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Maldives political crisis explained

BANGKOK (ANN Desk) - Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency on Monday prompting outcry from Western countries over Yameen’s growing authoritarianism.

Yameen was elected into office in 2012 after the previous president, Mohammed Nasheed, was forced to resign at gunpoint by security forces loyal to former strongman Maumoon Gayoom.

Bagan to be transformed into a sustainable cultural heritage tourism destination - ASEAN-Korea Centre to organize the Tourism Capacity Building Workshop in Myanmar (9 Feb.)

Bagan, Myanmar – The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Kim Young-sun) will organize the Tourism Capacity Building Workshop under the theme, "Promoting Bagan as a Sustainable Cultural Heritage Tourism Destination" in Bagan, Myanmar together with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MHT) of Myanmar on

Aung San Suu Kyi calls on President Ram Nath Kovind

State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday called on President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, officials said.
The meeting comes a day after Suu Kyi attended India’s 69th Republic Day celebrations along with leaders of Asean countries.
It was the first time that leaders of the 10 Asean countries were chief guests at the Republic Day parade at Rajghat.

Việt Nam storm into AFC semis after pulsating win


HÀ NỘI – The Vietnamese national football team sent its fans into rapture yesterday, pulling off a stunning upset to knock out former champions Iraq out of the Asian Football Confederation U23 Championship.

A thrilling, seesaw quarterfinal match at the Changshu Stadium in China ended 3-3 after extra time, setting the stage for nail-biting penalty shootout.

Cambodia sets ageing policy for 2017-2030

PHNOM PENH (Rasmei Kampuchea Daily/ ANN) - The National Ageing Policy 2017-2030 was launched in order to solve the issues of the elderly population arising from demographic changes. 

India reiterates opposition to China’s Belt, Road Initiative

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ ANN) - Without naming China or its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), India on Thursday reiterated its objection to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pet project on the ground that it runs through the Indian territory in Jammu and Kashmir which is under Pakistan’s illegal occupation.

Enhancing Asean-India cooperation in agriculture, forestry

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - The 4th Asean-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AIMMAF) was held in New Delhi, India on January 12.

FEATURE: China's economy rebounds with 6.9% growth in 2017

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) - Analysts attribute the recovery to stronger global trade and supply-side reforms.

20 countries vow tougher sanctions on North Korea


SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Foreign ministers of 20 countries, including the United States, South Korea and Canada, on Tuesday expressed their support for ongoing inter-Korean talks, hoping that they will lead to steady eased tensions going forward.

Laos, Myanmar vow to cement ties, sign three cooperation deals

NAYPYITAW (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The governments of Laos and Myanmar agreed yesterday to enhance bilateral ties and cooperation during Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s official visit to the country.
Mr Thongloun and his delegation are visiting the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from January 15-16 at the invitation of President U Htin Kyaw, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.