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 ...

Gone bananas

Aerial view of the world's largest “patacon” – fried flattened pieces of green plantains – in Ipeti Embera, Chepo District, Panama, on Wednesday. The Embera indigenous community of Panama managed to cook the largest patacon in the world, setting a new Guinness World Record. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2019/10/17 18:38:41

EU reaches agreement with Britain on a Brexit deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday Brussels has come to an agreement with Britain on a Brexit deal that will be presented to EU leaders.
Source: Global Times | 2019/10/17 18:12:11

Asylum seekers cling to hope, safety in camp at US-Mexico border

Even after he was kidnapped and robbed outside the makeshift migrant camp where he had slept for two weeks, Luis Osorto decided his only chance for eventual asylum in the United States was to stay put along the border just inside Mexico.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/17 17:58:40

Pelosi, Trump trade 'meltdown' barbs over meeting on Syria

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders cut short a meeting with Republican President Donald Trump after he had a "meltdown" over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal and showed no signs of having a plan to deal with a crisis there.
Source: CGTN | 2019/10/17 15:07:25

Chinese bank joins UN push to scale up investment for sustainable development

The UN announced Wednesday that 30 global business leaders, including the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), will work together over the next two years to free up trillions of dollars to finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/17 14:28:53

African-American boy finds fun, future in Chinese culture

Ten-year-old Khaya Njumbe has been studying Chinese for years, so that when he speaks to the Chinese people in their language, he can go to their hearts.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/17 12:37:49

Trump threatens more sanctions on Turkey if high-level talks fail

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened that Ankara will face "devastating" sanctions if high-level discussions between the two sides do not "work it out."
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/17 11:45:45

Russia ready to assist dialogue between Turkey, Syria

Russia is ready to assist in the establishment of practical cooperation between Damascus and Ankara on the basis of the 1998 Adana Agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/17 10:49:50

Japan's Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine, with cabinet minister paying visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/17 10:03:40

Macron, Merkel optimistic about endorsing Brexit accord at this week's EU summit

French President Emmanuel Macron and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday expressed hope to endorse an accord on Britain's orderly departure from the European Union (EU) at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/17 9:30:31

Japan to use 6.5 million USD from reserves to finance post-typhoon disaster relief

Japan will use around 710 million yen (6.5 million dollars) from the national budget's 2019 reserve fund to help finance disaster relief efforts following a powerful typhoon over the weekend, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/16 22:10:30

First all-female spacewalk to happen this week

After an infamous spacesuit flub earlier this year that resulted in accusations of sexism, NASA now plans to carry out the first all-female spacewalk this week, it said on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 20:08:39

Raw meat pet food may contain bacteria harmful to humans

Increasingly popular raw meat meals for dogs and cats may be full of multi-drug resistant bacteria, posing a serious risk to animals and humans, scientists reported on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 20:03:40