Truce in Hodeida takes effect after new clashes

Hodeida,Yemen, Dec 18 -- A man stands amidst the rubble at a factory damaged during fighting and air strikes in Hodeida, as clashes recently raged between Yemeni Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-aligned Houthis. A cease-fire in Yemen’s battleground port city of Hodeida and its surroundings went into effect at midnight Monday local time, after renewed fighting threatened the hard-won acc... Read More

Remembering late North Korea leader

Pyongyang, North Korea, Dec 18 -- North Korea pay tribute in front of the statues of late founding father Kim Il-sung (L) and his deceased son Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang on Dec. 17, 2018, to mark the seventh anniversary of the younger Kim's death. Photo courtesy of Korean Central News Agency ... Read More

Syrians celebrate coming of Christmas in the streets

Damascus, Syria, Dec 18 -- Women pose in front of a Christmas tree in Damascus on Monday. The Qasaa district was on the front line of Syria's war until government forces retook it earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Agencies ... Read More

Catriona Gray is Miss Universe

Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 18 -- Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is crowned Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. In a red dress inspired by the volcano Catriona Gray from the Philippines claimed the Miss Universe crown for 2018 on Monday, beating contestants from 93 other countries. The 24-year-old Philippines-Australian has become the fourth Filipino to bring home the coveted title... Read More

Blast in Japan restaurant injures 42

Sapporo, Japan, Dec 18 -- Firefighters try to extinguish a fire following an explosion at a restaurant in Toyohira Ward, Sapporo, on Sunday evening. Police believe an explosion at a Sapporo building that left 42 people injured on Sunday was caused by gas leaking from more than 100 deodorizer spray cans, intended for disposal, at a real estate agency.. Photo courtesy of Kyodo ... Read More

Sri Lanka swears in ousted PM to end political crisis

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec 16 -- Ranil Wickremesinghe took the oath of office before Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday. Sirisena has reappointed Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off weeks of political stalemate. However, Rajapaksa failed to win a parliamentary majority and resigned on Saturday as a government shutdown loomed. The president suffered a h... Read More

AirAsia CEO's autobiography

Seoul, South Korea, Dec 14 - AirAsia Group's CEO Tony Fernandes attends a press conference for the release of his autobiography titled "Flying High" in Korean at a hotel here on Friday. Photo courtesy of YONHAP. ... Read More

Early Christmas at the Salvation Army Children Home

Kuching, Malaysia, Dec 14 - The young ones from the Salvation Army Children Home being feted to a festive lunch ahead of Christmas celebrations in this city in Sarawak state. Seen with the children is (second from right) President of Ambank Group's sports club, Syed Anuar Syed Ali, who is also the group's Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing. He presented the group's Christmas cont... Read More

YEMEN PEACE TALKS CONCLUDES

Rimbo, Sweden Dec 14 - Head of delegation for rebel forces known as Houthis, Mohammed Abdulsalam, right, and Yemen Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yaman, left, shake hands together with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during the Yemen peace talks closing press conference at the Johannesberg castle in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday. The United Nations secretary-general on Thursd... Read More

EU LEADERS ARRIVE IN BRUSSELS FOR TWO-DAY EU SUMMIT

Brussels, Belgium Dec 14 - British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel arrive at a two-day EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. European Union leaders arrive in Brussels for two days of talks on Brexit, the euro zone, migration and Russia, among others. Photo courtesy Xinhua ... Read More

SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO CALL FOR SNAP PARLIAMENTARY POLL

Colombo, Sri Lanka Dec 14 - Soldiers patrol along a road near the Supreme Court in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday. Sri Lanka's Supreme Court unanimously ruled as unconstitutional President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections in early January a much-anticipated verdict Thursday that further embroils the Indian Ocean island nation in political crisis. ... Read More

WORLD PENCAK SILAT CHAMPIONSHIP

Singapore Dec 14 - Iqbal Abdul Rahman showing his skills in the men's artistic single event at the 18th World Pencak Silat Championship on Thursday. The 25-year-old Singaporean clinched his first world title in five attempts. He scored 467 points to finish ahead of Thailand's Ilyas Sadara (457 points), the Asian Games silver medallist, and Indonesian Dino Bima S. (453). The competition ends on Su... Read More

DIGITAL ARTWORKS ON DISPLAY AT GALERI PETRONAS

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dec 14 - A woman takes a picture of 3D display in Galeri Petronas in Kuala Lumpur. Combining their new media technologies skill with creativity, several invited artists have produced artworks that are currently on display at Galeri Petronas in the Liberating Potentials: Manisfestation of Digital Shift Exhibition. Tun Dr M: Reviving The Legacy" by Intan Natasha Abdul Karim,... Read More

9 KILLED, 47 INJURED IN HIGH-SPEED TRAIN CRASH

Ankara, Turkey Dec 14 - Rescue workers search the wreckage for survivors in capital Ankara. A crash involving a high-speed train at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least nine people and injured 47. The was carrying 206 passengers when the crash happened at Marsandiz railway station, around 8km (5 miles) from Ankara's main station. Search and rescue efforts are still under w... Read More

THERESA MAY SURVIVES CONFIDENCE VOTE OF TORY MPS

London, United Kingdom Dec 13 - Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at Downing Street after surviving confidence vote in Downing Street. Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117. The prime minister won the confidence vote with a majority of 83, with 63% of Conservative MPs backing her and 37% voting against her. Photo courtesy of Agencies ... Read More

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ASIA
MALAYSIA’S DR MAHATHIR BACK ON THE GLOBAL STAGE

By Mohd Faizal Hassan

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec 18 (NNN-BERNAMA) - Elder statesman, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, not only emerged as the world’s oldest prime minister, at the ripe old age of 93, but also becomes a highly respected figure in leading the country and championing various causes for national ...

MIDDLE EAST
ISRAEL DEMOLISHES HOME OF PALESTINIAN FAMILY IN NORTHERN WEST BANK

TULKAREM, West Bank, Palestine, Dec 18 (NNN-WAFA) - Israeli soldiers destroyed, on Monday, the house of Ashraf Naalwa, who was recently killed by Israeli soldiers, after being accused of killing ...

AFRICA
ZAMBIA DENIES US CLAIMS OF CHINESE TAKEOVER OF POWER COMPANY

LUSAKA, Dec 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Zambia has denied claims by a White House official that China is about to take over its state power utility to recover $6-10 billion debt, ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
MEXICO TO RAISE BASE WAGE, MORE HIKES TO COME - WAGE COMMISSION, PRES OBRADOR

MEXICO CITY, Dec 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Mexico's wage commission said that it planned to hike the country's minimum wage by 16 per cent to around US$5 a day and new ...

EUROPE
UK: PM THERESA MAY SETS JANUARY DATE FOR MPs' BREXIT VOTE

LONDON, Dec 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- British Members of Parliament will vote on the UK's Brexit deal in the week beginning Jan 14, Prime Minister Theresa May has told Parliament.