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Arctic ice loss, weather extremes show climate risk: UN

Last year’s record shrinkage of Arctic sea ice and a spell of catastrophic droughts, floods and storms highlight the risk to the planet from climate change, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Monday.   Waves hit the road along the sea near Cayenne, French Guiana on January 15, 2013. Last year’s record shrinkage of ... Read More »

Economic crisis, crime dominate CARICOM meeting

The global economic crisis and high crime rates afflicting most member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) dominated the group’s meeting Monday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, according to reports reaching here. “Since the financial and economic contagion of 2008, growth in this region has been strangled. Most of our member states contend on a daily basis with a fiscal situation that ... Read More »

Excessive TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behavior: study

Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behavior when they become adults, according to a new study published online Monday in the U.S. journal Pediatrics.     The study followed a group of around 1,000 children born in the New Zealand city of Dunedin in 1972-73. Every two years between ... Read More »

Indonesia works to ensure security for APEC venues

Indonesia has begun checking security preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit scheduled for next October on its island of Bali . Firmansyah Rahim, Director General of Tourism Destination Development at the Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, said that his ministry has issued a decree on new security standards for hotels, restaurants and locations in service of the ... Read More »

Laos, Myanmar build friendship bridge

Laos and Myanmar have kicked off the construction of a friendship bridge over Mekong River, the daily New Light of Myanmar reported on February 19. The construction of the steel suspension bridge was started last weekend from both ends. It is designed to be 691.1 metres long, 8.5 metre wide and have a loading capacity of 75 tonnes. When operational, ... Read More »

Indian naval ship visits Malaysia

Indian naval ship INS Sudarshini is paying a four-day visit to Malaysia in a bid to boost maritime cooperation. The visit is part of a wide range of activities to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of relations between India and the Southeast Asian Nations Association (ASEAN). The ship, which arrived in Malaysia on February 16, is on its ... Read More »

Jakarta conference discusses post-2015 development agenda

A global consultative conference on disaster risks reduction and post-2015 development agenda was held in Indonesia on February 19 by the host government in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Participants, who were Indonesian and UN officials, foreign ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic corps in Jakarta, discussed challenges to post-2015 development and shared their viewpoints and experiences ... Read More »

Laos boosts drug control

Laos held a meeting to discuss the control and management of drugs from February 11-13. According to the Lao National Commission for Drug Control and Supervision, around 55,000 people living in Laos are vulnerable to drug addiction. Eighty percent of those people are dependent on amphetamines, the remaining 20 percent use opium, heroin, marijuana and other stimulants. Speaking at the ... Read More »

ASEAN Chief stresses gender equality in building community

ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh has affirmed the importance of gender equality in achieving the ASEAN Community by 2015. “The spirit of promoting gender equality should be an integrated part of ASEAN’s policies and programmes towards the ASEAN Community. The goal of gender equality should be central to all three pillars of economics, politics–security and socio-culture,” Minh said in ... Read More »

Thai Airways to add more routes, flights to boost Thai tourism

Thailand ’s flag-carrier is planning to add more flights and routes to its schedule in order to help boost the travel business. Thai Airways International President Sorajak Kasemsuvan revealed that the flag-carrier is looking to add many more flights to its schedule before the end of this year, especially on routes proven to be popular and are connecting points that ... Read More »