The first round of discussions among the 45-member "small body" of the Syrian Constitutional Committee was concluded in Geneva on November 8 and the new round is expected to be convened in Geneva later this month.

At least five dead, including infants, following attack in Mexico

At least five members of a family in northern Mexico, including two infants, were killed on November 4 in an attack by unknown gunmen, a government source and local media said, in the latest case of grisly violence to hit the country.

Cambodia to become an upper middle-income country by 2030

ADB has endorsed a new 5-year country partnership strategy (CPS) that lays out the institution’s support for Cambodia’s goal of becoming an upper middle-income country by 2030.

Trump says IS leader killed in US military operation in Syria

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (October 27) the Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a US military operation in Syria.

ROK offers working-level talks to DPRK to discuss Mount Kumgang issues

The Republic of Korea (ROK) on October 28 offered to hold working-level talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to discuss issues on the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang.

Israeli opposition party vows to form "liberal" unity gov''t

Israeli Blue and White party's leaders vowed on Monday (October 21) to form "a liberal unity government" after incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to present a new one.

Chile's Pinera extends state of emergency, says 'we are at war'

Chile's government will extend a state of emergency to cities in its north and south, President Sebastian Pinera said late on October 20, after at least seven people were killed amid violent clashes and arson attacks over the weekend.

EU leaders discuss US$1.2 trillion post-Brexit budget

European Union leaders will discuss a new budget plan on Friday (October 18) that could allow the bloc to spend up to EUR1.1 trillion (US$1.2 trillion) in the 2021-2027 period, but deep divisions among governments could block a deal for months.

US, Turkey reach agreement on truce, safe zone in northern Syria

The United States and Turkey on October 17 reached an agreement on a five-day truce and the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria, where the Turkish forces had been fighting against the Kurdish militia, following talks between the two sides in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Living with “barriers”

The world economy is facing a future in which there are more and more barriers and tariff measures. In the context that economies have to "live” with trade barriers, analysts are concerned that global economic growth is at risk of sharp decline.

WTO gives green light to US trade sanctions on EU in Airbus case

The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on October 14 agreed to approve a request from the United States for authorization to impose retaliatory measures on the European Union (EU) and four EU member states in the Airbus case.

Volcano erupts in Indonesia's Java island, triggering aviation warning

Mount Merapi, an active volcano in Indonesia's Java island, erupted on Monday (October 14) afternoon, spewing a column of ash up to 3 km high and forcing the authority to issue a warning for planes, national volcanology agency said.

Iraq, Russia call for de-escalating tensions in Gulf region

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on October 7 called in Baghdad for increasing efforts to reduce tensions in the Gulf region and the return of Syria to the Arab League (AL).

Bangladesh lifts about 8 mln people out of poverty in 7 yrs: World Bank report

Bangladesh has lifted about 8 million people out of poverty over the past seven years, showed a World Bank report released in Dhaka on october 7.

Candidate announces not to campaign in 2nd round of Tunisia''''s presidential election

Candidate for the early presidential election Kais Saied announced that he will not campaign for the second round of the presidential election for "ethical reasons," in a statement issued on October 5.

DPRK-US working-level talks in Stockholm break down without agreement

The latest working-level talks held in Stockholm on Saturday (October 5) between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States broke down with no agreement.

Philippines, Russia to expand bilateral cooperation

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

Over 7,000 illegal immigrants rescued by Libyan navy this year

The Libyan Navy on Wednesday (October 2) said it has rescued 7,036 illegal immigrants this year so far, compared with 12,365 illegal immigrants rescued from January 1 to September 30 last year.

Britain's new Brexit proposals not fully meet backstop objectives: Irish PM

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday (October 2) that the latest Brexit proposals from the British government do not fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop.

Italy sets deficit target at 2.2 percent for 2020

The Italian cabinet on September 30 set the deficit target at 2.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for next year, a slight increase from a previous forecast of 2.1 percent.

Cuba to elect key leadership posts

(HBO) - Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power, or the parliament, is set to elect its president and other key positions during an extraordinary session on October 10, local media reported on September 30. 

Roundup: Greek market gears up to adjust to single-use plastics ban

The Greek market appears ready to rise to the challenge set by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis regarding a forthcoming ban on all single-use plastics, business representatives told Xinhua on September 27.

Afghans begin voting in presidential election

Afghans began voting on Saturday (September 28) morning in a one-day presidential election to select the country's new leader for the next five years.

Democrats launch formal Trump impeachment inquiry

Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi Tuesday announced the opening of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, saying he betrayed his oath of office by seeking help from a foreign power to hurt his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Germany, France, Italy and Malta agree on migrant disembarkation and relocation system

Germany, France, Italy and Malta have agreed on how to jointly handle migrants who arrive in the Mediterranean.