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 to soon impose sanctions on Turkey, raise steel tariffs over offensive in Syria

US President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he will soon issue an executive order authorizing sanctions against former and current Turkish officials over the country's offensive in Syria.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/15 9:36:50

Spain jails Catalan separatist leaders over failed independence bid

Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine separatist leaders from Catalonia to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in a failed independence bid, triggering protests across the region.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/14 21:48:43

Brexit on Oct. 31 a 'priority' for British govt: Queen

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday set out his government's priorities at a parliamentary ceremony full of pomp and pageantry attended by the queen, with Brexit top of the agenda.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/14 21:48:42

Russia-backed forces enter Kurdish region

Russia-backed Syrian forces wasted no time in taking advantage of an abrupt US retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal.
Source: Agencies | 2019/10/14 21:48:40

Pioneers in fight against poverty win 2019 Nobel Economics Prize

Economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize for their work in fighting global poverty, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/14 20:58:41

South Korean minister quits as education row swirls

Embattled South Korean justice minister Cho Kuk resigned Monday as a scandal swirled over academic privileges allegedly given to his children.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/14 20:58:40

Two Ecuador sides agree truce

Ecuador's president and indigenous leaders reached an agreement on Sunday to end nearly two weeks of violent protests against austerity measures adopted to obtain a multibillion dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Source: AFP | 2019/10/14 20:53:41

Syrian Kurdish forces declare deal with gov't to confront Turkish assault

The Kurdish Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, said on Sunday that it had reached an agreement with the Syrian government to confront the current Turkish assault.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/14 20:49:38

Wrongfully jailed man gets millions

An Australian economist who wrongfully spent nearly two decades in prison for the assassination of a high-ranking police officer was awarded more than Aus$7 million ($4.75 million) in compensation on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/14 18:53:40

Second Ebola vaccine to be used in DR Congo next month

Doctors will use a second Ebola vaccine from November in three eastern provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo to fight the deadly virus, medical officials said on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/14 18:33:40

Rescuers search for typhoon survivors

Tens of thousands of rescue workers in Japan battled on Monday to find survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed at least 43 people, as fresh rain threatened to hamper rescue efforts.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/14 18:28:39

'Broken system' starves US crude boom of immigrant workers

New Mexico oil man Johnny Vega laid out his predicament as his crew hoisted pipes from a well during the biggest oil boom in US history.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/14 17:23:40

Iran's new discovery increases value of natural gas reserves by $40b

The deputy managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for Development and Engineering Affairs said on Sunday that the newly-found natural gas field holds about 19,000 billion cubic feet of gas and 385 million barrels of oil which are worth about 40 billion dollars.
Source: IRNA | 2019/10/14 17:00:59