Chinese President Xi Jinping visits N Korea ‘to boost ties with Kim’

China's President Xi Jinping is heading to North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un, in the first Chinese state visit to the North since 2005, BBC News reports.

Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudi Arabia on US list of countries that recruit child soldiers

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts’ findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter, Reuters reported.

US and China resume trade talks

China and the United States resume trade talks ahead of the meetings of Xii Jinping and Donald Trump next week, Reuters reported.

Tensions flare at Venezuela-Columbia border

Opposition supporters clashed with Venezuelan police on Saturday in several places on the border with Colombia.

Trump formally launches 2020 re-election campaign

US President Donald Trump has formally launched his re-election campaign for the 2020 voting, urging supporters to “keep this team in place” for four more years, BBC News reported.

Tokyo 2020 medal podiums to be made of recycled plastic

The medal podiums of the 32nd Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be created of plastic waste and plastic bottles collected from Japan and the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the Armenian National Olympic Commitee's press service reported.

Turkey Says US Ultimatum Over S-400 'Not in Spirit of Alliance'

The Turkish defence ministry said in a statement "the wording and approach" of a letter sent early this month by Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan "was not in the spirit of an alliance (and) caused unease".

Turkey Orders Arrest of 128 Military Personnel Over Suspected Gulen Links

Turkey has ordered the arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected links to the network accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

Iran Will Not Wage War Against Any Nation, Says Iranian President

Iran will not wage war against any nation, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday in a speech broadcast live on state TV.

Putin-Trump Meeting in Osaka May be Prepared on the Eve of G20

A full-fledged meeting between the Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, in the framework of the G20 summit in Japan’s Osaka may be prepared by the leaders’ teams even on the eve of this event, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday, TASS reported.

Airbus to launch new A321 with nearly 200 orders -sources

Airbus will launch a long-range version of its A321neo jet at the Paris Airshow on Monday, aiming to carve out new routes for airlines with smaller planes and steal a march on rival Boeing’s plans for a possible new mid-market jet.

Trump campaign cutting ties with some own pollsters after internal polling results leaked

US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is cutting ties with some of its own pollsters after leaked internal polling showed the president trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in critical 2020 presidential election battleground states, according to a person close to the campaign, NBC News reported.

G20 energy and environment ministers gather in Japan’s Karuizawa

G20 energy and environment ministers met on Saturday in the Japanese resort city of Karuizawa for a two-day meeting to discuss energy security and efficient use of natural resources.

Turkey says would retaliate against U.S. sanctions over Russian S-400s

Turkey will “take reciprocal steps” if the United States imposes sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 defenses, the Turkish foreign minister said on Friday, marking the latest step toward a standoff between the NATO allies, Reuters reported.

Rouhani: US becomes serious threat to global stability

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said Washington had become a serious threat to the stability of the region and peace, Business Standard reported.

Sarah Sanders leaving White House post

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration’s credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced Thursday.

Jury sentences father to death for killing his 5 children

A South Carolina father was sentenced to death Thursday for killing his five children with his own hands.

Two oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

Two oil tankers have been evacuated in the Gulf of Oman following reported attacks on the vessels which prompted international alarm and sent oil prices spiralling upwards, Al Jazeera reports.

Trump says he would “want to hear” foreign dirt on 2020 presidential election rivals

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 presidential election opponent, he would be open to accepting it and that he would have no obligation to call in the FBI, The Associated Press reported.

Good Russian-Ukrainian relations will inevitably return — Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that the new Ukrainian government would actively engage in restoring relations between Russia and Ukraine, adding that the process of normalizing relations was inevitable, Tass reports.