China tries to allay fears over BRI, says it's not an exclusive club

In his inaugural address to the 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) attended by 37 heads of state and governments besides officials from 150 countries and international organisations, Xi said China wants to build its trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) based on "open, green and clean cooperation"

North Korea: Kim's right-hand man sidelined

The demotion of Kim Yong Chol, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's point man for nuclear talks with the US, signals he has taken the fall for the failed second summit between the two countries, diplomats in Seoul and regional experts said. Chol remains a formidable force in Pyongyang but there is no word whether he has been given a new role.

'I spy with my little eye': CIA launches Instagram account

The Central Intelligence Agency opened its own account on Instagram with a picture of a desk of mysteries teased by the children's game prompt "I spy with my little eye."The photo tempts with intrigues and adventure: a wig suggesting disguises, maps of China and the Gulf -- mostly real operation souvenirs of CIA officers.

Sri Lanka police chief resigns over bombings: President

Sri Lanka's top police official, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, has resigned over failures that led to the deadly Easter bomb attacks, the country's president said Friday. "The IGP has resigned. He has sent his resignation to the acting defence secretary. I'll nominate a new IGP soon," President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters.