French president hikes minimum wage, promises tax relief to head off "Yellow Vests" protests

Still grappling with the "Yellow Vests" protests, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday sought to dampen the social uproar with an "economic and social emergency plan," offering to increase the minimum wage and tax cuts for pensioners.

Possibility for DPRK leader's visit to Seoul left open: Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that a possibility for the visit by Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to Seoul was left open, local media reported Monday.

Malaysia's Anwar sworn in as member of parliament

Former Malaysian deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as a member of parliament on Monday after winning a by-election over the weekend.

Iraq marks anniversary of Victory Day over IS

Iraqis celebrated the Victory Day on Monday, one year after the announcement of full liberation of all Iraqi land from Islamic State (IS) militants.

Congolese gynecologist, Yazidi human rights activist receive 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege and Iraq's Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad received the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday at the award ceremony here in Norway, for "their efforts ...

Pompeo hints US may sign free trade deal with Britain even with hard Brexit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday hinted that the United States may consider to sign a free trade deal with Britain quickly even if Britain leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 8:35:00

Syria condemns "illegal excavations" by U.S., France, Turkey in northern Syria

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned what it called the "illegal excavations" in historic sites in northern Syria by the United States, France and Turkey, state news agency SANA reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 8:30:50

Iran, US have stiff competition in global pistachio market

Global pistachio market is dominated by Iran and the US who are in stiff competition to gain a bigger share of the market, said the head of Iran Pistachio Association.
Source: IRNA | 2018/12/11 8:23:43

Reform pace, economic lag root of riots in France: expert

Downward economic pressures and obstacles to reform are the root causes of riots and protests in France and troubles in other European countries, which could look to China to steam ahead with their economic growth, Chinese analysts suggested on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/11 0:58:39

Israel continues operations to destroy Hezbollah cross-border tunnels

The Israeli army on Monday continued to destroy Hezbollah cross-border tunnels, sending six skid steers and three excavators with armored vehicles to several points on the southern borders with Lebanon, a security source speaking on condition of anonymity told Xinhua.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 0:37:23

US companies dominate global arms sales: report

The United States remained the world's largest arms manufacturer in 2017, a Swedish-based research institute said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 0:32:52

Indian president visits Myanmar on ties

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind arrived at Nay Pyi Taw on Monday for a state visit to Myanmar, according to official sources.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 0:32:17

British PM confirms crucial Brexit vote postponed

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed on Monday that the crucial parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be postponed.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 0:26:53

Norway's 2nd largest bridge built by Chinese firm opens to traffic

A ceremony was held Sunday to officially open Norway's second largest bridge that has been built by a Chinese company and its partners some 220 km inside the Arctic Circle.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/10 21:23:25

Armenian PM wins snap vote by landslide

Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has won a landslide victory in snap parliamentary elections, results showed Monday, cementing his authority months after sweeping to power in a peaceful revolution.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/10 21:18:40

EU court ruling boosts Brexit opponents

The EU's top court ruled on Monday that the British government may reverse its decision to leave the bloc without consulting other member states in a decision welcomed by those campaigning to stop Brexit.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/10 21:13:40

UN conference adopts migration pact despite withdrawals

A UN conference adopted a migration pact in front of leaders and representatives from around 150 countries in Morocco on Monday, despite a string of withdrawals driven by anti-immigrant populism.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/10 21:13:39

Khashoggi's final words: 'I can't breathe,' says report

Jamal Khashoggi's final words were "I can't breathe," CNN said Sunday, citing a source who has read the transcript of an audio tape of the final moments before the journalist's murder.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/10 21:08:40