Stable Govt Needed For Countries To Develop, says Malaysian premier

DAKAR, Senegal, Jan 18 – Addressing a conference on African emergence, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad (middle) underscored the importance of a stable government to propel the development of any country. Dr Mahathir noted that many countries had accepted democracy as a system of governance. In the case of Malaysia, he said, the power of the vote was respected, allowing the winning par... Read More

Vietnam's Micro Dragon satellite launched into orbit

Kimotsuki, Japan, Jan 18 -- The Vu Aviation Research and Development Agency Japan (JAXA) successfully launched Vietnam's Micro Dragon satellite into orbit on Wednesday morning. The launch of the satellite was conducted at Uchinoura Space Center, more than 1,000km from Tokyo. The Epsilon rocket takes seven satellites, including six Japanese satellites and Vietnam's Micro Dragon satellite into orbit... Read More

Canada High Commissioner to Malaysia calls on Wan Azizah

Putrajaya, Malaysia, Jan 18 -- Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail with Canada High Commissioner to Malaysia Julia Greenwood Bentley who made a courtesy call on the deputy premier at the Perdana Putra building here on Friday. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA. ... Read More

Senegal's President welcomes Dr Mahathir for conference on the emergence of Africa

DAKAR, Senegal, Jan 17 -- Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad being welcomed by Senegal's President Macky Sall ahead of their talks at the Presidential Palace here on Wednesday. Tun Dr Mahathir is in town for the Third International Conference on the Emergence of Africa from January 17 to 19. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA ... Read More

Women throng Saudi stadium for Italian Super Cup

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Jan 17 - Women fans are pictured in the stands during Wednesday's match. Chaperoned by men, thousands of women thronged a Saudi stadium for the Italian Supercup final between Juventus and AC Milan, brushing off a controversy over entry restrictions. With painted faces and banners, female football fans entered the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in western Jeddah city throug... Read More

Sumo Grand champion Kisenosato announces retirement

Tokyo, Japan, Jan 17 - Sumo grand champion Kisenosato wipes his tears as he attends his retirement news conference in Tokyo. Grand champion Kisenosato announced his retirement Wednesday, sending shockwaves throughout the sumo world and once again leaving the sport without a Japan-born grand champion. With tears streaming down his face, the 32-year-old Ibaraki native lamented that he was unable ... Read More

Madurai celebrates bull-taming festival Jallikattu

Madurai, India, Jan 17 - Indian participants try to control a bull at the annual bull taming event 'Jallikattu' in Palamedu village which is part of south India's harvest festival of Pongal, on the outskirts of Madurai, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Photo courtesy of PTI ... Read More

Thailand shrouded in haze

Bangkok, Thailand, Jan 17 - Bangkok firefighters on Wednesday 'soaked the sky' with high-pressure fire cannons in front of City Hall - a short-term measure to address the hazardous air pollution in the city. Thailand government is stepping up efforts to fight the worsening, detrimental effects of air pollution caused by the fine dust that has blighted Bangkok and surrounding areas since late last ... Read More

Ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo acquitted at ICC

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Jan 17 - Supporters of the former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo celebrate on the announcement of his being acquitted of war crimes, in the yopougon district of Abidjan. The International Criminal Court acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo over a wave of post-electoral violence, in a stunning blow to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Judges ordered ... Read More

Australia Toby Price moved into the lead of the Bike Category

Lima, Peru, Jan 17 - Australian Toby Price compete in stage eight of the Dakar Rally as he takes the overall lead in the bike category. One more day to go, That is what is on the minds of Dakar Rally riders as they overnight in Pisco after completing the penultimate stage of Dakar 2019. Thursday will see competitors negotiate the final 359 kilometre Stage Ten to the finish line at the Peruvian ca... Read More

Kenya police arrest two terror suspects over Dusit attack

Nairobi, Kenya, Jan 16 - Police have sealed off Guango estate in Ruaka and ransacked a house where one of the terrorists is believed to have been living. Detectives investigating the Dusit 2 Hotel complex attack have intensified the search for the conspirators of the crime arresting two suspects believed to have played a role in the terror attack. At least 21 people were killed when Somali militan... Read More

Russia President Vladimir Putin meets his Zimbabwean counterpart

Moscow, Russia, Jan 16 - Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) in a meeting with Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagvaya at the Kremlin on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Kremlin/dpa - ... Read More

Jordan and Iraq strengthen their regional ties

Baghdad, Iraq, Jan 16 -- Iraqi President, Barham Salih (right) has described his talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II here on Monday as historic and extremely important, reflecting the deep relations between the two countries. Barham Salih is seen here receiving King Abdullah II on Monday prior to their meeting. Photo courtesy of Royal Hashemite Court/dpa. ... Read More

Theresa May Now Faces No Confidence Vote

London, United Kingdom, Jan 16 - People wave European Union flags while they watch British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech in the House of Commons on a giant screen in London. British Prime Minister Theresa May who suffered a crushing defeat on her Brexit divorce deal now faces a no-confidence motion set by Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn. Parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, the wors... Read More

Indian Harvest Festivals

Mumbai, India, Jan 16 - A man, right, brings a decorated cow to attract alms as Tamil women cook special food to celebrate the harvest festival of Pongal at Dharavi, one of the world's largest slums, in Mumbai. Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in the southern region of India. It is a three- day long festival celebrated as per the Hindu solar calendar. Photo courtesy of Rafiq Maqbool ... Read More

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ASIA
TOP NORTH KOREAN IN WASHINGTON TO PREPARE NEW TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- A top North Korean general is in Washington Friday for a rare visit, during which he is expected to meet President Donald Trump as the two countries seek to finalize a new summit aimed at denuclearization and easing decades of hostility.

Kim Yong Chol, ...

MIDDLE EAST
ISRAEL CALLS MALAYSIAN BAN ON ITS ATHLETES 'SHAMEFUL'

JERUSALEM, Jan 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Israel condemned Malaysia’s ban on Israeli participation in international sporting events it hosts and said the decision was inspired by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s ...

AFRICA
AFRICAN UNION URGES DR CONGO TO DELAY FINAL ELECTION RESULTS

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- The African Union (AU) has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) to postpone the release of its presidential election results.

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
COLOMBIA: CAR BOMB EXPLODES IN POLICE BARRACKS, 10 DEAD

BOGOTA, Jan 18 (NNN-TELESUR) -- A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia's capital Bogota Thursday, killing at least ten people and wounding about 65, authorities said.

EUROPE
BREXIT: FRANCE TO ACTIVATE NO-DEAL PLAN - PM PHILIPPE

PARIS, Jan 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said a no-deal Brexit looks "less and less unlikely" and has launched a contingency plan to prepare for it. ...