According to Reuters and VNA, at a news conference on May 20, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stressed that his new government would prioritise the implementation of measures to reduce taxes, the adaptation of anti-terrorism laws and the adjustment of National Disability Insurance Scheme.

APEC economies vow support for free trade

Twenty one member economies of the Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum have voiced their support for free trade in the context that global economy is being affected by the US-China trade war.

                                                                                                         Source: VNA

President Ho Chi Minh’s spiritual heritage highlighted in Russia

Authorities of Russia’s Saint-Petersburg city, which set up the relationship with Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, have joined hands with Vietnamese associations to organise a range of activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Russia and Russia-Vietnam Year in 2019 and 2020.

ASEAN enhances cooperation with partner countries

The tenth meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and the ambassadors of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 17th.

Houthis withdraw from Yemen’s ports

The United Nations confirmed on May 14 that the Houthis have been handing over the key Red Sea ports to Yemen’s local coast guards under a UN-sponsored peace deal, according to Reuters.

Russia marks Victory Day

According to TASS and Vietnam News Agency, in Moscow and many main cities across Russia, a series of activities took place to mark the 74th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.

New fighting erupts in Yemen

Intense fighting in Al-Bayda province in southeastern Yemen caused the death of at least four Yemeni soldiers and five Houthi rebels, according to Xinhua and Reuters.

World News in Brief: May 9

At a forum on the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s New Southern and Northern Policies on May 8, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lee Tae-ho reiterated the RoK's policy commitment to deepening ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Eurasian countries for regional peace and prosperity.

Indonesia strengthens forces to secure elections

Indonesia will deploy 450,000 military troops and police personnel to handle possible riots when the 2019 elections results are announced on May 22nd, according to Indonesian Military Commander Hadi Tjahjanto.

ASEAN, UN review cooperation until 2020

ASEAN ambassadors and UN officials have sat down to examine the two organisations’ joint projects and cooperation activities within their Plan of Action for 2016-2020.

At least 41 killed in Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet crash

At least 41 people were killed after a Russian Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet burst into flames while attempting an emergency landing at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport on May 5th.

Dien Bien Phu campaign in French veteran’s memory

Despite the 65 years that have passed, the memories of Colonel Jacques Allaire – a French veteran who fought in the Dien Bien Phu campaign – have remained intact.

RoK newspaper: DPRK tests short-range projectiles

The Republic of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency delivered an article saying that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on May 4th tested unidentified short-range projectiles, in a location in Gangwon province.

India gets prepared for impact of waiver end from US sanctions on Iranian oil import

India's foreign ministry on May 3 said New Delhi was prepared to deal with the impact of the end of waivers from US sanctions on oil import from Iran.

ARF defence officials meet in Seoul on maritime security

Defence officials from members of the ASEAN Regional Forum, Asia’s largest security grouping led by ASEAN, met in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on May 2nd to discuss regional security issues.

84 children returned to Tajikistan from Iraq

More than 80 children have arrived in Tajikistan from Iraq where their parents were sentenced for joining the Islamic State group and other militant outfits, Tajikistan's foreign ministry said online Wednesday.

Thailand: Preparations for Royal Coronation completed

Preparations for public participation in the coronation ceremonies of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn – Rama X, slated for May 4th-6th, have been completed.

Rescuers race to find survivors after Philippine quake kills 16

Rescue teams in the Philippines searched for signs of life beneath the tangled debris from a collapsed four-storey commercial building on April 23 after a strong earthquake shook the country's biggest island, killing at least 16 people.

Cambodia-Thailand railway lines reconnected after 45 year hiatus

The railway lines between Cambodia and Thailand were officially reconnected on Monday (April 22) after a 45-year hiatus.

RoK to mark anniversary of 1st summit with DPRK

The Republic of Korea (RoK) will organize a ceremony this week to mark the 1st anniversary of the summit between President Moon Jae-in and leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) (27/4/2018 - 27/4/2019).

Ukrainian presidential election promises fierce race ahead

The first round of the Ukrainian presidential election has wrapped up with none of the dozens of candidates getting more than 50% of the votes. The two front-runners, 41-year-old comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, will have three weeks to prepare for their fierce race in the second round of voting, scheduled for April 21.

Russia bans oil exports to Ukraine

Russia has banned exports of oil and some oil products to Ukraine and Ukrainian engineering products imports in response to recent import bans imposed by Kiev, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on April 18.

Necessary steps urged to prevent Sudan from a late-coming Arab Spring

Sudan has fallen into a serious political crisis since President Omar al-Bashir was ousted. Worried about the risk of increased uncertainties in Sudan threatening regional security, the African Union (AU) and the international community have called on the parties concerned to hold dialogue to avoid escalating tensions. There are warnings of an "Arab Spring” coming later in Sudan, unless measures are taken to promptly stabilise the situation in this East African nation.

OANA44: Turkey’s Anadolu Agency treasures cooperation with VNA

Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) attaches much importance to its professional and friendly cooperation with the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Director General of the AA Senol Kazanci has said.

Thais celebrate traditional New Year festival

People in Thailand are joyfully celebrating Songkran – the traditional New Year festival of the country.