U.S., Iran meet as Trump threat looms over nuke deal

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:24 AM

(UPDATED) European ministers called the meeting to examine ways to save a deal that US President Trump is poised to denounce, but Tehran and Washington remain far apart

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

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Sheikh Hasina also calls for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports says

CROSSING OVER. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Trump's fiery UN address redefines U.S. role in the world

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Trump's first stint before the green marble rostrum was everything you might expect from the truculent, norm-shattering businessman-turned-politician

AT THE UN. Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, addresses the Assembly’s annual general debate, September 19, 2017. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Suu Kyi faces mounting world anger over Rohingya

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Her speech fails to quell international anger at reports that the Rohingya are being burned out of their homes

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to deliver a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Trump warns UN assembly he may have to 'destroy' North Korea

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:46 PM

(UPDATED) Trump boasts of America's military strength, signals he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the 'murderous regime' in Tehran, and berates US foes from Pyongyang to Caracas

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

World leaders anxious to hear Trump as UN assembly kicks off

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:50 PM

A top White House aide says Trump will take aim at 'rogue regimes that threaten world stability and peace'

The UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its seventy-first session, 12 September 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urges all parties to seek a 'peaceful resolution' to the current stand-off with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. KCNA via KNS / AFP

Suu Kyi rebuffs foreign criticism of Rohingya crisis

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) In an address timed to pre-empt likely censure of Myanmar at the UN General Assembly in New York, Aung San Suu Kyi calls for patience and understanding of the unfurling crisis in her 'fragile democracy'

FACING THE NATION. Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Western powers warn Suu Kyi on Rohingya before speech

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:36 AM

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warns that the violence in Rakhine state is 'a stain on the country's reputation' so soon after its transition to democratic rule

LIVING IN SQUALOR. Rohingya Muslim refugees look on as they stand near temporary shelters in Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighboring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals

MISERY. A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Trump pushes UN reform as world leaders gather for crisis talks

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Trump, who once disparaged the world body as a 'club' for 'people to get together, talk and have a good time,' will lay out his views on how to improve the United Nations a day before he makes his first address to the General Assembly

#UNGA. A sign outside of the General Assembly building highlights the hash tag for attendees to use to promote the seventy-second session's debate, September 17, 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Tillerson meets Russia's Lavrov ahead of UN assembly

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova tells a reporter that 'the meeting was on cooperation in Syria crisis Middle East issues and Minsk agreement'

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) exits the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on September 17, 2017 in New York. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

U.S. eyes closure of American embassy in Cuba

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:15 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the possible closure is 'under review' after a 'sonic attack' that affected the health of 16 embassy employees

View of the US Embassy in Havana on December 17, 2015. Yamil Lage/AFP

U.S. says no change in decision to pull out of Paris climate pact

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:32 AM

The remark come as environment ministers from some 30 countries gather in Montreal seeking headway on the Paris climate accord

In this file photo, US residents living in Japan and local residents hold a rally near the US embassy in Tokyo on March 16, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/File/AFP

Bangladesh restricts movement of 400,000 Rohingya refugees

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Conditions are already worsening in Bangladesh's southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar, where the majority of refugees are living in desperate circumstances after fleeing Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state

SCRAMBLE FOR RELIEF. People distribute relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 16, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

India's first bullet train project fast-tracks Japanese ties

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The project is seen as emblematic of warming relations between New Delhi and Tokyo who are seeking to combat China s growing regional influence

BULLET TRAIN. This handout photograph released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) on September 14, 2017 shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looking at a railway station model at a ground breaking ceremony for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project in Ahmedabad. PIB/Handout/AFP

Juncker says 'wind is back in Europe's sails'

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:56 PM

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker: We have now a window of opportunity but it will not stay open forever Let us make the most of the momentum catch the wind in our sails

UNITED EUROPE. European flags fly in front of the European Parliament on June 9, 2016 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Frederick Florin/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi scraps UN trip amid Rohingya crisis

Sep 13, 2017 - 12:18 PM

UPDATED The announcement comes after the UN human rights chief Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein accused Myanmar of waging a systematic attack on Rohingya civilians

