Kazakh President Tokayev wins re-election with 81.3% of vote

In this handout photo released by Kazakhstan's President Press Office, Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev casts his ballot at a polling station in Astasna, Kazakhstan on Nov 20, 2022. (KAZAKHSTAN'S PRESIDENT PRESS OFFICE VIA AP) ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev secured a second term in Sunday's snap election, winning 81.31 percent of the vote, the […]

Lebanese president leaves office amid steep financial crisis

Lebanon's outgoing President Michel Aoun delivers a speech to mark the end of his mandate, outside the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on Oct 30, 2022. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP) BEIRUT / BAABDA, Lebanon – Michel Aoun, the 89-year-old Christian president who presided over Lebanon's cataclysmic financial meltdown and the deadly Beirut […]

Olympus Announces Leadership Succession Plan

TOKYO, Oct 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Olympus Corporation (Olympus), a global medtech company committed to making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, today announced that Stefan Kaufmann, the current Director, Executive Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, has been tentatively appointed Director, Representative Executive Officer, President, and CEO of the company […]

Newly-elected Iraqi president urges quick formation of new govt

Iraq's newly-elected President Abdul Latif Rashid waves during his inauguration and handover ceremony at al-Salam Palace in the capital Baghdad on Oct 17, 2022. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP) BAGHDAD – Iraq's newly-elected President Abdul Latif Rashid assumed office on Monday, expressing his hope for a quick formation of the new government. "We keep in mind […]

Iranian president: Foreign meddling worsens regional issues

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks at a press conference in Tehran, Iran, on Aug. 29, 2022. (IRANIAN PRESIDENTIAL WEBSITE/HANDOUT VIA XINHUA) TEHRAN – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Thursday that foreign powers' interference in the West Asia region only adds to the existing problems, official news agency IRNA reported. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said […]

Syrian president, Iranian minister vow to strengthen cooperation

In this file handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (right) meets with Rostam Qasemi, then the head of the Iran-Syria Economic Relations Development Committee, in the capital Damascus on Jan 5, 2015.  (AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA) DAMASCUS – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday discussed […]

Pursuing joint development can help avoid opening Pandora’s box in region

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, Sept 20, 2022. (Jason DeCrow / AP) In a meeting on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly meeting in New York last Thursday, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and his United States counterpart, Joe Biden, […]

Sri Lankan president says to prioritize FTA with Singapore

Sri Lanka's President Ranil Wickremesinghe attends the 156th Sri Lanka Police Day celebrations in Colombo on Sept 3, 2022. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) COLOMBO – Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday pledged to prioritize implementing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore during a meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in […]

Gaffes, controversy overshadow S. Korea’s Yoon trips to UN, London

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during the Global Fund Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York on Sept 21, 2022. (MANDEL NGAN / AFP) SEOUL – A series of gaffes and controversies is overshadowing South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol's first major overseas tour, sending his ratings plunging and inviting scathing criticism from some lawmakers even […]

Palestinian PM: Israel defying peace agreements

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye speaks during a joint press conference with Libya's interim prime minister in the Libyan capital Tripoli, on Feb 14, 2022. (MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP) RAMALLAH – Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye on Saturday accused Israel of defying all the signed peace agreements and disregarding international law. He made the remarks […]