The world in 2019: Bottlenecks waiting to be removed

The world in 2019: Bottlenecks waiting to be removed

NDO – In 2019, the word “crisis” was mentioned constantly in a several places, including national policies, international cooperation, internal discussion and within regional and global frameworks. Together with the crises from the previous year, many more new issues arose. (14 hours ago)


World News in Brief: January 22

  15 hours ago
The Thai Ministry of Public Health announced Tuesday (January 21) that it would step up measures to screen Chinese tourists arriving in Thailand for Lunar New Year celebrations. Thailand has to implement stricter control measures as China has confirmed that the new coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person, said Dr Tanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of the ministry's Department of Disease Control. 

India's main ruling party BJP elects new president

  Jan 21, 2020 15:15:29
India's main ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 20 elected Jagat Prakash Nadda as the new president. 

World News in Brief: January 21

  Jan 21, 2020 10:41:37
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut global growth projections on Monday (January 20), citing negative surprises in a few emerging markets and increased social unrest, but added that "global growth may be bottoming out." Global economic growth is now projected to rise from an estimated 2.9 percent in 2019 to 3.3 percent in 2020 and 3.4 percent for 2021 -- a downward revision of 0.1 percentage point for 2019 and 2020, and 0.2 percentage point for 2021, compared to those published in the IMF's October "World Economic Outlook." 

Boosted efforts to prevent conflict from spreading in Libya

  Jan 20, 2020 16:25:05
NDO – An international conference on Libya has just taken place in Berlin, Germany, with the hope of preventing conflict in the North African country, in the context that the increasing tension in Libya is likely to turn it into “the second Syria.” 

Philippine volcano recharging, scientist says, as shops, hotels told to keep shut

  Jan 20, 2020 15:40:07
A restive volcano in the Philippines has a high risk of eruption as it is "recharging" with fresh magma and rising emissions of toxic gas, a top scientist said on January 20, while authorities ordered commercial establishments to stay shut. 

Malaysia to send 110 more containers of plastic waste back to source countries

  Jan 20, 2020 15:39:59
Malaysia is sending back an additional 110 containers of plastic waste to source countries after having successfully returned 150, the government said on Monday (January 20). 

World News in Brief: January 20

  Jan 20, 2020 15:39:51
Rescuers recovered nine bodies and were searching another missing person after a suspension bridge collapsed in Indonesia's western Bengkulu province on Sunday (January 19), Head of the Search and Rescue Office of the province Abdul Malik said on Monday (January 20). 

Israel starts to lay equipment to detect cross-border tunnels from Lebanon

  Jan 19, 2020 15:17:12
Israel began on Sunday (January 19) to deploy equipment designed to detect underground tunnels crossing its disputed border with Lebanon after months of planning, the army said. 

7 remain missing as over 150 rescued following avalanche in Nepal

  Jan 19, 2020 15:16:53
Four Republic of Koreans and three Nepalis remained missing since Friday (January 17) following an avalanche in western Kaski district, as over 150 foreign tourists and Nepalis were rescued on Saturday from around the area, local officials and trekking agencies said. 

World News in Brief: January 19

  Jan 19, 2020 15:16:39
First batch of Cuban governors and deputy governors since 1959 were elected on Saturday (January 18) in order to "economically and socially contribute" to national development, according to the Cuban constitution. Earlier on Friday, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel called for special attention to the creation of new government structures, as part of the effort to enhance people's power. 

Fresh recruits join troops to boost Afghan army capacity

  Jan 18, 2020 17:00:05
More than 500 newly graduated officers and soldiers joined the Afghan national army in southern region, an army source said on Saturday (January 18). 

China-US trade deal to reduce global uncertainty, IMF chief says

  Jan 18, 2020 16:59:40
The newly signed China-US phase-one trade deal will reduce the uncertainty that has impeded global economic growth, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said Friday (January 17). 

World News in Brief: January 18

  Jan 18, 2020 16:59:24
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Friday (January 17) called for the release of Siham Sergewa, a member of the Libyan House of Representatives, or the parliament. Sergewa was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen and taken to an unknown location six months ago in the eastern city Benghazi. 

ASEAN 2020: ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ retreat

  Jan 17, 2020 22:10:02
NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on January 17 presided over a retreat of the foreign ministers of the ASEAN countries (AMM Retreat), with the participation of the foreign ministers of other ASEAN members and the bloc’s Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi.