Trump declares national emergency to fund border wall

US President Donald Trump announced Friday he will sign a national emergency to expand the US-Mexico border wall and push for his signature campaign promise.

Venezuela cuts diplomatic ties after US recognizes opposition leader

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he was breaking diplomatic relations with the United States, after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country's interim president.

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.

Flights stop as Belgian airport workers stage national strike

Belgian airports canceled almost all flights on Wednesday due to a national strike over pay and working conditions that halted activity at ports, hit public transport and led to blockades outside factories.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/13 19:53:41

Japan gay couples seek marriage rights in Valentine's lawsuit

Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have been together for 25 years, but when they submitted their marriage registration at a Tokyo town hall, they knew it would be rejected.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 19:48:41

Detention center to be reopened: Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced the reopening of a controversial offshore migrant detention center on Christmas Island, doubling down on hard-line policies after a historic legislative defeat.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 19:48:40

WHO takes aim at harmful smartphone use

More than 1 billion young people risk damaging their hearing through excessive use of smartphones and other ­audio devices, the UN warned Tuesday, proposing new safety standards for safe volume levels.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 19:43:41

Vietnamese foreign minister arrives in Pyongyang for three-day visit

A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh arrived here in Pyongyang on Tuesday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 10:29:02

New York faces messy roads after snowfall, hundreds of flights canceled

A wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain hit New York City on Tuesday as a winter storm moved through the Northeast United States.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 10:28:12

Russia asks Twitter, Facebook to localize user databases

Russian telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor said Tuesday it will punish Twitter and Facebook if they decline to move the databases of Russian users to Russia.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 10:17:16

Gov't ready to negotiate with opposition without preconditions: Venezuelan FM

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Tuesday that the government led by President Nicolas Maduro is ready to sit down with the opposition without preconditions and seek a solution to the political crisis.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 10:12:02

British FM asks EU leaders for Brexit compromise to protect Irish peace

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday asked Europe Union (EU) leaders to compromise on Brexit in order to secure "friendly relations" between Britain and its neighboring Republic of Ireland and to protect peace in Northern Ireland.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 10:06:13

Tensions high as Catalan separatists' long-awaited trial begins in Madrid

Twelve Catalan separatist leaders involved in an attempt to break from Spain went on trial on Tuesday under intense scrutiny, as tensions over the future of the region flare again.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/12 21:53:43

Force EU to accept changes to Brexit: May

Prime Minister Theresa May will tell British lawmakers on Tuesday they must hold their nerve over Brexit to force the EU to accept changes to the divorce deal that would pave the way for an orderly exit.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/12 21:53:42

Deal in principle reached to avoid new govt shutdown

US congressional negotiators on Monday reached a tentative deal to try to avert another partial government shutdown on Saturday, but congressional aides said it did not contain the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump wants for a border wall.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/12 21:53:41

Maseratis have gone missing, admits Papua New Guinea

Several of the Maseratis bought for last year's forum of Asia-­Pacific leaders have gone missing, Papua New Guinea admitted Tuesday, as it launched a probe to track them down.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/12 20:38:43