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

120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza violence

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:08 AM

An amendment presented by the United States that condemns Hamas for 'inciting violence' along the border with Gaza failed to garner the two-third majority needed for adoption

UN VOTE. Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaks to the General Assembly before a vote, to deplore Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in the General Assembly June 13, 2018 in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. 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. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

'Don't expect too much': Rodman plays down Trump-Kim summit breakthrough

Jun 12, 2018 - 8:41 AM

'Who knew this would have happened 5 to 6 years ago... It's exciting to be a part of it,' says former US basketball star Dennis Rodman

'EXCITING.' Retired American professional basketball player Dennis Rodman speaks to the press as he arrives at Changi International airport ahead of US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 11, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

U.S. fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:51 PM

The new cases eerily echo the odd noises and subsequent illnesses suffered by 24 U.S. diplomats evacuated from Cuba since 2016, deepening a baffling medical enigma.

CUBA. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United State of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque / AFP

Trump's brash diplomacy faces summit tests

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The topics of the G7 summit and the Trump-Kim summit may be very different but the stakes are equally high

U.S.-North Korea: 70 years of high tension

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a recap of the decades of tensions between the two countries

LOOKOUTS. A North Korean soldier (L) and a South Korean soldier (R) stand opposite each other at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on February 4, 2015.  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/File

Trump attorney says Kim Jong-Un 'begged' for summit – report

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Rudy Giuliani says with the summit rescheduled, the United States has the upper hand

SUMMIT. In this file photo, people watch a television news report showing pictures of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul. AFP file photo

Qatar says 'stronger' despite year-long Gulf dispute

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:31 AM

'One year on and Qatar and its people are stronger,' says Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, one of the most prominent voices in the region's worst diplomatic crisis for years,

Qatar: a year of crisis in the Gulf

Jun 03, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A year ago, Saudi Arabia and its allies cut ties with Qatar, sparking the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in years. What's happened since?

Trump brushes norms aside to welcome North Korean envoy

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:33 AM

Standard protocol would suggest an official of his rank – particularly one who is under sanction and who represents a geopolitical adversary – would be whisked, out of sight, into the bowels of the building for a closed door meeting. Not in Trump's White House.

WALKING AND TALKING. US President Donald Trump speaks with North Korean Kim Yong Chol (L) on the South Lawn of the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC, after a meeting, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) looks on. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Placid Singapore braces for Trump-Kim summit

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Some 3,000 people are expected to apply for media accreditation, sources involved in planning the event tell Agence France-Presse

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. Singapore braces for the US-North Korea summit scheduled on June 12. Rappler file photo

Koreas hold high-level talks ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Jun 01, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Also on the agenda are talks about how to relink cross-border railways and roads, and fielding a joint team for the Jakarta Asian Games in August

HIGH-LEVEL TALKS. South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (L) greets his North Korean counterpart Ri Son-Gwon (R), who is chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, before their meeting on June 1, 2018 at the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Trump to receive Kim letter as nuclear summit takes shape

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Many expert observers expect Kim Jong-Un, perhaps with tacit Chinese backing, to demand that Washington also reduce its own military footprint in South Korea and loosen its guarantees to treaty ally Japan

PREPARATIONS. North Korea Vice-Chairman Kim Yong-chol shakes hands with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 31, 2018 in New York. Photo by Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Pyongyang

May 31, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Lavrov is paying a visit to North Korea for the first time since 2009

DIPLOMACY. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho (3rd R) talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang on May 31, 2018. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Cuban leader defends Maduro on 1st foreign visit

May 31, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel says the main reason for his visit to Venezuela is to show solidarity with Nicolas Maduro after his May 20 reelection was widely dismissed as a sham by the US, EU, and 13 other Latin American states

SOLIDARITY. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) bestows the Simon Bolivar Order on Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on May 30, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Pompeo plans summit over steak dinner with top North Korean official

May 31, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) Kim Yong-Chol, considered the right-hand man of leader Kim Jong-Un, is the most senior North Korean official to visit the United States in 18 years

AHEAD OF SUMMIT. This combination of file pictures shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice Chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol. File photos by Mandel Ngan and Patrick Semansky/AFP

Catalan president forms gov't without jailed, exiled ministers

May 30, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Newly elected Catalan leader Quim Torra 'signed a new decree to form a government in Catalonia,' his office says in a statement

