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Myanmar seeks to kick start stalled peace process


Hundreds of representatives from Myanmar’s ethnic insurgent groups gathered in the capital on Wednesday for talks aimed at reviving Aung San Suu Kyi’s stuttering peace process after months of heavy fighting.

Duterte cuts short Moscow trip, martial law declared in Mindanao


Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte opted to return home to the Philippines after undetermined number of armed men attacked government and faith-based facilities in Marawi City mid-Tuesday afternoon.

Peace conference to be held in Myanmar capital Naypyidaw


Myanmar hopes to take significant steps towards ending its long-running armed conflicts this month as leaders will meet for a peace conference starting Wednesday in the capital city Naypyidaw. However, the battlefields are unlikely to quieten down any time soon.

Vietnam intensifies nuclear applications: official


Scrapping its first nuclear power plant project, Vietnam is strengthening applications of nuclear energy and technologies in various spheres, especially healthcare, agriculture and industry, a local official said here on Thursday.

China, Cambodia vow to implement cooperation plans under Belt and Road Initiative


BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Wednesday to enhance practical cooperation with Cambodia and implement plans and projects to promote the Belt and Road Initiative.

Wang Jiarui, Cambodian PM Hun Sen attend China-Cambodia forum in Beijing


Wang Jiarui, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attend a forum on the cooperation of business travel between China and Cambodia, in Beijing

Singapore remains world's most expensive city for 4th year running


Singapore is the world's most expensive city for expatriates to live in for the fourth year running, according to the latest findings of the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU)

Philippines lawmakers dismiss foreign minister Perfecto Yasay amid scrutiny over US citizenship


Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday rejected the appointment of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay after ruling he lied to them about being an American citizen.

Ancient pottery, Buddha head found buried at weir in Thailand


Ancient pottery and the large head of a Buddha statue have been found buried near a community weir in Muang district of Thailand’s northern province.

Philippines slams US drama series for depicting president making sexual advance toward secretary of state


Manila on Tuesday “strongly protested” an American television drama for showing a fictional Philippine president making a sexual advance on the US secretary of state.