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UN envoy meets with Myanmar’s SAC chairman, foreign minister

In this image provided by the Military True News Information Team, United Nations special envoy Noeleen Heyzer, (left) and State Administration Council Chairman Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing shake hands on Aug 17, 2022, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (MYANMAR TRUE NEWS INFORMATION TEAM VIA AP) YANGON – The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Myanmar Noeleen […]

Vanuatu’s president dissolves parliament to avoid bid to oust PM

Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman speaks at a panel discussion during the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva on July 12, 2022. (WILLIAM WEST / AFP) Vanuatu's president dissolved the Pacific island nation's parliament on Thursday, state broadcaster VBTC reported, after an attempt by some politicians to oust the prime minister. Opposition leader Ralph Regenavu told […]

Unification Church members accuse Japan media of bias in Abe killing

Unification Church followers hold signs during a rally in downtown Seoul, South Korea on Aug 18, 2022, protesting negative Japanese media coverage of their religion after the suspect in the assassination of former Japanese prime minster Shinzo Abe blamed the church for his family’s troubles. (LEE JIN-MAN / AP) SEOUL – Thousands of Unification Church […]

ADB: Big data to generate over US$100b in public services in SE Asia

The logo of the Asian Development Bank is seen outside the lender's headquarters in Manila, Philippines, on Feb 17, 2009. (JAY DIRECTO / AFP) MANILA – Big data holds immense potential in fast-tracking post-COVID-19 economic recovery in Southeast Asia, with benefits in public health, social welfare and protection, and education valued at over $100 billion, […]

Iran says ready for prisoner swap with US

TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday announced Iran's readiness for "immediate" implementation of the existing agreement with the United States on prisoners. Nasser Kanaani, the ministry's spokesman, made the remarks in response to reporters' questions about the US comments on the issue of prisoners, according to the ministry's website. By implementing this agreement, […]

Australia looks to foreign workers to help ease labor shortage

Construction workers in the central business district of Sydney, Australia on Oct 7, 2021. (MARK BAKER / AP) SYDNEY – Australia's peak union body, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, has joined calls to increase the nation's cap on overseas workers to help address widespread labor shortages, a problem drawing attention across industry and government. […]

Germany, Israel condemn Palestinian president’s Holocaust remarks

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right) and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas hold a joint press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on Aug 16, 2022. (JENS SCHLUETER / AFP) BERLIN/JERUSALEM – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz voiced disgust on Wednesday at remarks by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the German leader said diminished the importance of […]

Multiple bomb, arson attacks rock Thailand’s south

This picture shows a convenience stores damaged after an attack, in Cho-airong district in southern Thailand's Narathiwat province on Aug 17, 2022. (MADAREE TOHLALA / AFP) BANGKOK – Explosions and fires ripped through at least 17 locations in southern Thailand on Wednesday, authorities said, in what appeared to be multiple coordinated attacks that injured seven […]