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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 ...


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

Royal visit

Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, visit SOS Children's village in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday. The couple also had the chance to tell a story to children with finger puppets. Photo: IC
Source: IC | 2019/10/17 23:18:40

Catalan protest shows double standards on Hong Kong riots backfiring on West

Catalan protesters and secessionists are using similar tactics as Hong Kong rioters in the past few months on the streets, burning facilities in Catalan towns, paralyzing the airport in Barcelona and wearing masks to avoid arrest, which Chinese experts said would backfire on political elites of the West in their cities even as they continually voice support for Hong Kong rioters and separatists.
Source: Global Times | 2019/10/17 23:13:40

Abe's shrine offering sparks criticism again

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Thursday, prompting China and South Korea to call on Japan to reflect on its wartime actions.
Source: Global Times - Reuters | 2019/10/17 21:33:41

Britain, EU strike Brexit deal

Britain and the European Union reached a last-ditch Brexit deal on Thursday, just hours before an EU summit that is expected to give it a seal of approval.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 21:33:40

Catalan leader says Barcelona clashes are harming separatist movement's image

Catalan leader Quim Torra called for an immediate halt to the violent clashes that rocked Barcelona for a third day Wednesday, warning they were harming the image of the separatist movement.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 21:28:40

Rescue drill

Members of Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) rescue volunteers acting as refugees during a joint exercise on handling boat people in waters off Banda Aceh on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 20:48:43

Japan to delay major imperial parade over typhoon: report

Japan plans to postpone a major imperial parade celebrating the new emperor's ascension to the throne after nearly 80 people were killed in a devastating typhoon, local media said Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 20:43:42

Top French diplomat holds Iraq talks on IS prisoners

France's top diplomat held talks in Baghdad on Thursday about transferring foreign jihadists from northern Syria, where a Turkish offensive has triggered fears of mass jailbreaks, to be tried in Iraq.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 20:43:41

Trump defends Syria troops pullout

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended as "strategically brilliant" his decision to pull US troops out of Syria as the House of Representatives overwhelmingly condemned the move in a rare bipartisan rebuke.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 20:38:41

Philippine earthquake

Residents study a crack left the night before by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in the town of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Three children were among four people killed after the powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippines, authorities said on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 20:38:40

Thai meth swallowers sentenced to 16 years

Two Thai men were sentenced to heavy 16-year jail terms in Indonesia on Wednesday after swallowing a kilogram of methamphetamine in a foiled drug smuggling bid.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 19:23:40

35 foreigners dead as bus crashes into heavy vehicle in Saudi Arabia

Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near the Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 19:08:40