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Only junta backers can benefit from revised political party law

Thailand (The Nation) -- Since the political party organic law was promulgated in October, all politicians have been closing in on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), calling on it to unleash them from political restraint.

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December 16, 2017
- Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic clergical celibacy
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian inquiry into child abuse on Friday recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional... More >>>

December 15, 2017
- Court rules marriage ban between coworkers ‘unconstitutional’
Jakarta (The Jakarta Post) -- The Constitutional Court has ruled on Thursday that a provision in the 2003 Labor Law allowing a company to ban marriages between its employees violated the 1945 Constitution.
The court argued that marriage between coworkers did not affect the rights of other people, nor would such a union undermine their productivity... More >>>

December 14, 2017
- Vietname-visa programme proves huge success
HANOI (Vietnam News) -- The trial use of online visas for the last 10 months has been deemed a success, with the number of visitors applying increasing month by month, the Department of Immigration said yesterday... More >>>

December 13, 2017
- China calls for joint efforts with Russia, India to maintain int’l stability
NEW DELHI (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday that China, Russia and India should play active roles in the changing global structure and work towards a world with stablisation and certainty... More >>>

December 11, 2017
- Court orders state to pay compensation in hepatitis B relapse cases
FUKUOKA (Kyodo) --The Fukuoka District Court on Monday ordered the state to pay 12.5 million yen (US$110,000) each in damages to two chronic hepatitis B sufferers who argued that a 20-year .. More >>>

December 10, 2017
- Cambodian PM appointed as global ambassador for tourism
PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- The European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has appointed Cambodian Prime Minister SamdechTecho Hun Sen as a global ambassador for tourism and sustainable development goals (SDGs)... More >>>

December 9, 2017
- China, Maldives to increase Belt and Road cooperation
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- China and the Maldives Thursday agreed to jointly promote the Belt and Road Initiative to energise bilateral ties... More >>>

December 8, 2017
- Vietnam prioritises ties with Laos: PM
HANOI (Vietnam News) -- Vietnam always gives top priority to special solidarity with Laos, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith during their meeting in Hanoi on Wednesday... More >>>

December 7, 2017
- To recycle industrial waste water, add electricity
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- A team from the National University of Singapore finds a new method that doesn’t produce secondary waste... More >>>

December 6, 2017
- Free trade studies agreed on as Li meets with Canadian PM Trudeau
China (China Daily) -- China and Canada are willing to conduct feasibility studies toward a free trade agreement in an open and pragmatic manner, Premier Li Keqiang said after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Trudeau, who took office two years ago, is making his second official visit to China from Sunday to Thursday.. More >>>

December 5, 2017
- Bali volcano emits wispy plume of steam, flights resume
KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AP) -- Gushing ash from Bali’s Mount Agung volcano has dissipated into a wispy plume of steam, and Australian airlines that canceled some flights to the Indonesian resort island on the weekend have returned to near-normal schedules.. More >>>

December 2, 2017
- Five killed, three injured in blast in northwestern Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and three others injured when a blast went off in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area of South Waziristan on Thursday, local reports said.. More >>>

December 1, 2017
- Pakistan: US missiles kill 3 militants near Afghan border
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A suspected US drone strike hit a militant compound near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan early on Thursday morning, killing three militants, Pakistani officials said.. More >>>

November 30, 2017
- Myanmar’s Magway mine collapse kills 8
Myanmar (Eleven) -- A coal mine located at the border of Minbu and Ngape Townships in Magway Region collapsed on November 27, killing eight people. . More >>>

November 29, 2017
- PM warns former CNRP members in Thailand of deportation
Cambodia (The Phnom Penh Post) -- Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday raised the spectre of Thailand deporting members of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party who have fled the country, while also claiming no harm would come to them – a pledge that prompted sceptism among former opposition party figures yesterday.. More >>>

November 28, 2017
- Park Geun-hye fails to attend trial
South Korea (The Korea Herald) -- Former President Park Geun-hye on Monday refused to attend a hearing in her trial, making good on an earlier pledge to boycott the process. The Korea Herald explains possible motives behind her boycott and what is likely to happen next.. More >>>

