official admitted Thursday that President Donald Trump had tied military aid for Ukraine to Kiev undertaking an investigation that would help Trump politically, adding ammunition to Democrats' impeachment probe.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/18 21:43:40

Air strikes shatter Syria truce

Deadly Turkish air strikes Friday shattered an hours-old US-brokered deal to stop Ankara's military offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/18 21:33:40

US astronauts carry out 1st all-female spacewalk

Two US astronauts carried out the first-ever all-female spacewalk for humankind as they ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/18 20:56:50

US ambassador testifies Trump directed diplomats to work with his lawyer on Ukraine

US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on Thursday testified to House committees over their impeachment inquiry, saying he and other US diplomats were "disappointed" by President Donald Trump's directive to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/18 15:08:52

BRI brings prosperity to the world: Dominican Ambassador

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Commonwealth of Dominica 15 years ago, bilateral relations have developed rapidly with deepening mutual trust, pragmatic cooperation as well as people-to-people exchanges.
Source: Global Times | 2019/10/18 12:23:40

Putin, Erdogan to discuss situation in northeast Syria: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the situation in northeast Syria at a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Oct. 22, the Kremlin said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/18 12:05:25

Kenya launches extended railway to boost rural economy

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday launched the 120-km Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gaige Railway (SGR) that is expected to transform the country's hinterland through enhanced movement of passengers and cargo.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/18 11:43:32

US, Turkey reach agreement on truce, safe zone in northern Syria

The United States and Turkey on Thursday reached an agreement on a five-day truce and the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria, where the Turkish forces had been fighting against the Kurdish militia, following talks between the two sides in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/18 4:19:49