ABROAD. In this file photo, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Manila for the ASEAN Summit in April 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Maduro to accept talks with Venezuela opposition

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he is prepared to meet the opposition for talks brokered by the Dominican Republic and former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero

OPEN TO TALKS. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

North Korea vows to boost weapons program after sanctions

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country s sovereignty and right to existence

HAPPY DAYS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 12, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / AFP

China backs Myanmar government efforts to 'safeguard stability'

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:01 PM

China foreign ministry: We support Myanmar s efforts in upholding peace and stability in the Rakhine state We hope order and the normal life there will be recovered as soon as possible

NEEDING AID. Newly arrived Rohingya refugees scuffle for relief supplies at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 9, 2017. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Hopes fade as Gulf crisis hits 100-day landmark

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Experts warn the increasingly bitter dispute could last into 2018 and beyond

SUPPORTING THE EMIR. In this file photo, Qataris write comments on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, on July 6, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

U.S. softens North Korea resolution ahead of UN vote

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED The new draft moderates the toughest parts of the original proposal with a potentially crippling oil embargo on North Korea to be introduced progressively diplomats say

Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kiim Won-Jin/AFP

Pope leaves Colombia with prayers for peace

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:08 AM

On the last day of his fifth visit as pope to his native continent he reiterates calls for peace in Colombia and prays for a peaceful end to Venezuela s grave crisis

GOODBYE, COLOMBIA. Pope Francis waves just before leaving, at the Rafael Nunez airport in Cartagena on September 10, 2017. Luis Acosta/AFP

ASEAN to sign Hong Kong free trade deal in November

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Hong Kong also completes negotiations on an investment pact with ASEAN says Philippine Trade Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo

TRADE CENTRAL. Shipping containers stacked at a port terminal in Hong Kong on July 6, 2012. Dale dela Rey/AFP

From Paris to Houston, undeniable truth of climate change

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM

So if An Inconvenient Sequel isn t here to convince you that global warming is real if it s banking on you knowing what is it here to say?

AFTER HARVEY. In this file photo, Texas resident Jenna Fountain carries a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017. Emily Kask/AFP

Saudi suspends dialogue after Qatar outreach

Sep 09, 2017 - 9:16 AM

UPDATED The prospect of a thaw quickly dies down after Saudi Press Agency accused Qatar s state media of wrongly implying that Saudi Arabia had initiated the outreach

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Japan, South Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programs

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the state guest house in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Pope prays for peace in Colombia, Venezuela

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:24 AM

Pope Francis lands in Colombia to plead for lasting peace in a country moving towards the end of a half century war and prays for stability in its crisis stricken neighbor Venezuela

POPE IN BOGOTA. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile upon arrival in Bogota, Colombia, on September 6, 2017. John Vizcaino/AFP

U.S. pushes oil embargo on North Korea, takes aim at Kim Jong-Un

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The draft UN Security Council resolution takes aim directly at North Korea s leadership proposing a freeze on Kim s assets as well as those of the ruling Worker s Party of Korea and the government

Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kiim Won-Jin/AFP

Vietnam slams China over military drills in disputed sea

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Hanoi condemns Beijing s latest military drills in the Paracel Islands a contentious archipelago claimed by both sides

Mexico condemns Trump's decision to end immigrant amnesty

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:51 AM

Presidnet Enrique Pena Nieto: The Mexican government will urge US authorities to find a swift permanent solution that gives legal certainty to the young people of DACA

SUPPORTING DACA. 'Dreamers' protest against the cancellation of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program in front of US embassy in Mexico City on September 5, 2017.  Yuri Cortez/AFP

Russia may reduce US diplomatic personnel by 155 – Putin

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Putin: We reserve the right to make a decision on how many American diplomats there are in Moscow But we will not do that for the moment

AMERICAN OUTPOST. People walk past the entrance to the US embassy building in Moscow on July 31, 2017. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' in North Korea impasse

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Putin calls for dialogue on the crisis and warns against other actions that could cause the situation to escalate

TO PYONGYANG. A tourist stands before a window showing distance to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang at a viewing deck of the landmark Namsan tower in Seoul on September 5, 2017. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea 'begging for war' after nuke test – U.S.

