Iran’s government has no plans to remove Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh from his post, a government spokesman said on June 16, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA).

Afghan forces reopens key road in southern province after 2-year blockage

A key road connecting one of the most visited Khakriz district to Afghanistan southern Kandahar provincial capital the Kandahar city, was reopened to traffic after two years of blockage, an army commander in the restive province Hajji Woror Achakzai said Monday (June 17).

16th Asia Media Summit opens in Cambodia

The 16th Asia Media Summit, themed "Media Digitalisation Focusing on Developing Markets” opened in Siem Reap, Cambodia on June 16th.

Thailand moves to control mosquito-borne Chikungunya disease

The Thai Department of Disease Control (DDC) has sent a medical team to Suan Phung district in Ratchaburi province after reports of Chikyngunya virus infection of 14 visiting students and teachers from Singapore.

New impact programs at heart of largest-ever proposed work program

The GEF's 56th Council meeting, hosted at the World Bank’s headquarters from June 11th to 13th, perhaps more than any of its predecessors, directly addresses the scientific consensus that the natural world, and the Earth's systems, are under serious attack.

Vietnam ready to act as bride to connect EAEU, ASEAN: official

Vietnam, as an active ASEAN member and the first nation to sign a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), is willing to work as a bridge to help the EAEU and Russia to expand trade and investment ties with the ASEAN, a Vietnamese trade official said.

Cambodian foreign ministry criticises Singaporean PM’s remarks

Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on June 6th that Singaporean leader’s comment on "Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia” is against the revival of the Cambodian people.

Lao gov''t vows to upgrade facilities to draw more visitors

The Lao government is committed to developing and improving five tourism sites in each province along with road access and other facilities over the coming year, in a bid to attract more tourists, local daily Vientiane Times reported on June 6.

Prayut Chan-o-cha elected as new prime minister of Thailand

Thailand's current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was elected as the new prime minister of the country, President of the National Assembly Chuan Leekpai announced late on Wednesday (June 5).

China issues US travel alert

China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism on June 4 issued a travel alert for Chinese tourists traveling to the United States.

4 killed in mass shooting in north Australia

Four people were killed in a shooting incident in Australia's Northern Territory (NT), local police said on Tuesday (June 4) evening.

34th ASEAN-Japan Forum held in Hanoi

The 34th ASEAN-Japan Forum took place in Hanoi on June 3rd under the chair of Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung and his Japanese counterpart Takeo Mori.

Roundup: ROK, Japan, EU upbeat about Korean Peninsula denuclearization

Republic of Korean and Japanese defense ministers and the EU high representative for security expressed optimism about the positive developments on the Korean Peninsula over the past one and a half years here on Saturday at the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue.

Feature: Knives and forks, plastic bags, paper cup lids -- UN "makes a big deal out of minor things"

When diners walk into the United Nations cafeterias at the UN headquarters in New York these days, they will notice a "minor change": plastic knives, forks and spoons, which used to be utilized once and discarded as trash, have been replaced with recyclable stainless steel knives and forks.

Myanmar grants visa-on-arrival to 6 more countries to boost tourism

Myanmar will grant visa-on-arrival to six more countries beginning October 1 as a relaxation of restriction on entry into the country to boost tourism, according to a statement of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Thailand to release 34 million tonnes of rice this year

The Rice Policy and Management Committee of Thailand has announced rice stock release plans and expects over 34 million tonnes of rice throughout this year.

30 dead and 200 missing after boat sinking in Congo

At least 30 people died and hundreds were believed missing after a boat carrying more than 350 passengers capsized on a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

An urgent call for protection of the Earth

Youth climate strikes are spreading around the world. Tens of thousands of students in 130 countries and territories around the world have taken to the streets to call for political action in response to climate change. The spirit of Swedish young activist Greta Thunberg, who launched a week-long climate rally called "Fridays for Future", has spread among students all over the world.

Philippines wants to achieve inclusive growth by improving access to high quality secondary education

ADB has approved a USD300 million loan to support the Philippine government’s efforts to achieve inclusive growth by improving access to high quality secondary education that responds to labor market needs.

Thailand’s House of Representatives has new speaker

The House of Representatives of Thailand elected Chuan Leekpai from the Democrat Party as is new speaker on May 25th.

Modi promises to fulfill countrymen''''s aspirations in 2nd term

After receiving the letter of appointment as the country's next prime minister on May 25, Narendra Modi said he will continue to work for the welfare of his countrymen during his second consecutive term as the premier.

Australian Prime Minister stated his areas of priority

According to Reuters and VNA, at a news conference on May 20, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stressed that his new government would prioritise the implementation of measures to reduce taxes, the adaptation of anti-terrorism laws and the adjustment of National Disability Insurance Scheme.

APEC economies vow support for free trade

Twenty one member economies of the Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum have voiced their support for free trade in the context that global economy is being affected by the US-China trade war.

                                                                                                         Source: VNA

President Ho Chi Minh’s spiritual heritage highlighted in Russia

Authorities of Russia’s Saint-Petersburg city, which set up the relationship with Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, have joined hands with Vietnamese associations to organise a range of activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Russia and Russia-Vietnam Year in 2019 and 2020.

ASEAN enhances cooperation with partner countries

The tenth meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and the ambassadors of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 17th.