THE extraordinary excoriation of Qatar in the immediate wake of Donald Trump’s May dance in Riyadh was almost certainly premeditated. Before his foray into a region about which he knows next to nothing, the US president was briefed by princes from Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Hence he knew what to harp on in his one-on-one chat with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Where in the world can you see thousands of religious edifices and pagodas in one corner of a region. Here it is, Bagan, the ancient religious city of Myanmar where Buddhism flourished. Still flourishing with thousands of Buddhist stupas, temples and monasteries, it is a beautiful wonder of a place. You can see age-old structures stand tall and splendid amid the dense and green forested region.
VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The total trade volume of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) with the Republic of Korea is projected to increase to US$200 billion in the next three years, the Asean-Korea Centre reported on its website recently.
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The Eurasian Economic Union, comprising more than 180 million people, includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Moldova, the latter becoming the first Observer member of the Union on April 14 this year.