(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.

Japanese official says negotiating teams working hard on US-Japan trade deal

US and Japanese officials are working hard to reach agreement on a bilateral trade agreement, a senior Japanese official told Reuters on July 17, adding he was looking forward to news on the deal in the near future.

Thailand''s new cabinet ministers sworn in

Thailand's newly-appointed cabinet ministers under leadership of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha attended the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday (July 16).

Turkey purchases Russia’s S-400 defence system, a controversial deal

Turkey officially received shipments of parts in its contract to buy Russia’s S-400 air defence system, regardless of strong opposition from the United States and allies, an unprecedented move by a NATO member nation.

Quake of magnitude 6.6 strikes west of Australia''''s Broome -USGS

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck west of Australia's beach resort of Broome, the United States Geological Survey said on Sunday (July 14), with residents saying the impact shook some buildings and pushed groceries off shelves.

Myanmar vice president calls for effective use of youth force in development projects

Myanmar Vice President U Myint Swe has called for effective use of youth force in the country's development projects at a time when Myanmar is achieving population benefit, according to the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population on July 12.

First parts of Russian S-400 system delivered to Turkey- ministry

The first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system were delivered to NATO member Turkey on July 12, the Turkish defence ministry said, a development set to escalate tensions with the United States which has warned of sanctions over the deal.

China, Germany work to cut emissions from raising livestock

Chinese and German scientists are working together to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from raising livestock, China Daily reported Tuesday (July 9).

US, Taliban resume talks after rival Afghans agree steps to end bloodshed

US and Taliban officials will on July 9 resume talks in Qatar aimed at ending Afghanistan's 18-year war, hours after a delegation of Afghan citizens and the militants ended a meeting with both sides calling for an end to civilian casualties.

France, Iran agree to seek conditions to resume nuclear talks by July 15-Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said on July 6 he and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani had agreed to seek conditions for a resumption of dialogue on the Iranian nuclear question by July 15.

ASEAN-New Zealand cooperation focuses on peaceful strategy

New Zealand has said that it added the Strategy for Peace into core cooperation with ASEAN, together with Strategies for the People and for Prosperity.

Russia dislikes arms race but has to protect itself: Putin

Russia is not willing to get dragged into a new arms race but it must ensure its security, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published Thursday (July 4).

Enhancing intra-bloc solidarity, a top priority for next-term EU leaders

After many differences, member states of the "European common roof” have eventually selected suitable faces for the "leadership framework” of the European Union (EU) for the next term. However, huge challenges are awaiting the new board of EU leaders in order to stabilise the situation and tighten intra-bloc solidarity.

Italy''''s David Sassoli elected European Parliament president

Italian MEP David-Maria Sassoli was elected president of the European Parliament on Wednesday (July 3), winning 345 votes in the second round of voting.

ILO congratulates Vietnam, EU on signing free trade deal

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has welcomed the signing of the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA) on June 30th in Hanoi, which promotes the respect for fundamental labour rights as a basic condition for fair international trade.

Iran approves visa-free travel for Chinese tourists

The Iranian government has approved visa-free policy for Chinese tourists visiting Iran, Eghtesadonline news website reported Sunday (June 30).

10 killed in small plane crash near Dallas, Texas

Ten people died after a small plane crashed Sunday (June 30) morning near Dallas, US state of Texas.

General expectations

Leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) big economies, together with important guests and international organisations, arrived in Osaka, Japan, for a summit on June 28. The summit is expected to contribute to affirming the importance of free and fair trade, as well as the promotion of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reform process.

Thailand calls for regional countries’ modernisation to increase competitiveness

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has called on Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand (CLMVT) to embrace innovation or else risk losing their competitive edge.

Russia will respond to any NATO steps over missiles, says minister

Moscow will respond in kind to any steps NATO takes over Russia's decision to suspend a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on June 26, according to RIA news agency.

700 Japanese register for Vietnamese-language proficiency test

More than 700 Japanese candidates on June 23rd registered for the third Vietnamese-language proficiency test held by the Japan College of Foreign Languages in Tokyo.

Myanmar State Counselor and ADB President discuss operations in Myanmar

Myanmar State Counselor Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi met with ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao on June 23rd 2019 on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Summit. They discussed ADB’s continued engagement with Myanmar.

ASEAN leaders support RCEP negotiations be concluded within 2019

ASEAN leaders support the negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to be concluded within this year, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on June 23 told a press conference at the conclusion of the 34th ASEAN Summit held in Bangkok.

7.7-magnitude quake strikes off eastern Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Maluku province of eastern Indonesia on June 24, but was not potential for tsunami, the meteorology, climatological and geophysics agency said.

Malaysia working to recover USD65 mln in 1MDB case

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has launched legal action against 41 individuals and organisations to recover about USD65 million stolen from scandal-hit state fund 1MDB.