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Saudi Arabia reopens border to Qatari pilgrims despite tensions

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Around 120 Qataris have entered Saudi territory through the Salwa border, also known as Abu Samrah, after King Salman called for the border to be opened for pilgrims without electronic permits

Saudi Arabia reopens border to Qatari pilgrims despite tensions

South Korea's Moon: There will be no war on Korean peninsula

Aug 17, 2017 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) 'I will prevent war at all cost,' says President Moon Jae-In. 'So I want all South Koreans to believe with confidence that there will be no war.'

South Korea's Moon: There will be no war on Korean peninsula

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:28 AM

(4th UPDATE) The decision comes after the kingdom received an envoy from Doha for the first time since Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar on June 5

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

NAFTA renegotiation talks open amid high expectations

Aug 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

There are high expectations but vastly different views on how to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into a deal that pleases all sides

NAFTA renegotiation talks open amid high expectations

U.S. says open to talk if North Korea ready to disarm

Aug 16, 2017 - 11:40 AM

But the top US diplomat says it will be up to Kim when such negotiations would begin, having previously insisted Pyongyang must demonstrate that it accepts it will have to give up its nuclear program

U.S. says open to talk if North Korea ready to disarm

'Lot of time' needed to rebuild trust in Gulf – Qatar FM

Aug 16, 2017 - 6:46 AM

As the impasse between Doha and 4 Arab states led by Saudi Arabia enters its 11th week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani says regional relations have been transformed by the dispute

'Lot of time' needed to rebuild trust in Gulf – Qatar FM

Iran can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions – Rouhani

Aug 15, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Rouhani's comments come with the nuclear deal under mounting pressure after Tehran carried out missile tests and strikes, and Washington imposed new sanctions

Iran can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions – Rouhani

China warns of retaliation as Trump launches trade probe

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:35 AM

US President Donald Trump's decision to order the investigation comes on top of strains between the two nations over how to handle Beijing's ally North Korea

China warns of retaliation as Trump launches trade probe

UK may seek temporary customs union after Brexit

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Department for Exiting the EU says it will seek to agree a 'time-limited period of implementation' to provide certainty for businesses and allow for new customs arrangements to be set up

UK may seek temporary customs union after Brexit

U.S. rallies LatAm on Venezuela after Trump military warning

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:47 AM

The United States rallies its Latin American allies after President Donald Trump warned of possible military action

U.S. rallies LatAm on Venezuela after Trump military warning

Pence stresses 'peaceable' solution sought for Venezuela

Aug 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

US Vice President Pence: 'We have many options for Venezuela, but the president also remains confident that working with all of our allies across Latin America we can achieve a peaceable solution'

Pence stresses 'peaceable' solution sought for Venezuela

Satellite photos suggest North Korea preparing submarine missile test – report

Aug 12, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The preparations come amid a tense escalation of threats between the United States and North Korea over the latter's recent gains in nuclear weapons technology

Satellite photos suggest North Korea preparing submarine missile test – report

Xi urges Trump to avoid exacerbating North Korea tensions

Aug 12, 2017 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) Chinese President Xi Jinping also calls on 'relevant parties to maintain restraint' and to 'persist in the general direction of dialogue, negotiations and a political settlement'

Xi urges Trump to avoid exacerbating North Korea tensions

Venezuela's sanctions-hit Maduro says he wants direct talk with Trump

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:28 PM

'If he's so interested in Venezuela, here I am. Mister Donald Trump, here is my hand,' says Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela's sanctions-hit Maduro says he wants direct talk with Trump

U.S. officials in Havana suffered mystery symptoms, triggering row

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Washington expels two Cuban diplomats after a number of US embassy staff were forced to leave Havana because of unspecified medical symptoms

U.S. officials in Havana suffered mystery symptoms, triggering row

Gulf diplomatic crisis splits families, dashes dreams

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

For Qataris affected by the diplomatic crisis rocking the Gulf, the reality of politics is stark: families divided, assets frozen and dreams put on hold

