Spotlight: Global economy likely to grow 2.5 pct in 2020, if risks kept at bay: UN

Spotlight: Global economy likely to grow 2.5 pct in 2020, if risks kept at bay: UN

The global growth of 2.5 percent in 2020 is possible, but a flare-up of trade tensions, financial turmoil, or an escalation of geopolitical tensions could derail a recovery, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2020, which was launched Thursday (January 16). (20 hours ago)


World News in Brief: January 17

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Thousands of residents under orders to evacuate from a town near the Philippine volcano Taal were allowed to briefly visit homes on Friday (January 17) to rescue their animals and recover some possessions, taking advantage of what appeared to be waning activity. 

World News in Brief: January 16

  Jan 16, 2020 14:38:28
A Philippine volcano that has been spewing ash for days appeared to be calming down on Thursday (January 16), but seismologists said the danger of an eruption remained high and authorities warned evacuees not to return to their homes. 

Syrian army adheres to truce in Idlib, braces for operation in Aleppo

  Jan 15, 2020 19:00:49
The Syrian army has observed the recently established truce in Idlib province for the third consecutive day and is preparing for an operation to retake key road leading to Aleppo, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported Wednesday (January 15). 

World News in Brief: January 15

  Jan 15, 2020 19:00:32
A new direct air route is launched on January 14 between Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, and Myanmar's Rangoon. The flight is the second direct route linking Hainan with Myanmar. 

ASEAN senior economic officials meet in Hanoi

  Jan 15, 2020 10:28:12
NDO/VNA - The first meeting of the ASEAN senior economic officials for the fifty first ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (SEOM 1/51) was held in Hanoi from January 12 to 14. 

Promoting dialogue to settle Middle East conflicts

  Jan 14, 2020 16:21:01
NDO – German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently visited Russia bringing along a number of issues up for discussion concerning the latest developments in the Middle East. During her trip, the head of the German government had longer-than-expected talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

British PM says "confident" of securing tariff-free agreement with EU

  Jan 14, 2020 15:10:40
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday during a visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland that he hopes and is "confident" to secure a zero-tariff, zero-quota agreement with the European Union (EU). 

Trump considering visit to India next month

  Jan 14, 2020 15:10:29
US President Donald Trump is considering visiting India next month, for what would be his first visit to the world's largest democracy since he took office three years ago, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday (January 14). 

World News in Brief: January 14

  Jan 14, 2020 15:10:21
Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have accepted an invite from Queen Elizabeth to make a state visit to the United Kingdom in early 2020, according to Buckingham Palace. 

ASEAN committee discusses trade facilitation in Hanoi

  Jan 14, 2020 13:14:11
NDO/VNA – The 16th Meeting of the ASEAN Trade Facilitation Joint Consultative Committee (ATF-JCC) was recently held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) in Hanoi. 

Vietnam presides over UNSC session on Yemen, Colombia

  Jan 14, 2020 12:33:50
NDO/VNA – Vietnam presided over a United Nations Security Council session on January 13, during which the organisation adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) in Yemen and listened to a report on activities of the UN mission overseeing the peace agreement in Colombia. 

Post-Brexit difficulties

  Jan 13, 2020 17:01:44
NDO – The UK’s House of Commons has just approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, paving the way for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) on January 31. 

France and Russia want to safeguard Iran nuclear deal, Macron says

  Jan 13, 2020 16:10:18
France and Russia have a shared desire to safeguard Iran's nuclear deal, French President Emmanuel Macron said on January 13. 

Thousands evacuated as Philippine volcano threatens big eruption

  Jan 13, 2020 16:10:09
Nearly 50,000 people living near a volcano on an island close to the Philippine capital have heeded official warning to evacuate as fears of an eruption grew, officials said on Monday (January 13).