Turkey, Russia begin joint patrols in northeast Syria

01/11/2019 19:09

Turkish and Russian troops began their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday under a deal between the two countries that forced a Kurdish militia away from territory near Turkey’s border.

Security tight in Thai capital ahead of Southeast Asia summit

01/11/2019 19:07

Thailand mobilized more than 17,000 security officers on Friday ahead of a three-day summit of Southeast Asian and other international leaders in Bangkok, guarding against attacks after a dozen explosions marred another regional meeting in August.

Baghdadi's aide was key to his capture - Iraqi intelligence sources

28/10/2019 20:09

In their long hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraqi intelligence teams secured a break in February 2018 after one of the Islamic State leader’s top aides gave them information on how he escaped capture for so many years, said two Iraqi security officials.

US Assistant State Secretary condemns China’s illegal acts

20/10/2019 14:22

Assistant Secretary David Stilwell Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the US Department of State has delivered a statement on US policy in the Indo-Pacific region and implementation of the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018, or ARIA.

Turkey plans presence across northeast Syria, Erdogan says

19/10/2019 15:12

Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, insisting that a planned “safe zone” will extend much farther than U.S. officials said was covered under a fragile ceasefire deal.

Turkish forces intensify bombardment around Syrian town

12/10/2019 14:31

Turkish forces stepped up their bombardment around a town in northeast Syria on Saturday, the fourth day of an offensive against a Kurdish militia, after U.S. troops in the region came under artillery fire from Turkish positions.

ASEAN pushes joint bid to host 2034 World Cup

11/10/2019 09:42

An ASEAN ministerial meeting in Manila, the Philippines, has agreed that five ASEAN nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – will launch a joint bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup.

Trade war will not affect RCEP: ASEAN Secretary-General

07/10/2019 20:01

Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Lim Jock Hoi has expressed his confidence that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be completed in principle before Thailand’s chairmanship ends at the end of this year.

Thai PM holds urgent haze meeting

02/10/2019 10:24

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on September 30 held an urgent video-conference with leaders of 16 provinces and related ministries after PM2.5 air pollution exceeded the safe level in Bangkok and surrounding provinces.

Singapore expected to ease monetary policy soon

29/09/2019 15:31

As Singapore continues to see sluggish trade and growth data, with core inflation at a three-year low, economists forecast the central bank to ease monetary policy in its upcoming review and provide some support to the economy.

Iran says it will destroy any aggressor

22/09/2019 10:21

Iran will pursue any aggressor, even if it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh and U.S officials blamed on Tehran.

Palm oil blamed for 39 percent of forest loss in Borneo island

20/09/2019 18:12

The palm oil industry was responsible for at least 39 percent of forest loss on the biodiversity-rich island of Borneo between 2000 and 2018, according to data from the Centre for International Forest Research (CIFOR), a research firm based in Indonesia.