Former Republican presidential candidate and incoming Utah Senator Mitt Romney has launched a scathing attack on President Donald Trump, writing in an editorial that he caused dismay around the world and had "not risen to the mantle of the office".
India's proposed retaliatory tariffs against US agricultural products including apples, almonds and lentils will have an adverse impact on American exports worth nearly $900 million, according to the latest Congressional report.
President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said China must be and will be reunified with Taiwan, and called for the two rivals to work together to realise the "historic task" of complete reunification.
The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, strengthened 150 basis points to 6.8482 against the US dollar on Wednesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.
Far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro has been sworn in as Brazil's new President and he promised to build a "society without discrimination or division".
The year 2018 saw a sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017, but 2018 was still the ninth safest year on record, reports said.
At least 15 persons were killed in the landslide which has hit Indonesia's Java province, authorities said.
An unmanned Nasa spacecraft sent a signal back to Earth Tuesday that it successfully made it through a risky flyby past the most distant planetary object ever studied, the US space agency said.
The government has cut import duties on crude and refined palm oil effective Tuesday to comply with preferential trade pacts with Southeast Asian nations.
: India would welcome as many as 69,944 babies on New Year's Day, the highest in the world, the UNICEF said Tuesday. India would be followed by China which would welcome 44,940 babies, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund said in a report. In Nigeria, 25,685 babies will be born, it added.