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ASEAN, Netherlands strengthen cooperation

ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh and Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Frans Timmermans discussed potential fields where the two sides can further cooperation, at a meeting in Indonesia on February 21. The two leaders also exchanged opinions about regional issues including ASEAN development and needs. The Dutch minister, who is on a visit to ... Read More »

New drug developed to combat flu pandemic

A new drug has been proven to be effective in preventing the spread of different strains of influenza in laboratory models – including resistant strains of the virus, Australian top science institute CSIRO said on Friday. The breakthrough, published in Science, is the result of a global collaboration between scientists from the CSIRO, the University of British Columbia and the ... Read More »

AISOM issues statement in New Delhi

The 15th ASEAN-India Senior Officials Meeting (AISOM) issued a statement in New Delhi on Feb. 21, affirming the event was the first official engagement between ASEAN and India following the elevation of the relationship to a strategic partnership. At the meeting, senior officials from 10 ASEAN countries, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN and Indian officials discussed ways to implement the ... Read More »

Prada’s 1950s girl dreams of Bond in Milan

Italian iconic fashion house Prada transformed 1950s American housewives into would-be Bond girls on Thursday, with a lethally seductive look which gave a powerful twist to the classic hourglass dress.   Models display creations as part of Prada Fall-Winter 2013-2014 Womenswear collection on February 21, 2013 during the Women’s fashion week in Milan. Checkered dresses in red and white or ... Read More »

Bullied children can suffer lasting psychological harm as adults: study

Bullied children grow into adults who are at increased risk of developing anxiety disorders, depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a study led by researchers at Duke University. Using the Great Smoky Mountain Study, the research team tapped a population-based sample of 1,420 children ages 9, 11 and 13 from 11 counties in western North Carolina. Initially enrolled in 1993, ... Read More »

Amid China row, US to help firms guard trade secrets

Amid rising concern over alleged cyber crime originating from China, the White House will unveil a new plan Wednesday to help US firms thwart the theft of billions of dollars in trade secrets. The strategy will be made public a day after a report by American Internet security firm Mandiant said that a Chinese military cyberspying unit was targeting US ... Read More »

Armstrong refuses to cooperate with USADA

Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that he will not cooperate with the US Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation into dope cheats in cycling but would be willing to help other anti-doping inquiries. The move greatly diminishes Armstrong’s chances of having his life ban from World Anti-Doping Agency-sanctioned sport reduced even as it forces USADA to move ahead without his help in looking into ... Read More »

Rover finds gray rock beneath Red Planet’s surface

So much for Mars being “The Red Planet”. NASA said Wednesday that its Curiosity rover has scooped up a sample from the interior of a Martian rock and found that the powdery soil just beneath the planet’s rust-colored exterior is actually a light gray color. “Something that the science team is really excited about, is the fact that the tailings ... Read More »

Olympic singing star Sande honoured at Brits

Singer-songwriter Emeli Sande, the voice of the London Olympics, continued her rise to superstardom by winning two of the most prestigious Brit Awards at a ceremony in London on Wednesday.   British singer-songwriter Emeli Sande performs on stage at the BRIT Awards 2013 in London on February 20, 2013. Sande, the voice of the London Olympics, continued her rise to ... Read More »

Thailand tops ASEAN in number of senior citizens

The Institute for Population and Social Research of the Mahidol University has indicated that Thailand has the most number of senior citizens in ASEAN, creating concerns for the economy in the future. The institute has compared the number of population in the ASEAN community over the past year and found that Thailand tops the list for having the highest number ... Read More »