Von der Leyen becomes first female EU executive chief with narrow win

Von der Leyen becomes first female EU executive chief with narrow win

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen was elected to be the next president of the European Commission on Tuesday (July 16) with a slim majority. (Jul 17, 2019 14:09:19)


World News in Brief: July 17

  Jul 17, 2019 14:09:29
Nearly 6 million people across South Asia were under threat from rising flood waters following heavy monsoon rains, with more than one million displaced in one Indian state alone, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). 

World News in Brief: July 16

  Jul 16, 2019 11:56:26
An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck off Indonesia's Bali Island earlier on Tuesday (July 16) but there was no potential for tsunami, the meteorology and geophysics agency said. 

Containing the fire of conflict

  Jul 15, 2019 16:18:22
NDO - With the US House of Representatives adoption of a defence-policy bill aiming at limiting President Donald Trump's use of force against Iran, the fire of conflict which might lead to a military confrontation between the US and Iran have been initially contained. In the context that the US and its allies have intensified the deployment of warships to the Gulf, the international community is hoping for diplomatic efforts to ease tensions. 

Indonesia president pledges more infrastructure, investment in second term

  Jul 15, 2019 13:59:12
Indonesia's recently re-elected President Joko Widodo on July 14 outlined his vision for a second term, pledging faster infrastructure development and more investment opportunities to create jobs and growth in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. 

World News in Brief: July 15

  Jul 15, 2019 13:59:02
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia's eastern North Maluku province on Sunday (July 14), but was not likely to trigger tsunami, Prio Subandi, an official at the meteorology and geophysics agency said. 

Quake of magnitude 6.6 strikes west of Australia's Broome -USGS

  Jul 14, 2019 16:40:36
An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck west of Australia's beach resort of Broome, the United States Geological Survey said on Sunday (July 14), with residents saying the impact shook some buildings and pushed groceries off shelves. 

Barry makes landfall at US Louisiana coast, weakening to tropical storm

  Jul 14, 2019 13:48:45
Tropical storm Barry made landfall near Intracoastal City, US state of Louisiana, and weakened to a storm again from a hurricane on Saturday (July 13) afternoon, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). 

World News in Brief: July 14

  Jul 14, 2019 13:12:16
Cuba on Saturday (July 13) revised up its economic growth for 2018 to 2.2 percent at current prices, higher than the 1.2 percent estimated last December. Economy Minister Alejandro Gil said the new growth figure was obtained after balancing the results in the entire fiscal year. 

Heavy rain and floods in India's Assam kill at least 10 and displace more than 1 million

  Jul 14, 2019 12:40:12
Heavy monsoon rains in India's northeast Assam state displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 10 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday (July 13), warning the situation could worsen in coming days. 

UNHRC adopts resolution on climate change and human rights

  Jul 13, 2019 18:17:02
NDO/VNA – The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has adopted 26 resolutions, including a resolution on climate change and human rights co-authored by Vietnam, the Philippines and Bangladesh, during its 41st session in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Roundup: Fears about tropical storm slash US oil production, impact energy prices

  Jul 13, 2019 14:04:59
Spot oil production slackened this week as worries about tropical storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico spread, impacting prices across the globe, including those of global benchmarks Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate (WTI), experts told Xinhua Friday (July 12). 

Somalia security forces end militant attack on hotel that killed 13 - police officer

  Jul 13, 2019 13:14:22
Somalia's security forces on Saturday (July 13) ended an overnight attack by the al Shabaab Islamist militant group on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayu that killed at least 13, a police officer said. 

World News in Brief: July 13

  Jul 13, 2019 13:14:13
An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck north of Japan's islands of Okinawa on Saturday (July 13), the United States Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which hit at a depth of 257 km (160 miles), about 346 km (215 miles) north of Naha, the capital of the prefecture. 

First parts of Russian S-400 system delivered to Turkey- ministry

  Jul 12, 2019 15:28:26
The first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system were delivered to NATO member Turkey on July 12, the Turkish defence ministry said, a development set to escalate tensions with the United States which has warned of sanctions over the deal.