World & Region

Philippines steps up raid on Islamic militants in Marawi

Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippine army with support of helicopters and armoured tanks launched a raid on Islamist militants inside the southern city of Marawi on May 25.


Laos speeds up implementation of seaport agreement with Vietnam

Hanoi (VNA) – The Lao Government has instructed relevant agencies to study the establishment of a company to coordinate with Vietnamese partners on the development of a seaport in Vietnam’s central region.The company will be a joint-stock one between the State and the private sector.


Indonesia confirms two suicide bombers’ identity

Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian police on May 25 made public the identity of two suicide bombers in twin blasts near a bus station in the eastern part of Jakarta.


Thailand hosts ASEM Symposium

Bangkok (VNA/NNT) – Thailand has planned to propose the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy as an approach to sustainable development during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Symposium on Inter-Regional Partnership for Sustainable Development. 


Jakarta blasts: Three suspects arrested in West Java

Hanoi (VNA) – Indonesian police on May 26 arrested three people suspected being linked to the suicide bombings that killed at least three police in a Jakarta bus terminal.


RoK bolsters economic, diplomatic cooperation with Indonesia

Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Moon Jae-in expressed his hope to enhance the economic and diplomatic cooperation with Indonesia during a phone call with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on May 25.


Philippines confirms presence of foreigner among IS-linked gunmen

Singapore (VNA) – Singaporeans are among foreign militants fighting for Islamic State-linked Maute group against the Philippine army in Marawi city in the southern Philippines, said Armed Forces of the Philippines’s spokesman Brig. Gen Restitudo Padilla.


Thailand-China railway project to start in August

Bangkok (VNA) – The Thailand-China railway project, which connects Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima province, will be submitted to the Thai Cabinet for approval in June before commencingin August, said Thai Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.


Indonesian President visits victims of bomb attacks

Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited victims of recent suicide bombings at the Kramat Jati police hospital on May 25.


Laos, Thailand target 10 billion USD in two-way trade

Vientiane (VNA) – Laos and Thailand agreed to draft a plan to double the value of bilateral trade and investment to 10 billion USD by 2021.


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