• The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran stressed a strong commitment to Syria's sovereignty in a joint statement following a trilateral meeting on Syria, according to Anadolu Agency. “The Presidents emphasized their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial ...
  • Pope Francis will visit Japan from Nov. 23 to 26, the Vatican said Friday, becoming the first pontiff in nearly four decades to travel to the country, according to Kyodo News. The pope is scheduled to visit the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima ...
  • Seven South American countries have signed an agreement to work together to protect the Amazonian forests from fires and the harmful effects of humans, according to Teller Report. “This pact obliges and motivates us to defend our Amazon, to work to prevent risks and eliminate ...
  • Iran and Russia will hold joint military exercises in the Indian Ocean, visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a briefing, according to TASS. "We will conduct joint military drills with Russia in ...
  • The UN Security Council on Thursday renewed the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year, according to Anadolu Agency. Unanimously adopting the resolution, the 15-member body extended UNIFIL's mandate until ...

China's beach resort launches 5G-covered bus line

20.06.2019 [18:35]
The coastal city of Qingdao in East China`s Shandong province on Tuesday launched a bus line fully covered by 5G signals and wifi to the awe of citizens and tourists, according to Chinadaily. The next-generation mobile network was switched on for use on Line 468, which links several popular tourist ...

Xi arrives in DPRK for state visit

20.06.2019 [12:53]
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for a state visit, Xinhua reports ...

American billionaire gives Oxford University £150m for AI ethics centre

19.06.2019 [18:46]
An American billionaire has given Oxford University £150 million, one of the largest donations in its history, for a new institute that will explore the ethics of artificial intelligence, according to belfasttelegraph. The gift has been made by Stephen A Schwarzman, the chief executive and co-founder ...

Worldwide displacement tops 70 million, UN Refugee Chief urges greater solidarity in response

19.06.2019 [15:19]
The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This is the highest level that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has seen in its almost 70 years. Data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. ...

Russian prime minister to attend 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 opening ceremony

19.06.2019 [14:51]
Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev will come to Minsk for the opening ceremony of the 2nd European Games, according to the Russian government press service, BelTA reports. According to the source, Dmitry Medvedev will attend the opening ...

Egypt's ex-President Mohamed Morsi buried in Cairo

18.06.2019 [19:08]
Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi has died after appearing in court in the capital, Cairo, according to authorities.Former President Mohamed Morsi was buried on Tuesday in eastern Cairo.The public prosecutor said the 67-year-old collapsed in a defendants' cage in the courtroom and was pronounced dead in hospital at 4:50pm local time (02:50 GMT) on Monday ...

Search operation continues as death toll rises to 12 in SW China earthquake

18.06.2019 [18:31]
Twelve people died and another 135 were injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan Province on Monday night, the provincial bureau of emergency management said Tuesday, according to Xinhua ...

Over 1,000 journalists accredited for Minsk European Games

18.06.2019 [17:14]
More than 1,000 journalists, including 400 Belarusian and more than 600 foreign correspondents, have been accredited for the 2nd European Games in Minsk. The press center at Dinamo Stadium hosted a briefing on 18 June, according to BelTA. All 12 sports facilities will operate a single service center for journalists: working and mixed zones ...

European Games Flame of Peace arrives in Oktyabrskaya Square in Minsk

18.06.2019 [16:47]
The Flame of Peace torch relay of the 2nd European Games arrived in Oktyabrskaya Square in Minsk on 18 June, BelTA reports. The relay was kicked off near the National Library by Olympic champion in biathlon Nadezhda Skardino ...

2nd European Games airspace closed to unauthorized drones

18.06.2019 [16:43]
The prohibition against flying unauthorized unmanned aerial vehicles in venues of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 is now in effect. Violators will have their drones confiscated by police to be returned after 2 July, according to representatives of the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry, BelTA reports ...

Reconnaissance for Belarus-Russian army exercise in progress in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast

18.06.2019 [11:04]
A reconnaissance is in progress in the exercise area Gorokhovetsky in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast as part of preparations for the Belarus-Russian tactical army exercise Union Shield 2019, according to BelTA. The reconnaissance is supposed to ascertain the areas where practical actions ...

Estonian ferry operator Tallink Grupp leads trade on Baltic stock exchanges

17.06.2019 [20:24]
Estonia’s ferry operator Tallink Grupp showed the highest turnover on the Baltic stock exchanges on Monday, according to stock market information, LETA reports. Tallink Grupp shares moved up 0.47 percent to EUR 1.07 per share as 211,550 of the company’s shares ...

Belarus border services ready for influx of visitors during European Games

17.06.2019 [20:01]
Belarus State Border Committee is ready for the mass arrival of participants and fans of the 2nd European Games, Deputy Head of the Department of Preliminary Investigation and Legal Support at the State Border Committee of Belarus Aleksei Sytenkov told the media, BelTA reports ...

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. ...