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Party chief praises special relations with Laos in meeting with Vientiane leader

Hanoi (Vietnam News) -- Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trọng on Wednesday hosted a reception in Hanoi for Anouphap Tounalom, Chairman of the People’s Council of Laos’ capital of Vientiane.

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- New Langya virus infects 35 people in China; experts studying whether it can spread between humans
BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) -- A new virus, which can be transmitted to humans from animals, has infected 35 people in Shandong and Henan provinces, according to a study by scientists from China, Singapore and Australia published in the New England Journal of Medicine. ... More >>>
- Heaviest rainfall in 115 years wreaks havoc on greater Seoul
(The Korea Herald/ANN) --  Record-setting heavy rain hit Seoul and surrounding areas on Monday night and Tuesday morning, wreaking havoc across the region. The rainfall -- the highest amount recorded in Seoul in 115 years -- left several dead and displaced hundreds. Severe flooding occurred in many parts of the capital, leading to significant infrastructure and property damage. ... More >>>
- Europe cautious over new vaccines
(China Daily/ANN) -- The head of the European Union’s medical regulation agency says she does not believe the COVID-19 pandemic is over and that ... More >>>
- ASEAN Reasserting Its Capacity to Act as One Even on Highly Controversial Issues, Professor Says
(Sputnik) -- August 8 marks the 55th anniversary since the creation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), an intergovernmental organisation that promotes economic, security, political, educational, and cultural interaction between its 10 member states... More >>>
- Heavy rain kills seven, leaves six missing
(The Korea Herald/ANN) -- Record heavy rain in the Seoul area on Monday night and Tuesday morning left seven people dead and six others missing. .. More >>>
- S Koreans look the other way amid likely resurgence of new Covid wave
(The Korea Herald/ANN) -- South Koreans are not letting rising cases of Covid-19 get in the way of their summer plans, with travel and businesses already freed up by current policies... More >>>
- PM leaves it to Constitutional Court to decide his fate as PM
(The Nation/ANN) -- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reiterated on Monday that the Constitutional Court will decide when he will reach the eight-year limit of his premiership.. More >>>
- Thailand hits accelerator on extension of China-Laos railway
(The Nation/ANN) -- Officials from several Thai ministries will visit Vientiane later this month to discuss the Thailand extension of the China-Laos railway. The August 30-September 1 talks will focus on linking Vientiane with Nong Khai, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said on Sunday... More >>>
- Asean nations bolster climate commitments with renewed call for climate action within UN frameworks
(The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) – Asean diplomats renewed their commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris Agreement and COP-15, especially the principle of shared responsibility ... More >>>
- Thailand steps up efforts for closer rail links with Laos and China
(The Nation/ANN) -- Several state organisations have received orders from the Transport Ministry to improve rail transportation between Thailand, Laos and China.
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said on Thursday after the meeting with the committee to connect railways between the three countries.... More >>>