NEW LEADER. Newly appointed Catalan president Quim Torra delivers a speech during an official swearing-in ceremony at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona on May 17, 2018. File photo by Alberto Estévez/AFP

NATO, Russia to hold 1st talks since Skripal attack

May 29, 2018 - 2:30 PM

NATO has vehemently criticized Moscow over the attack in March and has expelled 7 Russian diplomats as part of a coordinated international response

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May 29, 2018 - 12:02 PM

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Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy

May 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

A politician-turned-diplomat, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano uses metaphors, such as a neighborhood squabble, to teach diplomacy to veterans in the foreign service

LECTURING DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy at the Department of Foreign Affairs' flag-raising ceremony on May 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of MJ Roldan/DFA

South Korea welcomes prospect of 'reignited' US-North Korea talks

May 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'We are watching developments carefully,' says Presidential Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-gyeom

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North Korea open to U.S. talks 'any time' despite Trump axing summit

May 25, 2018 - 10:35 AM

First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-Gwan calls US President Donald Trump's decision 'unexpected' and 'regrettable,' but he left the door open for further diplomacy

NORTH KOREA-US SUMMIT. The White House on May 16, 2018 voiced hope the upcoming summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will proceed as planned, as Pyongyang threatened to pull out over US pressure for 'unilateral nuclear abandonment.' Saul Loeb/AFP/KCNA VIA KNS

U.S. demands 2 Venezuelan diplomats leave within 48 hours

May 24, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Venezuela's move to expel US diplomats earlier this week follows a US tightening of sanctions over President Nicolas Maduro's controversial re-election as president over the weekend

File photo of Venezuela embassy in US from Wikimedia Commons

Merkel, Chinese premier defend Iran deal, free trade

May 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang show a united front on Iran and free trade during their meeting at the opulent Great Hall of the People in Beijing

IRAN DEAL & TRADE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 24, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

North Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite U.S. summit doubts

May 23, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The North has portrayed the destruction on the test site as a goodwill gesture ahead of planned June 12 summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore

PREPARATIONS. This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of www.Planet.com, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

Venezuela's Maduro expels U.S. diplomats, rejects sanctions

May 23, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The Venezuelan president declares US charge d'affaires Todd Robinson and deputy head of mission Brian Naranjo 'persona non grata'

AFTER REELECTION. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and members of the military high command seen during a military parade in Caracas on February 1, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Trump says Kim summit could be delayed

May 23, 2018 - 8:59 AM

'It may not work out for June 12,' US President Donald Trump says of the Singapore meeting

HISTORIC. This combination of file pictures created on May 10, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump during a rally in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018, and a photo released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 21, 2018 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech in Pyongyang.

Commemorative coin struck for Trump-Kim summit

May 22, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The coin depicts Trump and Kim, described as North Korea's 'Supreme Leader,' in profile facing each other in front of a background of US and North Korean flags

COMMEMORATIVE COIN. A coin for the upcoming US-North Korea summit is seen in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2018. Photo by STR/AFP

Washington seeks global 'coalition' against Iran regime

May 18, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The plan is to be detailed on Monday, May 21, by the top United States diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first major foreign policy address since taking office in April

WHITE HOUSE. The White House is pictured on January 19, 2013 in Washington DC. Americans kicked off Barack Obama's inauguration weekend Saturday with a day of service, with the president and his family volunteering their efforts in Washington. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

May 18, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that 'there were detailed discussions' between the two leaders

DIPLOMACY. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2018. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP

EU leaders agree 'united approach' on Iran deal, trade

May 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This comes after EU president Donald Tusk lashed out at Donald Trump, saying that 'looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think with friends like that who needs enemies'

EU SUMMIT. A child plays by the Palace of Culture, where the summit beetwen the European Union - Balkan States will take place tomorrow, on May 16, 2018, in Sofia. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Guatemala opens Israel embassy in Jerusalem after U.S. move

May 16, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Israeli and Guatemalan officials attend an inauguration ceremony at the new embassy at an office park in the disputed city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

ANOTHER EMBASSY. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (C) and his wife Hilda Patricia Marroquin (L) speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) ahead of the inauguration ceremony of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem on May 16, 2018. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AFP

Trump says 'we'll see' as North Korea threatens to cancel summit

May 16, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(3rd UPDATE) US President Donald Trump says the US government has not received any official word of a change in plans for the June 12 meeting in Singapore

