Syrian army gains headway to fight IS in southern Damascus

The Syrian army is advancing in the battles against the Islamic State (IS) in southern Damascus, Syrian SANA news agency reported on Sunday.

Suicide bomber kills dozens at voter registration center

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing at least 57 people and injuring more than 100, in the most serious attack yet on preparations for elections scheduled for ...

Suicide revives concerns about Japan's immigration removal centers

The suicide of an Indian man being held at an immigration detention center in Japan has sparked a hunger strike among detainees and revived concerns about conditions.

Moscow accuses British secret services of poisoning ex-spy

Moscow on Thursday accused British secret services of poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal in order to discredit Russia.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/4/20 8:36:18

Ni hao Papa

Pope Francis greets visitors from China as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on Wednesday. China and the Vatican are said to move closer to a historic deal on the appointment of bishops, which would signal a warming of relations. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/4/19 23:28:41

A peace treaty 'must be pursued,' Moon says ahead of Kim meeting

A peace treaty to formally end the Korean War "must be pursued," South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday, ahead of a summit with Kim Jong-un, leader of the nuclear-armed North.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/19 23:13:42

US hopes for success in talks with Europeans on 'fixing' Iran nuclear deal

The US hopes to reach agreement with UK, France and Germany to address President Donald Trump's concerns about the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Washington's disarmament ambassador said on Thursday.
Source: Reuters | 2018/4/19 23:13:41

Cuba's Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, elected as new president

Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected as the new Cuban president, as the successor of the Army General Raul Castro, who concluded two consecutive five-year terms in office, officials confirmed on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/4/19 23:13:40

Kyrgyzstan parliament sacks PM

Kyrgyzstan on Thursday jettisoned its 29th prime minister in less than three decades of independence as new President Sooronbai Jeenbekov looks to cement control over the Central Asian country.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/19 22:53:41

UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/19 22:53:40

S.Korea hails China's peace efforts

South Korea praised China's efforts to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the international community has contributed to the current achievements in the peace process on the peninsula, a senior official from the South Korean Embassy in China said on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/19 22:48:40

US FAA to order inspections of jet engines

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it will order inspection of about 220 aircraft engines as investigators have found that a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion this week on a Southwest flight, killing a passenger.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/19 22:43:43

Small quake, massive damage

Rescue workers and volunteers clear debris following Wednesday's 4.4 magnitude quake in Kertosari Village, Banjarnegara, Central Java, Indonesia on Thursday. The shallow earthquake brought down hundreds of poorly built buildings in Indonesia, forcing more than 2,000 people to flee their homes, rescue officials said on Thursday.
Source: VCG | 2018/4/19 22:43:40

Iran arrests senior ministry official over public dance

Iran on Thursday arrested a senior official after a video posted online showed young boys and girls dancing in public in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad, the judiciary said.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/19 22:38:41

Researchers find fuzzy-spined, hermit crabs, shiny-eyed shrimp in Java

A hermit crab, a shiny-eyed shrimp and a crab with fuzzy spines are among over a dozen new species discovered in a deep-sea expedition off the Indonesian island of Java, scientists said.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/19 22:38:40

Macron, Merkel meet on reform

French President Emmanuel Macron headed to Berlin Thursday for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, hoping to breathe fresh life into his grand vision for EU reforms in the face of growing German resistance.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/19 22:33:40