United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits Christchurch mosques
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres carried his message of solidarity and tolerance to New Zealand, where he met with the Muslim community following the recent terror attacks in Christchurch. Video courtesy UN
Fighting for rights in Myanmar
Sent to prison in #Myanmar for 7 years just because her #Rohingya father was a political activist, @waiwainu is today a force to reckon with. Now a law graduate, she dedicates her life to defending the #HumanRights of Rohingya women & girls. Video courtesy of UN
Lombok, Indonesia-Gending Sriwijaya Dance
Gending Sriwijaya is the name of a song and a traditional dance from Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia. This song is sung or played during the Gending Sriwijaya dance performance. Both of the song and the dance was created to describes the splendor, cultural refinement, glory and the grandeur of Srivijayan empire that once succeed on unifying the western parts of Indonesian archipelago. Video courtesy NNN
South Africa election: People of Sakhela in the Eastern Cape vote
Eastern Cape, South Africa – People of Sakhela Village outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape cast their votes on May 8, 2019. A record number of voters registered, but the youth under 30 was notably absent from that list. While voting across the country went largely smoothly, there were a number of issues with protest action preventing polling stations from opening. There were also issues with polling stations running out of ballot papers.
Thailand monarch carried in grand coronation procession
Flanked by royal guards marching to a steady drumbeat, Thailand’s newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn was carried on a gilded palanquin through the streets of old Bangkok Sunday, in front of crowds who shouted “long live the king!”. Video courtesy TNA
Japan’s new era named “Reiwa”
Japan’s new era beginning May 1 has been named “Reiwa,” with Crown Prince Naruhito due to ascend to the throne that day to succeed his father Emperor Akihito.
5G expected to push up Malaysian economy
KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo says the application of the 5G technology in the near future is expected to provide a major boost for the Malaysian economy. He hoped the people would see how important the technology is and how it could change the way businesses are carried out and operated in the future.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Tun Dr. Mahathir last week launched the Malaysian 5G Exhibition in Putrajaya, which showcased some of the technology’s features.
The event marked the successful continuation of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) launched 23 years ago.
Fire breaks out in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris
A massive fire is ripping through Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, toppling the spire on the 850-year-old Gothic monument and leaving France in shock over the potential loss of one of the nation’s most famous landmarks. Video courtesy of Anadolu
Cherry blossoms bloom in Tokyo
On Japan’s southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom as late as May. In most major cities in between, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April. Video courtesy of Anadulo
Kwibuka 25 | Remarks by President Kagame
KIGALI, Rwanda, April 8 – The remarks by Rwandan president Paul Kagame during the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, an event held in Kigali on April 7th, 2019. Video courtesy of Paul Kagame
Gold medalist Bolt runs in Peru, beats a mototaxi
The world’s greatest sprinter of all time, Jamaican Usain Bolt, ran against a traditional mototaxi —and defeated it— during an exhibition, which took place in Lima City’s residential Miraflores district. Video courtesy of www.miraflores.gob.pe
Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2019 (LIMA’19)
LANGKAWI, March 29 (Bernama) — Keep your eyes peeled at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2019 (LIMA’19) exhibition for you might spot a JAWS aeroplane parked on the tarmac of the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC).
Now, before you call out “Shark attack!”, notice that rather than scaring people off, the great white shark nose art of the Embraer E190-E2 is catching a lot of attention, including that of Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was invited on board for a look-see on the first day of the biennial event.
Japan’s Support for Island Nations Tackling Climate Change
Japan is supporting island nations vulnerable to climate change.
From the beaches of Tonga to the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, climate change is having devastating effects on island nations around the world.
As a country that values the steady implementation of the Paris Agreement, Japan has partnered with both the Government of Tonga and the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority to provide technology and training, with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Video courtesy Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition
Langkawi, Malaysia, March 24 – The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 is set to take off in this island on Tuesday, March 26. The week-long event will see Malaysia once again hosting an international standard defence exhibition with the participation of leading defence industries from all over the world. Preparations for the event meanwhile has been going smoothly at this leading island resort which has been hosting the event every two years since it took off three decades ago. The Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) is expected to put up an exciting opening act at the event. Photo courtesy of RMAF.
NAM News Network (NNN) columnist Dr Hezri Adnan in an interview with Bernama News Channel.
Speaking to BNC’s Bernama Today hosts Jessy Chahal and Elane Noor Abdullah, Dr Hezri highlights some of the pressing environment related issues facing the country today.
There is an urgent need for Malaysia to get its water resources in order, says Dr Hezri, who is a Senior Director with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS).
Cyclone Idai: ‘Massive disaster’ in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, #CycloneIdai has created “inland oceans running for mile after mile, with water above tree-level” says @WFP on the ground @UNOCHA @WHO. Emergency “bigger by the hour”.
Christchurch shootings among the darkest days for New Zealand, says Its Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
NZ premier Jacinda Ardern at a press conference on Christchurch shootings
Malaysian rolls out red carpet for visiting South Korean President
Ecosystem Restoration Cooperative
this is a short video introducing the Ecosystem Restoration Cooperative and the Ecosystem Restoration Camps. This is a self-organizing, direct action to train and deploy everyone to mitigate and adapt to human induced climate change by restoring ecological function on a planetary scale. Welcome to join the Cooperative:
This #WomensDay, we’re innovating for change
On International Women’s Day (8 March 2019), UN Women calls on the world to “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.”
