Indonesia and India have agreed to lift their ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Belarus, Russia express concern about NATO''s activity in Baltic states, Poland

Belarus and Russia expressed concern about the intensified NATO activities in the Baltic states and Poland, local media reported.

White House team to leave for Singapore to prepare for US-DPRK Summit

A White House team will leave for Singapore this weekend as scheduled to prepare for a possible summit between US President Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un, the White House announced on May 26.

Malaysian PM vows to cut down national debt

 Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced that his administration is taking various approaches to reduce the national debt from 1 trillion RM (251.2 billion USD) to 800 billion RM, including dissolution of some agencies, the News Straits Times reported on May 27.

Chinese military actions in East Sea face international criticism

Chinese bombers’ landing and take-off drills on an airfield in Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, which belongs to Vietnam but is occupied by China, are causing deep concerns and facing strong opposition from many countries regionally and globally.

Japan concerned about China’s activities on East Sea

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has voiced deep concern about reports that Chinese bombers had landed for the first time at an airport on the East Sea.

Trump says DPRK summit may not happen June 12

US President Donald Trump suggested on May 22 that his planned meeting with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un may not happen next month.

Renewable energy to create 1 mln jobs in LatAm

The use of renewable energy will help to create 1 million new jobs in Latin America over the next 12 years, a specialist from the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on May 21.

EU''s Mogherini sweeps aside Pompeo''s tough speech on Iran

European Union(EU) top diplomat on May 21 swept aside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech on Iran, reiterating that there is no alternative to the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

DPRK-US summit will be held as scheduled despite tensions: Seoul official

The upcoming summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States will go on as scheduled despite fresh tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Seoul's top security official said in Washington on May 21.

Commentary: Time to let win-win cooperation define China-US economic, trade exchanges

Beijing and Washington on May 19 came out of their tense and difficult consultations with a consensus not to engage in a trade war.

Chain bombs hit southern Thailand, several injured

More than 10 bombs exploded in Thailand's deep south on May 20 night, causing several injuries; no deaths have been reported so far.

Commentary: Time to let win-win cooperation define China-US economic, trade exchanges

Beijing and Washington on May 19 came out of their tense and difficult consultations with a consensus not to engage in a trade war. In a joint statement issued on the same day, the two nations vowed to strengthen their economic and trade cooperation on a trove of fronts.

Israel’s use of force against Palestinian protesters, an unjustifiable action

Many countries around the world have condemned the extremely violent actions aimed at the Palestinian protesters by the Israeli armed forces, which left more than 60 people dead on the opening day of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14.

Chinese police crack over 90,000 economic crimes since 2017

Chinese police have cracked down more than 90,000 economic crimes since 2017, recovering losses of 100 billion yuan (US$15.8 billion), the Ministry of Public Security said on May 15.

Arab League to hold emergency meeting on Jerusalem on May 17

The Cairo-based Arab League (AL) will hold an emergency meeting on May 17 to discuss the situation of Jerusalem after the United States moved its embassy to Israel to the disputable holy city, official MENA news agency reported on May 15.

16 killed, over 400 injured in Gaza clashes with Israeli soldiers

Sixteen Palestinians were killed and more than 400 injured on May 14 during heavy confrontations between hundreds of angry Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel, medics said.

Multiple blasts hit Afghan city, gunbattle underway-officials

A gunbattle raged between Afghan security forces and a handful of militants following a series of explosions in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday (May 13) that killed at least four people and wounded at least 20, officials said.

Mahathir, 92, sworn in as Malaysia''s seventh prime minister

Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia's seventh prime minister on May 10 following his stunning election victory over the coalition that has ruled the Southeast Asian nation for six decades since independence from Britain.

Moscow to Host Victory Day Military Parade on May 9

A military parade to honor the 73rd anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War will start on Moscow's Red Square on May 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time (07:00 GMT).

Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un hold talks in Dalian

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, met Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, on May 7-8.

Putin sworn in for fourth term, underlines growth, technology development

Vladimir Putin took oath of office on May 7 to start his fourth term as Russian president. Standing in the ornately-decorated Andreyevsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, with his hand on a gold-embossed copy of the constitution, Putin swore to serve the Russian people, to safeguard rights and freedoms, and protect Russian sovereignty.

Indonesia strives to become global vegan tourism destination

Indonesia is making efforts to create world-class tourism destinations for vegetarians, according to Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya. The country has launched large-scale advertising campaigns to attract more foreign tourists with a hope of making tourism the biggest foreign exchange source for the econom y, the minister said.

Indonesia prepares for World Conference on Creative Economy

The second preparatory meeting towards the World Conference on Creative Economy 2018 is underway in Bali, Indonesia, on May 3 - 4, discussing various issues for the conference in November this year.

Thai PM reassures holding election in early 2019

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on May 1 reassured that the general election will be definitely held in early 2019. The statement was made amid the anti-junta activists’ warning to stage a large-scale demonstration in May.