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED The US accuses North Korea of begging for war and pushes for the strongest possible measures on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test

A wide view of the UN Security Council emergency meeting to consider the hydrogen bomb for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 4 September 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Opposition lawmaker from Venezuela seeks help in Europe

Sep 04, 2017 - 9:59 AM

National Assembly leader Julio Borges is due to meet with the leaders of France Germany Spain and Britain

In this file photo, the leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly Julio Borges speaks with the media before a parliamentary session in Caracas on August 29, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

North Korea and its nuclear test: What next?

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Here are some key questions around the blast and the isolated state s nuclear program

People watch a television display at a train station in Seoul on September 3, 2017 showing a news broadcast about North Korea's latest possible nuclear test. Ed Jones/AFP

BRICS leaders 'strongly deplore' North Korea nuclear blast

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED BRICS is already struggling to live down doubts about its own cohesion that have spiked since nuclear armed China and India engaged in a protracted standoff over a disputed Himalayan region

Delegates arrive prior to the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 3, 2017. Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

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

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Since the end of the Korean War the United States and North Korea have seen relations marked by high tension and periodic but short lived thaws

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

Merkel ahead as Schulz fails to land sucker punch in key debate

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED Polls following the 90 minute showdown give Merkel the clear edge over Schulz

Journalists watch a televised debate between German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party and candidate for Chancellor at a television studio in Berlin on September 3, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

U.S. warns North Korea of 'massive military response' after nuke test

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:31 AM

US Defense Secretary Mattis: We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country namely North Korea But as I said we have many options to do so

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Trump leads international condemnation of North Korea nuclear test

Sep 03, 2017 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED United States President Donald Trump says Pyongyang s latest actions were very hostile and dangerous

Lee Mi-Seon, a director of the National Earthquake and Volcano Center, shows a map of a North Korean location during a briefing about the 'artificial earthquake' in North Korea, at the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul on September 3, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

U.S. agents close Russian trade mission, Moscow protests

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED The spat between the two nuclear armed powers is another blow to US President Donald Trump s pledge to try to improve relations with Russia s Vladimir Putin

CLOSURE. Black smoke billows from a chimney on top of the Russian consulate on September 1, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

North Korea warns Japan of 'imminent self-destruction'

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:20 AM

The North s official KCNA news agency decries the former colonial power in a commentary saying: Japan has now come out with its sleeves rolled up in supporting its master s anti DPRK war moves

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Britain's May visits Japan with eye on Brexit fears

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:09 PM

UPDATED Aside from trade Theresa May will also be discussing issues tied to global terrorism and regional security

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) as she tours the Alexander Dennis bus and coach manufacturers factory in Guildford, south of London, on August 23, 2017. Jack Taylor/Pool/AFP

UN Security Council unanimously condemns North Korea missile test

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The 15 member body maintains its unity after Kim Jong Un s latest provocation with China and Russia agreeing to sign up to a statement condemning his isolated regime s action

A wide view of the UN Security Council meeting during which it adopted a statement on the recent launch of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), August 29, 2017. UN Photo/Mark Garten

North Korea says more missiles to come as UN condemns launch

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:15 AM

UPDATED The launch of the Hwasong 12 intermediate range missile was supervised by leader Kim Jong Un the official Korean Central News Agency reports

ALERT. Pedestrians watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

China says North Korea tensions reached 'tipping point'

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:56 PM

UPDATED Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterates Beijing s call for peace talks saying pressure and sanctions against North Korea cannot fundamentally solve the issue

HUA CHUNYING. Photo from http://ph.china-embassy.org/

Australia offers to train Philippine troops in ISIS fight

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Australia which has an extensive defense cooperation program with Manila has already deployed two high tech AP 3C Orion aircraft for surveillance and is keen to provide further help

In this file photo, smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi, June 6, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

Abe, Trump agree to hike pressure on North Korea

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Abe: We must immediately hold an emergency meeting at the United Nations and further strengthen pressure against North Korea

MISSILE PATH. A pedestrian passes by a television screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP