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Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:46 AM

Rihanna will be in charge of bringing investment, as well as encouraging education and tourism in her home country

AMBASSADOR. Rihanna will be in charge of bringing investment and encouraging education and tourism in Barbados. File photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP

New joint liaison office will 'advance inter-Korean relations'

Sep 12, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The office is a significant move in thawing relations between the two countries, and follows a meeting this month between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and a South Korean presidential envoy

THE KOREAS. In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump received Kim Jong-un letter seeking second meet – White House

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders says the letter shows Pyongyang's 'continued commitment to focus on denuclearization' on the Korean Peninsula

HISTORIC. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang – Seoul

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in will discuss issues including 'practical measures' to denuclearize the flashpoint peninsula

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at the start of their April summit at the truce village of Panmunjeom. File photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP

U.S., Canada to try to salvage 3-country NAFTA

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Legislators and trade law experts have warned that Donald Trump does not have the authority to supplant the 3-nation NAFTA with a bilateral pact with Canada

NAFTA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump says China making things 'much more difficult' with North Korea

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:26 AM

US President Donald Trump insists his relationship with Kim Jong-un remains 'very good'

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. In thsi file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S., Canada agreement on NAFTA 2.0 appears to be in reach

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is a possibility of getting to a good deal for Canada by Friday,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

NAFTA TALKS. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2017 US President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Mexico president-elect wants Canada in new NAFTA

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The ball is now in Canada's court after the United States and Mexico reached an agreement on Monday, August 27

NAFTA. In this file photo, Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

North Korea still 'serious and imminent threat' – Japan

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Japan's 2018 defense white paper also takes aim at China's rise as a military power, saying Beijing is sparking 'strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan'

NORTH KOREA. Japan in its first annual defense review says 'there is no change in our basic recognition concerning the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles.' North Korea's Central Railway Station file photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

U.S., Mexico finalize trade pact; Canada to rejoin talks August 28

Aug 28, 2018 - 7:44 AM

The uncertainty around the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement now revolves around whether it can remain a 3-nation deal, as President Donald Trump suggests he could cut Ottawa out

NAFTA. US President Donald Trump speaks during a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. accuses China of 'destabilizing' cross-Strait ties with El Salvador move

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'This is a decision that affects not just El Salvador, but also the economic health and security of the entire Americas region,' the White House says

ALLIES. El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a signing ceremony to establish diplomatic relations, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 21, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

UN chief proposes options to protect Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians is necessary for the proposals to work, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, east of Gaza city on August 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Chinese bombers likely training for U.S. strikes – Pentagon

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:05 AM

A Pentagon report says the People's Liberation Army may demonstrate the 'capability to strike US and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean, including Guam'

China, U.S. to resume trade talks in late August

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The two countries are expected to launch a new round of tit-for-tat tariffs on $16 billion worth of goods from each country on August 23

U.S. denies China policy change after Taiwan leader speech in LA

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Beijing says that it has lodged an official protest with the United States over Tsai Ing-wen's August 13 speech in Los Angeles where she says Taiwan's freedom and future is not negotiable

POLITICAL SPEECH. This photograph by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken on August 12, 2018 shows Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaking during her visit to Los Angeles, California during a stopover en route to allies Paraguay and Belize. AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO

South Korean firms caught importing coal, iron from North – Seoul

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

News of the apparent breach comes after a UN report last week accused the North of evading sanctions by continuing to export coal, iron, and other commodities

Coal shipment stock photo from Shutterstock

Canada PM does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spat

Aug 09, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Tensions have been high between the two countries since August 6, when Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and froze all new trade and investments

ON HUMAN RIGHTS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country 'will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights.' File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. says Russia still carrying out 'pervasive' election meddling

Aug 03, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign from Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States,' says Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence

RUSSIA. US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2018. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump says willing to meet with Iran leaders 'any time'

Jul 31, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Barely a week after warning Iran it would suffer untold 'consequences,' US President Donald Trump says he would meet the country's leader Hassan Rouhani 'any time' and without preconditions

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

North Korea begins dismantling rocket test site – analysts

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) If confirmed, the analysis by respected US-based website 38 North could signal a step forward after the landmark summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 19, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) inspecting the ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

UN chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid 'devastating conflict'

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The recent violence in Gaza marks the most serious escalation between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Germany drops sanctions on Turkey, relaxes travel advice

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Germany's foreign ministry also remove a warning on its website about its nationals facing a high risk of arrest when visiting Turkey

RELATIONS. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Photo by Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool/AFP

Eritrea president hails unity with Ethiopia on historic visit

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:21 PM

'We are no longer people of two countries. We are one,' says Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

HISTORIC VISIT. Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki (5th from right) is received by Ethiopia Prime Minister of Abiy Ahmed as he arrives at the Bole International airport in Addis Ababa on July 14, 2018. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese/AFP

Team Trump looks to start off on right foot with Mexico president-elect

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:04 AM

'I believe we can be reasonably optimistic that Mexico will be able to find a basis for understanding and have a better relationship with the United States,' says Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

VISIT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is received by Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C) and his appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard (R), upon his arrival at the party's headquarters in Mexico City, on July 13, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Trump torpedoes May's Brexit strategy on UK visit

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) US President Donald Trump says Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for post-Brexit ties with the EU will 'probably kill' the prospects for a trade deal with the US

Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong-un

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Addressing Trump, Kim describes their June 12 summit in Singapore, and the resulting joint statement, as the 'start of a meaningful journey'

LETTER. US President Donald Trump tweets a letter he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photos from AFP; Photo of letter from Trump's official Twitter account

Trump piles pressure on NATO over defense spending

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Trump set the scene for more tension at the meeting in Brussels, renewing his criticism of European allies – and of Germany in particular

NATO. US President Donald Trump poses with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (3R), Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) in a group photograph at The Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark Park in Brussels on July 11, 2018, during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iran threatens to retaliate after Dutch expel 2 diplomats

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Iran foreign ministry says the Dutch ambassador to Tehran was subsequently summoned to express Tehran's 'severe protest' at the expulsion

Iran talks aim to save nuclear deal after U.S. pullout

Jul 06, 2018 - 1:55 PM

But Iran's President Hassan Rouhani tells French President Emmanuel Macron that European economic measures now on offer does not go far enough

Macedonia MPs ratify Greece deal, paving way for referendum

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:03 AM

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says the referendum on the name change would take place 'probably at the end of September'

U.S. envoy to work with Sudan to remove from 'terror' list

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Sudanese officials say that having Khartoum on Washington's blacklist makes international banks wary of doing business in Sudan and in turn hampers the country's economic revival

In this file photo, top US envoy in Khartoum, Charge D'affaires Steven Koutsis, speaks during a press conference at the US embassy on October 7, 2017. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

White House won't recognize Crimea annexation – official

Jul 03, 2018 - 10:12 AM

'We agree to disagree and the sanctions against Russia remain in place until Russia returns the peninsula to the Ukraine,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders tells reporters

WHITE HOUSE. In this file photo, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addresses a briefing at the White House June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump, Mexico president-elect get off to 'great' start

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador writes on Twitter, 'I proposed exploring a universal deal [involving] development projects that would create jobs in Mexico and, by doing so, reduce migration and improve security'

FIRST PHONE CALL. US President Donald Trump and newly elected Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speak in a phone call. Trump photo by Saul Loeb/AFP; Obrador photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

U.S., Chinese defense chiefs talk cooperation despite tensions

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to meet President Xi Jinping late Wednesday, June 27, after talks with other senior officials. His 4-day trip to Asia will include visits to regional allies Seoul and Tokyo.

FIRST VISIT. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives at a hotel in Beijing on June 26, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Britain's Prince William visits Israel Holocaust memorial

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, wearing a black skullcap, rekindled the eternal flame and laid a wreath at Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem as a youth choir sang

FIRST VISIT. Britain's Prince William visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on June 26, 2018. Photo by Debbie Hill/Pool/ AFP

Diplomacy in metaphors: PH, China in Duterte Year 2

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano views the Philippines and China as husband and wife – and what a relationship this is, as President Rodrigo Duterte marks his second year in office

Illustrations by Alejandro Edoria

Guatemala asks U.S. to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 112 people as a result of the eruption on June 3, but scores more people remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Koreas hold talks on connecting railways

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Linking up the two systems – and modernizing the North's aging rail infrastructure – would give trade-dependent South Korea a land route to the markets of China, Russia, and on to Europe

INTER-KOREAN RAILWAY. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers walk by the inter-Korean railway under construction with a newly-built tunnel near the border with North Korea in Paju, north of Seoul, September 13, 2001. File photo by Kim Jae-hwan/AFP

Japan says halting missile drills after Trump-Kim summit

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'Following achievements made in the US-North Korea summit, we will halt drills involving residents for the time being,' Yoshihide Suga tells reporters, confirming earlier reports

SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Japan's top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga gestures during his press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on September 4, 2017. JIJI PRESS/STR/AFP

EU slaps tariffs on U.S. as trade war erupts

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The tariffs will further fuel jitters on world stock markets that are already alarmed by trade tensions between the United States and China

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

North Korea 'already starting' denuclearization – Trump

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:51 PM

'They've already blown up one of their big test sites. In fact, it was actually 4 of their big test sites. And the big thing is, it will be a total denuclearization, which is already starting,' the US president says

DENUCLEARIZATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks at a signing ceremony with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea's Kim hails 'unity' with China in new visit

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) The two-day visit is designed to reassure Beijing that Pyongyang will not neglect its interests as Donald Trump and the young autocrat move into uncharted diplomatic terrain

CHINA VISIT. This picture taken on June 19, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency via KNS on June 20, shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (front R) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (front L) arriving at a Beijing airport. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

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Jun 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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U.S. withdraws from 'cesspool' UN rights body

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:13 AM

Officials insist the United States will remain a leading champion of human rights but, for many, the decision will reflect President Donald Trump's general hostility to the world body and to multilateral diplomacy in general

'CESSPOOL'. General view of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council during the presentation of report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on March 13, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

China accuses Trump of 'blackmail' after new tariffs threat

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'If the US acts irrationally and issues a list, China will have no choice but to take comprehensive measures of a corresponding number and quality and take strong, powerful countermeasures'

North Korea's Kim makes 2-day visit to China

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) The trip is Kim Jong-un's 3rd to China since March, when he made his inaugural foreign trip as leader

U.S., South Korea confirm suspending military drills

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Seoul says the suspension will affect the large-scale Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises slated for August

JOINT DRILL. In this file photo, South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:26 PM

'We will be friendly with China, but we do not want to be indebted to China,' says Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

NEW POLICY? Malaysia's newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018.  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP photo

Italy, France tensions spiral over rejected migrant ship

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Italy's new economy minister shelves a meeting with his French counterpart in Paris as their countries trade barbs over the treatment of more than 600 migrants rescued off the Libyan coast at the weekend

MIGRANTS. Men wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard vessel 'Diciotti' following a rescue operation of migrants and refugees at sea on June 13, 2018 in the port of Catania, Sicily. Photo by Giovanni Isolino/AFP