Gulf diplomatic crisis splits families, dashes dreams

Venezuela government fights growing isolation

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:46 AM

Meanwhile, Caracas steps up moves against the opposition, whose protest movement appears to be losing steam as repression against it increases

Venezuela government fights growing isolation

Bahrain, UAE open flight corridors for Qatar Airways – ICAO

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:27 AM

ICAO: 'Some existing air route availability has been assured, and some new temporary or contingency routes have also been developed'

Bahrain, UAE open flight corridors for Qatar Airways – ICAO

At ASEAN anniv, Duterte warns against protectionism

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine President describes the Obama-led Trans-Pacific Partnership as a 'dream that [is] no longer there' under the Trump administration

At ASEAN anniv, Duterte warns against protectionism

LIVE: ASEAN 50th Anniversary Grand Celebration

Aug 08, 2017 - 9:12 AM

Watch the grand 50th anniversary celebration of ASEAN on Rappler on Tuesday, August 8

LIVE: ASEAN 50th Anniversary Grand Celebration

Southeast Asia MPs urge Malaysia to halt migrant crackdown

Aug 07, 2017 - 6:27 PM

Authorities started rounding up illegal workers after an official program to register undocumented foreigners ended on June 30

Southeast Asia MPs urge Malaysia to halt migrant crackdown

Iran papers slam MP 'selfies of humiliation' with EU diplomat

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Images of the lawmakers perched on desks and lining up with their smartphones in front of EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini triggers a storm of anger and ridicule on Iranian social media

Iran papers slam MP 'selfies of humiliation' with EU diplomat

Macedonia aims to solve protracted name row with Greece

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Greece has protested the use of 'Macedonia' as its northern neighbor's name

Macedonia aims to solve protracted name row with Greece

Russian vote meddling led to 'serious mistrust', says Tillerson

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:12 PM

After meeting Sergei Lavrov in Manila, Rex Tillerson said he had also warned him Washington was deciding on a response to the Kremlin's decision to order a cut in the size of the US mission in Moscow

Russian vote meddling led to 'serious mistrust', says Tillerson

U.S. tells North Korea to end missile tests for talks

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:07 PM

(UPDATED) Washington's top diplomat said Kim Jong-Un's regime must halt ballistic missile tests if it wanted to talk to the United States about resolving the standoff

U.S. tells North Korea to end missile tests for talks

North Korea rejects South's talks offer – report

Aug 07, 2017 - 10:08 AM

(UPDATED) North Korea rejects offers of talks from the South during a rare exchange between the two rivals' foreign ministers, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reports

North Korea rejects South's talks offer – report

Spain won't seek to recover Gibraltar in Brexit talks – minister

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:34 AM

Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis: 'I won't make an agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom conditional on recovering sovereignty over Gibraltar'

Spain won't seek to recover Gibraltar in Brexit talks – minister

U.S. and China pressure North Korea after sanctions vote

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:10 PM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is encouraged by the vote, but warns Washington would closely watch China, North Korea's biggest trade partner

U.S. and China pressure North Korea after sanctions vote

China urges North Korea to make 'smart' decision after sanctions

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also emphasizes that negotiations are the only way to solve the issue, after the United States leaves open the possibility of military action against Kim Jong-Un's regime

China urges North Korea to make 'smart' decision after sanctions

Southeast Asian nations feud over China sea claims

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Southeast Asian nations fight to find a compromise on how to deal with Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea

Southeast Asian nations feud over China sea claims

U.S. pushes Asian nations on North Korea

Aug 06, 2017 - 12:24 PM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeks to build pressure on North Korea after securing a new round of United Nations sanctions as he launches into two days of high-level diplomacy in Manila

U.S. pushes Asian nations on North Korea

UK prepared to pay 40B-euro Brexit bill – report

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:14 AM

It is the first time the British side has put a figure on its so-called Brexit bill – although the sum falls well short of the 100-billion-euro sum discussed in Brussels

UK prepared to pay 40B-euro Brexit bill – report

UN toughens sanctions on North Korea

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:08 AM

If fully implemented, the measures would tighten the economic vise around Pyongyang as it seeks to develop its missile and nuclear programs

