A grand ceremony was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 8 to celebrate the 51st founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Sri Lanka aims to construct domestic airport in central hills to boost tourism

The Sri Lankan cabinet on August 8 approved a proposal to conduct a feasibility study to construct an airport in the central hills of Kandy in order to boost tourism in the area.

Lao dam collapse: 31 bodies found, 100 still missing

The rescue forces in Laos had found the bodies of 31 victims in the collapse of the Sepien-Senamnoi hydropower dam as of August 6, Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith revealed at an international press conference held in Vientiane on August 7.

Thousands ordered to evacuate as torrential rain continues to pummel Japan

Evacuation orders were issued to thousands of households in Yamagata Prefecture, northern Japan, as the region continues to be pummeled by heavy rain, local officials said Monday (August 6).

Indonesia accelerates rescue work for quake victims

 An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia’s Lombok island on August 5.

ASEAN, China agree on ‘single draft’ for COC negotiations

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have agreed on a "single draft” negotiating text of a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea, an important stride towards narrowing differences among parties.

Cambodian PM: new government to be formed on September 20

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on August 2 that a new government will be formed on September 20 after his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won the July 29 general election.

Roundup: Floods wreak havoc in India as death toll reaches nearly 600

Around 600 people have died over the past couple of weeks, hundreds of thousands of houses were washed away or greatly damaged, and millions of people rendered homeless in as many as six states across India due to incessant rains leading to flash floods and landslides.

Thai government calls all people to donate for Lao victims of dam break

The government of Thailand on July 30 called on all Thai people to donate cash or relief items to survivors of the dam collapse in Attapeu province, southern Laos, which occurred last week.

Ruling CPP wins majority of votes in Cambodia’s general election

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won some 4.2 million out of more than 6.8 million votes in the country’s general election on July 29, or 61.7%, according to the party.

Laos dam collapse: rescuers searching for missing victims

Laos authorities have been making every effort to search for missing people after the collapse of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam in Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district of Laos on July 23.

Egyptian newspaper hails cooperation prospects with Vietnam

Vietnam and Egypt hold great potential for cooperation in marine economy and tourism, according to Al Messa, one of the most prestigious Egyptian daily newspapers.

Hundreds missing, several feared dead, after Laos dam collapse

Hundreds of people are missing and several are feared dead after a hydropower dam under construction in southern Laos collapsed, causing flash flooding which swept away homes, state media reported on Tuesday (July 24).

China''s central bank injects liquidity into market via MLF

China's central bank Monday (July 23) injected 502 billion yuan (about US$74.3 billion) into the market via the medium-term lending facility (MLF) to maintain liquidity.

Japan heatwave kills 30 and hospitalises thousands as authorities continue flood clean-up

Less than a month after flooding killed more than 200 people in western Japan, a heat wave has now brought unprecedented scorching temperatures, killing at least 30 people and sending thousands nationwide to hospitals.

South Sudan''s president Kiir says ready to accept peace deal

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said he is ready to accept a peace deal to end a civil war and set up an inclusive new government.

EU and Japan sign historic FTA

The European Union (EU) signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan on Tuesday (July 17) that will eliminate tariffs on almost all products traded between the two trading blocks.

Cambodia: Nearly 70,000 security forces to be deployed for election

Nearly 70,000 security personnel will be deployed at all the 22,967 polling stations during Cambodia's coming general election, a member of the Cambodian National Election Committee (NEC) said on July 17.

Philippines, Australia begin joint drills in Sulu Sea

The Philippine Navy said on July 16 that it and the Royal Australian Navy has started 10-day joint exercises in the Sulu Sea to deal with threats of kidnapping and terrorism.

Nearly 100,000 residents evacuated before flood peak passes Chongqing

Nearly 100,000 residents were temporarily evacuated as a flood peak passed the city proper of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality on July 14.

Russia hands over four helicopters to Laos

The Lao army received four helicopters Mi-17 repaired by Russian Helicopters at a ceremony held at Wattay airport in the Lao capital of Vientiane on July 12.

13 killed, 47 injured in suicide blast in Pakistan''s Peshawar

At least 13 people were killed and 47 others injured in a suicide blast that hit a political gathering in the country's northwest provincial capital of Peshawar on July 10 night, police and hospital officials said.

Roundup: RoK says DPRK, US in process of narrowing differences in denuke, war-ending declaration

The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s officials on July 9 acknowledged the differences between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States over issues such as the denuclearized Korean Peninsula and the war-ending declaration, but they expected the differences to be narrowed and negotiable.

8th boy of football team trapped in Thai cave rescued: witness

The eighth boy emerged Monday (July 9) evening from a flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, a witness told Xinhua.

Four Thai schoolboys rescued from flooded cave

Four of 12 schoolboys have been rescued so far from a flooded Thai cave after divers launched a daring and dangerous mission to free the children and their soccer coach, who were trapped underground for more than two weeks, Thai officials said.