International Sign Language Day, actor & disability advocate
@NyleDiMarco explains how access to education allows everyone to be part of the conversation on global issues. https://bit.ly/2lXMRfH #GlobalGoals. Video courtesy UN
International Literacy Day
Let’s promote diversity and inclusion through literacy, and make sure that everyone has the right and access to quality education throughout life. Video courtesy of UNESCO
Fog Catching Technology in Morocco Empowers Women
This simple fog catching technology is changing the game for communities hit by climate change-induced drought. Video courtesy of unfccc.int
International Day Against Nuclear Tests
On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Test. Video Courtesy of UN
Young #refugees grow food, with recyclematerials. 🌿
These young #refugees are learning how to grow food, recycle old materials and save the planet. 🌿. Video courtesy UNHCR
World Humanitarian Day
Around the world, brave #WomenHumanitarians are helping to make life better for some of the most vulnerable people. More from @UNOCHA ahead of next week’s World Humanitarian Day. Video courtesy of http://www.worldhumanitarianday.org
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. August 9 is commemorated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982. Video courtesy UN
BTS 💜 show the power of love and kindness
Violence in schools is normal. But it shouldn’t be. By choosing respect, support and kindness, we can make our communities safe and supportive. Take the time to support someone who needs it. Video courtesy of UNICEF
Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution
Refugees explains why refugees & asylum seekers can’t be sent back home. Video courtesy UN Twitter
What is Mandela Day?
Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done, and forward to what will be done. Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.
The Phantom of Opera in Istana Budaya, KL
KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 –Award-winning play, The Phantom of The Opera is currently on at the Istana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur. Featuring an international cast, and a full 12-piece live orchestra, the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production is a winner of multiple awards including
seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. Based on the novel of French writer Gaston Leroux, the play tells the story of Phantom, a disfigured musical genius who haunts the Paris Opera House, and his obsession with the talented young soprano Christine Daaé. An epitome in theatre production, The Phantom of the Opera in Kuala Lumpur is jointly presented by Lunchbox Productions, Base Entertainment Asia and TEG Dainty. The run in Istana Budaya ends this Sunday, July 7.
Wildlife Economies Summit
“For the first time in Africa, we are putting wildlife at the centre of economic development & people.” – @UNEnvironment’s @JoyceMsuya on creating of a sustainable wildlife economy. Gabon and Zimbabwe this week announced their commitment to attracting more tourists to their national parks through securing investment that will help support wildfire protection and the local communities. Photo courtesy of UN
The 176Th Opec Conference In Vienna Begins
OPEC is a permanent intergovernmental organization of 14 oil-exporting developing nations that coordinates and unifies the petroleum policies of its Member Countries. The Conference runs till July 2, 2019. Video courtesy of Telesur
Which country hosts the most refugees?
25 million refugees are generously hosted by countries around the world. These are the countries that have stepped up for those who have lost everything. Video Courtesy of UN Twitter
Sustainable Gastronomy Day
Every day, everywhere, family farmers work hard to produce the food we eat. 80% of the food we eat depends on the hard work of family farmers. Video courtesy of UN
Towards a Child Labour Free Zone
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. Video courtesy UN
Birds at Van Lake basin
VAN, Turkey – June 7 – A Swallow is seen at Lake Van basin which hosts many kinds of birds in Van, Turkey. 215 bird species can be observed at Lake Van basin located at eastern part of Turkey. Video courtesy of Anadolu Agency
World Bicycle Day
Monday is World Bicycle Day. Cycling promotes clean energy & wellness. As affordable & sustainable means of transport, bikes are a tool for sustainable development & equality. For over 100 years, bicycles have helped advance women’s rights by increasing their access to education, health care & sport. Video courtesy UNDP
Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is a United Nations observance each 4 June. The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children. Video courtesy of UN
World Ocean day 2019
This year’s #WorldOceansDay on 8 June will focus on the actions needed around the world to protect our seas. Video courtesy UN
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.
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
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”.
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.
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.
