Give people direct stake in ASEAN unity
Every student knew the name ASEAN, but most did not know much else. They did not know much about its history, its aims and so on. Some of the students could not even list all the member states that make up the bloc.
Leaders of the 12 nations taking part in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations hope for a free trade deal by the end of this year.
Over the past few weeks, much attention has been paid to the elec-tion in Germany, which is not only the European Union's largest economy but also one that will play a decisive role in addressing debt turmoil in the eurozone.
Continuous bombing waves, terrorist attacks and daily casualties in Iraq have broken out again, sparking concerns that the country is teetering on the edge of another civil conflict, similar to the bloody civil war that raged from 2006-09, following the US occupation.
Hopes slim for Israel-Palestine peace talks
For many years the global community has been hoping for a peaceful end to the Palestine-Israel conflict, so when both sides held their first peace negotiations after nearly three years of deadlock many people across the world breathed a sigh of relief.
Measures to tackle the haze that has blighted parts of Southeast Asia dominated the meeting of environment ministers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday.
A new political crisis in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous state and currently going through a period of change, will badly affect the country's economy which is already on the brink of collapse.
Sending arms to Syria would be catastrophic
It is not without reason that the recent gathering of the world's eight leading industrialised nations (G-8), which was supposed to focus on economic and financial issues, quickly descended into a fierce debate on the political crisis in Syria.
Africa has huge potential for East Asia
During the global economic crisis, developed countries have increasingly targeted Africa as a potential market with which to trade in order to boost their sluggish economies and global leaders are travelling to Africa to try and gain a foothold in one of the world's fastest-growing economies.
Leaders from Asia-Pacific nations warned at the second Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Chiang Mai on Monday that fierce competition for water could trigger conflict in the region unless nations co-operate to share water resources.
Europe suffers from vicious austerity cycle
Workers hit by lower living standards and record high unemployment have been staging protests across Europe for the past week, hoping to persuade their governments to ease austerity measures and boost growth.

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A tiring push for success seen as doomed to fail A tiring push for success seen as doomed to fail

It is just after seven in the evening when Nguyen Minh Trung gets home. It's been a long day, more than 12 hours, in fact, and he's exhausted.

Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh

Wiping sweat from his forehead, 36-year-old Trinh Duc Sang took big strides along a road covered with muddy coal sludge and dirt to the place that was his home until just three weeks ago. He climbed a rickety ladder that buckled under his weight to reach his neigh-bour's house overlooking a creek. From there, he crossed into his old home.

Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam 1    Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam

Pham Ba Lu swore thousands of times that he "would not live under the same sky as the United States".

Mental disorders affect 10% of Viet Nam's population: MoLISA Mental disorders affect 10% of Viet Nam's population: MoLISA

Nearly 9 million people in Viet Nam, or 10 per cent of the population, suffer from mental disorders, including 2.5 per cent with serious mental illnesses under social protection.

Planning sector needs much simplification Planning sector needs much simplification

Over the years, a total of 71 legal documents and ordinances and 73 decrees have been enacted by the National Assembly and the Government to regulate planning in Viet Nam.