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Japan funds job skills training for disabled people in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Japanese government recently granted US$209,543 to support a job creation project for people with disabilities in Huaphan province.

The project is aimed at empowering disabled people by helping them to acquire skills through training in such areas as landscape gardening, bakery, and hairdressing.

FEATURE: Belt and Road shows its heart

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN Desk) - Belt and Road countries join hands to treat 12 children from Afghanistan with congenital heart diseases for free.

A group of 12 Afghan children set off on their return journey from Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on September 13, having received free treatment for congenital heart disease.

Trump accepts Duterte’s invitation


WASHINGTON (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) — President Donald Trump has backed away from a threat to skip a summit with Southeast Asian leaders in the Philippines later this year, with the White House saying it had accepted an invitation from host President Duterte.

In a statement on Friday, the White House said Trump and his wife, Melania, will visit Manila as part of a Nov. 3-14 tour of China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the US state of Hawaii.

Ukraine envoy dismisses N. Korea engine claims

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan Ihor Kharchenko strongly denied a recent claim that North Korea may have purchased rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory. “Ukraine has never had any type of relationship with North Korea at all.

39 countries urge Philippines to end drug killings


MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -In a move that could rile the President, the 39 countries signed a joint statement calling on the Duterte administration to uphold the “universal principles of democratic accountability and the rule of law” in resolving the thousands of killings in his war on drugs.

China orders North Korean firms to close down

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN News) - China has given North Korean companies 120 days to shut down in wake of sixth nuclear test. 

Shinzo Abe dissolves lower house; snap election set for Oct 22

TOKYO (The Japan Times/ANN Desk) - Such a dissolution was last made when then Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto dissolved the chamber in September 1996.

The House of Representatives was dissolved at the beginning of the extraordinary Diet session convened Thursday.

FEATURE: When lady luck smiles on you

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Moved by the plight of poor people in Vietnam, Aline Rebeaud, decided to stay in the country to help them ease the hardship.

It was a roundabout route that took Aline Rebeaud to Vietnam 25 years ago.

FEATURE: Brewing rice wine is a way of life in Cambodia – until it turns deadly

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - In much of rural Cambodia, rice wine is an everyday part of village life. But when disaster strikes like when a bad batch killed 15 in Kampong Chhnang province last December determining who is to blame is no easy task.

Cabinet approves signing of agreements with BRICS nations


The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the signing of two agreements to promote multilateral interactions to deepen political and economic relations with BRICS nations.

“The Cabinet approved the signing of Interbank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement and the Cooperation Memorandum Relating to Credit Ratings by Exim Bank with participating member-banks under BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement here.