US envoy for DPRK to visit ROK, Japan amid tension

US envoy for DPRK to visit ROK, Japan amid tension

US special envoy for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Stephen Biegun will visit Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan in the coming week amid escalating tensions between the United States and the DPRK, said the US State Department on December 13. (17 hours ago)


World News in Brief: December 14

  17 hours ago
China and the United States have agreed on the text of a phase one economic and trade agreement based on the principle of equality and mutual respect. The text includes nine chapters, according to a statement issued by the Chinese side Friday (December 13) night. 

World News in Brief: December 13

  Dec 13, 2019 14:54:37
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Friday (December 13) that it has approved a US$200 million loan to help the Philippine government prepare and implement major infrastructure projects under its flagship "Build, Build, Build" development program. 

US Fed holds rates steady, signals no changes through 2020

  Dec 12, 2019 16:18:16
The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday (December 11) left interest rates unchanged after cutting rates at each of the last three meetings, as officials assessed the effect of rate cuts on the US economy. 

Israel to hold 3rd election in one year on March 2

  Dec 12, 2019 16:18:08
Israel will hold an election on March 2, its unprecedented third within a year, the parliament decided on December 12. 

World News in Brief: December 11-12

  Dec 12, 2019 16:18:00
Polling stations opened in 650 constituencies across Britain at 7 a.m. (0700 GMT) Thursday (December 12) in the country's general elections. This is the second general election Britain has witnessed since its Brexit referendum in 2016. 

ADB forecasts growth in developing Asia at 5.2 pct in 2019, 2020

  Dec 11, 2019 10:58:47
In a supplement to its Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update released in September, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday (December 11) said it now expects GDP in developing Asia to expand 5.2 percent in both 2019 and 2020, down from the September forecast of 5.4 percent growth this year and 5.5 percent next year. 

Iran says to hold joint naval drill with Caspian Sea states soon

  Dec 11, 2019 10:41:21
Iran said on December 10 that it will stage a joint naval drill with Caspian Sea littoral states in the near future, Tehran Times daily reported. 

The key to peace

  Dec 10, 2019 16:52:31
NDO - France, Ukraine, Russia and Germany officially restarted a peace summit under the “Normandy format”, after three years this negotiation mechanism stalled. The summit in France is expected to find a “key to peace” in order to soon put an end to the five-year armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. 

Duterte to lift martial law in southern Philippines: spokesman

  Dec 10, 2019 16:37:03
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to lift martial law in Mindanao in the southern Philippines by 2019, his spokesman said on Tuesday (December 10), after three times of extention since 2017 terrorist attacks on Marawi City. 

World News in Brief: December 10

  Dec 10, 2019 16:36:14
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday (December 9) called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resume talks with the United States on denuclearization, said his spokesman. 

Ukraine, Russia agree on full ceasefire in eastern Ukraine before 2019-end

  Dec 10, 2019 12:01:52
Ukraine and Russia agreed on a full and comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine before the end of 2019, leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany announced in Paris on Monday (December 9) evening following their talks called "Normandy four summit". 

RoK to take necessary actions to maintain DPRK-US dialogue momentum

  Dec 09, 2019 15:22:27
Republic of Korea (RoK)'s unification ministry said on December 9 that the country will take necessary actions to maintain dialogue momentum between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States. 

Volcano erupts in New Zealand's White Island

  Dec 09, 2019 15:22:18
A volcano erupted at New Zealand's White Island on Monday (December 9) about 2:11 p.m. local time (0111 GMT), according to GeoNet, the country's geological hazard information center. 

World News in Brief: December 9

  Dec 09, 2019 15:22:04
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday (December 9) that Tokyo is in discussions about a visit to Japan by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this month, an attempt to try to resolve Iran's nuclear impasse with the United States. He also said Japan wants to make every possible effort to promote Middle East peace.