Afghan Taliban say will meet US officials in UAE on Dec.17

Afghan Taliban say will meet US officials in UAE on Dec.17

Representatives from the Afghan Taliban will meet US officials in the United Arab Emirates on December 17, the movement's main spokesman said as diplomatic moves towards agreeing to the basis for talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan continue. (2 hours ago)

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World News in Brief: December 16

  Dec 16, 2018 11:39:01
Mount Soputan volcano in North Sulawesi province of central Indonesia erupted on December 16, spewing a column of ashes by up to 7.5 km to the sky, spokesman of national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Xinhua in a text message. 

World News in Brief: December 15

  Dec 15, 2018 12:58:47
Cuba has achieved full electrification this year, an important step for economic and social development, official state media reported on December 14. 

Fear remains despite improvement in US - China trade war

  Dec 15, 2018 11:52:48
NDO – Tension in the US - China trade war has been temporarily halted after the leaders from the two sides agreed on a pause in order to actively discuss the negotiation process. However, "subterranean waves" remain strong in the bilateral relationship and analysts continue to worry that the trade war between the world's leading economies will have a major impact on the global economy next year. 

Sri Lanka's challenged PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign

  Dec 14, 2018 22:40:22
Sri Lanka's challenged Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will step down from his premiership on December 15 after the Supreme Court earlier December 14 continued a suspension order on him and his cabinet from continuing in office. 

Chinese steelmaker to build US$4.4 bln integrated steel plant in southern Philippines

  Dec 14, 2018 22:40:13
Chinese firms Hebei Iron & Steel Group (HBIS Group) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on December 14 with Philippine Steel Asia Manufacturing Corporation to develop an integrated iron and steel plant costing US$4.4 billion in the southern Philippines. 

World News in Brief: December 14

  Dec 14, 2018 22:40:01
A grand gala was held in Beijing on Friday (December 14) evening in celebration of the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. 

ASEAN+3 Young Entrepreneurs Forum kicks off in HCM City

  Dec 13, 2018 22:13:40
NDO/VNA – The ASEAN+3 Young Entrepreneurs Forum opened in Ho Chi Minh City on December 13, with its agenda focusing on the role of young businesses in high-tech agriculture startup and innovation. 

Mexico President says did not discuss border wall with US President Trump

  Dec 13, 2018 21:44:39
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on December 13 that he did not discuss the US administration's proposed border wall when he spoke with President Donald Trump this week about migration. 

Afghanistan opens new trade route with aim of building link to Europe

  Dec 13, 2018 20:39:50
Afghanistan on December 13 opened a new international trade route aimed at establishing direct access to Central Asian and Europe as it seeks to build up an economy wrecked by decades of war and reduce reliance on Pakistan. 

World News in Brief: December 13

  Dec 13, 2018 16:46:48
The National Assembly of Cambodia on December 13 amended the Law on Political Parties to clear the way for banned opposition politicians to re-enter politics. 

ASEAN pays attention to interests of migrant workers

  Dec 13, 2018 08:35:52
NDO/VNA – The ASEAN Safe Migration Campaign was launched in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 12 to call on regional countries as well as the international community to pay attention to the interests of migrant workers who have grown rapidly in recent years. 

EU, China stress urgent need to unblock appointment of WTO Appellate Body members

  Dec 12, 2018 23:00:03
The European Union (EU), China and other World Trade Organization (WTO) members on Wednesday (December 12) delivered a joint statement, emphasizing the urgent need to unblock the appointment of WTO Appellate Body members. 

World News in Brief: December 12

  Dec 12, 2018 22:34:34
The Philippine Congress granted President Rodrigo Duterte's request to further extend martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao for a period of one year to December 31, 2019, to quell a "continuing rebellion" in the southern Philippine region. 

Global airline profit expected to rise to US$35.5 bln in 2019: IATA

  Dec 12, 2018 22:24:01
The global airline industry net profit is expected to be US$35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the US$32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast Wednesday (December 12).