BERLIN (Germany) Nov 08 – Remains of the Berlin Wall during the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Photo courtesy of Abdülhamid Hoşbaş / Anadolu Agency
Mascots of ITTF 2020 championships
BUSAN (South Korean) Nov 11 – This image, provided by the organizing committee for the ITTF 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships, shows the event’s mascots. The championships will be held from March 22-29 in the South Korean port city of Busan. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Combating bird flu
GYEONGSAN (South Gyeongsang) Nov 7 – A quarantine vehicle sprays disinfectant along the Geumho River in South Gyeongsang Province, as avian influenza virus was detected in the area the previous day. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Penguin character Pengsu
SEOUL (South Korea) Nov 6 – Pengsu, a penguin character of the education broadcasting company EBS, passes through an entrance at the foreign ministry building in Seoul. Pengsu visited the ministry to help promote a special summit between South Korea and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The summit is scheduled for Nov. 25-26 in the southeastern port city of Busan. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Delgan, cradle of “roselle” in Iran
Delgan County is the birthplace of roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) in southeastern Iran province of Sistan-Baluchestan where 480 tons of sour tea is harvested annually. Photo courtesy of Mohammad-Amin Mirbalouchzehi / IRNA
Palu Bridge in Turkey’s Elazig
ELAZIG (Turkey) Nov 05 – A shepherd leading a flock of sheep crosses historical Palu Bridge in Elazig. Photo courtesy of Enver Hancı / Anadolu Agency
14th EAST Asia Summit (EAS)
NONTHABURI (Bangkok) Nov 4 – Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (eight, left) during Photo session at 14th EAST Asia Summit (EAS) here at the IMPACT Summit Muang Thong Thani today.
The three-day 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits beginning Nov 2 will be held at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre in Nonthaburi, northwest of Bangkok. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA.
From left US President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi,
From right Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President of Indonesia Joko Widodo, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen, Sultan Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha, and China’s Premier Li Keqiang.
Promotion of New Year’s cards
SEOUL (South Korea) Nov 4 – Employees attend a publicity event at the Korea Post to promote a series of New Year’s cards to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rat. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
World’s only intercontinental marathon starts in Istanbul
ISTANBUL (Turkey) Nov 3 – A drone photo shows that participants compete in the world’s only intercontinental marathon ‘Vodafone 41st Istanbul Marathon’ in Istanbul, Turkey on November 03, 2019. Photo courtesy of Muhammed Enes Yıldırım / Anadolu Agency
35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Bangkok
BANGKOK, Oct 31 – Thailand is making the final preparations for the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits as leaders in the region are set to gather here to attend the annual meeting beginning Nov 2. The three-day 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits will be held at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre in Nonthaburi, northwest of Bangkok. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA
7th International Citrus Festival in Mersin
MERSIN (Turkey) Oct 31 – An octopus figure covered with citrus fruits, is seen ahead of the 7th International Citrus Festival in Mersin, Turkey on October 30, 2019. The 7th annual Mersin Citrus Festival will be held between 01-03 November in Mersin. Photo courtesy of Mustafa Ünal Uysal / Anadolu Agency
Korea-Australia naval drill
POHANG (South Korea) 31 Oct – A joint naval drill between South Korea and Australia in the waters off the southeastern port city of Pohang, 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul. Launched on Oct. 29, the three-day exercise, code-named “Haedori-Wallaby,” involves joint maneuvers, as well as anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-ship firing drills. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
South Korea’s Coast Guard seize Chinese fishing boat
YELLOW SEA (South Korean) Oct 25 – A Coast Guard motor boat (Left) approaches a Chinese fishing boat operating without permission in South Korea’s exclusive economic zone on Oct. 25, 2019. The Central Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, which provided the photo, said the 30-ton boat was fishing illegally in the Yellow Sea some 114 kilometers southeast off of Baengnyeong Island when it was seized. Around 30 other Chinese boats in the vicinity were ordered to leave South Korean waters.
