British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of the EU's executive, Ursula von der Leyen, agreed in a phone call on Saturday (October 3) to step up Brexit talks to close "significant gaps" barring a new trade partnership.

Thai cabinet approves borrowing of US$47.4 bln from ADB to revive economy

The Thai cabinet agreed on Tuesday to borrow THAB1.47 trillion (US$47.4 billion) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to revive the country's economy ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iran and Iraq commit to boosting border cooperation and trade

Iran and Iraq on September 26 pledged to improve border cooperation and boost trade between the two neighbours that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

World News in Brief: September 27

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged at the United Nations on Saturday (September 26) that his country's vaccine production capacity would be made available globally to fight the COVID-19 crisis.

Malaysian PM calls for COVID-19 vaccine to be universally accessible in UN speech

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has called for the world to ensure that once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, it should be available to all nations.

ROK suspends flu shots in setback for winter COVID-19 preparations

(HBO) - Republic of Korea (ROK) suspended free flu shots on Tuesday (September 22) after reports of problems in storing the vaccinations during transportation, disrupting plans to pre-emptively ease the burden on a healthcare system already strained by coronavirus outbreaks.

World News in Brief: September 8

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday (September 7) the world must be better prepared for the next pandemic, as he called on countries to invest in public health. More than 27.19 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 888,326 have died, according to a Reuters tally, since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

Britain to fund expansion of rapid COVID-19 test trials

Britain is putting GBP500 million (US$666 million) into trials of rapid COVID-19 tests and into population-testing for the disease, the health ministry said on Thursday (September 3).

World News in Brief: August 31

(HBO) - Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will vote on Sept. 14 to select a new leader to succeed Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, Jiji news agency reported on Monday (August 31). Abe, Japan's longest-serving premier, said on August 28 he was resigning due to a worsening of a chronic illness, paving the way for an LDP leadership election. The LDP president is virtually guaranteed of being prime minister because of the party's majority in the lower house of parliament.

ASEAN, RoK hold 24th dialogue

The 24th dialogue between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea (RoK) was held via video conference on August 26.

Vietnam presents medical equipment to Venezuela

The Embassy of Vietnam in Venezuela on August 27 handed over medical equipment to the host country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with 20,000 face masks from the Vietnamese National Assembly to the Venezuelan counterpart.

World News in Brief: August 22

The World Health Organization hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be shorter than the 1918 Spanish flu and last less than two years, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday (August 21), if the world unites and succeeds in finding a vaccine. Tedros urged "national unity" and "global solidarity". 

US COVID-19 cases surpass 5.4 mln: Johns Hopkins University

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 5.4 million on August 16, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Putin, Macron discuss situation in Lebanon, Ukraine by phone

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held a phone conversation on Wednesday (August 12), discussing the situation in Lebanon, Ukraine and Belarus, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Sinovac launches late-stage trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia

China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd launched on Tuesday (August 11) a late-stage human trial involving as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma.

World News in Brief: August 10

More than 19.86 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 728,534 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

Spotlight: Int''l assistance flows into Beirut after deadly explosions at port

Various assistance from a dozen of countries and international organizations is flowing to Lebanon after deadly explosions rocked the Port of Beirut, showing international solidarity and humanism.

EVFTA expected to help boost Vietnam-Czech trade ties

The Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade’s website mpo.cz has recently published an article titled "The Vietnamese market is opening up, a free trade agreement can save millions of crowns for Czech companies.”

FACTBOX-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

Australia's second-biggest city Melbourne entered its first day of tougher restrictions and the Philippines decided to reimpose a stricter lockdown in and around the capital, reflecting worries about getting the coronavirus pandemic under control.

World News in Brief: July 29

Britain has signed a deal for up to 60 million doses of a possible COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, it said on Wednesday (July 29), its fourth such arrangement as the race to tame the pandemic heats up. No vaccine has yet been approved for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus that has killed more than 659,000 people and unleashed economic havoc worldwide.

Russia does not seek to rejoin G7: Kremlin

Russia has no plan to rejoin the Group of Seven given its satisfaction with the Group of 20, the Kremlin said Monday (July 27).

Vietnam enjoys great benefit from ASEAN membership: Deputy FM

Becoming a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has brought about great benefits to Vietnam in various fields, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.

French Finance Minister: EU summit deal marks birth of a new Europe

The European Union's deal on a massive, economic stimulus plan marks the birth of a new Europe, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told France Info radio on Tuesday (July 21).

World News in Brief: July 16

Cambodia on Thursday (July 16) confirmed one more case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 166, said a Health Ministry's statement. The Southeast Asian country has recorded a total of 166 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, with 133 patients cured and 33 remained hospitalized.

China: Major rivers, lakes see surging water levels

Major rivers and lakes in China have seen their water levels rise due to continuous downpours, local authorities said on Sunday (July 12).