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 […]

Aussie PM says Morrison’s secret roles ‘undermined democracy’

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks with media after Parliamentary church service in Canberra on July 26, 2022. (STR / AFP) SYDNEY – Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his predecessor Scott Morrison had "undermined our democracy" by secretly appointing himself minister for home affairs and treasury during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the health, […]

Aussie PM says predecessor ‘undermined democracy’ with secret roles

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks with media after Parliamentary church service in Canberra on July 26, 2022. (STR / AFP) SYDNEY – Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his predecessor Scott Morrison had "undermined our democracy" by secretly appointing himself minister for home affairs and treasury during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the health, […]

Australia’s PM says Morrison took on secret ministerial roles

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks at the Sydney Energy Forum on July 12, 2022, in Sydney.  (BROOK MITCHELL / POOL / AFP) SYDNEY – Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has sought legal advice following reports that his predecessor Scott Morrison was secretly appointed to key ministerial roles during the COVID-19 pandemic, duplicating some portfolios. […]

Thailand, M’sia boost trade, digital economy collaboration

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah (left) Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai attend a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 10, 2022. (SAKCHAI LALIT / AP) BANGKOK – Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah on Wednesday announced that their countries will strengthen cooperation in areas such as trade and digital economy. […]

Foreign minister: Iran does not seek nuke weapons

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian looks on during a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart in Tehran, on July 20, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) TEHRAN – Iran does not seek possession of nuclear weapons, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday. Regarding the […]

Some 30 documents adopted as 55th ASEAN meetings conclude

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn speaks during a press conference at the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Phnom Penh on Aug 6, 2022. (TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP) PHNOM PENH – The 55th ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Foreign Ministers' Meeting and related meetings have successfully concluded, adopting some 30 documents on regional cooperation, […]

55th ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting kicks off in Cambodia

(From left to right) Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Philippines Foreign Affairs acting Undersecretary Theresa Lazaro, Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam Foreign Minister But Thanh Son, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Peak Sokhonn, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Brunei Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Erywan Yusof, […]

New Zealand releases first ever climate adaptation plan

James Shaw, New Zealand's minister for climate change, welcomes United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (not pictured) as he attends a breakfast with youth climate change and environmental leaders in Auckland on May 13, 2019. (MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP) WELLINGTON – New Zealand launched its first National Adaptation Plan on Wednesday, which will ensure communities have the information […]

Days of British Parliament as effective govt are numbered

Once hailed as the “mother of parliaments”, by virtue of the spread of the parliamentary system to many post-colonial territories, the days of the British Parliament as an exemplary political system embodying consensus, legitimacy, effectiveness and stability are numbered. After Mrs Margaret Thatcher, the longest-serving British prime minister in the 20th century, was overthrown by […]

ASEAN keeps firm focus on recovery

Economic priorities expected to draw attention when foreign chiefs meet Delegates pose at the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Feb 17. They reiterated commitment to ensuring the full and effective implementation of the RCEP. (SOVANNARA / XINHUA) Efforts to promote sustainable development as part of Southeast Asia's recovery from the pandemic […]

Kuwaiti emir appoints new PM

A handout picture released by Kuwait's Emiri Diwan (Royal Palace) shows the Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (center) inaugurating the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)'s full operation of the environmental fuel project. (EMIR OF KUWAIT DIWAN / AFP) Kuwait's new prime minister Ahmad was born in 1956 as the eldest son of Kuwaiti Emir […]

Japan’s PM meets S. Korean Foreign Minister on bilateral ties

This combo picture shows South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio. Kishida (PHOTOS / AP) TOKYO/SEOUL – South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin said on Tuesday that he delivered a verbal message from President Yoon Suk-yeol to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, expressing the willingness to improve relations with Japan […]

Iranian foreign minister urges US to stop excessive demands

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a press conference with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran, June 25, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Monday night called on the White House […]

Iran welcomes Iraq’s role in promoting regional dialogue

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian gives a press conference after his meeting his Iraqi counterpart at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran on April 13, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has welcomed Iraq's efforts in promoting regional dialogue aimed at enhancing security and stability, according to […]