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France maintains priority for ASEAN

ASEAN is one of the priorities in France ’s foreign policy, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said during a discussion at the ASEAN Secretariat head office in Jakarta on August 2. ASEAN represents efforts to build a region of peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity, he told the participants, who included ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong ... Read More »

Motorola unveils its first Google smartphone

Motorola on Thursday introduced the keenly-anticipated Moto X, a Google-centric smartphone that buyers get to design themselves. Moto X is the first Motorola smartphone created in collaboration with Google since the Internet titan completed its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility in May of last year. “At Motorola our roots are deep in mobile hardware — we invented mobile communications,” ... Read More »

‘No link’ between sleep, tiredness

New Swedish research has shown that there is little or no relation between how much sleep people get at night and how tired they feel, the head researcher said. “The length of sleep is not a good measurement to analyse whether we get enough sleep or not,” Torbjoern Aakerstedt told AFP of the studies conducted at the Stress Research Institute ... Read More »

IMF chief urges better global policy coordination, tailored reforms

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Thursday urged better global policy cooperation and economic reforms that could help tackle specific challenges in both advanced and emerging market economies. After the outbreak of the financial crisis, there is “really intensive” global cooperation in policy making between 2008 and 2009, but after the crisis abated and global economy embarked ... Read More »

Cambodian election votes announced

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) has officially announced the votes of its fifth general election held on July 28. Accordingly, as many as 6,616,110 people nationwide cast their votes, accounting for 68.38 percent of the voters numbering 9,675,453. Initial official results show that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) got 3,227,729 votes, while the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party ... Read More »

Cambodia invites observers to inspect poll result verification

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) said on August 1 that it will invite national and international observers to monitor and verify the results of the fifth general election. The process is scheduled to begin at the NEC headquarters in Phnom Penh on August 3. Eight political parties contested in the poll, but only two parties gained seats in the parliament. ... Read More »

Thai youths invited to join Thaicom Robocamp 2013

Fifty potential candidates will be recruited to take part in the Thaicom Robocamp 2013 and five of them will be sent to Japan to compete in RoboCup Japan Open 2014. The Thaicom Foundation, with the cooperation of Mahidol University’s college of engineering, is now looking for 50 potential candidates to join the four-day event, which is scheduled for October 24-27. ... Read More »

Malaysia wants best possible resolution for East Sea issue

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman has affirmed his country’s consistent stand to want the best possible resolution of the East Sea issue to maintain friendship and cordial relations in the region. Anifah told reporters after a meeting with his visiting Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Putrajaya on August 1 that all parties should rely on international laws and the 1982 ... Read More »

Myanmar, EU look towards full cooperation

Myanmar President U Thein Sein has vowed to make comprehensive cooperation with the European Union (EU) following the latter’s total lifting of sanctions on his country, Xinhua News Agency reported. Meeting with an EU delegation led by Ambassador David Lipman in Nay Pyi Taw on July 30-31, U Thein Sein spoke highly of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s relaxation, reinstatement ... Read More »

France clears 50 percent of Myanmar’s debt

France will clear 550 million USD or 50 percent of Myanmar’s debt owed to the European country. An agreement to this effect was signed by Myanmar Minister of Finance U Win Shein and visiting French Foreign Trade Minister Nicole Bricq in Naypyidaw on July 31 in accordance with what was reached at the Paris Club’s meeting earlier this year. Under ... Read More »