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RB, Myanmar Airways International ink codeshare agreement

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and Myanmar Airways International (MAI) signed a codeshare agreement that came into effect on December 18, 2017.

OPINION: Let's welcome Electric Age II in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - ​One of the few areas of innovation where Hong Kong beats Singapore is in the realm of electric cars. While most developed economies have a buffer of about 10 per cent of electricity capacity, Hong Kong has by most counts more than 30 per cent of required power as a buffer. 

Melbourne car attack: 2 arrested after car hits pedestrians, no evidence of terror link 'at this time'

MELBOURNE - An Australian man with a history of mental health issues drove a car into Christmas shoppers in Melbourne on Thursday (Dec 21), injuring 19 people, but police said they did not believe the attack was terror-related.

The incident took place at a busy intersection on Flinders and Elizabeth streets – an area popular with tourists – in the Central Business District of Australia’s second-biggest city, media reports said. 

Pattaya zoo under fire after poked tiger video goes viral

A Thai zoo has sparked outrage after a video of staff repeatedly prodding a tiger to elicit roars for tourist photos went viral, renewing criticism of the kingdom's notorious animal tourism industry. 

The clip, which has garnered more than one million views since it was posted on Monday, shows the Pattaya zoo attendant jabbing the chained animal in the face with a stick as tourists take turns posing with or sitting on top of the big cat for pictures. 

US distances itself from Korea's call to postpone military drills


India hits out at China for protecting Masood Azhar due to ‘narrow’ concerns


India has hit out at China for protecting Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader Masood Azhar by preventing the Security Council from sanctioning him as an international terrorist because of its “narrow political and strategic concerns.”

“On counter-terrorism, cooperation continues to elude the Council, as it falls victim to narrow political and strategic concerns,” India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Council on Wednesday without naming China.

FEATURE: Direct diplomacy to resolve N. Korea crisis, says US official


Thailand urged to play ‘constructive role’ in North Korea

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Expert urges Thailand to maintain its neutral stance 

Agriculture ministry keen to sprout organic exports

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is focusing on developing clean agriculture to have local produce certified as free of chemicals and pesticides with an eye on organic exports.

OPINION: Asean and EU: Love is in the air

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - A liberal open-skies policy might just be the nudge for closer strategic partnership.