After a stronger-than-expected recovery in 2022, this year could see international tourist arrivals return to pre-pandemic levels in Europe and the Middle East. However, tourists are nonetheless expected to increasingly seek value for money and travel closer to home in response to the challenging economic climate.

World News in Brief: February 1

Myanmar extended its COVID-19 preventive measures until Feb. 28, the state-run media citing the Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 reported on Wednesday.

Lao media hails Vietnam’s experience in economic development

The Lao Journalists Association’s website laophattananews.com has recently published an article praising Vietnam’s experiences for good economic growth in the context of global downturn.

Vietnam contributes importantly to ASEAN’s economic growth: ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General

Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community for 2021-2024, Satvinder Singh, has affirmed that Vietnam is one of the strongest contributors to ASEAN’s dynamic, resilient economy and is a very critical partner for ASEAN’s integration.

Vietnamese President holds talks with Singaporean counterpart

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with his Singaporean counterpart Halimah Yacob, after hosting a welcome ceremony for the latter at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on October 17.

ASEAN Day 2022 held in Washington D.C.

The ASEAN Family Day 2022 has been organised in Washington D.C., drawing the participation of nearly 200 ASEAN embassy members and their families, as well as representatives from the US Department of State.

Vietnam holds centre role in ASEAN

Since officially joining ASEAN on July 28, 1995, Vietnam's foreign policy in ASEAN has become an important part, reflecting a fundamental development in its foreign strategy.

Vietnam's Engineering Unit conducts field reconnaissance in Abyei

Soldiers of Vietnam's Engineering Unit Rotation 1 participating in peacekeeping mission at the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) have recently deployed field reconnaissance to prepare for the rainy season and build barracks.

Vietnamese mission in Geneva joins Lao counterparts on Bunpimany festival

Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other international organisations in Geneva has extended best wishes to her Lao counterpart Ambassador Latsamy Keomany, his spouse and staff on Bunpimay, the traditional New Year of Laos.

Ukraine, Russia to hold next round of talks on Monday: Ukrainian negotiator

Ukraine and Russia will hold the next round of peace talks on Monday, David Arakhamia, member of the Ukrainian delegation, said Saturday.

29th ASEAN-EU JCC meeting held virtually

The 29th Meeting of the ASEAN-EU joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) was held recently via videoconference.

IMF chief says Omicron could dent global economic growth

The International Monetary Fund is likely to lower its global economic growth estimates due to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the global lender's chief said at the Reuters Next conference on Friday in another sign of the turmoil unleashed by the ever-changing pandemic.

Vietnam pledges more contributions to ASEAN - Japan relations

Vietnam will continue making positive contributions to developing ASEAN - Japan relations in a more effective and practical manner, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh told the 24th ASEAN - Japan Summit held via videoconference on October 27.

Vietnam underlines need to consider countries’ situation in transitions from peacekeeping operations

The planning and implementation of transitions from peacekeeping operations should consider different unique and specific contexts of a host country, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Vietnam's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, told an open debate of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on September 8.

India's Serum Institute plans to start vaccine production outside India - The Times

(HBO) - The Serum Institute of India, which manufactures the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is planning to start vaccine production in other countries as it struggles to meet supply commitments, its chief executive officer told The Times.

First session of 9th Lao National Assembly wraps up

The first session of the 9th National Assembly (NA) of Laos wrapped up on March 26 in Vientiane after five days of working.

Vietnam supports all initiatives, efforts helping with Middle East Peace Process: ambassador

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held a videoconference on March 25 to look into the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue.

Cuba surpasses 70,000 COVID-19 cases

Cuba reported on Friday 832 new COVID-19 infections in the last day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 70,634, along with five more deaths to a total of 413, the Public Health Ministry said.

Vietnamese economy accelerates thanks to recovering manufacturing: Asia Perspective

The US independent management consultancy Asia Perspective has published a report on the Vietnamese economy, which highlighted that in the fourth quarter of 2020, Vietnam posted rapid growth thanks to the recovery of manufacturing.

The world in 2020: “Fire proves gold”

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a real shock, attacking the global governance system and diminishing multilateralism worldwide. Since the end of the Cold War in 1989, never before has international politics been threatened by such a terrifying foe, as well as witnessing skepticism and fear dissolve many traditional international relations.

Vietnamese intellectuals in Europe firmly believe in bright future for nation

(HBO) - Vietnamese intellectuals and students working and studying in Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg have applauded the country's achievements over the past five years under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, expressing their belief in opportunities for Vietnam’s stronger development in the future.

Hopes for transatlantic relations grow as EU and US make overtures

Positive messages from the European Union and US President-elect Joe Biden offer hopes of a de-escalation in transatlantic trade tensions.

Most Brazilian cities armed with syringes needed for COVID-19 vaccination: mayors

Most of Brazil's 5,570 municipalities have enough syringes to begin vaccinating residents against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the National Front of Mayors (known by its Portuguese acronym FNP) announced Thursday.

World News in Brief: January 1

The World Health Organization listed Pfizer and BionTech's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, in a move seeking to speed access in the developing world.

World News in Brief: December 24

The European Union, Germany and France has earlier this week provided a credit agreement worth EUR95.8 million (US$116 million) to Cambodia to support the Rural Infrastructure Development for Cambodia (RID4CAM) project, said a joint press statement on Wednesday.