- Firefighters partially surround deadly California fire
KLAMATH RIVER, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters have gotten their first hold on California’s deadliest and most destructive fire of the year and expected that the blaze would remain stalled through the weekend. ... More >>>
- Hun Sen: ASEAN 5PC achieves little in Myanmar
(The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- Prime Minister Hun Sen said the current situation in Myanmar is seemingly worse than it was before the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus (5PC) was reached in April last year, with the ongoing crisis exacerbated by the recent execution of four opposition activists. ... More >>>
- UN chief welcomes 1st sailing of vessel from Ukraine’s Odesa under grain export deal
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday welcomed the first commercial vessel sailing from Ukraine’s Odesa under the Black Sea Grain Initiative brokered by the United Nations and Türkiye. ... More >>>
- ‘Active, fruitful’ negotiations expected as 55th AMM officially kicks off Aug 3
(The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings are underway in Phnom Penh, with the official opening ... More >>>
- Asean keeps firm focus on recovery
(China Daily/ANN) -- Efforts to promote sustainable development as part of Southeast Asia’s recovery from the pandemic are likely to feature high on the agenda when foreign ministers from the Asean grouping meet in Cambodia next week. ... More >>>
- Vietnam enhances special relationship with Laos 
VIENTIANE (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) ... More >>>
- Call for urgent monkeypox response
(China Daily/ANN) -- Health authorities are running out of time in the battle to control the global monkeypox outbreak, according to experts who said funding, awareness and equitable access to vaccines are essential to prevent the spread of the virus. ... More >>>
- Long Covid poses a bigger problem, study shows
(The Nation/ANN) -- People who have recovered from Covid-19 may develop up to 62 underlying conditions that may last for many weeks or even months. ... More >>>
- Thailand declares national monkeypox alert after emergency meeting
(The Nation/ANN) -- Thailand on Sunday upgraded its monkeypox alert to the national level after an emergency meeting of health agencies and the public health minister. ... More >>>
- UN health agency chief declares monkeypox a global emergency
LONDON (AP) -- The expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that qualifies as a global emergency, the World Health Organisation chief said Saturday, a declaration that could spur further investment in treating the once-rare disease and worsen the scramble for scarce vaccines. ... More >>>
- China, EU agree to jointly tackle global economic challenges
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- China and the European Union have agreed to make joint efforts to promote practical cooperation in the field of economy and trade, ... More >>>
- Raisi, Putin vow to expand Iran-Russia cooperation, ensure regional security
TEHRAN (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held talks here on Tuesday, agreeing to further strengthen bilateral relations and expand cooperation to ensure security in the region. ... More >>>
- Sri Lankan lawmakers prepare to vote on new president
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The leader of Sri Lanka’s main opposition party withdrew his candidacy for president on Tuesday, throwing his support to another contender as lawmakers prepared to choose a successor to the ousted leader who fled the country last week. ... More >>>
- Sri Lanka seeks global support
(China Daily/ANN) -- Crisis-hit Sri Lanka needs a new functioning government to overcome its economic and political predicament, experts say. ... More >>>
- Singapore expects 4 to 6 million visitors in 2022
SINGAPORE (Straits Times) -- As global travel picks up, about four to six million visitors will be expected in Singapore this year, said the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Thursday (July 14).
In the first half of 2022, there were 1.5 million visitor arrivals - nearly 12 times more compared to the same period last year.
The top five visitor markets were Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines, accounting for over half the total visitor arrivals from January to June.
Visitors from Indonesia, India and Malaysia in particular, registered the highest year-on-year growth in numbers. ... More >>>
- Sri Lankan president flees the country amid economic crisis
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The president of Sri Lanka fled the country early Wednesday, days after protesters stormed his home and office and the official residence of his prime minister amid a monthslong economic crisis that triggered severe shortages of food and fuel. ... More >>>
- Cooperation of Laos and China benefits both
(China Daily/ANN) -- Five years after President Xi Jinping was in Laos on a state visit, Sommano Pholsena, an old schoolmate of his, is happy to see the fruit of collaboration between the two countries. ... More >>>
- Japan’s ruling bloc set to secure majority of contested seats in upper house election
TOKYO (Xinhua) -- Japan’s ruling bloc of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito is set to secure a majority of seats contested in the House of Councilors election on Sunday, maintaining its majority in the upper chamber, Kyodo News exit polls showed. ... More >>>
- Sri Lanka president, PM to resign after tumultuous protests
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister agreed to resign Saturday after the country’s most chaotic day in months of political turmoil, with protesters storming both officials’ homes and setting fire to one of the buildings in a rage over the nation’s severe economic crisis.
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- Asean nations to benefit from US$134 million UK trust fund
South East Asian nations including Laos are set to benefit from a £107 million (about US$134 million) UK trust fund designed to finance climate-friendly infrastructure and leverage green growth opportunities.... More >>>
- Lao ambassador attends Economic and Trade Exchange Conference in China
Officials from Chongqing, China and Laos discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in culture, education, economy, trade and investment. ... More >>>
- Two key UK ministers resign in protest against PM’s leadership
LONDON (Xinhua) -- British Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak resigned on Tuesday in protest against ... More >>>
- Xi ‘set tone’ for future of ‘one country, two systems’
(China daily/ANN) -- President Xi Jinping’s speech during celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland cleared up any doubts about ... More >>>
- Xi confident in Hong Kong’s future of feats and glory
HONG KONG (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping on Friday expressed confidence in Hong Kong’s take-off toward “a splendid feat” with the solid implementation of “one country, two systems.”... More >>>

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