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Jokowi signs election bill into law

Indonesia (The Jakarta Post) -- A controversial election bill has been passed after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed it into law on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson Johan Budi said on Saturday.

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August 19, 2017
- Vietnam's waterfall tourism plan announced
HANOI (Vietnam News) -- Detailed plans for Ban Gioc Waterfall tourism site in Vietnam were announced on Thursday by Cao Bang Province's People's Committee and the Ministry of Construction. . More >>>

August 18, 2017
- Tianjin cruise ship port attracts more passengers
Tianjin province, China : Traveller numbers have increased tenfold at the Tianjin International Cruise Home Port in the Chinese province of the same name in the six years since welcoming its first passengers. . More >>>

August 17, 2017
- Elderly need community-based care, experts urge
HCM CITY, Vietnam (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Elderly need community-based care and sustainable long-term care services is vital to countries with aging population including Vietnam. . More >>>

August 16, 2017
- Tianjin Eco-city is environmentally friendly
Tianjin province, China: The Eco-Sino-Singapore Eco-city, a major cooperation project between China and Singapore, is the first eco-city jointly established by the two countries. . More >>>

August 15, 2017
- Countries along the Belt and Road connect to Tianjin
Tianjin province, China: A trip to Tianjin by mainstream media from various countries along Maritime Silk Road aims to tell a different story about Tianjin and embody the unique function of Tianjin in construction of One Belt, One Road.. More >>>

August 14, 2017
- 8 security personnel among 15 killed in Pakistan's Quetta blast
ISLAMABAD (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people, including eight security personnel, were killed and 30 others injured in a bomb blast that hit a security forces' truck in the Pakistani city of Quetta, the provincial capital of the country's southwest province of Balochistan on Saturday evening, officials said. . More >>>

August 12, 2017
- Strong, but deep, earthquake shakes northern Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A strong but deep earthquake struck the northern Philippines early Friday afternoon but caused no apparent damage. Office workers and students in the capital, Manila, briefly evacuated their buildings after feeling the moderately strong swaying and shaking. . More >>>

August 11, 2017
- Nepal's new law criminalises centuries-old Chhaupadi custom
KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) -- As per the new law, which will come into effect soon, anyone forcing a woman to follow the custom will be liable to a three-month jail sentence or Rs 3,000 fine or both. . More >>>

August 10, 2017
- Deadly storms, slides plague provinces
BEIJING (China Daily) -- Two mudslides killed at least 31 people, with four still missing, on Tuesday after downpours in two provinces, authorities said. . More >>>

August 9, 2017
- Sichuan's city attraction home to 700 lotus species
Sichuan province, China: If you want to enjoy flowering peony, go to Henan province, but if you want to enjoy the sight of the lotus, come to Sichuan province. . More >>>

August 8, 2017
- Park creates income for poor villages in Sichuan
Sichuan province, China :Yonghe Modern Agriculture Park in Fujiang district covers 55 administrative villages including 11 poor villages of Yongxing, Hesha and Renlibut poverty is now declining. . More >>>

August 7, 2017
- 3 US Marines missing after aircraft crashes off Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- Search and rescue operations were underway for three US Marines who were missing after their Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia on Saturday while trying to land. . More >>>

August 5, 2017
- Poverty to be eliminated in China's Sichuan by 2020
Sichuan province, China: The poverty rate in Sichuan, a largely rural south-west province of China, will be reduced to zero percent by 2020 according to government plans. . More >>>

August 4, 2017
- Sichuan's iconic pandas prove a visitor magnet
Sichuan, China : About 10 kilometres from downtown Chengdu city, Sichuan province, lies the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a world-famous facility dedicated to the large bears and tourism drawcard. . More >>>

August 3, 2017
- Beijing attracts enthusiastic visitors during summer vacations
BEIJING, China: -- Many families across China and beyond are touring historical sites in Beijing during their children's summer holidays from July to August. . More >>>

August 2, 2017
- Republic of Korea targets 20 m inbound tourists through promotional programmes
The Republic of Korea has introduced numerous tourism promotional programmes hoping to attract 20 million inbound tourists annually during the 2016-2018 Visit Korea Year, officials in charge have said. . More >>>

August 1, 2017
- Draining floodwater in Thailand to take 10 days
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN News Desk) -- Prayut dismisses criticism of mismanagement as Northeast reels under heavy inundation. . More >>>

July 31, 2017
- New storm to enter PAR on Sunday; Signal No. 1 up over Batanes
Philippines (Inquirer) -- Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 has been raised over the Batanes group of islands as a new storm is forecast to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday. . More >>>

July 29, 2017
- Central expressway section to open in August
QUANG NAM (Vietnam News) -- The Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) will put the first 65km road section of the 140km Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway into operation on August 2. . More >>>

July 28, 2017
- Ex-PM challenges top court
Thailand (The Nation) -- Former Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra has again requested the Supreme Court to seek a Constitutional Court ruling on a legal issue involving the case against her of negligence in the management of the rice pledging case, challenging the highest court's decision to reject her previous petition. . More >>>

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