Weekly top 10 hot news (Jan.28—Feb.3)



Every Saturday, Asia Pacific Daily will provide you with a run-down of the latest hot news.

This week, the following hot news you should know:

Top 1 | DPRK cancels joint cultural event with S.Korea before Winter Olympics

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) cancelled the joint cultural event with South Korea set to be held days before the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to Seoul's unification ministry on Tuesday.

Top 2 | Trump reiterates "America First" but softening tone at Davos forum

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech during the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he would always put America first when it came to trade, but "America First" does not mean America alone.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a closely-watched closing speech at the World Economic Forum on Friday afternoon, reiterating the "America First" policy but toning down his rhetoric.

"As President of the United States, I will always put America First," Trump told global business elite in this Swiss ski resort. "America first does not mean America alone. When the United States grows, so does the world."

The U.S. president also expressed his willingness to negotiate bilateral free trade deals with countries including those in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Top 3 | Latest | 11 soldiers, 4 attackers killed in army camp attack in Kabul

Eleven army soldiers and four assailants were killed Monday after gunmen attacked an army camp in western Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, said the country's Defense Ministry.

Some 16 Afghan army personnel were also wounded in the predawn attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

The attack started at 05:00 a.m. local time when five militants stormed a battalion of army's Kabul 111 Division in Charrah-i-Qambar area located in Police District 5 and also fired on the nearby Marshal Fahim National Defense University, according to sources.

Top 4 | New American moment: Trump hails progress and calls for unity

US President Donald Trump called for national unity, strong borders and a powerful US military during his State of the Union address

US President Donald Trump declared a “new American moment” as he promoted the US economy, immigration reform and infrastructure spending in an 80-minute State of the Union address late on Tuesday evening.

Top 5 | Chinese President Xi meets British PM Theresa May in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May Thursday, calling on both countries to forge an enhanced version of the "Golden Era" bilateral ties.

During their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Xi said peace, development and win-win cooperation have been the mainstream of the times with the development of a multipolar world, economic globalization, cultural diversity and great IT applications.

Top 6 | Ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont reportedly says 'this is over' for him

The ousted Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has admitted privately that his attempt to secure regional independence is over and claims he has been sacrificed by his own side, according to messages sent to a colleague and captured by TV cameras.

Top 7 | Kim Jong Nam 'met US agent' before his death in Malaysia

Siti Aisyah is escorted by police after an earlier court appearance

Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of DPRK's leader, met a Korean-American man on a tourist island before he was assassinated, a court has been told.

Mr Kim met the man at a hotel in Langkawi on 9 February last year, according to a witness.

Top 8 | Russian opposition leader Navalny released after rally

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from police custody late on Sunday after a brief appearance at a rally in Moscow calling for the boycott of a March presidential election that he said would be a rigged.

Navalny's lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, told Reuters that her client had been released without charge but would have to face court at a later date.

If charged with violating laws on holding demonstrations, Navalny could face up to 30 days in jail.

Top 9 | Yemen crisis: Separatists seize government buildings in Aden

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Separatists in southern Yemen have seized government buildings in the city of Aden amid fierce clashes with forces of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher has accused the separatists of mounting a coup.

Aden serves as a temporary base of the Hadi government, with Houthi rebels controlling the capital Sanaa.

Fighting subsided late on Sunday evening as both sides ordered their forces to stand down.

Government forces called on Yemen's Arab neighbours to intervene and help calm the situation.

Dozens of people are reported injured, and at least 10 people have died.

The development further complicates an already dire situation in Yemen, where millions need aid.

Top 10 | South Africa's Zuma faces another no confidence vote Feb. 22

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South Africa's parliament has scheduled a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on Feb. 22 as pressure mounts on the scandal-tainted leader to quit.

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