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News Analysis: Malaysia faces growth pressure amid fiscal reform   KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 (Xinhua) -- It has been a month since the Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad came into power. While the new administration has ambitious plans to fix up the country's economy, it may not be an easy task as it needs to balance its ... [2018-06-15 08:17:00]
Macron speaks with Italian PM to defuse migrant boat row: Elysee   PARIS, June 14 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte about the Aquarius migrant boat that had raised tension between Europe's main powers, his office said on Thursday.   "The French president emphasized that he never said anything mea... [2018-06-15 08:16:00]
Egypt changes defense, interior ministers in cabinet reshuffle   CAIRO, June 14 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian new cabinet under Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli was sworn in on Thursday with newly appointed defense and interior ministers, the Egyptian state TV reported.   General Mohamed Zaki, who led the republican guard since August 2012, became the new def... [2018-06-15 08:15:00]
UN blames conflict, economic hardship on rise of statelessness in South Sudan   JUBA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Displacements due to conflict and economic hardship have caused some South Sudanese to remain stateless as they are either denied or cannot afford nationality documentation in the country that has been embroiled in more than four years of conflict, the UN refugee ag... [2018-06-14 16:41:00]
Cambodia slams U.S. for imposing sanctions on PM’s bodyguard chief   PHNOM PENH, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia on Wednesday criticized the United States for imposing sanctions on General Hing Bun Heang, commander of the country's Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen's Bodyguard Unit, for alleged human rights abuses.   "The Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Ca... [2018-06-14 16:40:00]
Flu deaths in Brazil double in 1st half   RIO DE JANEIRO, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Flu has claimed at least 446 lives in Brazil so far this year, more than twice the figure of the same period in 2017, Brazil's Health Ministry said on Wednesday.   This year's overall flu cases stood at 2,700, according to the ministry.   The rise in f... [2018-06-14 16:39:00]
In Brexit showdown, May tries to quell rebellion by pro-EU Tories   British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on Conservative Party MPs to support her when the EU Withdrawal Bill is discussed in the House of Commons this week.   She said they should reject 14 of the 15 amendments suggested by Britain's second chamber, the House of Lords, when they are ... [2018-06-13 11:28:00]
Strong support seen for talks   Strong support seen for talks   Experts praised China's strong support for the detente on the Korean Peninsula that has paved the way for the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, top leader of Democratic People's Republic of Korea.   The meeting between the ... [2018-06-13 11:25:00]
Brazilian market downgrades growth forecast   BRASILIA, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's financial market has dropped its prediction for the country's 2018 GDP growth from 2.18 percent to 1.94 percent, the sixth consecutive lowering of expectations, the central bank revealed on Monday.   Every month, the central bank's Focus poll charts t... [2018-06-12 07:28:00]
Croatian president proposes demographic revitalization measures   ZAGREB, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic presented the measures for demographic revitalization here on Monday, naming it as the most important national issue for the country's future.   Grabar-Kitarovic suggests tax reform to reduce the cost of labor for emplo... [2018-06-12 07:26:00]
Merkel says EU ready to retaliate in escalating trade war with U.S.   BERLIN, June 11 (Xinhua) -- German chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has sent a warning to U.S. President Donald Trump that the European Union (EU) stands ready to retaliate in an escalating trade war between the two transatlantic powers.   "We will not allow ourselves to be bamboozled repeat... [2018-06-11 22:38:00]
Moon, Trump hold phone conversation ahead of DPRK-U.S. summit   SEOUL, June 11 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday held a phone conversation ahead of the summit between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.   Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a press briefing that ... [2018-06-11 22:37:00]
French minister denounces "illegal" refinery blockades   PARIS, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The French farmers' blockades at oil refineries to oppose the government approval of Total's use of imported palm oil at a biofuel plant was "illegal," said Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert.   The minister called on angry protesters to join talks to find "ad... [2018-06-11 22:36:00]
Venezuela dismantles medicine smuggling ring   CARACAS, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan authorities have dismantled a smuggling ring that sold price-controlled medicines on the black market for much higher profits, Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on Thursday.   The scheme was run by employees of Farmatodo, a prominent chain of p... [2018-06-08 07:58:00]
OAS resolution on Venezuela invalid, says top Venezuelan official   CARACAS, June 6 (Xinhua) -- The Organization of American States' (OAS) resolution on Venezuela is legally nonviable and therefore "nonexistent," Venezuelan Communication and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said Wednesday.   On Tuesday, about two-thirds of OAS members agreed on a U.S.-... [2018-06-08 07:57:00]