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World leaders highlight disaster risk reduction challenges in communiqué

CANCUN (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - World leaders say in a communique that the economic losses due to disasters reaches around US$1.4 trillion.

Several world leaders have highlighted challenges faced in disaster situations in a communiqué issued during a United Nations Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction event in Cancun, Mexico.

EDITORIAL: Martial law untruths

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The declaration of martial law in the whole of Mindanao is not and cannot be the whole answer to the unrest and problems plaguing it.  

South Korea OKs first aid to North Korea since Moon took office

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - The Moon Jae-in government gave its first green light for contact with North Koreans over inter-Korean exchanges since President Moon Jae-in's inauguration.  

UMW to ramp up Toyota car output with new plant

SHAH ALAM (the Star/ANN) - The new plant will start off with a production capacity of 50,000 cars per year, and will churn up to 100,000 cars at maximum capacity.

UMW Holdings Bhd will double the company’s manufacturing capacity for Toyota cars following the completion of the new Bukit Raja manufacturing plant in 2019.

EDITORIAL: Quetta kidnapping

KARACHI (Dawn/ANN) - On Tuesday afternoon in Quetta, two Chinese nationals, a man and a woman who run a language centre in the city’s affluent Jinnah Colony, were forced into a car without a number plate by three armed men.

When a high-profile kidnapping takes place in broad daylight in one of the most heavily policed urban centres in the country, questions are bound to be raised.

FEATURE: These ethnic women are 'never too old to learn'

DAK NONG, Vietnam ( Viet Nam News/ANN) - There is a literacy class for special students - middle-aged women from minority ethnic group - in Central Highlands Province of Dak Nong. 

Some nights, when only one classroom light shines at Nam Xuan Commune’s Le Loi Elementary School, you can find students older than the usual elementary schooler.  

Japan, Asean join consultation programme on regional networking

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Regional SME networking is getting a boost as Japan teams up with the SME agencies across South-East Asia to promote benefits of shared learning across the incubation centre network.

Will the US Dollar continue to strengthen?

After a bout of US dollar strengthening in anticipation of President Trump’s promises to increase infrastructure spending, cut taxes and get America going, the dollar has in fact reversed and weakened against the Euro and the Japanese Yen.  


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China condemns US incursion off Nansha Islands in S. China Sea

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Frigates deployed to warn ship sent by Washington to leave S. China Sea area

Hong Kong govt dismisses Moody's rating cut