Cambodia’s three international airports recorded 10.6 million passengers in 2018, according to VINCI Airports, the French-owned company operating international airports in Cambodia. Passenger traffic moving through Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville airports grew by 20.1 percent year-on-year.

High-level DPRK-US talks expected to be held this week to discuss 2nd summit: RoK media

High-level talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States were expected to be held in Washington this week to discuss the second DPRK-US summit, Yonhap news agency reported on January 15 citing diplomatic sources.

Indonesia records highest-ever trade deficit

Indonesia recorded a trade deficit of 8.57 billion USD in 2018, the highest-ever level, according the country’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

Turkey sends more reinforcements to border with Syria''s Idlib

Turkey loaded tanks and armoured vehicles onto trucks on January 12 and dispatched the convoy to the Turkish province of Hatay on the Syrian border, the Demiroren news agency said.

Two dead in Paris gas blast amid lockdown for yellow-vest protests

Two firefighters died and nearly people 50 were injured in a massive gas explosion that gutted the ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district on Saturday (January 12), authorities said.

Thailand, Australia discuss bilateral cooperation

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister, ACM Prajin Juntong, and the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Marise Payne, discussed bilateral cooperation for the prosperity and security of both countries.

Global economic growth to slow to 2.9 pct in 2019: World Bank

Global economic growth is projected to slow to 2.9 percent in 2019 from a downwardly revised 3 percent in 2018 amid rising downside risks, the World Bank said on Tuesday (January 8).

Door for peace talks open to armed groups in Myanmar: presidential spokesman

The door for peace talks is always open to the armed groups, said spokesman of Myanmar's Presidential Office U Zaw Htay late on January 7 in Nay Pyi Taw.

Putin, Modi agree to enhance anti-terror cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a phone conversation and discussed important issues of bilateral and international agendas, including joint efforts in the fight against terrorism, the Kremlin said Monday (January 7).

Restoration process underway following police outposts attack in Myanmar''''s Rakhine state

Restoration process is underway after four police outposts were raided by the Arakan Army (AA) on Friday (January 4) morning in Buthidaung, Myanmar's Rakhine state, an official from Myanmar Military told Xinhua.

Death toll from storm, landslides in Philippines surges to 122

The death toll from heavy rains that triggered landslides and flash flooding in the Philippines rose to 122, said the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on January 3. 

Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt discusses measures to support victims of bomb attack

The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt worked with a delegation from Ho Chi Minh City, led by Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Bui Ta Hoang Vu, in Egypt on December 30.

A test for US President

The disagreement between the Republicans and Democrats regarding the budget for the construction of the barriers along the United States-Mexico border has made parts of the US Government paralysed due to the lack of budget to maintain operations. After the Democrats took control of the Senate, this is considered the first difficulty they have caused for US President Donald Trump, and also a test for the White House boss’s bravery in the remainder of his presidential tenure.

Syria state media says Israeli planes attack targets near Damascus

Smoke rises past a mountain as seen from Damascus countryside,Syria, December 25, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

Indonesian villagers return home after tsunami

Thousands of villagers who fled their homes when a tsunami struck Anyer beach, Indonesia’s Banten province on December 22 have returned home to repair houses and stabilise life.

ASEAN Chair 2020: Responsibility and opportunity for Vietnam

The recent establishment of the National ASEAN 2020 Committee is one of the initial steps that Vietnam has taken during the months of preparation for the task of the ASEAN Chair in 2020, said Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.

At least 168 people die in Indonesia tsunami

A tsunami following a volcanic eruption in Indonesia claimed at least 168 lives, said local authorities on December 23.

US starts returning troops home from Syria, says White House

The Trump administration has started returning US troops home from Syria after claiming a victory in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), the White House said on December 19.

German gov''''t finalizes immigration law for skilled workers

The German government on December 19 finalized a new immigration law that grants skilled workers from Non-European countries the opportunity to achieve permanent residence status in Germany.

Fire engulfs 600 stilt homes in Brazil city Manaus; thousands flee

A fire raced through a neighborhood in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus early on December 18, engulfing at least 600 wooden houses built on stilts due to seasonal floods and sending thousands fleeing from their homes.

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate moves on journalist death

Saudi Arabia rejected on December 17 recent moves of the US Senate over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Press Agency reported.

UN climate conference adopts rulebook for implementing Paris deal

Negotiators from nearly 200 countries on December 15 agreed on a package of the implementation guidelines, or a common rulebook of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

ASEAN pays attention to interests of migrant workers

The ASEAN Safe Migration Campaign was launched in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 12 to call on regional countries as well as the international community to pay attention to the interests of migrant workers who have grown rapidly in recent years.

EU, China stress urgent need to unblock appointment of WTO Appellate Body members

The European Union (EU), China and other World Trade Organization (WTO) members on Wednesday (December 12) delivered a joint statement, emphasizing the urgent need to unblock the appointment of WTO Appellate Body members.

ASEAN connectivity enhanced under Singapore’s chairmanship

Cooperation and connectivity in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have seen improvements in 2018 under Singapore’s chairmanship, which was themed "Resilience and Innovation”.