Migration of birds to Gandoman Internatinal Wetland
SHAHREKORD (Iran) Oct 25 – Gandoman international Wetland is regarded as the main aquatic ecosystems in West of Iran, Surrounding this wetland are beautiful meadows providing bush grazing grounds for herds. The Cheroo Mountain Ranges standing at a height of 3.500 m, and spanning a distance of west to south of this wetland brings Casts a glorious reflection of its landscape and beauty in these waters. Photo courtesy of IRNA / Ahmad Riahi Dehkordi
Malaysian Prime Minister at Baku Congress Centre
Malaysian Prime Minister at Baku Congress Centre
BAKU (Azerbaijan) Oct 25 – Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (front row, fourth right) during a photo session with leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) before the opening ceremony of the 18th NAM Summit at the Baku Congress Centre on Friday. Dr Mahathir is among more than 20 top leaders attending the two-day summit. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA
Malaysian King and Japanese Premier at Akasaka State Guesthouse
TOKYO, Oct 22 – The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah granted an audience to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka State Guesthouse here today. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA
The Daily Telegraph
SYDNEY (Australia) Oct 21 – A woman reads Australian newspaper “The Daily Telegraph” which appears with blackened frontpage during newspapers campaign to protest against official laws that criminalise journalism and whistleblowing and calling on the Australian Parliament to enshrine press freedom. Photo courtesy of Joel Carrett / AAP / DPA
Germany’s First 3D Full-Body Scanner
BAVARIA (Germany) Oct 21 – A man stands in Germany’s first 3D full-body scanner during a press demonstration at Munich University Hospital. There are about ten of these devices worldwide, which are intended to enable new treatments in breast reconstruction after breast cancer and for mapping skin tumors, among other things. Photo courtesy of Peter Kneffel / DPA
In The Mood for Halloween
BRISTOL (England) Oct 21 – A crowned lemur nibbles some carved pumpkins at Bristol Zoo Gardens, where animals are being given Halloween themed treats filled with their favourite fresh vegetables. Photo courtesy of Ben Birchall / PA Wire / DPA
Malaysia’s King and Queen arrive in Japan
TOKYO, Oct 21: Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Queen Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah arriving at their hotel here as specially invited guests of Japan to attend the coronation of Japan’s Emperor Naruhitoon Wednesday. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA/By Dayana Nabila Shaipul Anuar
Indonesia President Joko Widodo at the swearing-in ceremony
Jakarta, Oct 20 – Indonesia President Joko Widodo at the swearing-in ceremony of the President of Indonesia for the 2019-2024 term at the Indonesian Parliamentary building today. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA
Malaysian Professor-cum-Chef Tantalizes Crowds With Live Cooking Demonstration at ANUGA Food Fair
Anuga Cologne, Germany, Oct 16 – An associate professor at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Shahrim Karim, 50, took trade visitors at the Anuga food fair of Cologne by storm with his cooking prowess and knowledge of the intricacies of Malaysia’s cuisine. He is no ordinary chef and has a versatile academic background that caps with a doctorate in the human environment science discipline from the Oklahoma State University, his doctoral thesis being on Food, Tourism, and Malaysian Heritage Food. Indeed, his real passion is food because, as he puts it, “it is truly the best way to a man’s heart”.
At the recent ANUGA Food Fair here,Shahrim attracted crowds of inquisitive trade visitors, food experts and the public who kept pouring into the Malaysia Pavilion where he was giving live cooking demonstrations in Malaysian cuisine and, in effect, also showing his immaculate skills in rustling up a variety of Malaysian dishes, much to the amusement of the onlookers who simply could not take their eyes off the mouth-watering food items that were being prepared before them.
Shahrim, who was raised in Melaka, attended culinary school in Shah Alam. He has also worked at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and attended the New York University’s course in Hotel and Restaurant Management.Some of the food and drinks he prepared during the live demonstrations included shrimp and pineapple curry, mee mamak (Malaysian fried noodles), Malaysian tropical salad, salmon and tamarind, chicken and vegetable soup, sweet and sour shrimp, teh tarek, chicken curry and coconut punch.
