Singapore reports 4,291 new COVID-19 cases

Singapore, May 14: Singapore reported 4,291 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total tally to 1,236,850.

Sri Lanka's new PM pledges to promote friendly cooperation with China

Colombo [Sri Lanka], May 14: Sri Lanka will continue promoting friendly cooperation with China, newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Friday.

Sri Lankan stocks rise following appointment of new PM

Colombo [Sri Lanka], May 14: Sri Lanka's stock market gained on Friday following the appointment of United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the country's...

Local elections held largely peacefully in Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal], May 14: Local elections were held on Friday in Nepal largely peacefully, despite clashes and tension at some polling stations.

Laos' economy to grow by 3.8 pct in 2022: WB report

Vientiane [Laos], May 14: Laos' economy is forecast to grow by 3.8 percent in 2022, a recent World Bank report said.

ADB reaffirms support to Bangladesh's rapid recovery from COVID-19, green growth

Dhaka [Bangladesh], May 14: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Bangladesh in its efforts to achieve a rapid recovery from...

S. Korea's new COVID-19 cases below 40,000s for 2nd day

Seoul (South Korea), May 13: South Korea's new COVID-19 cases stayed below the 40,000s for the second straight day Friday, amid the government's continued effort...

U.S. has no plans to provide COVID vaccine to N. Korea, but...

Washington (US), May 13: The United States has no immediate plans to provide COVID-19 vaccines to North Korea but supports international efforts to help vaccinate...

Yoon to visit Gwangju to commemorate democracy uprising

Seoul (South Korea), May 13: President Yoon Suk-yeol will visit the southwestern city of Gwangju next week to commemorate a democracy uprising that led to...

S. Korea, U.S. express serious concern over N.K. missile launch

Seoul/ Washington (South Korea/ US), May 13: The national security advisers of South Korea and the United States spoke by phone after North Korea's latest...

Aid deliveries into Ethiopia's Tigray far from enough: UN

United Nations, May 13: Aid deliveries by road into Ethiopia's northernmost Tigray region remain far below what is required to meet people's needs, UN humanitarians...

OPEC lowers global economic and oil demand forecasts

Vienna (Austria), May 13: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Thursday revised down its forecasts for this year's global economic growth and...

Egyptian PM in Tunisia to attend joint committee meeting on cooperation

Tunis (Tunisia), May 13: Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly arrived in Tunisia on Thursday to attend a joint committee meeting on boosting bilateral cooperation.

Sri Lankan president appoints new prime minister

Colombo (Sri Lanka), May 13: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe as the prime minister on Thursday.

Canada to deploy officers to NATO headquarters in Latvia

Ottawa (Canada), May 13: Canada will deploy a Canadian Armed Forces general officer and six staff officers to NATO's Multinational Division North Headquarters based in...

Biden says 1 mln American lives lost to COVID-19 "a tragic milestone"

Washington (US), May 13: Commemorating 1 million American lives lost to COVID-19, the highest in the world, U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday described the...

Pakistan takes measures to enhance trade ties with Central Asian countries: official

Islamabad (Pakistan), May 13: Pakistani Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar said on Thursday that his country has been taking special measures to further enhance...

U.S. Senate confirms Powell to second term as Fed chair

Washington (US), May 13: The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Jerome Powell to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve in a long-delayed...

Germany braces for energy sanctions by Russia: minister

Berlin (Germany), May 13: Germany is bracing for energy sanctions imposed by Russia, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck said during his...

EU to open "solidarity lanes" to help Ukraine's grain exports

Brussels (Belgium), May 13: The European Commission on Thursday proposed to establish new so-called "solidarity lanes" to ensure that Ukraine can export grain to the...

N. Korea confirms first case of omicron variant of COVID-19: state media

Seoul (South Korea), May 12: North Korea on Thursday announced its first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 and declared the implementation of the...

U.S. prepared for any kind of engagement with N. Korea: Campbell

Washington (US), May 12: The United States stands prepared to engage in any kind of diplomacy or dialogue with North Korea, White House policy coordinator...

Money pledged to prevent Red Sea eco-disaster by tanker a "strong start":...

United Nations, May 12: The United Nations believes the 33 million U.S. dollars pledged on Wednesday for the 144-million-dollar plan to prevent a Red Sea...

UN chief appalled by killing of Al-Jazeera journalist in West Bank

United Nations, May 12: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was appalled by the killing of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank, said his...

Brazilian president replaces energy minister over fuel price policy

Brasilia (Brazil), May 12: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro replaced Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque on Wednesday, after a series of disagreements regarding fuel price...

U.S. dollar touches historic high against Pakistani rupee

Islamabad (Pakistan), May 12: Devaluation of the Pakistani rupee against the U.S. dollar continued as the greenback touched a historic high of 190.02 rupees in...

Zelensky, Scholz discuss defensive aid for Ukraine

Kiev (Ukraine), May 12: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted Wednesday that he had a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to discuss defensive aid for...