Two dead in Paris gas blast amid lockdown for yellow-vest protests

Two dead in Paris gas blast amid lockdown for yellow-vest protests

Two firefighters died and nearly people 50 were injured in a massive gas explosion that gutted the ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district on Saturday (January 12), authorities said. (Jan 12, 2019 19:06:14)

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World News in Brief: January 12

  Jan 12, 2019 12:57:16
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on January 11 called for efforts to advance Party building, and demanded "greater strategic achievements" in full and strict governance over the Party. Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at the third plenary session of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the CPC. 

World News in Brief: January 11

  Jan 11, 2019 13:35:07
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy high trust and approval ratings, according to an independent poll released on January 11. A survey by Pulse Asia Inc. conducted from Dec. 14 to 21 last year showed 81 percent of the 1,800 Filipinos aged 18 and above surveyed nationwide approved of Duterte's performance or the way Duterte runs the country, up by six percentage points from his September 2018 rating of 75 percent. 

Trump will cancel planned Davos trip if shutdown continues

  Jan 10, 2019 22:16:16
US President Donald Trump on January 10 said he is still scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland later this month but that he will not go if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues. 

Debate over border wall overshadows outlook of ending partial US gov’t shutdown

  Jan 10, 2019 12:40:32
NDO – President of the United States Donald Trump has stated that the border area between the US and Mexico is currently in a state of “serious humanitarian and security crisis”. This is the reason for which the White House boss continued to call on the US Congress to approve a US$5.7 billion budget to build a wall along the border and end the partial closure of the government.  

China, US hold vice-ministerial level talk on economic, trade issues in Beijing

  Jan 10, 2019 10:35:41
China and the United States held a talk at the vice-ministerial level on economic and trade issues in Beijing from January 7-9, said a statement from the Ministry of Commerce. 

World News in Brief: January 10

  Jan 10, 2019 10:35:31
Cambodia dispatched the eighth batch of 184 peacekeepers to Lebanon on January 9 to replace the seventh group, whose one-year United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon has come to an end. 

Maduro calls on Lima Group to "rectify" stance on Venezuela

  Jan 10, 2019 10:23:00
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on January 9 called on member countries of the Lima Group to rectify their stance on Venezuela. Maduro said the Venezuelan government demands a rectification of the countries' positions in 48 hours or "it will take the most urgent and crude diplomatic measures." 

Bright colours in Syrian political picture

  Jan 09, 2019 17:00:49
NDO – The Arab League (AL) is considering the possibility of restoring Syria’s membership, after many Arab states have voiced their intention of resuming their relations and re-opening their embassies in Syria. 

US exit from Syria not to impact int'l anti-IS battle: Pompeo

  Jan 09, 2019 11:43:51
Visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on January 8 that the US decision to withdraw forces from Syria will not impact the capacity of the international coalition to fight the Islamic State (IS) militants. 

World News in Brief: January 9

  Jan 09, 2019 11:43:43
British Prime Minister Theresa May's government suffered a defeat in parliament on January 8 when lawmakers who oppose leaving the European Union without an accord won a vote that created a new obstacle to a no-deal Brexit. 

Global economic growth to slow to 2.9 pct in 2019: World Bank

  Jan 09, 2019 11:40:04
Global economic growth is projected to slow to 2.9 percent in 2019 from a downwardly revised 3 percent in 2018 amid rising downside risks, the World Bank said on Tuesday (January 8). 

Russia to develop long-range nuclear cruise missile: report

  Jan 08, 2019 21:37:54
Russia is developing the Kalibr-M cruise missile with a range of over 4,500 km, which is able to carry a conventional or a nuclear warhead, TASS news agency reported Tuesday (January 8). 

World News in Brief: January 8

  Jan 08, 2019 21:37:45
The Lao Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and other government bodies held a discussion on the draft of a labor regulation addressing the issue of foreign workers in Laos on January 7. 

Door for peace talks open to armed groups in Myanmar: presidential spokesman

  Jan 08, 2019 12:01:55
The door for peace talks is always open to the armed groups, said spokesman of Myanmar's Presidential Office U Zaw Htay late on January 7 in Nay Pyi Taw.