China is engaged in a long-term and consistent campaign of coercing Southeast Asian countries to abandon their legitimate rights in the East Sea, according to an American scholar.

China files case at WTO against US tariffs: MOC

China on September 1 announced that it had filed a case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the United States following its implementation of the additional 15-percent tariffs imposed on US$300 billion worth of Chinese imports on September 1.

Vietnam attends Tokyo International Conference on African Development

A Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong, joined the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), which opened in Yokohama, Japan on August 28.

ADB President commits to strong assistance to Maldives

ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao met with Maldives President Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Speaker of the Parliament Mr. Mohamed Nasheed, Finance Minister and ADB Governor Mr. Ibrahim Ameer, and other senior officials on August 26th 2019 during a 2-day visit in which he committed to strong ADB assistance to the country.

Diplomatic efforts

Iranian Foreign Minister M. Zarif has just concluded his visits to four countries including Finland, Sweden, Norway and France to promote diplomatic efforts to reduce the negative impact of US sanctions. Iran wanted to seek European support to remove the current economic difficulties, as well as reduce pressure from the US, amid France's plan to ease escalating tensions in the Gulf.

Japan, US reach framework trade pact, no tariff cuts on Japan cars - Nikkei

The United States and Japan have reached the broad framework of a trade agreement, with Washington maintaining tariffs on Japanese autos but Tokyo cutting tariffs on US beef and pork, Japan's Nikkei business daily said on August 24.

Vietnam attends ASEAN Smart Cities Network Annual Meeting in Thailand

The ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) Annual Meeting 2019 was officially opened in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 23, under the presidency of the hosts.

China, Japan, RoK FMs meet in Beijing

The ninth meeting of foreign ministers of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) was held Wednesday (August 21) in Beijing, where they expressed willingness to promote cooperation.

Aid programs in Yemen closing down amid stalled funding: UN official

A UN humanitarian official said on August 20 that many aid programs in Yemen are closing down due to the slow fulfillment of funding pledges for the conflict-torn country.

Roundup: Western Libya witnesses unprecedented intensive attacks on airports

Airports in western Libya have witnessed unprecedented intensive airstrikes and missile attacks in the past few days, as the armed conflict between the east-based army and the UN-backed government continues.

Typhoon Krosa soon to make landfall in W. Japan, evacuation advisories issued

(HB0) - Japan’s weather agency said Typhoon Krosa is expected to make landfall in western Japan on Thursday (August 15), bringing with it torrential rains, heavy gusts and storm surges.

Philippines to soon have space agency under new law

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law to create the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA).

New Thai parliament building raises security level following bomb explosions

The new Thai parliament building announced on Monday (August 5) that it will raise security level with surveillance camera installation and riot police reinforcement at the first parliamentary session at the new complex in Kiak Kai area in Bangkok scheduled for August 7.

19 killed, 30 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Cairo

Nineteen people were killed and 30 others wounded in a multi-vehicle crash and an ensuing explosion on August 5 in Cairo that forced the partial evacuation of the nearby National Cancer Institute, Egypt's Health Ministry said in a statement.

US signs deal with EU to increase beef exports

The United States and the European Union (EU) on Friday (August 2) signed a new agreement that will increase US beef exports to Europe over the next seven years.

Russian PM visits disputed Pacific island

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday (August 2) visited one of the four Pacific islands disputed between Russia and Japan, to the disappointment of Tokyo.

Russia declares state of emergency in four regions over wildfires

Russia has declared a state of emergency in forests in four regions of Siberia and the Far East over mass wildfires, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service said Monday (July 29).

For an equal "playground"

The foreign ministers of the BRICS emerging economies (BRICS include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) has just met in Brazil where they once again affirmed their view on upholding multilateralism and trade liberalisation as well as opposing unilateralism and trade protection.

Iran says re-design of Arak heavy water reactor gathers pace after pause

The international work on the redesign of Iran's Arak heavy water reactor has "picked up pace" after a pause, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Friday (July 27).

56 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza

At least 56 Palestinians were injured on Friday (July 26) during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel.

IMF lowers global growth forecast to 3.2 pct

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its global growth forecast to 3.2 percent in 2019, according to a report released in Santiago on Tuesday (July 23).

Thailand faces worst drought in decade

Eight provinces in Thailand's north, northeast and central part have been suffering severe drought as there is no signs of rain at all.

Putin says Russia to help safeguard Syria''''s sovereignty

Russia will continue to help Syria protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday (July 21) in a congratulatory message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Panama becomes first Central American nation to ban plastic bags

Panama on July 20 became the first Central American nation to ban single-use plastic bags to try to curb pollution on its beaches and help tackle what the United Nations has identified as one of the world's biggest environmental challenges.

June 2019 was the hottest June on record across the globe -NOAA

(HBO) - June 2019 was the hottest June in 140 years, setting a global record, according to the latest monthly global climate report released on July 18 by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.