Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed developments in Libya in a phone call on January 15, the White House and Turkey's presidency said, days ahead of a summit in Berlin that will address the Libyan conflict.

Iran's nuclear enrichment at higher level than before 2015 deal - president

Iran is now enriching more uranium than Tehran did before it agreed to a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday (January 16) in a televised speech.

Trump considering visit to India next month

US President Donald Trump is considering visiting India next month, for what would be his first visit to the world's largest democracy since he took office three years ago, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday (January 14).

ASEAN committee discusses trade facilitation in Hanoi

The 16th Meeting of the ASEAN Trade Facilitation joint Consultative Committee (ATF-JCC) was recently held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) in Hanoi.

Germany to cut troop numbers in Iraq after Soleimani''''s killing

Germany is moving some of its military personnel from Iraq to neighbouring countries over security concerns, the government told lawmakers, days after the killing of a top Iranian military commander in a US drone strike.

Philippines to evacuate workers in Middle East

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to prepare to deploy aircraft and ships to evacuate thousands of Philippine workers in Iraq and Iran in case violence breaks out following US airstrike at Baghdad International Airport last week.

Cambodia: owners of collapsed building in Kep city arrested

The owners of a building that collapsed killing 36 people and injuring 23 in Cambodia’s Kep province were arrested on January 3, according to a local newspaper.

India, China vow to push forward bilateral ties to new level

India and China pledged in New Delhi on December 21 to work together to push forward the development of bilateral ties to a new level.

Philippines hunts for survivors after quake levels trade building

Disaster response officials said five people were believed to be trapped in the rubble of the Southern Trade Shopping Centre in Padada, a town on the island of Mindanao located about 20 kms (12 miles) from the epicentre of Sunday's quake.

US nuke envoy offers to hold talks with DPRK

Stephen Biegun, US special representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) affairs, offered on Monday (December 16) to hold talks with the DPRK.

Duterte to lift martial law in southern Philippines: spokesman

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to lift martial law in Mindanao in the southern Philippines by 2019, his spokesman said on Tuesday (December 10), after three times of extention since 2017 terrorist attacks on Marawi City.

New Zealand pledges to take more steps against plastic wastes

New Zealand will phase out more single-use plastics, announced its government on Sunday (December 8).

Earth's temperature likely marks hottest decade on record - report

The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday (December 3), painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain.

Bus crash in Russia kills 19

Nineteen people were killed and 21 others injured on December 1 after a bus crashed into a river in Zabaykalsky Krai, southeastern Russia, local media reported, citing sources from the General Administration for Traffic Safety.

PetroVietnam becomes new secretariat of ASEAN petroleum council

Vietnam Oil & Gas Group (PetroVietnam) will head the ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE) secretariat for the first time.

For long-lasting peace in the Middle East

Foreign ministers of the Arab League (AL) countries recently held an emergency meeting at the AL headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss the "hot” developments related to the US support for Israel’s Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

PM proposes ASEAN-RoK cooperation orientations

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested increasing strategy in the partnership between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Republic of Korea (RoK) while addressing the first working session of the 2019 ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit in Busan on November 26.

Bolivia promotes new elections

Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez asked Congress on November 20 to approve a law on organizing new elections, replacing the October presidential election won by former President Evo Morales, reported Reuters and Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam attends 29th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet in Indonesia

A delegation of 33 officers and soldiers from the Vietnam People’s Army are taking part in the 29th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM 29) in Bandung city in Indonesia’s West Java province.

GMS Ministerial Conference held in Cambodia

(HBO) - The 23rd Ministerial Conference of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Programme opened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November 18.

Global efforts to wipe out IS jihadists

On November 16, Turkey announced that it will repatriate Islamic State (IS) jihadists detained in the country, with most of them being from Europe, according to Vietnam News Agency and foreign sources.

ASEAN members bolster trade with Mexican state

(HBO) - The ASEAN Committee in Mexico, comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, joined hands with authorities of Mexico’s Yucatan state to arrange a business forum in Merida city on November 15th.

Severe political crisis in Bolivia

Vice President of Bolivian Senate, Senator Jeanine Anez was sworn in as Interim President of Bolivia on November 12, in the context of the country being in a serious political crisis after weeks of violent protests led to the resignation of former President Evo Morales.

ASEAN senior transport officials meet in Hanoi

The 48th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials (STOM 48) Meeting and Associated Dialogue Partner Meetings kicked off in Hanoi on November 11.

Australians urged to evacuate as ''catastrophic'' fires loom

(HBO) - Authorities declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of Australia’s east coast on Monday, urging residents in high risk areas to evacuate ahead of looming "catastrophic” fire conditions.