November 27, 2017
- China, Brunei vow to enhance prosecution cooperation
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Xinhua) -- China and Brunei reached consensus on the strengthening of prosecution cooperation on Saturday during a visit here by Cao Jianming, Procurator-General of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of China. . More >>>

November 25, 2017
- Disbelief as ‘most wanted’ Indonesia politician hospitalised
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A top Indonesian politician embroiled in a scandal involving an epic theft of public money has been hospitalised after a car crash that is being widely mocked online as another tactic to avoid arrest.. More >>>

November 24, 2017
- Rohingya repatriation deal inked
Naypyitaw (The Daily Star) -- Bangladesh and Myanmar have finally signed a deal on Rohingya repatriation with no specific deadline but with high hopes that the forcibly displaced Rohingyas will start returning to their homeland within the next two months.icies to meet the changing circumstances, says Prime Minister Najib Razak.. More >>>

November 23, 2017
- PM: Country would be overtaken if it’s not ready for disruptive change
KUCHING, Malaysia (The Star/ANN) -- Malaysia must be ready for disruptive change by adjusting its policies to meet the changing circumstances, says Prime Minister Najib Razak.. More >>>

November 22, 2017
- Cambodian journalism organisations silent on ex-RFA pair’s case
PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- Even after a group of 60 Cambodian journalists thumbprinted an open letter calling for the release of two former Radio Free Asia reporters accused of “espionage”, some very high-profile voices remain conspicuously silent on the matter: those of the Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ) and the Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia (UJFC).. More >>>

November 21, 2017
- Suicide bomber kills 14 at political meeting in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber killed 14 people at a political gathering in the Afghan capital on Thursday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.. More >>>

November 20, 2017
- China to transfer state assets to social security funds
China (China Daily/Xinhua) -- China will transfer some state assets, including shares of state-owned companies (SOE) and financial institutions, to the country’s social security funds as an aging society puts pressure on pension payments, an official document showed Saturday. . More >>>

November 18, 2017
- Disbelief as ‘most wanted’ Indonesia politician hospitalised
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A top Indonesian politician embroiled in a scandal involving an epic theft of public money has been hospitalised after a car crash that is being widely mocked online as another tactic to avoid arrest.. More >>>

November 17, 2017
- Korea to consider designating Pohang as special disaster zone
South Korea (The Korea Herald) -- South Korea will consider designating the southeastern port city of Pohang... More >>>

November 16, 2017
- S. Korea hit by 2nd biggest ever quake of 5.4-magnitude
SEOUL (Xinhua) -- South Korea was hit by the country’s second biggest ever earthquake of 5.4- magnitude, with no serious casualty being reported yet, the weather service said on Wednesday.. More >>>

November 15, 2017
- AirAsia celebrates Asean’s golden jubilee by giving back to region
Manila, Philippines: -- AirAsia has launched AirAsia Loves Asean, a series of initiatives focused on education, talent development and the economy to celebrate 50 years of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). . More >>>

November 14, 2017
- Cultural heritage sites to be nominated for UNESCO designation
MYANMAR (Eleven, ANN) -- Efforts are being made to nominate cultural heritages in MraukU Township in Rakhine State to Unesco’s world heritage list, said the Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture.

November 13, 2017
- TPP-11 agreement deferred: Vietnam’s trade minister
DaNang (Vietnam News) -- Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said Friday that an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) could not be reached as planned because several outstanding issues could not be resolved.
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November 11, 2017
- China ready to fund phase 2 of Kathmandu ring road project
KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) -- The Chinese government has shown interest in funding the second phase of the Kathmandu Ring Road Improvement Project which includes upgradation of a 17-km stretch linking Kalanki, Chabahil and Koteshwor. . More >>>

November 10, 2017
- Xi says China-US ties “at new historic starting point”
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday the Sino-US relations are “at a new historic starting point.”
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November 8, 2017
- President Trump arrives in South Korea for two-day state visit
SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) -- US President Donald Trump arrived in South Korea earlier on Tuesday and will stay in South Korea for two days before moving on to China.. More >>>

