Tens of thousands of people rallied across Russia on February 3 to demonstrate national unity on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi forces in the Battle of Stalingrad.

Finnish president inaugurated, calls for bigger role of UN, EU

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on January 1 took his pledge in front of the Finnish parliament, beginning his second six-year term as president.

ASEAN-China trade volume hits record high in 2017

Trade volume between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China hit a record high in 2017, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Romania''s first woman PM leads third left-wing cabinet

Romania's first woman Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her cabinet were sworn in before President Klaus Iohannis late on January 29.

China, Japan agree to hold China-Japan-ROK summit as soon as possible

China and Japan agreed to hold a new round of China-Japan-ROK leaders' meetings as soon as possible, and foster the proper environment for the trilateral summit.

Nearly 100 killed in ambulance blast in Afghan capital Kabul

A bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded about 158 in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday when it blew up at a police checkpoint in a busy part of the city that was crowded with pedestrians at the time of the attack.

Empty British seats in EU parliament go up for grabs post-Brexit

The European parliament on January 23 began divvying-up British seats that will be left empty post-Brexit from 2019 with Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands scooping up most initially.

Thai government urgently tackling IUU fishing

The Thai government has announced that it will call a meeting with relevant units to follow up on the effects of action taken to stop illegal fishing.

Russia''s Lavrov, US'' Tillerson discuss north Syria situation

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the Syrian conflict in a telephone call, in particular ways to bring stability to the country’s north, the Russian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Myanmar, Russia boost military cooperation

Myanmar and Russia signed a cooperative agreement in defence on January 20, as part of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s visit to Myanmar.

Germany supports resources management in Mekong River basin

The Government of Germany has supported the implementation of two joint projects between Cambodia and Laos and between Cambodia and Thailand, on natural resources management in the Mekong River Basin.

Trade increases between Lancang-Mekong countries and China’s Yunnan

Trade volume between five countries along the Lancang - Mekong river and China’s Yunnan province surge 13.4 percent year-on-year to 81 billion yuan (12 billion USD) in 2017, according to customs of Kunming, capital of Yunnan.

Emerging stocks hit highest in nearly a decade

Emerging market equities powered to their highest in nearly 10 years on January 16 as Asian shares reached another record, while the rand firmed to 2 1/2-year highs and China's yuan hovered near a two-year peak.

Laos plans to sell more electricity to Myanmar

Laos and Myanmar are mulling over an electricity agreement to empower Laos' development needs, local daily Vientiane Times quoted a senior Lao official as saying on January 16.

Lao PM begins trip to Myanmar

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith began his official visit to Myanmar on January 15 at the invitation of Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw.

Thailand Tourism Festival 2018 announced

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has unveiled its 2018 tourism campaign ‘the 38th Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF)’, encouraging more people to visit local destinations.

ROK president reaffirms resolve to denuclearise DPRK

President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in on Wednesday welcomed the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue but said that his country will continue to work with the international community to denuclearise the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Philippines foils attack of BIFF rebels in the south

Philippine military forces foiled an attack of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the southern part of the country on January 7.

India fosters cooperation with ASEAN

Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had a meeting with Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi in Jakarta on January 6 as part of her visit to Indonesia, spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar twittered.

ASEAN member states call for closer cooperation

Former Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Le Luong Minh has called for more efforts and closer cooperation from the group’s member nations to promote intra-bloc development.

ASEAN consumers bolster spending in Q4 2017

The ASEAN Consumer Index rose by 1.5 points to 69 points in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Financial Times Confidential Research (FTCR), an independent research service from the Financial Times newspaper.

Laos, China ink deal on Mekong-Lancang cooperation fund

Lao Deputy Foreign Minister Khamphau Onthavan and Chinese Ambassador to Laos Wang Wentian on January 2 signed an agreement on Lancang-Mekong cooperation funding for Lao projects, according to the Lao News Agency (KPL).

Malaysia concerned about radioactive handmade bombs

Malaysian authorities are worrying about an attempt to build bombs using radioactive materials by fighters and supporters of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Thailand prioritises economic development

The Thai Government announced on January 1 that it will channel efforts into bolstering economic growth and alleviating extreme poverty in 2018.

Thailand to speed up investment in major projects

The Thai government is planning to move faster in the implementation of the Eastern Economic Corridor project.