NoKor, SoKor talks begin in Panmunjom

SEOUL — The first round of talks on normalizing relations between South Korea and North Korea began on Tuesday morning in the border township of Panmunjom, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said. The main issue on discussion, the first one since December 2015, centered around the practical steps towards improving relations between Seoul and Pyongyang and … Read More

Raul Castro to step down as Cuba’s President next year

HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro on Thursday affirmed that he will leave office in April 2018, when the country’s new national legislature convenes to elect a leader for the next five years. “When the National Assembly convenes, I will conclude my second and last mandate as leader of the state and government, and Cuba will … Read More

Survey shows Japanese women too busy to fall in love

TOKYO — Some 60 percent of eligible women in Japan are reluctant to start a love relationship due to the growing burden at work, The Japan Times reported Saturday citing a survey at, an online dating advice service. As women today are facing the same workload as men in Japan, the ensuing fatigue has made … Read More


PHNOM PHEN, Cambodia–She is a faculty member of Panasastra University of Cambodia, a private institution of learning, ranking number one in this country, and headed by U.S. educated Dr. Kol Peng. There is more about Dr. Gloria Baguingan, originally a native of Natonin, Mt. Province, who came here after her retirement as a professor at the prestigious St. Mary’s … Read More

Death toll in Iran-Iraq border quake rises to 207

EHRAN — At least 207 people died in a huge 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border area on Sunday, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. The quake which centered at 103 km southeast of the city of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, also injured over 1800 people, the report said. The tremor was felt in several Iranian … Read More

129 dead as magnitude 7.3 quake hits Iran-Iraq border

TEHRAN — A huge earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck near the Iran-Iraq border area on Sunday, killing 129 and injuring over thousands, according to Iran’s official media Monday. The quake’s epicenter was located approximately 32 km south of the city of Halabja in a remote mountainous region of eastern Iraq, some 200 km north-east of Baghdad … Read More

Typhoon Damrey kills 44, leaves 19 missing in central Vietnam

HANOI — Typhoon Damrey has killed 44 people and left 19 others missing after hitting Vietnam’s central and central highlands regions on Saturday, the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said Tuesday. The dead victims included 27 in central Khanh Hoa province, four in central Quang Ngai province, three in central Binh … Read More

Twitter employee ‘deactivates’ Trump’s account

WASHINGTON — An employee at social media website Twitter closed down the personal account of US President Donald Trump for 11 minutes, Twitter said Thursday. “Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee,” the company said in a statement. “The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since … Read More

3 killed in shooting at Walmart in Colorado

LOS ANGELES, — Three people were killed Wednesday evening in a shooting inside a Walmart supermarket in Thornton, a Denver suburb in the U.S. state of Colorado. The suspect is still at large. Thornton Police Department initially announced around 6:30 p.m. (0030 GMT, Thursday) that “multiple parties” were down in the shooting. An hour later, … Read More

Over 70% of Americans see drugs as serious problem

WASHINGTON — People who believe drugs pose a serious problem in the United States rose for the first time in a decade to 71 percent, a Gallup study released on Wednesday has found. The study showed 71 percent of those Americans polled believed that illegal drugs were an “extremely” or “very” serious problem in the country, … Read More

8 dead in New York City “act of terror”

NEW YORK — Eight people were killed and a dozen more were injured after a truck plowed into pedestrians near the World Trade Center in New York City, the mayor said on Tuesday. Based on the information authorities had at the moment, the incident was “a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” Mayor … Read More