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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.

Indonesia water, sanitation sector needs a budget boost

MAKASSAR, Indonesia (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - While the government has prioritised the development of adequate water and sanitation infrastructure in its policy agenda, budgetary allocations especially at the regency and municipality level for the sector remain below the desired levels.

Families of MH370 to sue Boeing

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Some of the families of passengers who went missing on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — the jetliner that disappeared on its way to Beijing in 2014 — will go to the United States next week to file a lawsuit against aircraft maker Boeing, a lawyer involved in the case said.

Moon should seize chance to reset ROK's positioning

 

Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in's four-day state visit to China that begins on Wednesday is certainly another sign that there has been a thaw in the recently chilly China-ROK relationship.

But pleasant as it will no doubt be to the ears of his hosts, his promise not to use the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system for purposes other than preventing nuclear/missile threats from Pyongyang, will be difficult to verify in practice.

Danfoss pitches energy efficiency in Southeast Asia tour

Danfoss, a player in energy efficiency, on Wednesday continued its “Danfoss Drives Southeast Asia Energy Efficiency Tour”, arriving in Bangkok to raise awareness on the importance of energy efficiency.

The tour covers 6,000 kilometres to more than 20 cities across Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

North Korea says naval blockade would be 'act of war', vows action

 

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korea on Thursday (Dec 14) warned it would take "merciless self-defensive" measures should the United States enforce a naval blockade, which Pyongyang sees as "an act of war", the isolated nation's state media said.

Citing a foreign ministry spokesman, the North's KCNA news agency said a naval blockade would be a "wanton violation" of the country's sovereignty and dignity.

Eight Maoists killed in Telangana gunfight

 

Eight Maoists were killed in a gunfight between the rebels and security forces in Telanagana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, on Thursday morning, a senior police officer said.

China-Russia Joint drill sharpens anti-terrorism fight

 

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - A joint counterterrorism drill of China and Russia concluded on Wednesday in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous region.