Malaysian cuisine is unique and represents all the flavours of Asia, he says, praising Matrade and the Frankfurt-based Malaysian Trade Commissioner, Badrul Hisham Hilal, for their “strong and active support” to him. Story and photo courtesy by Manik Mehta
Nat’l vision for future cars
Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, Oct 15 – Chung Eui-sun, executive vice chairman of Hyundai Motor Co., announces strategies during a ceremony to declare a national vision of future cars at the carmaker’s Namyang R&D Center. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Singer Sulli Found Dead
Seongnam, Seoul, Oct 14 – This file photo shows South Korean singer and actress Sulli, who was found dead at her residence in Seongnam, south of Seoul today. A probe into the cause of her death is currently underway. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition
Seoul, South Korea, Oct 14 – A variety of military airplanes, including F-35A stealth fighters, and ammunition are on display at Seoul Airport, south of Seoul, during a press day event, for the 2019 Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) the following day. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Old Chapel of Dzordzor in Northwest Iran
West Azarbaijan, Iran, Oct 13 – Chapel of Dzordzor- a historical building registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List – is located in Maku County, West Azarbaijan Province, northwest Iran. Photo courtesy of IRNA / Mehdi Rahnavard
Saint Thaddeus Church – World’s First Ever Church
Chaldoran County, Iran, Oct 13 – Kara Kelisa, also known as the St. Thaddeus Church, in Chaldoran County, northwestern Iran is one of the oldest and most notable surviving Christian monuments of Iran that carries great significance for the country’s Armenian Orthodox community. Armenians hold that Qara Kelisa is the world’s first church and was constructed in 68 BC by one of the apostles of Jesus, Saint Thaddeus, who traveled to Armenia, then part of the Persian Empire, to preach the teachings of Christ. Photo courtesy of IRNA / Mehdi Rahnavard
History of Kashan
Kashan, Iran, Oct 14 – A historical Iranian city- is the cradle of oldest world urban settlement in Sialk Hills dating back to over 7,000 years ago. Photo courtesy of IRNA / Mojtaba Soltani
Salt Marsh’s Autumnal Colors
South Jeolla Province, South Korea, Oct 11 – Colorful grasses cover a salt marsh on a mudflat in Sinan off South Korea’s southwestern tip, amid deepening autumn. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul, Oct 9 – A group of foreigners learns Korean during an event to celebrate Hangeul Day. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet invented by King Sejong in 1443. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Iran’s Yazd province
Yazd, Iran, Oct 8 – Zoroastrians’ Dakhmeh is one of the main tourist attractions of Yazd which is on the southeastern part of the city. It is the place where the Zoroastrians kept their corpses after death with a special ceremony. Although there are other Dakhmeh in Tehran, Kerman, Sirjan, Isfahan, Ardakan, Taft, and Ashkezar, the Zoroastrians’ Dakhmeh of Yazd is the main one thanks to being religious capital of the Zoroastrians, and also has more visitors today. It is also registered in the Iranian National Sites. Photo courtesy of IRNA / Amin Rahmani.
Blue Panda sets sail around Turkey to stem plastic tide
Izmir, Turkey, Oct 8 – According to WWF data, the Mediterranean region is the world’s fourth-largest producer of plastic goods, and its residents and visitors generate 24 million tons of plastic waste per year. Photo courtesy of Anadolu Agency
Autumn deepens in South Korea
Chilgok, North Gyeongsang, 8 Oct – Tourists take photos at a field of pink muhly grass in Chilgok, about 290 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Oct. 6, 2019, as autumn deepens in South Korea. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
S. Korea Almost Completes Culling of Potentially ASF – Affected Pigs
Seoul, Oct 7 – South Korea’s agriculture ministry said Monday it has nearly completed the culling of pigs potentially exposed to African swine fever (ASF) in border areas as it struggles to prevent the disease from reaching southern parts of the country. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Iranian fighters grab 3 medals in World Muay Thai Champs
Antalya, Turkey, Oct 7 – Iranian athletes Soroush Ghaderi Zeinabi, Samin Yahyavi and Sobhan Abbasi received bronze medals in the 2019 World Youths Muay Thai Championships. Photo courtesy of IRNA
Protestors take part in a demonstration in Southern Seoul
Seoul, North Korea, Oct 4 – Protestors take part in a demonstration in southern Seoul on Sept. 28, 2019, to voice their support for Justice Minister Cho Kuk and his drive to reform the prosecution. Photo courtesy of Yonhap
Iran Second National Handicrafts and Tourism Exhibition
Shahrekord, Iran, Oct 4 – Iran’s Second National Handicrafts and Tourism Exhibition opened by Pouya Mahmoudian, Deputy Director of Handicrafts and Traditional Arts affiliated to Ministry of Culture, Tourism and handicrafts and other provincial officials at the permanent site of Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari International Exhibits. Photo courtesy of IRNA / Ahmad Riahi Dehkordi.
