The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand on March 28th announced the results of the country’s general election which took place four days earlier.

Cambodian peacekeepers equipped with armoured vehicles

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on March 25th that he has approved a budget of USD15 million to purchase armoured vehicles for the country’s peacekeeping forces operating in Mali.

Mozambique death toll at 217 after cyclone - government minister

The death toll after a powerful cyclone in Mozambique has risen to 217 and around 15,000 people, many of them very ill, still need to be rescued, a government minister said on March 21.

Russian, Iranian FMs agree to assist in settlement of Venezuelan crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed on March 19 to work towards a settlement of the Venezuelan crisis.

Death toll in floods in Indonesia rises to nearly 80

Authorities in Indonesia raised the death toll from floods and landslides in the easternmost province of Papua to nearly 80 on March 18 as President Joko Widodo called for the urgent evacuation of victims from devastated communities.

Relatives bid farewell to Ethiopian plane crash victims

Relatives of victims who perished in an Ethiopian Airlines crash gathered in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday (March 17) to mourn their loved ones, one week after a Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 Max 8 went down just minutes after take-off.

777X debut postponed by Boeing after Ethiopian Airlines crash

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday morning, just minutes after taking off from from Addis Ababa. All 157 people on board were killed. The disaster happened less than five months after another 737 MAX 8 went down off the coast of Indonesiain late October, killing 189 people.

Huge pressure for President Erdogan as Turkey falls into recession

Turkey has officially entered its first economic recession in the past ten years. In the context of the alliance between Turkey and the United States not "going smoothly”, economic difficulties and a host of other domestic and foreign issues have put President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the face of big challenges, as the country is preparing to hold municipal elections.

Iran, Iraq seek to enhance close neighbourly ties

NDO – The official visit to Iraq by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, which started on March 11, has been drawing special attention from the public. Iran is striving to expand its economic ties aiming to cope with US sanctions, while Iraq is also seeking resources in service of national reconstruction. The urgent goals have motivated the two neighbours to come closer together, regardless of pressure from the outside.

ASEAN SOM in Thailand looks at important issues

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung, who is head of Vietnam’s ASEAN SOM, attended the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) held in Chiang Rai, Thailand, from March 6th-8th. 

World food prices rise in Feb, boosted by dairy sector -UNFAO

World food prices rose in February, lifted in part by a jump in dairy prices, the United Nations food agency said on March 7.

US to continue talks with DPRK: White House

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on March 6 that the United States would continue to have conversations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Progress in ASEAN Political-Security Community building reviewed

The 11th Coordinating Conference for the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) took place at the ASEAN Secretariat’s headquarters in Jakarta on March 5 to review the implementation of the APSC Blueprint 2025.

Brexit minister Barclay asks EU for help with citizens' rights - letter

Brexit minister Stephen Barclay has asked the European Union for its "formal views" on a proposal to preserve citizens' rights regardless of whether a Brexit deal is agreed, according a letter published by the government on March 5.

Trump-Kim meetings wrap up earlier than expected

The schedule for the second day of meetings between US President Donald Trump and leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un in Hanoi on February 28 would wrap up earlier than expected.

The UK at high risk of leaving the EU without a deal

The Brexit talks are coming to an end with the risk of the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the "European common house” without reaching an agreement. One of the reasons for the negotiation stalemate is that the European Union (EU) has not agreed to change the deal reached by the two sides in late 2018.

1st Afghan export shipment sent to India

Afghanistan sent its first shipment of up to 570 tons of goods to India through the Chabahar Port in neighboring Iran, the state-run TV RTA reported on February 24.

Israeli expert relishes prospects of DPRK-USA summit

Dr. Alon Levkowitz, lecturer and coordinator of the Asian Studies Programme at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, has expressed an optimistic outlook for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit Vietnam taking place in Hanoi from February 27-28.

China expects smooth 2nd DPRK-US summit with positive outcomes

China expects the upcoming second summit between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States to be held smoothly and achieve positive outcomes, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on February 20.

Moon, Trump hold phone talks over 2nd DPRK-US summit

The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s President Moon Jae-in said in his phone talks with US President Donald Trump Tuesday (February 19) night that his country was ready to assume any role for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Mexico''s president eyes closer economic, trade ties with Asia-Pacific

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on February 18 stressed the economic and trade potential in the Asia-Pacific region, especially China, saying his government aims to bolster trade with countries in the region.

Putin, Macron agree to continue coordination on Syrian peace process

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed during a phone conversation to continue coordination of the two countries in order to facilitate the peace settlement in Syria, the Kremlin said on February 16.

Laos moves to streamline apparatus of state agencies

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has asked the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) to take prompt action to streamline the apparatus of state organisations so as to improve the performance of officials and public employees.

Humanitarian workers still cannot access Yemen''s Red Sea Mills: UN

The lack of access to Yemen's Red Sea Mills in the key port of Hodeidah by humanitarian workers is "a tragedy," Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN secretary-general, said on February 12.

Indonesia to install 10 tsunami warning stations on Bali’s beaches

Ten more tsunami warning stations will be installed in the western and eastern coastal areas of Indonesia’s Bali resort island.