Indonesia eyes UNESCO recognition for Belitung, Toba Caldera geoparks

Jakarta (Indonesia) August 22: Indonesia is to push for Belitung geopark in Bangka Belitung province and Toba Caldera geopark in North Sumatra to be inducted...

New movie theater planned at Taman Ismail Marzuki

Jakarta (Indonesia) August 22: A new movie theater is to be built at the Taman Ismail Marzuski (TIM) arts and cultural center, Central Jakarta, to...

Gabion replaces controversial bamboo art installation at Bundaran HI

Jakarta (Indonesia) August 22: A gabion installation has replaced the controversial Getih Getah bamboo sculpture near the Bundaran HI traffic circle in Central Jakarta.

Govt threatens charges over use of word in Rakhine story

Naypyitaw (Myanmar) August 22: Action will be taken against officials who described as "nationals" the 700,000 Muslims who have fled from Rakhine State to Bangladesh...

Airline increases flights to Mandalay, Shan

Naypyitaw (Myanmar) August 22: Yangon-based Air Kanbawza, part of the Kanbawza Group of Companies that includes Kanbawza Bank, has increased flights to Mandalay Region, and...

Telco voices concerns over internet blackout

Naypyitaw (Myanmar) August 22: A major telecommunications company in Myanmar has issued a statement regarding the government shutdown of internet services in nine townships in...

Repair of damaged bridge to take at least a month, official says

Naypyitaw (Myanmar) August 22: It will take at least a month to repair the damage to the Gote Twin Bridge in Shan State caused by...

Shan bridge reopened after August 15 attack

Naypyitaw (Myanmar) August 22: Heavy vehicles have been permitted to pass through a recently completed temporary span built to replace the damaged Gote Twin Bridge...

Suga: Japan seeks to keep intel pact with S.Korea

Tokyo (Japan) August 22: Japan's top government spokesperson has reiterated that the country will seek to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with South Korea.

Seko criticizes S.Korea's tighter radiation checks

Tokyo (Japan) August 22: Japanese trade minister Hiroshige Seko has criticized South Korea's plan to tighten radiation checks on food products imported from Japan.

Japan, China, S.Korea to help other Asian nations

Tokyo (Japan) August 22: The foreign ministers of Japan, China and South Korea have agreed to promote cooperation for other countries in Asia in such...

JSDF, US Army hold contest to counter cyberattacks

Tokyo (Japan) August 22: Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the US military have held a competition to test their skills in coping with cyberattacks.

S.Korea pulls out of intelligence pact with Japan

Tokyo (Japan) August 22: The South Korean government has announced the country will pull out of an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan.

World Bank offers US$30m for risk financing

Male' (Maldives) August 22: Two complementary agreements worth US$30 million were signed on Tuesday between the Maldives finance ministry and the World Bank to help...

Tourist arrivals reach 1 million

Male' (Maldives) August 22: Maldives received one million tourists by August 2nd this year, tourism ministry has revealed.

Govt announces decision against leasing islands from Male' atoll

Male' (Maldives) August 22: Tourism Ministry has announced the government's decision not to lease further islands from Male' atoll for resort development.

Govt submits supplementary budget for Parliament approval

Male' (Maldives) August 22: The government has submitted a supplementary budget for Parliament approval.

Hearing on Judge Didi's suspension scheduled for this afternoon

Male' (Maldives) August 22: A hearing will be held today on Supreme Court Justice Abdulla Didi's complaint to dismiss the suspension imposed on him by...

Govt to register relocated Kandholhudhoo residents to Dhuvaafarus'

Male' (Maldives) August 22: The government has made the decision to register the people who were relocated to Dhuvaafaru island from Kandholhudhoo island to their...

'Proposed changes will not address issue of foreigners operating businesses'

Male' (Maldives) August 22: Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has stated that the amendments proposed to the Business Registration Act is not related to issue of...

'Ex-pres Yameen did not contact me to collect campaign funds' - Adeeb

Male' (Maldives) August 22: Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor has testified in court that former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom did not contact...

Night Raids Draw Public Criticisms; NDS Defends The Move

Kabul (Afghanistan) August 22: Night raids by special units of Afghan forces in the city of Kabul have faced doubts by military experts and residents...

Ghani Cautions Allies On Adopting 'Wrong Policy' For Peace

Kabul (Afghanistan) August 22: President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday met with NATO's 19th Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Tod D. Wolters in which he warned...

Afghan Govt Criticized For Hiding Details Of Negotiating Team

Kabul (Afghanistan) August 22: Some members of mainstream political parties said they were not consulted by the government on the formation of the negotiating team...

Ghani Inaugurates Darulaman Palace After Its Renovation

Kabul (Afghanistan) August 22: President Ashraf Ghani at a ceremony on Wednesday evening inaugurated Darulaman Palace after its renovation which took almost four years.

World Bank Begins Consultations On Post-Peace Deal Initiatives

Kabul (Afghanistan) August 22: The World Bank on Wednesday has begun consultation with stakeholders to identify economic initiatives to support and sustain peace in Afghanistan...

Trump Wants India, Other Countries To Fight In Afghanistan

Kabul (Afghanistan) August 22: Countries like India, Iran, Russia and Turkey will have to fight terrorists in Afghanistan "at a certain point of time", US...