World News

With pivot to China, Duterte's foreign policy a 'game changer'

The Philippines is set on maintaining "good neighbourly relations" with Beijing, even as experts warn that China may start building in three years an island fortress just off the main Philippine island of Luzon.

In a statement marking the first year since an arbitration tribunal dismissed China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano said yesterday the Philippines "shall remain an enemy to none and a friend to all".

He described President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy, marked by a pivot to China, as a "game changer".

Central to revamp department stores

CENTRAL Group’s department store arm will spend Bt350 million to rebrand its stores as part of an effort to revamp the properties - alongside a push to boost its online services – during this year’s 70th anniversary of the group.

Central Department Store Group, which operates the properties, says the Bt350 million budget is aimed at “transforming its department stores in order to deliver a unique shopping experience for its customers”.

China's Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies in custody

SHENYANG, China - China's Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo died Thursday after a battle with cancer, remaining in custody until the end as officials ignored international pleas to let him spend his final days free and abroad.

The prominent democracy advocate died aged 61, more than a month after he was transferred from prison to a heavily-guarded hospital to be treated for late-stage liver cancer.

Companies who use unregistered brokers could be accused of human trafficking: Labour ministry

COMPANIES that use illegal brokers to bring migrants to work in Thailand face the risk of being accused of human trafficking, the Labour Ministry warned yesterday, as thousands of migrants continued to flee home amid to widespread fear about the tough new labour law.

The government has ordered that enforcement of the labour law be delayed to allow millions of migrants from neighbouring countries to reprocess their work permits. As many as a million workers from Myanmar alone could return home over the next few months, said Ta Yee, chief of a worker assistance centre.

FEATURE: Lychee gardens and old pagodas in Hai Duong Province

HAI DUONG (Viet Nam News/ANN) - New tour itineraries to Thanh Ha’s lychee gardens and ancient pagodas, which is only about 60 km from Hanoi, would soon be offerred to tourists.

Khong Quoc Tuan, the director of tourism in Hai Duong Province once told us that “ Hai Duong has not much, but we have our hearts with which to welcome all of you”. But he was too modest.

The province on the northeastern outskirts of Hanoi has lots to offer those seeking a day trip from the capital or a weekend getaway.

Korean Air headquarters raided by police

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Police suspect that a significant portion of the funds involved in the alleged Korean Air Chairman's embezzelment were taken from the company's coffers.

Korean Air’s headquarters in Gangseo-gu, Seoul, was raided by police on Friday morning related to suspicions that the company’s chairman embezzled funds allocated for the construction of a new hotel in Incheon to use for the decoration of his private home.

Laos and Thailand reaffirm maintaining shared border security

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Laos and Thailand have reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen cooperation in the maintenance of security along their shared borders.

The commitment was agreed after senior high-ranking officials from a joint boundary committee from the two countries made a border survey during June 27-28, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

Simple wood becomes famous furniture by local carver

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Carving simple wood to become beautiful furniture and home decor needs skill and ability as well as artistic ideas to come up with the design.

Wooden furniture production takes time but the many decorative designs, patterns and styles that result are worth the wait.

Wooden furniture is very popular among local and foreign consumers who love its artform, especially businessmen.

Korean Embassy donates US$10,000 to Marawi victims

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Korean Embassy said that even if its donation is “not big,” it is a “token of their friendship with the Philippines.”

The Korean Embassy on Wednesday donated P5 million (US$10,000) to displaced victims of the raging armed conflict in Marawi City through the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-shin turned over the donation to PRC chair Sen. Richard Gordon as a demonstration of the two countries’ long history and friendship since the Korean War.

OPINION: Empowering women workers for a better Asean

BANGKOK (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Empowered women will benefit the overall economies and societies, and in turn will fuel intra-regional and global trade that will lift all 10 members of Asean

The 10 members of Asean form an economic powerhouse. The Asean Economic Community is now the world’s seventh-largest economy and third-largest labor force.

But to maximize its enormous potential for further growth, the region needs to ensure that its labor force is diversified and ready to adapt, expand and move freely.