New US sanctions on Russia – a move of surprise

New US sanctions on Russia – a move of surprise

NDO – Following the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the analysts were expecting a new page in the US-Russia relations. However, Washington has decided to impose new sanctions against Moscow and the two sides have repeatedly criticised each other in recent days, thus pushing their bilateral ties back into a state of tension. (17 hours ago)


World News in Brief: August 14

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Cambodia on August 13 told sea travelers and fishermen to be extra-vigilant as the country is forecast to suffer from the impact of Tropical Storm Bebinca on August 17-18. 

World News in Brief: August 13

  Aug 13, 2018 13:58:21
China's national observatory has issued a yellow alert for heavy rain on August 12 and 13. Heavy rain is expected to hit parts of municipalities of Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, provinces of Anhui, Guangdong, Hainan, Hebei, Jilin, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Qinghai, Shanxi, Yunnan and Zhejiang, and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to the National Meteorological Center. 

Two Koreas agree to hold summit in Pyongyang in September

  Aug 13, 2018 13:58:02
The Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Monday (August 13) to hold a third summit between RoK President Moon Jae-in and top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang in September. 

A crack in US-Turkey alliance

  Aug 13, 2018 13:11:39
NDO – Turkey and the United States are falling into a serious diplomatic crisis. Although a deputy ministerial level delegation from Turkey has arrived in the US for negotiations aiming to settle the deadlocks in their bilateral ties, both Washington and Ankara continue to count on mutual trade and economic retaliation measures. The two countries are experiencing a period of gloom in the history of the relations between the two allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) bloc. 

World News in Brief: August 12

  Aug 12, 2018 21:57:00
NASA's Parker Solar Probe, the fastest spacecraft in history, blasted off atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket in the US state of Florida on Sunday (August 12), on a mission to study the Sun at closer range than any other spacecraft. 

Russia downs drone near its Syria air base - TASS

  Aug 12, 2018 13:27:11
Russia's military said it had shot down a drone that came close to its Syrian air base at Hmeimim on August 11 and was launched from the Idlib "de-escalation" zone controlled by what Moscow calls "illegal military groups", TASS agency reported. 

8 killed after small plane crashes in Papua, Indonesia

  Aug 12, 2018 13:26:59
A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in mountainous eastern Indonesia, authorities said Sunday (August 12). 

50 militants including key Taliban commander give up fighting in W. Afghanistan

  Aug 12, 2018 13:26:49
A total of 50 militants including Taliban key commander Mullah Toofan have surrendered to local authorities in the western Badghis province on August 12, police spokesman Naqibullah Amini said. 

Cuba adopts new industrial property rules

  Aug 11, 2018 19:03:47
The Cuban Industrial Property Office (OCPI) published a new set of rules on August 10 with the aim of boosting trade, scientific cooperation and innovation. 

Trump, Macron discuss Iran, trade

  Aug 11, 2018 19:03:00
US President Donald Trump on August 10 discussed a broad range of trade and security issues, including the situation in Iran and the broader Middle East, with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on the phone, the White House said. 

Israel, Hamas agree truce to end Gaza flare-up

  Aug 11, 2018 15:17:15
According to Reuters, Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, agreed on a truce on August 9, two Palestinian officials said, an understanding that would end an escalation in fighting that has drawn mutual threats of war.  

World News in Brief: August 11

  Aug 11, 2018 11:03:44
The national referendum to ratify Cuba's new constitution will take place on February 24, 2019, state television said on August 10. The current version was passed in 1976.  

Two confirmed dead, seven missing after helicopter crashes in Japan

  Aug 11, 2018 09:42:31
According to Xinhua, two people have been confirmed dead after a local Japanese government helicopter that went missing earlier in the day was found to have crashed on a mountain in the central Japanese prefecture of Gunma on August 11.  

Iran continues to reject talks with US

  Aug 10, 2018 13:59:41
NDO - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on August 8 that it will rule out any negotiation with the US while accusing Washington of pursuing "erratic policies" in the relations with Tehran. The minister noted that US President Donald Trump’s decisions and words to call on Iran to negotiate are only a part of propaganda trickery, according to Reuters and Vietnam News Agency.