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.
Colombian musicians in KL
Kuala Lumpur, July 9 : Colombian singer Concha Bernal sings May Rain, a popular Colombian folk song as percussionist Yeyfry Vásquez accompanies her on the tambor alegre. The duo along with their other band members, Ramón Paz and Andrés Cupabán will feature as part of the week-long celebration in the city organised by the Embassy of Colombia here in conjunction with its Bicentennial of the Independence of Colombia from July 8 to July 15. The band had accompanied Colombia’s Ambassador to Malaysia His Excellency Mauricio González López who was in Wisma Bernama for an interview with its International News Service.
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
Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019
With more than 20 influential industry experts flying in from around the globe, there’s only one place to comprehensively engage with the Industrial Revolution 4.0.
By playing host to a wealth of international speakers, the Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019 promises to be as exciting as it is informative. The summit runs from 17-18 July, MITEC KL | 20-21 July, Pullman, Kuching
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
Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019 (teaser)
This July 20-21, innovators around the globe meet to
exchange concepts and opinions for technological
advancements at Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019 in
Kuala Lumpur. Video courtesy of Bernama
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.
Istanbul, Turkey, Aug 17 – Turkey’s first national earth observation satellite, named Rasat, completed its 8th year in orbit. The satellite, with design life of 3 years, scanned 15 million square kilometers and shot more than 2,800 images in 8 years, head of Space Technologies Research Institute of Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK) says. The 100-kilogram satellite, which was designed by TUBITAK engineers, has revolved around the world for more than 42,000 times. Photo courtesy of Anadolu
N. Korea tests new weapon
Pyongyang, North Korea, Aug 17 – This photo, carried by North Korea’s Central News Agency on Aug. 17, 2019, shows the test of a “new weapon” a day earlier. The projectile is believed to be the North Korean version of the U.S.’ Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). Photo courtesy of Yonhap
Happy India Day from NYC
New York, Aug 17 – AUM Dance Creations dancers participate in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building to celebrate India Day in New York. Photo courtesy of Evan Agostini
Chinese armed police flex muscles across from Hong Kong
Shenzhen, China, Aug 17 – Armored vehicles and troop trucks are parked in a lot by Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen, China. Armored vehicles belonging to China’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police were parked in the sports complex across the border in Hong Kong, in what some have interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters. Photo courtesy of Dake Kang
Anniversary of the end of World War II
Tokyo, Japan, Aug 16 – Worshippers release doves, wishing for the world’s peace, at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Japan marked Thursday the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II. Photo courtesy of PTI
hotspots in Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug 15 – Firefighters extinguish a fire in Kampar, Riau province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island. Nearly 80% of hotspots detected in the Asean region over the past 29 days. The hotspots caused by forest fires and open burning are driving the current haze situation that is affecting parts of the region, including Malaysia. Photo courtesy of Antara
Skeletal 70 Year Old Elephant Paraded Around At Sri Lankan Festival
Colombo, Sri Lanka, Aug 15 – A thin, 70-year-old elephant named Tikiri eats at the Temple of the Tooth in the central city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. After a social media firestorm over using a weak animal in a parade, officials withdrew her from the festival and permitted to rest and take medicines. Photo courtesy of Save Elephant Foundation
India celebrate 73rd Independence Day
School children make a tricolour during 73nd Independence Day function at the historic Red Fort, in New Delhi, India. Photo courtesy of PTI
Football: Liverpool win UEFA Super Cup
Istanbul, Turkey, Aug 15- Sadio Mane of Liverpool lifts the trophy with his team-mates at the end of the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo courtesy of Anadolu
Pakistan observes August 14 as Kashmir Solidarity Day
Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug 14 – Pakistan President Dr. Arif Alvi addressing the flag hoisting and Kashmir Solidarity Day ceremonies on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day. Pakistan on Wednesday celebrated its 72nd independence day with great spirit by expressing solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) facing oppression for more than seven decades, which further mounted after revocation of the Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian constitution by New Delhi this month. Photo courtesy of APP
South Korea commemorates “comfort women” memorial day
Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14 – Statue symbolizing “comfort women” in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. South Korea on Wednesday observed the country’s official “comfort women” memorial day for the second year, with a ceremony held to memorialize Korean women who were forced to work in wartime brothels for the Japanese military. The country marked the day as its ties with Japan hit their lowest point in years over disputes that stemmed mainly from compensation orders by its top court against Japanese companies over wartime labor. Photo courtesy of Kyodo
Hundreds flock to Battleship Texas amid plans to move it from longtime home
Texas, United States, Aug 14 – People explore Battleship Texas in Houston. The ship that served both World War I and World War II and that will be closing for visitors Aug. 25. The Battleship Texas Foundation will be taking over the operations and repairs of the 106-year-old ship. The nonprofit organization will be moving the ship for repairs and will find it a longtime home. Photo courtesy of PTI
HM Queen Sirikit, The Queen Mother, makes merit on her 87th birthday anniversary
Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 14 – Thai Queen Mother Sirikit, center, is visited by her son King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Princess Chulabhorn, left, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, right, and Queen Suthida during a merit making ceremony on the queen mother’s 87th birthday at the Chitralada Palace Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of The Royal Household Bureau
Oldest rose of Sharon tree in S. Korea
Oldest rose of Sharon tree in S. Korea
Gangneung, South Korea: A tree of the rose of Sharon, called “mugunghwa” in Korean and South Korea’s national flower, in full bloom in the city of Gangneung on the country’s east coast. The tree, believed to be about 120 years old and known to be the oldest one in the country, has been protected as Natural Monument No. 520 and buttressed with three props. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Taronga Western Plains Zoo celebrates Elephant Day
Wales, Australia, Aug 13 – The Asian elephants at Taronga Western Plains Zoo had a special celebration on Monday. Photo courtesy of BELINDA SOOLE
Hundreds celebrate Eid with Kashmiris at Jantar Mantar in Delhi
New Delhi, India, Aug 12- A woman gets emotional as she celebrates Eid with Kashmiri students who could not reach their families in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in New Delhi. Photo courtesy of PTI
Closing ceremony of Lima Pan American Games
Lima, Peru, Aug 12 – Artists perform during the closing ceremony of the Lima 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima on August 11, 2019. Photo courtesy Twitter Lima2019Juegos