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Asean countries seek free trade deals with EAEU: Russian PM

BANGKOK – The Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Thailand have expressed interest in signing free trade agreements with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday."The Eurasian Economic Union has experience in creating a common market... Read More

Yonhap to host 17th OANA General Assembly in Seoul

SEOUL -- Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's key newswire, on Monday said it will host a general assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), a gathering of 43 news agencies in the region, in Seoul this week.The 17th OANA General Assembly will take place at Lotte Hotel Seoul on... Read More

Asean leaders bat for removal of uncertainties in South China Sea

NONTHABURI, Thailand -- Removal of uncertainties in the South China Sea was among the topics discussed during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-China Summit here Sunday.The summit is part of the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits held here and in Bangkok from November 2 to 4.“The... Read More

UN chief calls for strengthened efforts vs. climate change

NONTHABURI, Thailand – Gains against climate change continue to lag behind the destruction of the environment that has put the lives of more people in danger, the chief of the United Nations (UN) said Sunday.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a briefing after the Association of... Read More

9 Filipinos on board Norwegian cargo ship kidnapped in Benin

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China, Asean countries to strengthen media exchanges, cooperation

BANGKOK -- China and countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will take more actions to strengthen media exchanges and cooperation to further enhance mutual understanding and friendship between their peoples and boost ties between the two sides.Leaders of China and the 10... Read More

Thai PM cites importance of Asean, external partner tie-ups

NONTHABURI, Thailand -- Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Saturday said fostering greater relations with other economic blocs and groups will ensure the achievement and sustainability of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) goals.In his speech during the... Read More

AI in media to bridge language gap in Asean, China

BEIJING -- The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the media industry is seen to address the language barrier among the 10 member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China, an official of China Media Group (CMG) said here Thursday.During the 2nd ASEAN Media... Read More

SoKor, Asean agree to expand cooperation in 5G, AI

SEOUL -- South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) agreed to expand cooperation in 5G communication networks and artificial intelligence (AI) areas so as to maximize the benefits from the emerging technologies, the government said Sunday.The joint declaration made at the... Read More

Int'l community remains cautious after IS leader's death

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a US military operation in Syria.Speaking in the White House, Trump said US Special Operations Forces conducted a raid Saturday night targeting al-Baghdadi in northwest... Read More

Death toll climbs to 63 in latest round of protests in Iraq

BAGHDAD -- The death toll rose to 63 in Iraq since the latest eruption of anti-government protests, the country's rights commission said Saturday.The Iraq High Commission for Human Rights announced the latest death toll since the eruption of protests on Tuesday.At least 2,592 people -- including... Read More

2,000 evacuated due to massive wildfire in northern California

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39 found dead in truck believed to be Chinese nationals

LONDON – The 39 people who were found dead in a truck in Essex, England were Chinese nationals, local media reported on Thursday.British police said the bodies of 39 people were found in a truck in an industrial park in Thurrock, west England on Wednesday."We were called by colleagues from the... Read More

Hong Kong officially withdraws extradition bill

ANKARA -- After months of being hit by protests, the government in Hong Kong officially withdrew the extradition bill as the session of Legislative Council resumed on Wednesday, local media reported.Earlier this month, Carrie Lam had announced the withdrawal of the bill, which sought to legalize... Read More

39 bodies discovered in truck in Essex, England

LONDON -- British police said the bodies of 39 people have been found in a truck in an industrial park in Thurrock, west England.“We were called by colleagues from the ambulance service shortly before 1:40 a.m. (1240 GMT) this morning Wednesday, 23 October, following the discovery of a lorry... Read More

DRCongo Ebola death toll climbs to 2,150: African Union

ANKARA -- The death toll from the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 2,150 as of Oct. 13, according to a new African Union report.The figure is up from 2,133 earlier this month, the AU-affiliated Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

Death toll from Japan typhoon rises to 77

ANKARA -- The death toll from the last weekend typhoon in Japan has risen to 77, with more than a dozen others still missing, local media reported on Thursday.In the wake of devastation caused by heavy rains and winds, the Japanese government is considering to postpone the enthronement parade for... Read More

China, Asean universities ally to promote medical, health care

BEIJING -- Supported by the Asean-China Centre, the China-Asean University Consortium on Medicine and Health was founded here Monday, helping deepen medical and health care cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The consortium, led by the Peking University Health... Read More

Death toll rises to 35 as Typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan

TOKYO -- At least 35 people have died, and another 17 missing on Sunday as Typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan, including the Tokyo metropolitan area, causing multiple rivers to overflow and blackouts in 376,000 houses.Meanwhile, according to information provided by rescuers and authorities, more... Read More

2 dead, 70 injured as ‘Hagibis’ makes landfall in Japan

TOKYO -- Two people have died, three went missing and at least 70 injured after Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the Izu Peninsula on Japan's main island at 7 p.m. Saturday local time, bringing heavy downpours and winds, authorities said.A man in his 50s was found dead in an overturned car in Chiba... Read More