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Resumption of South China Sea Code of Conduct negotiations to be determined soon—Vietnamese diplomat

06/24/2020

HANOI — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China are expecting to set the time and date for resumption of delayed negotiations on the highly anticipated Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea…

N. Korean leader suspends military action plans against S. Korea

06/24/2020

SEOUL — North Korea suspended “military action plans” against South Korea during a Central Military Commission meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong-un, state media reported Wednesday, raising questions about Pyongyang’s intentions behind the decision. The decision…

Powerful earthquake shakes southern, central Mexico

AP 06/24/2020

MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake centered near the resort of Huatulco in southern Mexico swayed buildings Tuesday in Mexico City and sent thousands into the streets. Seismic alarms sounded midmorning with enough warning for residents to…

LOOK: Malala Yousafzai finishes degree at Oxford University

Cha Lino 06/19/2020

  Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai recently finished her philosophy, politics and economics degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The 22-year-old Yousafzai expressed her joy and gratitude after finishing her undergraduate studies, on her…

13-day-old baby dies from coronavirus

06/19/2020

A newborn child, who lived for less than two weeks, became the youngest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. The 13-day-old baby had no underlying health condition, according to the UK National Health Service, Metro reported…

Vatican: Pandemic makes environment’s care ever more urgent

06/19/2020

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ impassioned appeal to protect nature is increasingly urgent as the global pandemic alters lifestyles and makes painfully plain the fragility of life, the Vatican said Thursday. The worldwide COVID-19 outbreak struck as…

WHO halts hydroxychloroquine trials on COVID-19 patients

06/19/2020

GENEVA — The World Health Organization decided Wednesday to halt trials of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, finding it did not reduce the mortality rate. A decades-old malaria and rheumatoid arthritis drug, hydroxychloroquine…

Man loses job after he and wife harassed Filipino for writing ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign

Niña V. Guno 06/18/2020

A husband and wife who confronted a Filipino for making a “Black Lives Matter” sign are facing the consequences in their lines of work. Robert Larkins was fired from financial firm Raymond James after a video on…

Eiffel Tower to reopen after longest closure since WWII

AP 06/17/2020

PARIS — Workers are preparing the Eiffel Tower for reopening next week, after the coronavirus pandemic led to the iconic Paris landmark’s longest closure since World War II. France’s tourism industry is opening back up, but the…

Kim Yo Jong: North Korean leader’s increasingly powerful sister

AFP 06/17/2020

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister warned at the weekend that a Korean liaison office would soon be seen “completely collapsed.” On Tuesday, Pyongyang reduced it to rubble. Kim Yo Jong is one of her brother’s most trusted advisers…

N. Korea’s military threatens to reenter disarmed border areas

06/16/2020

SEOUL — North Korea’s military said Tuesday it is reviewing plans to reenter border areas disarmed under inter-Korean agreements, days after the North threatened to take military action over the sending of leaflets by activists from South…

Rappler case highlights decline of press freedoms globally

AP 06/16/2020

NEW YORK — The conviction of Maria Ressa and a former Rappler reporter for libel is a blow to press freedom and comes as media watchdogs track declines in press freedoms and democratic institutions around the world.…

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