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APEC's future in doubt after costly summit failure

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:23 PM

The gathering was almost 5 years in the making, cost untold millions of US dollars and required the deployment of at least one battleship and 3 cruise liners

COSTLY. Papua New Guinea has deployed a multi-national force of warships, fighter jets and elite counter-terrorism troops to protect world leaders attending the APEC summit in its crime-plagued capital this week. Photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

Pence says U.S. to partner in Papua New Guinea military base

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Australia, which has long-standing military ties with the US, has already announced plans to redevelop PNG's Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island

APEC. US Vice President Mike Pence delivers his keynote speech at the CEO Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby on November 17, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Philippines, Papua New Guinea ink deal on agriculture cooperation

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says Filipino farmers will be sent to Papua New Guinea to plant rice

DEAL. Philippine Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol and Papuan Agriculture and Livestock Minister Benny Allan sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Joint Rice Development Project between the Republic of the Philippines and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea in a ceremony at the Pacific Adventists University in Papua New Guinea on November 16, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

Iraq president visits Iran

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:09 PM

The two countries aimed to boost trade from $12 billion to $20 billion

VISIT. This handout picture released by the Iranian presidency on November 17, 2018, shows Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Iraq's President Barham Salih (L) during a press conference in Tehran. Photo by HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP

U.S., China in APEC cruise ship clash on trade, influence

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Representatives from both countries duel in back-to-back speeches at a pre-APEC business forum

Protectionism 'doomed to failure': China's Xi says in swipe at U.S.

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping stresses that there will be no winners from a trade war or a new cold war amid increasing rivalry between the world's top two economies

AMID TENSIONS. Chinese President Xi Jinping warns against protectionism ahead of APEC Summit 2018. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

U.S., China rivalry to dominate APEC summit

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The high-profile trade war between the world's two largest economies – as well as tit-for-tat tariff measures – will also serve as a backdrop to what could be a tense gathering

APEC. This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows the cruise ship Pacific Jewels, which will accommodate delegates and journalists at this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, docking in Port Moresby. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

U.S. urges sustained sanctions pressure on North Korea

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

In remarks at the opening of a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, Vice President Mike Pence says America's regional 'partnership also includes our pressure campaign regarding' the North

Russia slams Austria for 'unfounded accusations' in spy row

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl 'expresses hope that the steps will not affect the further development of bilateral cooperation,' the Russian foreign ministry says in a statement

SPY? Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L) and Defense Minister Mario Kunasek give a press conference in Vienna, Austria, on November 9, 2018, to comment on the case of a retired colonel in the Austrian army suspected of having spied for Russia for several decades. File photo by Helmut Fohringer/APA/AFP

Easing tensions, U.S., China to hold top-level security talks

Nov 06, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will host their Chinese counterparts in Washington for the second US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags before the start of a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting between China and the US. Pool/AFP

Pompeo says he will meet North Korea's no. 2 in New York

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says denuclearization talks with North Korea will resume

EU recalls envoy from Tanzania

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:03 PM

EU chief representative in Tanzania to Brussels Roeland van de Geer has been recalled to discuss the situation in the country

ENVOY. Roeland van de Geer, EU Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region, speaks to the press, 20 March 2007, in Kinshasa. AFP file photo

Trump has 'disgraced' U.S. prestige – Iran's Khamenei

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) A defiant Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismisses the renewed US sanctions – including an oil embargo – that will take effect on Monday, November 5

RENEWED SANCTIONS. Washington's reimposed sanctions to Tehran is set to take effect November 5. Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Sanctions on Khashoggi killers weeks away – Pompeo

Nov 02, 2018 - 12:38 PM

The murder has placed strain on the decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

SANCTIONS. People hold posters picturing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and lightened candles during a gathering outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, on October 25, 2018. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Taking cue from Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro to move Israel embassy

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:53 AM

The move from Tel Aviv, which will defy Palestinians and most of the world, is the latest controversial announcement by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BRAZIL. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters after voting, during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

South Korea president says North's Kim to visit Seoul 'soon'

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'Chairman Kim Jong-un's return visit to Seoul will happen soon,' says South Korean President Moon Jae-in

SEOUL VISIT? In this file photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) walk together during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang airport on September 18, 2018. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

Turkey wants 18 Saudis extradited over Khashoggi murder

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:27 PM

A written request for the extradition of the 18 suspects has been prepared by Istanbul's chief prosecutor

