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Cambodian PM appointed as global ambassador for tourism, sustainable development goals

The European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has appointed Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen as a global ambassador for tourism and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/9 16:28:31

Myanmar forms advisory commission for Implementation Committee of Rakhine state

The Myanmar government has formed an advisory commission with experts from home and abroad for the Implementation Committee of Rakhine state, which was established in September, according to a presidential statement on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/9 16:23:01

Voting for first phase of local elections in India's Gujarat begins

Voting for local elections in India's western state of Gujarat began Saturday morning amid tight security and adequate arrangements, officials said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/9 13:26:23

Abe says Japan, EU aim to implement free trade deal in 2019

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that Japan and the European Union (EU) had finalized negotiations on a free trade deal and aimed to implement it in early 2019.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/9 0:28:37

Philippine military spokesman confirms military recommends martial law extension

A spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) confirmed on Friday that the military has recommended an extension of martial rule in the entire southern Philippine Mindanao region.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/9 0:05:35

DPRK warns US against sea blockade

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Friday that any US action to block DPRK by sea will constitute to an act of war.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/8 22:36:47

India's court holds spiritual leader's organisation responsible for damaging Yamuna floodplains

India's environmental court, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), has held spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's foundatio, the Art of Living (AoL), responsible for causing damage to the Yamuna floodplains last year, officials said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/8 13:18:30

Myanmar steps up fight against human-trafficking

Myanmar's Yangon city police is stepping up fight against human-trafficking by collecting personal information of passengers leaving Yangon through highway bus terminals, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/8 13:17:06

Japan's Cabinet approves emperor's abdication date

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet formally approved on Friday the date of April 30, 2019 as the abdication date for Emperor Akihito.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/8 11:23:34

Myanmar president to visit Japan

Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw will pay an official visit to Japan soon to strengthen bilateral relations, said an official announcement Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/8 9:59:19

6.6-magnitude quake hits 54km NW of Fais, Micronesia -- USGS

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale jolted 54km NW of Fais, Micronesia at 00:22:57 GMT Friday, the US Geological Survey said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/8 9:10:32

Nepal holds final round of parliamentary, provincial assembly elections

The second and the final phase of the parliamentary and provincial assembly elections were held in Nepal on Thursday, a crucial step to implement the milestone new constitution promulgated in September 2015.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/8 8:22:36

Philippines plans to sue Sanofi over dengue vaccine

The Philippines intends to sue Sanofi after authorities suspended the pharmaceutical giant's anti-dengue vaccine in response to the company warning the drug could lead to severe infections in some cases, the health secretary said.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/7 22:38:39

Australia hails 'day for love'

Australia became the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday, prompting cheers and singing from a packed parliament public gallery in a country where some states ruled homosexual acts to be illegal until just 20 years ago.
Source: Reuters | 2017/12/7 22:23:40

Philippine military recommends a year extension of martial law in S. Philippines

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law in the southern Philippine Mindanao region for another year, a military official said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/7 19:29:19

Nepal holds final phase of parliamentary elections

The second and final phase of the parliamentary elections is being held in Nepal on Thursday, seen as a crucial step to implement the landmark new constitution promulgated in September 2015.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/7 16:57:04

Malaysian PM urges ruling party to gear up for polls

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Thursday urged his ruling United Malays National Organization (UMNO) to be ready for the upcoming general elections which he said would be critical for his country.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/7 16:51:18

Myanmar rejects UN Human Rights Council resolution over Rakhine issue

Myanmar has expressed its opposition against a resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with regard to the Rakhine issue, but pledged efforts to address the challenges of Rakhine state.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/7 11:21:39