A crack in US-Turkey alliance

A crack in US-Turkey alliance

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. (Aug 13, 2018 13:11:39)


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. 

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.  

Two presidential candidates register for Indonesia polls next year

  Aug 10, 2018 13:19:25
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his former rival in the 2014 general election, retired general Prabowo Subianto, officially registered their candidacy in the country's electoral commission on August 10. 

Erdogan, Putin hold phone talks over bilateral, regional issues

  Aug 10, 2018 13:19:09
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation on August 10 over bilateral and regional issues, presidential sources said. 

Efforts to improve inter-Korean relations

  Aug 10, 2018 12:22:08
NDO - The Republic of Korea (RoK) Ministry of Unification said on August 9 that RoK and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed to hold a high-level talk next week to review the implementation of agreements reached at the previous high-level inter-Korean meetings and discussed the preparations for a new meeting between the two leaders, according to Reuters, Xinhua and Vietnam News Agency.  

World News in Brief: August 10, 2018

  Aug 10, 2018 11:39:30
The Vietnam- Laos technology transfer forum (Vietnam- Laos TechConnect 2018) kicked off in Vientiane, Laos, on August 9.  

DPRK media calls for declaring end to war on Korean Peninsula

  Aug 09, 2018 20:28:46
An official newspaper of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on August 9 called for declaring an end to the war with the United States. 

At least 43 killed in Saudi-led airstrikes on north Yemen, mostly children

  Aug 09, 2018 20:28:32
At least 43 civilians, mostly children, were killed on August 9 when Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit buses in Yemen's northern province of Saada, head of Saada Health Office Yahya Shayem told Xinhua. 

Rescuers scramble to retrieve survivors of Indonesia's strong quake as aftershock amplifies risks

  Aug 09, 2018 20:28:20
Thousands of rescuers have been struggling to search and rescue victims of Sunday (August 5)'s powerful quake in Lombok Island of Indonesia under the wreckage of buildings as a 5.9-magnitude aftershock amplified the risks on August 9, a disaster agency official said. 

World News in Brief: August 9, 2018

  Aug 09, 2018 11:15:54
A ceremony took place at the headquarters of the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia to mark the 51st anniversary of the group's founding. The event was attended by ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi as well as many officials and diplomats of ASEAN member countries.  

Over 450 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

  Aug 09, 2018 09:37:22
NDO - The Spanish navy rescued 458 migrants, including 13 children, from nine boats in the Mediterranean on August 7 as they attempted to make the crossing from Morocco to Spain, according to Reuters and Xinhua news agencies.