China, Solomon Islands establish diplomatic ties

China and the Solomon Islands signed a joint communique in Beijing Saturday on the establishment of diplomatic relations.


Fire-crackers factory blast claims 6 lives in north India

At least six people died and eight others injured when a powerful blast took place in a fire-crackers manufacturing factory in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

'Millions' protest in youth-led global climate strike

Some four million people filled city streets around the world in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

China-ASEAN Expo opens in south China

The 16th China-ASEAN Expo commenced Saturday in Nanning, highlighting trade and investment among China, the ASEAN and other countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Germany commits 100 bn euros for climate as protests heat up

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Friday a sweeping climate protection plan worth at least 100 billion euros by 2030, as hundreds of thousands protested for action against global warming.

Guterres hails China's cooperation with, contributions to UN

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed China's cooperation with and contributions to the world organization, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Cuba to respond to U.S. expulsion of its UN diplomats, says FM

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez announced on Friday that Havana would make an appropriate and timely response to recent U.S. actions, including the expulsion of two Cuban diplomats to the United Nations.

Yemen's Houthis announce initiative to stop attacks on Saudi Arabia

The Houthis in Yemen on Friday announced a peace initiative to stop attacks on Saudi Arabia with drones and ballistic missiles, a senior Houthi official was cited by the Houthi-controlled al-Masirah TV.

Huawei opens 5G training center in Britain

Huawei unveiled its 5G Birmingham Training Center on Friday to ensure that relevant 5G training is in place to meet current and future information and communications technology (ICT) needs in Britain.

U.S. to send more forces to Gulf after attacks on Saudi Arabia: Pentagon

U.S. President Donald Trump has approved sending more U.S. forces to the Gulf which are "defensive in nature" at the requests of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates following the attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Trump gets heat for urging Ukraine probe

U.S. President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said.

Canadian PM apologizes for photos of him in brownface, blackface

Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau on Thursday apologized for appearing in two photographs and a video in either brownface or blackface.

Japan agrees to start consultations with S. Korea over WTO complaint

The Japanese government on Friday said following South Korea's request, it will start bilateral talks over its tighter export controls, with the decision from Japan coming after Seoul filed a complaint with the WTO last week.



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