World Wildlife Day 2019 – Life below water: for people and planet
This official PSA for UN World Wildlife Day 2019 was produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with the CITES Secretariat and UNDP.
Zero Discrimination Day
On 1 March, UNAIDS is highlighting the need to act to change discriminatory laws. All over the world people are unable to live with dignity because of laws and policies that discriminate. #ZeroDiscrimination
Norway’s Trade Minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen
Norway’s Trade Minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen speaks to Bernama”s Economic News Service reporter Sharifah Pirdaus Syed Ali on his country’s stand on palm oil import. For related story please click Europe category or More news.
Mammoth crowd receives APC as Presidential Rally storms Lagos
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and members of the campaign team today addressed a mammoth crowd of supporters at the Taslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos during the APC Presidential campaign rally.
Promise of the Commons
This film questions the orthodox opinion that only private ownership can protect the ecosystems. It discusses the thoughts and rights of people around the world and shows how landless people are protecting the common heritage of the Earth. How have they lost their basic human rights? We need a profound conversation about this.
World Government summit in Dubai
Bernama CEO Nurini Kassim speaks at World Government summit in Dubai. The seventh session of the World Government Summit kicked off on Sunday in Dubai, with the participation of more than 4,000 people from 140 countries.
Bernama among signatories of “News Agencies” Tolerance Charter
Bernama Chief Executive Officer, Nurini Kassim signed the charter initiated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on behalf of the news agency on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2019
Pakistan Navy is hosting sixth Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN 2019.
Pakistan Navy is hosting sixth Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN 2019
Regreening the desert with John D. Liu
For more than 15 years, cameraman and ecologist John D. Liu has been working on his worldwide mission to green deserts and to restore biodiversity.
South Africa 2019 State of the Nation Address promo
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) during a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on 7 February 2019 at 19h00
Malaysia’s Kek Lok Si temple brightly lit to usher coming Chinese New Year
The iconic Kek Lok Si temple near Air Itam here brightly lit Thursday night to usher in Chinese New Year next week. More than 20,000 lanterns, neon and LED lights.On Thursday, fireworks further lit up the area at the 128-old largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia
NAM News Network columnist Andrew Sebastian talks to BNC
Ecotourism is the way forward in the preservation of the Malaysian rainforest heritage, says NAM News Network columnist Andrew Sebastian who talks to BNC’s Bernama Today hosts Jessy Chahal and Tehmina Kaoosji
Forests of Hope
Film maker and ecologist John Liu journeys into the forests of Rwanda and sees its amazing ecosystems and the hope it offers for the country. Video courtesy of Commonland.com and Ecosystemrestorationcamps.org
Moving, thought-provoking video made by American-Chinese film maker and Ecosystem Ambassador John D. Liu. Courtesy of
Commonland.com and Ecosystemrestorationcamps.org
South Africa’s Mining Charter Revitalizing the mining industry
The Mining Charter was gazetted towards the end of 2018 for implementation. The purpose of the video is to unpack in simple terms what the Mining Charter is about and what citizens need to know. “The Mining Charter – Together building a thriving and inclusive mining sector”
Dr Shaaribuu, father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya, arrives at court
Dr Shaaribuu Setev, father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya, arrives at the Shah Alam High Court for a case related to a RM100 million suit in connection with his daughter’s murder 13 years ago. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA.
A Performance from the Sizhou Opera
A performance from the Sizhou Opera in Bengbu, China. A new bride Wang Guihua sings in anticipation of her seeing her husband, Zhang San, again. She is in love and full of praises for nature. Video courtesy of Johnny Lim, Indonesia.
The bullfighting culture within the Mulembe nation
A snippet into bullfighting traditions of the Luhya community. Why it has stood the test of time and why one should be interested in the ceremony that surrounds it.
Iran Most Reliable Energy Provider For India: Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran is and will be the most reliable energy provider for India and no economic power can tell us you cannot have relationship with India.
Beijing, China, May 24 – China’s first high-speed maglev train testing prototype in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province,on May 23, 2019. China on Thursday rolled off the production line a prototype magnetic-levitation train with a designed top speed of 600 km per hour in the eastern city of Qingdao. The debut of China’s first high-speed maglev train testing prototype marks a major breakthrough for the country in the high-speed maglev transit system. The engineering prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2020 and go through comprehensive tests to finish integrated verification in 2021. Photo courtesy of Anadolu
Severe rainfall, flooding kills 24 in Iran
Tehran, Iran, May 24 – People ride a boat on a submerged road in Ardabil. At least 24 people have been killed in a wave of torrential rainfall and flooding that has pounded Iran for the past two weeks, local officials say. According to Mojtaba Khaledi, a spokesman for Iran’s emergency services, four people were killed by flooding while another 20 lost their lives after having been struck by lightning. Photo courtesy of Anadolu