Delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan to participate in commemorative events in Brest on 22 June

17.06.2019 [18:55]
Delegations from Russia and Kazakhstan are expected to take part in events timed to the Day of Nationwide Remembrance of Victims of the Great Patriotic War, according to BelTA. Visiting Brest on the eve on 22 June is a tradition for representatives of the city of Sertolovo from Russia’s ...

Belarusian Defense Ministry delegation to meet with Serbian leadership

17.06.2019 [18:47]
A delegation of the Armed Forces of Belarus led by Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov has gone to Serbia on a working visit, BelTA reports. While in Serbia, the Belarusian defense minister is expected to meet with top officials of the Serbian government ...

G20 agrees to tackle ocean plastic waste

17.06.2019 [16:39]
A landmark deal designed to reduce soaring levels of plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans has been agreed by the world’s most industrialized nations, according to Independent. The delegates from the group of 20 countries, which make up about 85 per cent of global GDP, met this weekend ...

Slovakia's first female president sworn in

16.06.2019 [14:33]
Zuzana Caputova was sworn in as president of Slovakia, thus becoming the first female president of the country. The swearing-in took place before Constitutional Court chair Ivan Fiacan during a ceremonial parliamentary session held in Bratislava ...

Tajikistan, Turkey discuss cooperation issues

16.06.2019 [12:37]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday met with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, Anadolu Agency reports. The meeting lasted around half an hour at the presidential palace ahead of the 5th Summit of Heads of State ...

Congo Ebola outbreak still not global emergency, says WHO

15.06.2019 [14:04]
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) does not qualify as an international threat, even though cases have been confirmed in neighbouring Uganda, according to Al Jazeera. ...

SCO Summit kicks off in Bishkek

14.06.2019 [12:48]
The 19th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has started in Bishkek, Kabar news agency reports. Leaders of India, Kazakhstan, China, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan take part in the SCO Summit as permanent members of the organization. In addition, Presidents of Belarus, Afghanistan ...

Death toll of children due to encephalitis in India's Bihar rises to 64

13.06.2019 [20:10]
At least 64 children have died due to encephalitis in India's eastern state of Bihar, local media reported Thursday, Xinhua reported. The deaths have taken place in the past 12 days, according to India's state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) ...

Japan PM Abe to meet Iran's Khamenei, Rouhani this week

12.06.2019 [21:40]
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on a visit to Tehran this week, in a bid to ease tension between Washington and Iran that experts called a bold move for a Japanese leader, ...

Cyclone Vayu poised to hit India as year's second major storm

12.06.2019 [19:02]
Indian authorities are bracing for a severe cyclone strengthening in the Arabian Sea that's set to make landfall in the western state of Gujarat as India's second major storm of the season, according to Al Jazeera. The India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday that Cyclone Vayu was due to hit the Gujarat coast early ...

Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport 'injures 26'

12.06.2019 [16:53]
At least 26 civilians have been injured in a missile attack by Yemen's rebel Houthi movement on an airport in south-western Saudi Arabia, state media say. Three women and two children were among those hurt when the missile struck Abha airport early on Wednesday ...

Dubai Airports to ban single-use plastics in 2020

11.06.2019 [21:20]
Dubai Airports will ban single-use plastics at the world’s busiest international airport beginning next year. The company, which manages Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, on Monday pledged to ban items such as plastic knives and forks, straws and shopping bags ...

At least 7 dead as rainstorms sweep south, east China

10.06.2019 [20:00]
As least seven people were killed and thousands evacuated as torrential downpours unleashed floods and toppled houses in several provinces in south, southwest and east China, according to Xinhua. The latest round of rainstorm, starting earlier this week, came as over 10 million students from across China took ...

Prince Philip birthday: Queen`s husband nears 98th birthday - two years off turning 100

10.06.2019 [18:48]
Prince Philip turns 98 on Monday and is likely preparing for a day of celebrations - here is what the Queen’s husband has been getting up to in advance of his birthday. Prince Philip is about to mark his 98th birthday, a remarkable feat worthy of celebrating. The Duke of Edinburgh ...

New Zealand calls time on non-combat mission in Iraq

10.06.2019 [15:02]
New Zealand will begin scaling back its non-combat mission in Iraq next month and bring home the last of its troops by mid-2020, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday. Wellington deployed troops on a "behind-the-wire" training mission in 2015 to boost the ability of the Iraqi Security ...

Chinese President to visit Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, attend SCO, CICA summits

09.06.2019 [14:11]
Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from June 12 to 16, a foreign ministry spokesperson announced Sunday, Xinhua reported. From June 12 to 14, Xi will pay a state visit to Kyrgyzstan and attend the 19th meeting of the Council of Heads ...

Polls open in Kazakhstan presidential election

09.06.2019 [11:04]
The polls at the Kazakhstan presidential election have opened on Sunday at 7:00 am local time, TASS reported. 9,970 polling stations have begun their work in Kazakhstan, with 64 additional stations set to open abroad. For the first time ever, first president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has not presented his candidacy ...

Turkey determined to protect Turkish Cypriots' rights

08.06.2019 [17:29]
Turkey has stressed its commitment to protecting the rights of Turkish Cypriots in the Eastern Mediterranean after the Greek Cypriot administration said it had signed contracts with major energy industry players, Anadolu Agency reports ...

Number of newborns in Japan fell to record low while population dropped faster than ever in 2018

08.06.2019 [17:18]
The number of newborns in Japan hit a record low of 918,397 in 2018, staying below the 1 million mark for the third year in a row, a government survey showed Friday, according to The Japan Times. The rapidly aging country posted the largest margin of decrease in its population ...