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Thailand marks birthday of new king Maha Vajiralongkorn

BANGKOK (The Straits Times/ANN) - Monarch, set to be crowned by year end, has taken control and asserted his influence.

Drapes are being carefully hung around royal portraits and saplings primed for planting in the ground. At the stroke of noon today, 21-gun salutes will ring out from Bangkok as Thailand marks the birthday of a new monarch for the first time in seven decades.

Historic town to host Hoi An-Japan Culture Festival

HOI AN, Quang Nam (Viet Nam News/ANN) - A wedding parade in style of the 17th century will be among a series of events to mark the 400-year-old relationship between Hoi An and the Japanese community.

Japan Defence Minister Tomomi Inada announces resignation, PM Shinzo Abe apologises for scandal

TOKYO (The Straits Times/ANN) - Ms Inada explained that the buck of the scandal should stop with her, as defence chief, and volunteered to return one month of her salary.

Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday (July 28) announced her resignation to take responsibility for the cover-up of daily activity logs of Japanese troops in South Sudan.

Industrial collaboration pact signed with Taiwan in EEC boost

THAILAND yesterday signed an industrial collaboration agreement with Taiwan at the 2017 Taiwan-Thailand Industrial Collaboration Summit in Bangkok.

 The collaboration covers five industries: food and biotechnology, textiles, cultural and creative, smart machinery and IT services.

 The summit was hosted by the Federation of Thai Industries and Taiwan’s Federation of Industries (CNFI).

Yingluck’s assets frozen

Deputy pm Wissanu clarifies that land plots, condos, houses and bank deposits of ex-premier have been temporarily blocked.

HOUSES, CONDOMINIUMS and 37 land plots belonging to former premier Yingluck Shinawatra have been frozen by the Department of Legal Execution as part of the government’s civil liability lawsuit seeking Bt35-billion compensation over her alleged wrongdoing in her government’s rice-pledging scheme. The combined value of the properties has not been disclosed, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.

Trump's big Hon Hai deal: 5 things you need to know

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Hon Hai chief Terry Gou announced Wednesday that the Taiwanese tech giant would build a massive new display plant in Wisconsin. Here are five things to know about the deal:

30 Myanmar refugees to resettle in Korea

The South Korean government said Monday that 30 refugees from Myanmar will arrive in the country this week, as part of a United Nations resettlement program it has joined in the recent year.

The 30 Myanmar nationals, made up of five families who are currently staying in a refugee camp in Thailand, are scheduled to land here Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Justice.

Young ASEAN artists to showcase creative and colorful artworks in Seoul

SEAN-Korea Centre to organize the ASEAN Art Exhibition (25 July-20 August 2017) -

Seoul, Korea – The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Kim Young-sun) will organize the ASEAN Art Exhibition from 25 July to 20 August 2017 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul, Korea. The Exhibition will feature over 60 diverse artworks, ranging from oil paintings to installation art, by 30 young artists from the 10 ASEAN Member States, and will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Asian Students Young Artists Art Festival (ASYAAF 2017).

Attracting investors in Vietnam: PM shows the way

BEN TRE, Vietnam (Viet Nam News/ANN) - With an abundant and skilled workforce, with 50 per cent of its 1.5 million population being workers, Ben Tre has attracted 40 new investment projects.

To “attract eagles”, Ben Tre needs to build nests first, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told an investment promotion conference held by the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province yesterday.

Decree puts riel prices into focus

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - The Cambodian government has made it compulsory for all business to include the price in riels.

The government has issued a decree that requires all businesses to put price tags on their products and services in riel to increase transparency for consumers and boost the use of the local currency.