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India seeks peaceful solutions to South China Sea disputes

India on Tuesday called for peaceful solutions to the disputes in the South China Sea as the safety of the shipping routes through these waters was crucial for stability in the region.

Beijing urged to accept South China Sea ruling

Japan, Australia and the US on Tuesday urged China to recognise the ruling by The Hague`s Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in favour of the Philippines over its South China Sea dispute with Beijing.

Vietnam warns South China Sea is a `test` of ASEAN

Vietnam has warned that the inability of Southeast Asian nations to forge a unified front against Beijing`s militarisation of the South China Sea is a "test" of the regional bloc in the face of its greatest security challenge.

Divide and rule by Beijing throw ASEAN into disarray

Divide and rule by Beijing throw ASEAN into disarray

Southeast Asian nations are in unparalleled disarray over Beijing`s sabre-rattling in the South China Sea, analysts and insiders say, with the fractures set to deepen as staunch China ally Laos hosts top regional diplomats this weekend.

India beat Laos 1-0, put one foot at Asian Cup Qualifiers

India beat Laos 1-0, put one foot at Asian Cup Qualifiers

India, ranked 163rd in the FIFA charts, dominated throughout today's match as they did most of the attacking against the 174th ranked home side who had to defend their citadel for most part and rely on occasional counter attacks.

China to release more water to alleviate Southeast Asia drought

China will release more water from a dam in its southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts of Southeast Asia, China`s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, following an initial release begun last month.

Myanmar army chief endorses election of Suu Kyi's president

Myanmar`s powerful army chief congratulated incoming president Htin Kyaw and pledged cooperation on Wednesday, after the ally of Aung San Suu Kyi was elected as the country`s first head of state with no military background in decades.

Laos reports local transmission of Zika virus: WHO

Laos joined a total of 41 countries that have reported local transmissions of the virus since the beginning the year, a WHO report said.

Vietnam hit by worst drought in 90 years

Vietnam hit by worst drought in 90 years

Vietnam is suffering its worst drought in nearly a century with salinisation hitting farmers especially hard in the crucial southern Mekong delta, experts said Monday.

Two Chinese killed in "bomb" blast in Laos

Two Chinese nationals were killed and another wounded in a suspected bomb blast in Laos, Chinese state media said on Monday, the latest incident in which Chinese citizens have been killed abroad as the country`s economic footprint grows.

Laos picks new Communist Party chief

Laos`s Communist Party on Friday chose Bounnhang Vorachit to be its new leader after a vote by a newly-formed central committee that did not include the prime minister and former party chief, signalling their political exits.

India will not get involved in ASEAN disputes: Hamid Ansari

India wants to develop "comprehensive" ties with ASEAN nations but will not get involved in any of their territorial or maritime disputes, Vice President Hamid Ansari has said.

Ansari holds talks with Laotian leadership, 2 pacts signed

Vice President Hamid Ansari today held talks with the top Laotian leadership on a host of issues including bolstering bilateral trade and investment as part of India's push to strengthen its economic engagement with ASEAN nations.

Vice President Hamid Ansari embarks on visit to Cambodia, Laos

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday embarked on a visit to Cambodia and Laos during which he will hold talks with leadership there to strengthen ties and shore up the "below potential" bilateral trade and investment as part of India's push for an enduring partnership with ASEAN countries.

23 missing in Laos military chopper crash: State media

More than 20 people are missing after a military helicopter in Laos came down in poor weather earlier this week, state media said on Wednesday.

Under-age African footballers trafficked to Asia

Under-age African footballers trafficked to Asia

It has been found out in an investigation report that aspiring African footballers as young as 14 years of age are being trafficked to Asia and forced to sign contracts.

Thai forces shoot dead seven drug suspects

Thai forces have shot dead seven suspected drug smugglers and seized six bags of heroin after a firefight near the Myanmar border, an official said, in the latest clash over narcotics in the remote region.

Ten students missing after Laos ferry sinking: State media

Ten students were missing after a ferry carrying primary school children sank on a tributary of the Mekong River in Laos on Tuesday, state media said.

Meth seizures quadruple across much of Asia-Pacific: UN

 Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the UN said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption. 

Worker crushed in Thai pet food factory meat grinder

A migrant worker from Myanmar was killed after he slipped into a meat grinder at a pet food factory in Thailand, police said Wednesday.