Companion robot designed to love humans unveiled

Tokyo, Japan Dec 19 A young girl reaches out to GROOVE X's new home robot 'LOVOT' during its presentation at a press event in Tokyo. Japanese startup Groove X, founded by an alumni of SoftBank Group Corp's robotics unit, unveiled its first creation on Tuesday a companion robot designed to make users happy. The Lovot, an amalgam of "love" and "robot", cannot help with the housework but it will "dra... Read More

Qatar marks National Day 2018

Doha Dec 19 Qatari Air Force perform as they attend the military parade during the celebrations of Qatar National Day at the Corniche Square in Doha, Qatar. The December 18 holiday marks the date in 1878 on which Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani succeeded his father as the emir and led the country towards unity. Photo courtesy of Anadolu Agency ... Read More

Fire in Brazil's Manaus destroys 600 houses

Manaus, Brazil Dec 19 Homes are engulfed by a fire in the Educandos neighborhood, in Manaus, Brazil. Officials say the fire has engulfed the neighborhood in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus and destroyed at least 600 wooden houses. Civil defense officials said four people were injured in the blaze Monday night in the Educandos district. No deaths were reported. Photo courtesy of Agencies ... Read More

China marks 40 years of reform

Beijing, China Dec 19 China President Xi Jinping, centre, attend a grand gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China held a grand gathering Tuesday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the country's reform and opening-up, a great revolution that has changed the destiny of the Chinese nation and also influenced the w... Read More

Transgender women pray at Indian temple

Kerala, India Dec 19 Four transgender pilgrims pray at the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala on Tuesday. Ananya, Trupti, Renjumol and Avanthika, clad in traditional black sarees and carrying the customary “Irrumudikettu“(sacred offerings to the deity), were escorted by police from Nilackal to Pamba and during the trek to the shrine. The four transgender women have been allowed to pray at an Indian... Read More

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

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ASIA
SRI LANKAN EX-PRESIDENT NAMED OPPOSITION LEADER AMID OBJECTIONS FROM RULING PARTY

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec 19 (NNN-SL NEWS) - Sri Lankan former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned from the prime ministerial position last Saturday, was appointed as leader of the opposition at parliament, by Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, amid objections from the ruling party.

Parliament convened on Tuesday, for the first ...

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
ZIMBABWE: ARMY USED 'UNJUSTIFIABLE' FORCE IN POST-ELECTION CLASHES - INQUIRY

HARARE, Dec 19 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Zimbabwe's military used "unjustifiable" force against opposition protesters in the wake of this year's presidential election, an inquiry has found.

Six people were ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
COLOMBIA: DRUG-RELATED MASSACRE LEAVES 6 DEAD

BOGOTA, Dec 19 (NNN-TELESUR) -- Six men were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a Colombian area known for cocaine trafficking, in an apparent confrontation between groups dedicated to the ...

EUROPE
BELGIAN PRIME MINISTER CHARLES MICHEL RESIGNED OVER UN MIGRANT PACT DISPUTE

BRUSSELS, Dec 19 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Belgian PM visited King Philippe Tuesday to announce he was stepping down after his coalition - the Flemish N-VA, quit a week ago in a ...