EU executive says Brexit backstop only way to avoid hard border in Ireland

EU executive says Brexit backstop only way to avoid hard border in Ireland

The European Union executive said the backstop option was the only means identified by both London and the bloc to avoid a return to extensive border checks on the island of Ireland after Brexit. (14 hours ago)

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World News in Brief: August 20

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Thirteen Chinese nationals were killed and 31 others injured in a bus crash in northern Laos, the Chinese Embassy in Laos confirmed on Tuesday (August 20). The Lao police said the crash was probably caused by a brake failure. 

Japanese, RoK foreign ministers to meet in Beijing on Aug.21

  Aug 19, 2019 16:34:32
Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono will meet his Republic of Korea (RoK) counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, in Beijing on August 21, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on August 19, amid deteriorating relations between the two East Asian countries. 

World News in Brief: August 19

  Aug 19, 2019 16:34:24
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled in Singapore Sunday (August 18) evening a slew of initiatives to enhance people's welfare and better protect the environment amid global economic uncertainties. 

Roundup: Western Libya witnesses unprecedented intensive attacks on airports

  Aug 18, 2019 14:14:39
Airports in western Libya have witnessed unprecedented intensive airstrikes and missile attacks in the past few days, as the armed conflict between the east-based army and the UN-backed government continues. 

World News in Brief: August 18

  Aug 18, 2019 14:14:28
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday (August 17) congratulated Sudan on the signing ceremony of two documents instituting for a transitional period. Guterres reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to assist the transition process as it seeks to achieve the long-standing aspiration of the people of Sudan for democracy and peace. 

63 killed in Kabul wedding hall explosion

  Aug 18, 2019 14:14:18
At least 63 people were killed and over 180 others wounded in Saturday (August 17) night's suicide explosion at a wedding hall in western Kabul, police of the Afghan capital confirmed on Sunday (August 18). 

Japan FM to leave for Beijing for trilateral meeting next week

  Aug 17, 2019 13:32:34
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will leave for Beijing next week to attend the ninth meeting of foreign ministers of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK), officials said on August 16. 

Indonesia sets GDP growth target of 5.3 pct next year

  Aug 17, 2019 13:24:20
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on August 16 set an economic growth target of 5.3 percent for next year, similar with this year's growth expectation. 

World News in Brief: August 17

  Aug 17, 2019 13:21:07
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday (August 16) he has signed a decree awarding the Hero of Russia titles to the captain and co-pilot of a plane who saved the lives of all 226 passengers during a hard landing. 

Concern about double crisis

  Aug 16, 2019 17:08:41
NDO - The stagnant and unpredictable Brexit process (the UK leaving the European Union - EU) is negatively affecting the UK and other European countries. Analysts are concerned about the risk of the double crisis both in the economy and politics in the UK in the coming time. 

DPRK fires 2 short-range projectiles off east coast: RoK

  Aug 16, 2019 12:00:21
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday (August 16) fired two unidentified short-range projectiles off its east coast, according to the Republic of Korea (RoK)'s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). 

Indonesia president formally proposes relocating capital to Borneo

  Aug 16, 2019 11:52:16
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on August 16 formally proposed to parliament a plan to move the country's capital from Jakarta, on the crowded island of Java, to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. 

World News in Brief: August 16

  Aug 16, 2019 10:36:43
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the European Union (EU) to maintain the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences for Cambodia, according to its statement released to the media on Thursday (August 15). 

Police rescued after six officers wounded in Philadelphia shootout

  Aug 15, 2019 15:16:16
A SWAT team rescued two police officers and three civilians trapped inside a Philadelphia house with an active gunman after a shootout in which six officers were wounded, police said on Wednesday (August 14).