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New plant species found in Son Tra Nature Reserve

DA NANG, Vietnam (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Vietnamese researchers have discovered theree new plant species unknown to the world in the Son Tra Nature Reserve.

Savor taste of Seoul's Gwangjang market

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Located at the heart of Seoul, in Jongno, Gwangjang is South Korea’s largest traditional marketplace. It is among the 100 must-visit places chosen by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism this year.

Ram Nath Kovind elected Indian president

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) A leader from the marginlised Dalit community in Uttar Pradesh and the former governor of the state of Bihar Ram Nath Kovind has been elected as the 14th President of India  

Moon's rating drops after minimum wage hike decision

President Moon Jae-in's approval rating dropped this week amid local businesses' worries over a recent decision to raise next year's minimum wage and a political dispute over his personnel choices, a survey showed Friday.

In the weekly survey conducted from Tuesday to Thursday by local pollster Gallup Korea, Moon's rating was tallied at 74 percent, down 6 percentage points from a week earlier.

Nai Harn Beach – one of the best in Asia?

Let’s have a look at what TripAdvisor’s reviewers think of top-ranked Nai Harn Beach in Phuket.

Tuk-tuk adventure puts tourists in the driver’s seat

A Northern tour operator says it is the first in Thailand to offer self-drive tuk-tuk tours Diethelm Travel Group, an inbound tour operator servicing Asia, has unveiled tours offering a classic Thai experience with a unique twist.

Instead of being driven around, guests do their own driving behind the wheel of their own rented tuk-tuk, while discovering the rural outskirts of Chiang Mai in programmes that run over one, five or 11 days.

France looks forward to next Thai election

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Ambassador Garachon sees ‘promising’ relations with Asean.

France is looking forward to seeing the Thai government fulfil its commitment to holding a new general election within the next year in accordance with its road map to democracy, French Ambassador Gilles Garachon says.

Indonesia, Switzerland discuss cooperation on vocational education

BOGOR, Indonsesia (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - To support Indonesia's goal in expanding vocational school, President Joko Widodo discusses the possibility with his Swiss counterpart.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Friday met with the Federal Councillor of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, to discuss cooperation between the two countries, particularly in developing vocational education in Indonesia.

China's tallest building shapes Shanghai skyline

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) –Chief engineer pursues efficiency, community, fun in skyscrapers.

He built China's tallest skyscraper-as well as the world's second-highest one-but Ge Qing, chief engineer and architect of Shanghai Tower, isn't content with merely reshaping the city's skyline.

Ge and his team of more than 1,000 staff members are hoping the 632-meter structure, which officially opened in April, will improve the way people live and work in megacities such as Shanghai, whose population exceeds 24 million.

Exploring how cities create a sense of belonging

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) – Daniel Bell, Avner de Shalit and Liu Yu promote the book The Spirit of Cities 2: Inclusion and Identity at an event in Beijing.

"Because of its rapid urbanization, in China, cities are emerging as a very important part of a person's identity," says Daniel Bell, sitting comfortably in a chair, legs crossed, wearing an oversize suit jacket.

In fact, although people tend to refer to their nationality, he says their strongest sense of belonging is often to a city.

"It means attachment to particular communities," he says.