UNHC Michelle Bachelet visits Rohingya Integrated School of Excellence in Malaysia
Kajang, Malaysia, Oct 4 – Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (fourth, right) joins United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (third, right) visiting Rohingya children at the Rohingya Integrated School of Excellence (RISE) today. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA.
Autumn days and a beautiful garden alley in Iran
Yazd, Iran, Sept 26 — Pomegranate orchards in the first days of Fall create beautiful scenes in garden alleys of Taft Country, Yazd, central Iran. Photo courtesy of IRNA/Hadi Fallah Tafti
Autumn hues on Mount Seorak
South Korea: This photo provided by a Yonhap reader on Sept. 26, 2019, shows autumn hues around Jungcheong Shelter on Mount Seorak on the east coast the previous day. The Korea Meteorological Administration says that the start of the changing of the leaves is pronounced when 20 percent of the mountain’s trees from its peak are tinged with color. Photo courtesy of YONHAP.
A little clearer Wednesday afternoon in KL
Kuala Lumpur, Sept 25 — While the haze continued to cloud parts of Malaysia, some areas reported a bit of relief following rain and the situation is expected to ease with the transition of the monsoon winds this week. Besides strong winds, the transition is expected to bring more rain and clearer skies. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA.
Messi awarded FIFA player of the year
Rome, Italy, Sept 24 – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi speaks after receiving the best men footballer award during the FIFA Best Football Awards 2019 ceremony at Teatro La Scala. Photo courtesy of Bernama/Marco Alpozzi/Lapresse via ZUMA Press/dpa
Bird singing competition held in Thailand
Narathiwat, Thailand, Sept 24 – Birds sit in their cages during the annual bird-singing competition in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat. Over 1,800 birds from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore took part in the contest. Photo courtesy of Madaree Tohlala
Manila hotel undergoing demolition collapses
Manila, Philippines, Sept 24 – Rescuers search for victims after a budget hotel which is undergoing demolition, collapsed in Manila, Philippines. Rescue efforts are still ongoing to free another victim after one of the workers was retrieve after almost six hours following the incident, according to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. Photo courtesy of PTI
Indo-Thailand Joint Military Exercise Maitree
Meghalaya, India, Sept 24 – Indian and Thailand Army personnel show their operational skill during Indo-Thailand Joint Military Exercise MAITREE-2019 at Umroi Military station, in Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya. The Joint Military Exercise MAITREE-2019 runs untill 16-29 Sep 2019. Photo courtesy of PTI
SDGs Showcased on Billboards in Times Square
New York City, Sept 24 – A view of billboards showcasing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Times Square, New York City. In order to highlight the need for more ambitious action on the SDGs and to continue to engage with the general public, the 17 Goals are being showcased in Times Square this week, inviting everyone to stand behind the Sustainable Development Goals in advance of the UN General Assembly high-level week. Photo courtesy of UN Photo
Sunflowers in bloom
Seoul, South Korea, Sept 23 – Sunflowers are in full bloom in a field along a river in Jangseong, 308 kilometers south of Seoul. A festival of yellow flowers is slated to run there from Oct. 1-13. Photo courtesy of Yonhap
S. Korea working to recover from Typhoon Tapah damage
Busan, South Korea, Sept 23 – Officials work to repair damage caused by Typhoon Tapah at a residential complex in the country’s southeastern port city of Busan. Thirty people, including three police and fire officials, were injured when this year’s 17th storm hit the country’s southern regions over the weekend, according to the anti-disaster government agency. Photo courtesy of Yonhap
Navaratri Festival in India
Ahmedabad, India, Sept 23 – Woman wearing colorful attire practice Garba, a traditional dance of Gujarat state, ahead of festival Navratri in Ahmedabad. The festival of Navratri or nine nights will begin from Sept. 29. Photo courtesy of Ajit Solanki
Global Climate Strike rally
Students from various colleges and schools participate in the Global Climate Strike rally in Chennai, India. Photo courtesy of PTI
Most powerful earthquake for 30 years hits Tirana
Tirana. Albania, Sept 23 – Damaged cars outside the Faculty of Geology building after an earthquake in Tirana. Albania’s government and news reports say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 shook in the country’s west and injured at least two people. Photo courtesy of PTI