US to name China one of worst countries for human trafficking

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Yonhap) -- The United States will name China one of the worst countries for human trafficking in an annual report set to be released this week, a news report said Monday, after President Trump complained Chine...

Romania's largest party nominates ex-minister as next PM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Romania's largest party on Monday nominated a former economy minister to be the next prime minister.  The nomination of 50-year-old Mihai Tudose was announced before President Klaus Iohannis and Liviu D...

China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate given medical parole

BEIJING (AP) -- Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been transferred to a hospital after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his former lawyer said Monday.   The deteriorating h...

Russians rank Stalin as the 'most outstanding' person

An opinion poll shows that a majority of Russians think Soviet leader Josef Stalin was the ``most outstanding person'' in history.  The survey by the Levada Center released Monday said 38 percent chose Stalin, in a stark contras...

Marines rekindling old Afghan relations in Helmand Province

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand province, U.S. Marines are rekindling old relationships and identifying weaknesses in the Afghan forces that the Trump administration hopes to address with a new strategy and ...

[Graphic News] World population to reach 9.8 billion in 2050: UN

The world‘s current population of 7.6 billion will balloon to 9.8 billion in 2050, with India’s population to surpass China’s in just seven years, a UN report said.Nigeria will overtake the United States by 2050 to become the t...

[Newsmaker] Takata files for bankruptcy, overwhelmed by air bag recalls

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the US on Monday, saying it was the only way to ensure it could carry on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of ...

9 dead, 28 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

GUATAPE, Colombia -- Nine people were dead and 28 missing after a tourist ferry packed with around 170 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, officials said. A major ...

[Newsmaker] Qatar says Saudi-led ultimatum unreasonable

Qatar on Saturday denounced a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis as unreasonable and an impingement on the emirate’s sovereignty. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United A...

[Graphic News] Qatar Airways named world‘s best airline

Qatar Airways reclaimed the title as the world’s best airline in 2017, according to the annual World Airline Awards published by Skytrax.Emirates dropped to No. 4, placing behind Singapore Airlines and All Nippon Airways. Cathay ...

123 dead, more than 100 wounded in Pakistan oil tanker fire: official

ISLAMABAD (AFP) -- At least 123 people were killed and scores injured in a fire that broke out after an oil tanker overturned in central Pakistan early Sunday and crowds rushed to collect fuel, an official said.The tragedy came on...

Pakistan issues first transgender passport

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) -- Pakistan has issued its first third-gender passport to a transgender activist, who hailed the move as a step forward for the marginalized community in the deeply conservative South Asian country.Farzana...

After demands aired, solution to Qatar crisis seems far off

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati of...

[Graphic News] Middle East tourists spend most in S. Korea: data

According to a survey conducted by the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute, Middle East tourists spent the most during their visits to South Korea last year, amid growing demand for beauty and medical tourism. Tourists from the Midd...

Portugal is close to containing wildfire that killed 64

   LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal is close to containing the wildfire that killed 64 people last weekend, authorities said Wednesday, as a minute of silence was held in memory of the victims.    Members of the government a...