NATO shows Russia its military might in giant exercises

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Some 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships, and 250 aircraft from 31 countries are taking part in Trident Juncture 18, which is aimed at training the Atlantic Alliance to defend a member state after an aggression

EXERCISE. This file photo shows NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint military exercise. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Koreas remove guns from Cold War truce village

Oct 25, 2018 - 1:27 PM

The Joint Security Area – also known as the truce village of Panmunjeom – has historically been both a flashpoint and a key location for diplomacy between the two Koreas ever since their split in 1953

THE KOREAS. In this photo taken on June 2, 2017, a North Korean soldier walks up steps toward Panmon hall on the north side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, before the South Korea and US-controlled Freedom House (rear) within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Saudi crown prince deplores 'repulsive' Khashoggi murder in first comments

Oct 25, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'Those responsible will be held accountable... in the end justice will prevail,' says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

CROWN PRINCE. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) addresses the first meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Economic and Development Affairs Authority in Riyadh on November 10, 2016. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/File

Family border crossings surge to 'crisis' levels – White House

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:49 PM

US Customs and Border Protection says it has apprehended 16,658 people who arrived in the country in families last month, some 900 more than August and nearly 12,000 more than September one year ago

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. revokes Saudi visas in first action over Khashoggi

Oct 24, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The State Department says it has identified 21 Saudis whose visas will either be revoked or who will be ineligible for future visas

STATE DEPARTMENT. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. security chief, Russians in tough talks over nuclear treaty

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

John Bolton discusses the fate of the treaty with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and spends 'nearly 5 hours' in talks with Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev

US SECURITY CHIEF. In this file photo, US National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Migrants are generally fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence

STRANDED. Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US, on the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 20, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Trump says Saudi journalist likely dead, warns of 'severe' response

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:53 AM

This marks a hardening of tone from the Trump administration, which has been reluctant to blame ally Saudi Arabia

MISSING. This file photo shows Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman holds a picture of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate, on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozam Kose/AFP

Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Turkish police also carry out a search of the residence of the Saudi consul to Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, a day after he flew out of Istanbul for Riyadh

KHASHOGGI. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Palestinians win U.N. backing to lead developing country bloc

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The United States, Israel and Australia are the only 3 countries to oppose the measure in the 193-nation assembly

UN. In this file photo, Palestinians are silhouetted as they walk in front of a large national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013. File photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

U.N. Security Council asked to meet on Myanmar atrocities report

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The request is likely to run into opposition from China, which has friendly ties with Myanmar's military and has sought to shield Myanmar from action by the Security Council

Australia hesitates as Jerusalem embassy move draws fire

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) Hours after first floating the idea, Scott Morrison says he will 'canvass views' from regional leaders about the decision to follow US President Donald Trump's lead

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014William West/AFP

Turkey changes road name for new U.S. embassy to 'Malcolm X Street'

Oct 14, 2018 - 2:30 AM

The new embassy building, located in the Cukurambar district on the western outskirts of Ankara, is on what is currently named 1478 Street

EMBASSY. A picture taken on August 20, 2018 shows a general view of the US Embassy, in Ankara. File photo STR/AFP

Turkey says Saudi not cooperating in missing journalist probe

Oct 13, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The probe at the Saudi consulate has been agreed but has yet to materialize amid reports the two sides are at odds over the conditions of entry into what is Saudi sovereign territory

NOT COOPERATING? Saudi Arabia dismissed on Octiber 13 accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as "lies and baseless allegations", as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist's fate. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Freed U.S. pastor home from Turkey, meets Trump at White House

Oct 13, 2018 - 11:09 PM

(UPDATED) A Turkish court convicts US pastor Andrew Brunson but releases him from jail based on time served and good behavior

FREE. US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson waves as he arrives at Adnan Menderes airport in Izmir, on October 12, 2018 after being freed following a trial in a court in Aliaga in western Izmir province. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Trump vows 'severe punishment' if journalist killed by Saudi

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:35 PM

US President Donald Trump says the disappearance of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is especially important 'because this man was a reporter'

US-SAUDI RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (2nd-L) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, followed by First Lady Melania Trump (R). Photo by Mandel Nga/AFP

Japan PM Abe to make rare China visit

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Shinzo Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations

ABE IN CHINA? This file photo shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership during the 31st ASEAN summit at Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City Manila. File photo by Russell Palma/Pool photo