UN toughens sanctions on North Korea

South Korean FM open to meeting North Korean counterpart

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The potential meetings come as the North faces intense international pressure to curtail its nuclear weapons program

South Korean FM open to meeting North Korean counterpart

UN to vote on tougher North Korea sanctions

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:23 PM

The draft resolution calls for a ban on all exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state

UN to vote on tougher North Korea sanctions

Venezuela attorney general 'under siege' as new assembly sits

Aug 05, 2017 - 3:36 PM

(UPDATED) The legitimacy of the Constituent Assembly is thrown into question by claims of fraud

Venezuela attorney general 'under siege' as new assembly sits

Singapore to expel professor for being 'foreign agent'

Aug 05, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Huang Jing, a US citizen of Chinese descent who held a senior position at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, had engaged in 'activities inimical to Singapore's national interests,' the government says

Singapore to expel professor for being 'foreign agent'

South China Sea, North Korea for discussion at ASEAN forum

Aug 05, 2017 - 1:36 PM

(UPDATED) The issues set the stage for what is expected to be a fiery few days of diplomacy in the Philippine capital

South China Sea, North Korea for discussion at ASEAN forum

China ups ante in high-altitude standoff with India

Aug 05, 2017 - 12:27 PM

'No country should underestimate the Chinese forces'... resolve and willpower to defend national sovereignty,' says Chinese defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang

China ups ante in high-altitude standoff with India

Timor-Leste has demonstrated its commitment to democracy – it deserves to join ASEAN

Aug 05, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Timor-Leste deserves ASEAN support for its efforts to further integrate and engage with the wider region

UN chief to make first visit to Israel, Palestinian territories

Aug 04, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The UN chief will hold talks with Israeli leaders, travel to Ramallah to meet Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and to the Gaza Strip, where the United Nations runs a major Palestinian aid program

UN chief to make first visit to Israel, Palestinian territories

China unmoved as Trump rails over North Korea

Aug 03, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Observers warn that Trump-style outbursts are no way to get China to bend to the United States' will

China unmoved as Trump rails over North Korea

Iran says U.S. breaching nuclear deal as Rouhani starts new term

Aug 03, 2017 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Iran: 'We will certainly not fall into the trap of US policy and Trump, and our reaction will be very carefully considered'

Iran says U.S. breaching nuclear deal as Rouhani starts new term

Beleaguered Japan PM seeks new start with cabinet revamp

Aug 03, 2017 - 12:24 PM

(UPDATED) Shinzo Abe has seen public support rates plummet in the past few months over an array of political troubles

Beleaguered Japan PM seeks new start with cabinet revamp

Trump grudgingly signs Russia sanctions into law

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:56 PM

(UPDATED) Trump bows to domestic pressure and puts efforts to improve ties with the Kremlin in peril

Trump grudgingly signs Russia sanctions into law

China defends gasfield activity in East China Sea

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:32 PM

China defends its oil and gas activity in the East China Sea as occurring in areas 'indisputably' under its jurisdiction, after Japanese protests stirred a longstanding dispute over the region

China defends gasfield activity in East China Sea

For Pakistanis, China 'friendship' road runs one way

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:46 PM

For China, the two-lane thoroughfare symbolizes a blossoming partnership, but for many Pakistani businessmen living and working on the Chinese side of the border, the road is a one way street

For Pakistanis, China 'friendship' road runs one way

Tillerson: U.S.-Russia ties could still get worse

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The great power rivals remain divided over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, US sanctions against Kremlin allies and Moscow's support for Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime

Tillerson: U.S.-Russia ties could still get worse

Trump holds Maduro responsible for jailed opponents' health, safety

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

'The United States holds Maduro... personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr Lopez, Mr Ledezma and any others seized'

Trump holds Maduro responsible for jailed opponents' health, safety

'We have fish & chips': EU cities bid for Brexit agencies

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:47 AM

23 European cities launch their bids to host two London-based EU regulatory agencies that will be forced to leave the British capital

'We have fish & chips': EU cities bid for Brexit agencies