Rescuers in Thailand were no closer on July 5 to deciding when and how to extract 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave complex, where they were found this week, hungry and frail but otherwise in good health, after nine days lost underground.

Hundreds of homes imperiled as Northern California fire spreads

A wildfire in Northern California swelled on July 3, as firefighters battled the blaze that threatened hundreds of homes and other structures, sending thick black smoke across the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thailand finds missing soccer team alive in cave

Rescuers have found the teenage football team who are alive after nine days trapped inside Tham Luang cave, and preparations are being made to take them out, authorities from Thailand’s Chiang Rai province said on July 2.

Indirect talks between Hamas, Israel to end crises in Gaza: Qatari official

A Qatari diplomat said on July 1 there are indirect negotiations between Palestinian Islamic Hamas movement and Israel to reach a deal to end crises in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Trump says likely to meet Putin during Europe trip in July

US President Donald Trump said on June 27 that he will probably meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his scheduled trip to Europe in July.

News Analysis: Turkey''s ruling party has to ally with nationalist party in parliament

Turkey's incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan added another election victory to his political record, but his ruling party has lost its majority in the parliament.

Italian PM "satisfied" with "right direction" at EU migration summit

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on June 24 that he is "definitely satisfied" with the migration summit in Brussels, hailing that European leaders "have the right direction in the current debate."

Indian naval ships visit Indonesia to enhance cooperation

India’s Eastern Fleet ships INS Shakti and INS Kamorta anchored at Indonesia’s Makassar port on June 23 for a three-day visit that aims to strengthen cooperation between the naval forces of the two countries.

China to build railway into Nepal - China Daily

China will build a railway connecting the western region of Tibet with Nepal, the China Daily reported on June 22, one of several bilateral deals signed during Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli's visit to Beijing.

Myanmar resets mid-July for holding Panglong peace conference

Myanmar has reset the second week of July for holding the third meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference and preparations are underway for the session, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported on June 20.

Japan's Osaka rattled by tremors in wake of powerful quake, death toll rises to 5

Osaka Prefecture in western Japan continues to be rattled by tremors in the wake of a powerful quake of 6.1 magnitude that struck the region a day earlier.

Indonesia arrests terror suspects

Indonesian police have arrested terrorists in East and Central Java provinces, suspected of planning several attacks in government offices and banks operating in Blitar city, East Java province.

Lao economy grows robustly, but with public debt risk: WB

Economic growth in Laos has seen robust expansion compared to regional peers but the country is still at risk due to high public debt, with growth in the share of debt on less concessional terms, according to a report of the World Bank (WB).

Malaysia plans to reopen embassy in DPRK

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said that his country will reopen its embassy in Pyongyang, a move expected to end the diplomatic row over the assassination of a citizen of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Kuala Lumpur last year.

World Cup boosts sales of goods and services in Vietnam

Immediately after Vietnam officially received the 2018 World Cup copyright, local football fans were excitedly looking forward to enjoying 64 live matches on TV. Along with that, many accompanying products are also flourishing as fans gear up for the most attractive football tournament this year.

DPRK, US leaders hold historic meeting in Singapore

Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump gathered in Singapore on June 12 for a historic meeting widely expected to open a new chapter in their countries' relations.

Trump, Kim arrive at Singapore summit site for talks

The leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump reached the venue of their historic summit in Singapore on June 12, after both sides sought to narrow differences over how to end a nuclear standoff.

Singaporean PM welcomes DPRK leader

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on June 10 met with leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un ahead of the US-DRPK summit, which is scheduled for June 12.

Trump says willing to invite DPRK''''s Kim to US if summit goes well

US President Donald Trump said on June 7 that he is willing to invite Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to visit the United States for further talks if their summit negotiations in Singapore go well.

Cambodian King, PM call for people to vote in July national poll

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen have called for the people to vote in the forthcoming national election, saying that it is the only chance to elect their leaders in every five years. The Southeast Asian nation is scheduled to hold a national election for the 125-seat National Assembly on July 29, 2018.

11 dead, 25 trapped in NE China iron-mine blast

Eleven people were killed and nine injured in an iron mine blast in northeast China's Liaoning Province, local authorities said on June 5.

Russian president''''s upcoming visit is of great significance: China''''s top diplomat

Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming state visit to China is of great significance to the planning of the next-phase growth of China-Russia relations, said China's top diplomat Wang Yi on June 3.

Palestine-Israel tensions pose risk of war

The escalation of tension and violence between Palestine and Israel has led the Gaza Strip to the brink of a war.

China, Japan, Thailand seek trilateral business cooperation in Thailand''s EEC

Representatives from China, Japan and Thailand on May 31 spoke highly of Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and expressed willingness to push for trilateral business cooperation there.

Singapore: Tighter security ahead of 17th Shangri-La Dialogue

Singapore is tightening security on the threshold of the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue, which will kick off on June 1, to ensure safety for delegates from over 50 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.