Turkey, U.S. press Riyadh to explain fate of missing journalist

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:19 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his most extensive remarks on Jamal Khashoggi, challenges Saudi Arabia to provide CCTV images to back up its account

MISSING. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman holds a picture of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate, on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozam Kose/AFP

U.S. says no Syria reconstruction aid if Iran stays

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'The onus for expelling Iran from the country falls on the Syrian government, which bears responsibility for its presence there,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

North Korea wants Pope to visit, South to tell Vatican

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:34 PM

'During the meeting with Pope Francis, [Moon Jae-in] will relay the message from chairman Kim Jong-un that he would ardently welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang,' says Moon's spokesperson

POPE IN NORTH KOREA? In this file photo, Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican.  File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

France-Italy tensions as ministers meet on immigration

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Italian leader Matteo Salvini has singled out French President Emmanuel Macron for criticism in recent weeks, as well as other EU leaders he considers too soft on immigration

ON IMMIGRATION. French Prime Minister  Edouard Philippe urges far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini to drop his 'posturing' on immigration. File photo from Philippe's Twitter account

Pence paints China as enemy in U.S. election

Oct 05, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Vice President Mike Pence accuses China of waging an 'unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion' ahead of critical congressional elections on November 6

US ELECTIONS. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. / File photo Dominick Reuter/AFP

U.S., Chinese unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Experts say India needs the sophisticated S-400 air defense system to fill critical gaps in its defense capabilities

PUTIN IN INDIA. In this file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the Indo-Russia Annual Summit at Taj Exotica Hotel in Goa on October 15, 2016. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

South Korean minister proposes U.S.-North Korea trade-off

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says demanding an inventory of North Korea's nuclear assets risks, at this stage, derailing the process

US-NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) delivers a statement during the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministerial Meeting at the 50th ASEAN regional security forum in Manila on August 6, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/Pool/AFP

World court sinks Bolivia bid for sea access

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:31 AM

'The court by 12 votes to 3 finds that the Republic of Chile did not undertake a legal obligation to negotiate a sovereign access for the... state of Bolivia,' says judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of the International Court of Justice

Outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the ICJ, in February 2012. CIJ-ICJ/UN-ONU/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen/File

Pyongyang gifts dogs to South Korea President

Sep 30, 2018 - 5:08 PM

The Pungsan breed – a hunting dog with thick, creamy white coat, pointy ears and hazel eyes – is one of the National Treasures of North Korea

GIFT. This undated handout photo released by South Korea's presidential Blue House on September 30, 2018 shows a one-year-old Pungsan breed dog gifted from North Korea. Handout/The Blue House/AFP

Rival rallies as Erdogan opens mega mosque in Germany

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:00 PM

While the leaders of Turkey and Germany signal their interest in a cautious rapprochement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stresses that 'deep differences' remained on civil rights and other issues in Turkey

PRO-ERDOGAN RALLY. Wellwishers hold Turkish flags and a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as police officers block the access to Cologne's Central Mosque, one of Europe's largest, prior to the visit of the Turkish President to Cologne, where he is to inaugurate the mosque on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sascha Schuermann/AFP

Top U.S. diplomat to return to North Korea as Trump hails Kim

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to return to Pyongyang in October to move ahead on efforts for 'the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK'

Trump says refused to meet Canada's Trudeau at U.N.

Sep 27, 2018 - 8:43 AM

'I must be honest with you, we're not getting along with their negotiators we think their negotiators have taken advantage of our country for a long time,' US President Donald Trump says of Canada's trade negotiators

NAFTA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Macron at UN rebukes Trump's 'law of the strongest'

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:07 AM

'Some have chosen the law of the most powerful, but it cannot protect any people,' says French President Emmanuel Macron, who reaffirms his strong backing for multilateralism

AT UN. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Japan PM Abe open to summit with N. Korea's Kim

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:39 AM

(UPDATED) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says any summit would be devoted to resolving a decades-old row over North Korea's abductions of Japanese civilians

1 year later at U.N., Trump's 'rocket man' Kim is 'terrific'

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:21 AM

US President Donald Trump hails 'tremendous progress' to halt Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests and says that a year later it is a 'much different time'

'TERRIFIC.' This combination of pictures shows a file photo taken on June 11, 2018 of US President Donald Trump and a file image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. File photos by Roslan Rahman, Saul Loeb/AFP

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