November 7, 2017
- Saudi helicopter crash reportedly kills high-ranking prince
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A helicopter carrying a high-ranking Saudi prince and other government officials crashed Sunday in the kingdom’s south, reportedly killing all eight people aboard.. More >>>

November 6, 2017
- Typhoon Damrey kills 20, wreaks havoc
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION (Vietnam News) -- At least 20 people have died and 17 are missing as Typhoon Damrey, the 12th to emerge from the East Sea this year, made landfall Saturday morning in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa.. More >>>

November 4, 2017
- 18,000 police set to patrol Trump visit
TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) -- In preparation for US President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan from Sunday.... More >>>

November 3, 2017
- One elephant killed every week: conservationists
Myanmar (Eleven) -- Roughly one wild elephant was killed every week this year, according to conservationists.. More >>>

November 2, 2017
- Xi leads Party oath at historic site
China (China Daily) -- The Communist Party of China’s newly elected top leadership, headed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, visited two revolutionary historical sites on Tuesday, underscoring the new leadership’s firm belief to stay true to the Party’s original aspirations and serve the people.. More >>>

November 1, 2017
- Hopes of improving waste disposal at Cambodia’s Water Festival
PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- After an environmental and public relations debacle during last year’s Water Festival in which city cleaning crews were filmed sweeping piles. More >>>

October 31, 2017
- China’s anti-graft pilot programme will be spread nationwide
China (China Daily) -- The new head of China’s top anti-graft body vowed to seize a sweeping victory in the fight against corruption on Sunday as China has started to spread the pilot programme of the national supervision system nationwide. . More >>>

October 30, 2017
- Speeding bus plunges into Trishuli; 31 dead
KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) -- The Kathmandu-bound bus Nepal river fell into the river at around 5:30am.. More >>>

October 28, 2017
- Stroke proving a rising risk, health burden in Vietnam
HCM CITY, Vietnam (Viet Nam News/ANN) -- Statistics from HCM City Stroke Association shows that more than 200,000 people recorded suffer from strokes each year. . More >>>

October 27, 2017
- Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to King Bhumibol
BANGKOK (AP) -- With solemn faces and outright tears, black-clad Thais said farewell to their king and longtime father figure Thursday on Bangkok’s streets and at viewing areas around the nation, capping a year of mourning with funeral ceremonies steeped in centuries of tradition.. More >>>

October 26, 2017
- Myanmar, Bangladesh agree to accommodate fleeing Myanmar citizens

NAYPYITAW (Eleven) -- Myanmar and Bangladesh already agreed to accommodate up to Myanmar citizens arriving in Bangladesh and to stop at once the inflow of Myanmar citizens to Bangladesh. More >>>

October 25, 2017
- China’s poverty alleviation sets fine example to LDCs: Lao Ambassador
BEIJING: -- China’s poverty alleviation efforts are providing lessons for Laos as it makes strides to achieve its goal of graduation from the list of least developed countries by 2020.... More >>>

October 24, 2017
- South-East Asia’s media personnel gain insight into Korean life, culture  
Audiences of the Vientiane Times and other regional media outlets are set to benefit after media personnel from ten Asean member countries gained a more profound knowledge and understanding of the culture of the Republic of Korea (ROK) thanks to the 2017 Asean Media People Visit to Korea programme.. More >>>
- World’s fastest train among accolades accruing to China’s rail industry
CHINA, Beijing: -- A new ultra-fast passenger train with a top speed of 350km/h began services from the capital Beijing to global business hub Shanghai last month, becoming the fastest railway in operation in the world. . More >>>

October 23, 2017
- Heavy rain causes severe waterlogging in Bangladeshi capital
DHAKA (Xinhua) -- Owing to incessant rain, the road conditions in parts of Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Saturday turned worse.
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October 21, 2017
- 15 injured in attack in SW Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were injured in a hand grenade attack in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Thursday evening, local Urdu media reported.. More >>>


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