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 ...

Japanese flood disaster frays resilience of elderly victims

When a river in Japan's Fukushima prefecture overflowed on Sunday at the height of Typhoon Hagibis, 700 homes were flooded, many belonging to elderly residents too frail to clean up and repair their water-logged houses.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 19:58:41

Brexit talks resume as EU, UK close in on possible text

British and European negotiators resumed intense negotiations on a draft Brexit deal Wednesday after late-night talks brought them closer but failed to confirm an elusive breakthrough.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 19:58:40

Turkey defiant on Syria operations

Turkey remained defiant against mounting international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria, raising tensions with Washington as US Vice President Mike Pence headed for Ankara on Wednesday to demand a cease-fire.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 19:53:42

Populist appeal

Bolivia's President and presidential candidate Evo Morales (left) dances during a campaign rally in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, on Tuesday, ahead of the October 20 general election.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 19:53:41

Study shows how brain manages pain

Pain perception is essential for survival, but how much something hurts can sometimes be amplified or suppressed: for example, soldiers who sustain an injury in battle often recall not feeling anything at the time.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 19:48:40

France, Iraq to discuss trial framework for IS jihadists

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian on Wednesday said he would discuss a judicial framework for putting jihadists on trial during an upcoming visit to Iraq, as calls grow for an international court to judge the extremists.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 19:43:41

Indonesia, South Korea move closer to signing bilateral trade deal

Indonesia and South Korea took a key step on Wednesday toward a bilateral agreement that is expected to help boost trade between the two nations by about 50 percent by 2022.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/16 19:38:41

Warren weathers attacks at debate

Surging White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren faced a barrage of attacks from fellow Democrats at the party's fourth 2020 debate Tuesday, cementing her status as a front-runner in the race to challenge Donald Trump.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 19:33:40

Innovation buzz: Drones help Ghana's farmers

According to Ghana's minister of food and agriculture, Owusu Afriyie Akoto, about 80 percent of the country's farmers have been impacted by drought this year. ... The use of drones in agriculture is part of a global move toward technical innovations that allow farmers to work faster and more efficiently.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/16 19:28:41

Left for dead

A newborn baby girl rests at a hospital in Bareilly in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state on Wednesday, where she is recovering after being found buried alive in an earthen pot. A man digging a grave in northern India found the girl, police said Monday, in the latest case to shine a spotlight on female infanticide in the country.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 19:28:40

Russian Professional Basketball Club Appoints First-Ever Cyborg Assistant Head Coach

Russian professional basketball club Parma has hired a very promising assistant for the head coach, and it is hoped that the new employee's "extraordinary" skills will help the team - from the city of Perm - to dominate in the national tournament this season.
Source: Sputnik | 2019/10/16 18:51:02

Putin Reveals How His Appreciation for Amateur Boxing Came to an Abrupt End

The Russian president has a well-known affection for martial arts, and has publicly taken to other sports including hockey in an effort to promote the health and social benefits of a sporting lifestyle.
Source: Sputnik | 2019/10/16 18:46:04

1 killed, 10 injured as blast hits police vehicle in SW Pakistan

One policeman was killed and 10 others were injured when a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province, on Tuesday, a senior police officer said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/16 15:12:30