Obama says barring Suu Kyi from Myanmar presidency ‘doesn’t make much sense’

(Reuters) – Standing next to Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that the law barring her from becoming president “doesn’t make much sense”. It was the clearest statement Obama has made on Suu Kyi’s political future, but he stopped short of explicitly urging that changes be made to allow her to run for the presidency. Washington has pressed for more change in Myanmar, where political and economic reforms launched […]

Sweden says has proof of foreign submarine intrusion in October

(Reuters) – Sweden has proof that a small foreign submarine was operating illegally in its waters last month, its top military officer said on Friday after a mysterious episode that triggered the country’s biggest military mobilization since the Cold War. More than 200 troops, stealth ships and helicopters scoured Baltic waters off the capital Stockholm in October after reports of foreign “underwater activity”, but without finding or bringing to the surface any submarine. “The military […]

Ukraine and Russia take center stage as leaders gather for G20

(Reuters) – A showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely at the G20 summit in Australia starting on Saturday, following fresh reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine. Ukraine has accused Russia of sending soldiers and weapons to help separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine launch a new offensive in a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people. British Prime Minister David Cameron blasted Russia’s actions as unacceptable on Friday, warning that they could […]

Climate change high on the French agenda

As the host of COP 21 in December 2015, France has placed climate change among its foreign policy priorities. “With the upcoming visit of President Hollande, we hope to be able to open new areas for cooperation, as well as to strengthen our existing partnership in various sectors, and among them is the environment,” the French envoy said. The Embassy of France to the Philippines is committed to work together with the Philippines to address […]

Climate change on the agenda of French President’s visit to the Philippines in 2015

After President Aquino’s historic official visit to France as part of his European tour last September, French President François Hollande is expected to reciprocate it with a visit of his own to the Philippines next year. President Aquino’s visit to France from September 17 to 18, 2014 was the first visit of a Philippine head of state since 1994. Both heads of state discussed issues of mutual interest and witnessed the signing of three agreements […]

European space probe resting on comet’s surface

(Reuters) – A European probe that landed on a comet in a first for space exploration is resting on the surface despite technical problems, pictures beamed half a billion kilometers (300 million miles) back to Earth showed on Thursday. The lander, named Philae, was launched from its mothership Rosetta on Wednesday as it orbited comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the climax of a 10-year-odyssey for the European Space Agency (ESA). But during Philae’s seven-hour descent to the comet, […]

Myanmar President extols Bangsamoro peace pact

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar, Nov 13 — The historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was one of the developments in the ASEAN region that was acknowledged by Myanmar President U Thein Sein during the opening ceremony of the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit here Wednesday. President Thein Sein is the chairman of this year’s ASEAN Summit, which carries the theme “Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous […]