Indonesia's Sinabung volcano in northern Sumatra province erupted again on December 27.

Typhoon Tembin: Death toll rises to 208

Mudslides and flooding triggered by typhoon Tembin killed 208 people and left 164 missing in southern Philippines as of afternoon of December 24, two days after the storm swept through Mindanao island.

All 37 victims in Philippines’ Davao fire confirmed dead

Philippine authorities have confirmed that all 37 missing victims in a blaze at a shopping centre in a southern city on December 23 were dead.

India promotes relations with ASEAN

Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh has highlighted the strong development of the relations between ASEAN and India over the past 25 years in various fields.

WTO conference ends without substantial deals

The 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference concluded in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 13 with no substantial agreements reached after four days of debate.

Jakarta conference provides training on Law of the Sea

The Indonesian government and the United Nations (UN) co-hosted the first training conference on the Law of the Sea in Jakarta from December 12-14, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

WTO foreign ministers convene 11th conference

The 11th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 10 drawing the participation of more than 400 delegates from 164 member countries.

Philippine army backs martial law extension in Mindanao

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) support the extension of martial law in the southern region of Mindanao to address security threats, said AFP spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla.

Thailand maintains ban on political activities

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan on December 7 reiterated that the junta will maintain its three-year-old ban on political activities.

Malaysia arrests more foreigners with IS links

Malaysian authorities arrested four foreigners for suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) in Sandakan, Sabah on December 4, Malaysia's The Star newspaper reported.

Singapore prioritises terrorism prevention in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian nations need to intensify their fight against religious militancy taking root in the region, including Myanmar’s Rakhine State, said Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on December 5.

Vietnam supports efforts to maintain peace, stability on Korean peninsula

Vietnam consistently supports all efforts to promote dialogues and maintain peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, said the Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on November 30.

Lao leaders meet diplomatic corps ahead of National Day

Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith chaired a meeting with diplomatic corps in Vientiane on December 1 on the occasion of the country’s 42nd National Day (December 2).

Singapore, India sign naval pact

Singapore and India signed a naval pact at defence ministerial talks in New Delhi on November 29 and vowed to tackle terrorism by enhancing security cooperation.

Almost 500 flights cancelled due to volcanic eruption in Bali

At least 445 flights had been cancelled as of November 28 due to volcanic eruption of Mount Agung, affecting more than 90,000 passengers to and from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Indonesia’s Bali resort island, a top holiday destination that attracts millions of foreign tourists every year.

Philippine President calls on rebels to surrender

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has called on militant leaders, who were temporarily freed from detention to participate in peace negotiations, to surrender.

Myanmar, Bangladesh to cooperate with UNHCR on Rohingya return

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to take assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh to Myanmar.

Philippines: Police to return to fight against drugs soon

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to put the Philippine National Police (PNP) in charge of the drug war again soon, his spokesman said on November 23.

Myanmar, Bangladesh begin talks to repatriate Rohingya people

Myanmar and Bangladesh on November 22 started talks on the repatriation of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.

Tokyo celebration marks 50th anniversary of ASEAN

Japan held a ceremony in Tokyo on November 22 to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), recognising the bloc’s role in promoting peace and stability in the region and the world.

ASEAN navies cooperate to protect marine environment

The 11th ASEAN Navy Chiefs’ Meeting (ANCM-11) opened in Pattaya city, Thailand, on November 19, themed "Protection and Preservation of the Marine Environment.”

China proposes building economic corridor with Myanmar

China has proposed building an economic corridor with Myanmar to further enhance the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Cambodia inaugurates Vietnam-funded broadcast station project’s phase I

Phase I of a project to build nine FM radio and television broadcasting stations funded by the Vietnamese Government in Cambodia was inaugurated in Kampong Cham province on November 16.

ASEAN reach consensus on protecting rights of migrant workers

Leaders of the ASEAN member countries have signed the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers following 10 years of negotiations.

China, Laos agree to build community of shared future

China and Laos have agreed to build a community of shared future with strategic importance during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the Southeast Asian country.