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Energy ties further boosted in Central Asia

The ongoing visit of President Xi Jinping to Kazakhstan will ensure more cooperation opportunities for Chinese companies in Central Asia, especially companies in the energy sector, said Bian Dezhi, a senior official at China National Petroleum Corp.

Qatar rejects 'blockade', denies terror allegations

Arab states have no right to "blockade" Qatar, the country's top diplomat said on Thursday, insisting the campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies to isolate the tiny, energy-rich nation is based on "false and fabricated news."

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State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends Forum of Federations in Canada

Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attended a forum on the federal system of government practiced in Canada on a recent visit to the North American country.

Aung San Suu Kyi and her delegation heard lectures in Ottawa on the role of Canada’s judicial sector, relations between governmental organizations toward the federal system, social policies and effects on economic development.

Make cities green for better health: WHO

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - More than 43 per cent people in south-east Asian region are expected to live in towns and cities by 2030.  

Indonesia may lose 50,000 tourists because of Qatar crisis

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Qatar Airways said on its official website it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia.

Philippines suspends deployment of workers to Qatar

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines has decided to suspend the deployment of Filipino workers to Qatar after seven nations severed ties with the Middle Eastern country on allegations that it supports extremism. 

Vietnamese Prime Minister calls for more Japanese investment

HANOI (Việt Nam News/ANN) - Vietnamese Prime Minister has vowed to create a favourable investment environment to attract more Japanese investors during an investment promotion held in Tokyo. 

Singapore tops for medical tourism, but rivals catching up quickly

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Singapore may price itself out of the market as lower-cost countries improve services.

Singapore may still be among the region's top dogs when it comes to medical tourism, but its neighbours are swiftly closing the gap.

Help for local SMEs to go into e-commerce

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Annual 99% SME campaign back with digitalisation boost for firms.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore can now market themselves online at no cost by listing on the 99%SME website, Singtel and DBS said in a joint statement yesterday.