DENUCLEARIZATION. Photo of Kim Jong-un by AFP. Photo of Donald Trump by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

North Korea casts doubt on Trump summit

May 16, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Pyongyang cancels high-level talks with Seoul over the Max Thunder joint military exercises being held between the United States and South Korea, denouncing the drills as a 'rude and wicked provocation'

HISTORIC. This combination of file pictures created on May 10, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump during a rally in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018, and a photo released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 21, 2018 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech in Pyongyang. AFP file photos

Putin opens new bridge to Crimea, provoking Ukraine, Western ire

May 16, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Ukraine, which along with most of the international community has not recognized Russia's annexation of Crimea, condemns the project

CRIMEAN BRIDGE. Russian President Vladimir Putin walks away from a construction truck after he drove the vehicle across the new 19 kilometres (12 miles) road-and-rail Crimean Bridge over the Kerch Strait that links mainland Russia to Moscow-annexed Crimea during the opening ceremony on May 15, 2018. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Gaza deaths spark widespread condemnation of Israel

May 15, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Here are some of the reactions from around the world following the violence on Monday, May 14

GAZA. A picture taken on May 14, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli soldiers keeping position and Palestinian protestors gathering along the border fence with Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

U.S. blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN – diplomats

May 15, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest,' read a draft of the statement

GAZA PROTESTS. Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, following the the controversial move to Jerusalem of the United States embassy. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Duterte open to lifting OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

May 11, 2018 - 10:51 PM

As long as the conditions required by President Rodrigo Duterte is met, he is open to lifting the ban

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to lift deployment ban to Kuwait. Malacanang photo

Kim says Trump summit 'historic' chance to build 'good future' – KCNA

May 10, 2018 - 11:23 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un says his summit with US President Donald Trump would help towards improving the situation on the Korean peninsula and the 'building of a good future'

SUMMIT. In this file photo, people watch a television news report showing pictures of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul. AFP File Photo

Trump greets 3 Americans freed by North Korea

May 10, 2018 - 8:09 AM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump greets the men at Joint Base Andrews in the middle of the night

FREE. US President Donald Trump (centrer L) shakes hands with US detainee Kim Dong-chul (3rd R) upon his return with fellow detainees Kim Hak-song (R) and Tony Kim (front L) after they were freed by North Korea, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on May 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pompeo in Pyongyang as diplomatic dance speeds up

May 09, 2018 - 12:31 PM

His visit comes as rumors fly over 3 US citizens being held in the North, with suggestions they may have been moved in preparation for a release

Iran says to discuss response to Trump with other parties

May 09, 2018 - 10:40 AM

Speaking on state television, President Hassan Rouhani describes US President Donald Trump's decision as 'an act of psychological warfare against Iran'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 8, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Taiwan hits back at WHO exclusion under Beijing pressure

May 08, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council says that under the World Health Organization charter, Taiwan should be allowed 'equal participation' in all WHO events

WHO. The logo of the World Health Organization is pictured on the facade of the WHO headquarters on October 24, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump determines fate of Iran nuclear deal

May 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) Officials and diplomats expect the pugnacious US leader to ignore last-ditch European pleas and move to withdraw the United States from a 2015 agreement

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Abbas urges Latin America not to follow U.S. example on embassy

May 08, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'We hope that some countries across Latin America won't go moving their embassies to Jerusalem, because that is against international law,' Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Trump hints of imminent news on Americans detained in North Korea

May 03, 2018 - 10:49 AM

'The past Administration has long been asking for 3 hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail. Stay tuned!' US President Donald Trump writes on Twitter

TWO KOREAS. A North Korean soldier (L) looks at the south side as a South Korean soldier (R) stands guard during a press tour to the truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on July 19, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Iran envoy to UK warns it may scrap nuclear deal if U.S. withdraws

May 03, 2018 - 10:10 AM

'When the United States is out of the deal, it means that there is no deal left,' says Hamid Baeidinejad, the country's top envoy in London

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

China's foreign minister in North Korea on rare visit

May 03, 2018 - 9:18 AM

Beijing 'fully backs... (North Korea's) efforts to achieve the goal of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula,' Wang Yi says during talks with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho

RARE VISIT. China's foreign minister Wang Yi (L) reacts as he shakes hands with North Korea's vice foreign minister Ri Kil Song after arriving at Pyongyang international airport on May 2, 2018. Photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP