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.

First round of Syrian constitutional talks ends, next round to resume on Nov. 25

The first round of discussions among the 45-member "small body" of the Syrian Constitutional Committee was concluded in Geneva on November 8 and the new round is expected to be convened in Geneva later this month.

At least five dead, including infants, following attack in Mexico

At least five members of a family in northern Mexico, including two infants, were killed on November 4 in an attack by unknown gunmen, a government source and local media said, in the latest case of grisly violence to hit the country.

Cambodia to become an upper middle-income country by 2030

ADB has endorsed a new 5-year country partnership strategy (CPS) that lays out the institution’s support for Cambodia’s goal of becoming an upper middle-income country by 2030.

Trump says IS leader killed in US military operation in Syria

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (October 27) the Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a US military operation in Syria.

ROK offers working-level talks to DPRK to discuss Mount Kumgang issues

The Republic of Korea (ROK) on October 28 offered to hold working-level talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to discuss issues on the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang.

Israeli opposition party vows to form "liberal" unity gov''t

Israeli Blue and White party's leaders vowed on Monday (October 21) to form "a liberal unity government" after incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to present a new one.

Chile's Pinera extends state of emergency, says 'we are at war'

Chile's government will extend a state of emergency to cities in its north and south, President Sebastian Pinera said late on October 20, after at least seven people were killed amid violent clashes and arson attacks over the weekend.

EU leaders discuss US$1.2 trillion post-Brexit budget

European Union leaders will discuss a new budget plan on Friday (October 18) that could allow the bloc to spend up to EUR1.1 trillion (US$1.2 trillion) in the 2021-2027 period, but deep divisions among governments could block a deal for months.

US, Turkey reach agreement on truce, safe zone in northern Syria

The United States and Turkey on October 17 reached an agreement on a five-day truce and the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria, where the Turkish forces had been fighting against the Kurdish militia, following talks between the two sides in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Living with “barriers”

The world economy is facing a future in which there are more and more barriers and tariff measures. In the context that economies have to "live” with trade barriers, analysts are concerned that global economic growth is at risk of sharp decline.

WTO gives green light to US trade sanctions on EU in Airbus case

The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on October 14 agreed to approve a request from the United States for authorization to impose retaliatory measures on the European Union (EU) and four EU member states in the Airbus case.

Volcano erupts in Indonesia's Java island, triggering aviation warning

Mount Merapi, an active volcano in Indonesia's Java island, erupted on Monday (October 14) afternoon, spewing a column of ash up to 3 km high and forcing the authority to issue a warning for planes, national volcanology agency said.