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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.

Duterte: I don’t talk to terrorists

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte has denied a report that he has arranged for back-channel talks with the extremist Maute group.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday denied that he tried to make a deal with Islamic State-inspired terrorists in the days after they laid siege to Marawi City.

EDITORIAL: Beating child sex offenders

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The government has also urged for increased awareness among children to reject inappropriate advances by strangers, even teachers and older family members.

The Directorate General of Immigration announced on Wednesday that with the cooperation of international law enforcers, it had prevented 107 suspected and convicted child abusers from entering Indonesia in the first six months of this year. The child sex offenders included 92 from Australia and others from France, Portugal, South Africa and the United States.

FEATURE: Vietnamese govt to bring all HIV patients into insurance net

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Viet Nam News/ANN) - The Vietnamese Government targets bringing 100 per cent of people with HIV into the health insurance net by 2020.

With international support, ARV treatment has been made available free of charge in Viet Nam.

N.C.T, a 32-year-old man, and his partner, a 38-year-old man, are waiting at the District 11 Preventive Medicine Centre to receive free antiretroviral drugs. But from next year the two men will no longer enjoy free medicines and treatment, and health insurance cards will be the lifebuoy for HIV patients like them.

Trump Takes Tentative Steps to Engage Southeast Asia

WASHINGTON: Many Southeast Asia leaders have expressed anxiety about what Donald Trump’s presidency means for their region. As candidate, he said little about Southeast Asia. All most knew about Trump was his pledge to jettison the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in which four Southeast nations – Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam – were members and threats to impose 45 percent tariffs on Chinese goods exports to which many Southeast Asian nations contribute through the regional supply chain.

DRAINAGE deplorable

Inadequate storm-water drainage system managed by seven different authorities with little coordination among themselves is the reason why Dhaka streets suffer deluge every time there is moderate rain.

The authorities do their job haphazardly. They hardly know what the others are doing, say officials concerned.

In a well-managed network of storm drainage system, rainwater instantly runs into the low-lying retention areas. But, it takes hours for rainwater runoff if the network is faulty or destroyed, leading to immense public sufferings.