UNITED NATIONS, Nov 21 (Bernama) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday deplored the fact that the world is letting children down by allowing them to go through hardships and suffering, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Nov 21 (Bernama) -- The United States on Monday designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in a symbolic move aimed at increasing pressure on the regime over its nuclear weapons program, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

BEIJING, Nov 21 (Bernama) -- Japanese and Chinese business executives exchanged views in Beijing on Monday on the China-proposed Belt and Road economic development initiative for a region across Eurasia, Japan's Jiji Press reported.

SEOUL, Nov 21 (Bernama) -- Samsung Electronics Co said Tuesday it will next week start sales of the red Galaxy S8 smartphone, which is expected to compete with newly released Apple Inc's iPhone X, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

SEONGJU (South Korea), Nov 21 (Bernama) -- South Korean police clashed Tuesday with dozens of villagers and activists trying to block construction vehicles and equipment from entering the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile base in southeastern South Korea, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

MAHA SARAKHAM (Thailand), Nov 20 (Bernama) -- Researchers at Mahasarakham University have introduced the rice that slowly releases sugar into blood and is thus suitable for diabetes patients, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- The Philippine government forces have rescued five Filipino fishermen from Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, China's Xinhua news agency reported a military commander as saying on Monday.