[Graphic News] US dominates world military spending

The US remained the top military spender last year, with its expenditure growing by 1.7 percent to reach $611 billion between 2015 and 2016, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.China increased its exp...

More calls for shark hunting ban after photo of fins on jetty surfaces

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (The Star) -- Photos of shark hunting and finning in Sabah, known as a dive paradise for its idyllic islands, that surfaced on socail media have led to renewed calls for an industry ban. Yet another pictur...

Passion for quality, authenticity propels souvenir business

VIENTIANE, Laos (Vientiane Times) -- An office worker taps into her passion for handmade mementos to create appealing souvenirs that also provide employment opportunities to those who may otherwise be marginalized through disabili...

'Kampha and the Ivory Princess' stages special performance

The “Kampha and the Ivory Princess” stage play showed in a very special performance at the National Cultural Hall in Vientiane yesterday. “Kampha and the Ivory Princess” is based on a local fable which was modified for the st...

China, S. Africa talks may result in culture exchanges

The first talks between China and South Africa on people-to-people exchanges and culture were praised Monday by President Xi Jinping, who said it would “build a foundation” of public support for the ties and stimulate cultural e...

Star's editor-in-chief appointed new ANN chairperson

BANGKOK (ANN) -- The Star's editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh of Malaysia has been appointed the Asia News Network chairperson for the period 2017-2018.  Datuk Leanne Goh, editor-in-chief of The StarThe appointment was made by the...

As budget deadline looms, Trump pushes border wall funding

WASHINGTON -- With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the US-Mexico ...

Greece, creditors to resume talks in Athens, seek swift deal

ATHENS -- Representatives of Greece's international creditors are due in Athens to restart talks on further cutbacks required under the country's bailout deal. A European Commission spokesman says that the officials are returning...

[Graphic News] Jobless college graduates surpass 500,000

The number of unemployed people with a bachelor‘s degree in South Korea surpassed 500,000 in the first quarter for the first time, Statistics Korea‘s data showed.The number of unemployed college graduates is 543,000, unemployed ...

[Graphic News] Deaths caused by tobacco still climbing

The total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths worldwide has increased, reported a consortium of researchers. According to the Global Burden of Disease report, the number of deaths attributed to tobacco use surpassed 6.4 m...

[Newsmaker] Thousands march to fight alternative facts

Thousands of people joined a global March for Science on Saturday with Washington the epicenter of a movement to fight against what many see as an “assault on facts” by populist politicians.  US President Donald Trump himself p...

Pence reaffirms US-Australia alliance after Trump spat

Vice President Mike Pence and Australia's prime minister brushed off any lingering hostility over a contentious refugee deal and joined forces on Saturday to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to drop its ...

11 candidates vie for French presidency in high-stakes race

From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France’s presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism’s global appeal. The traditional left-right contenders are joined -- and ...

Trump tells young immigrants in US illegally to ‘rest easy’

Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now here illegally can “rest easy,” President Donald Trump said Friday, telling the “dreamers” they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies.Trump,...

Toll hits 15 in Russia metro attack as victim dies of wounds

     SAINT PETERSBURG -- A woman wounded in the Saint Petersburg metro bombing died in hospital Thursday, a local official said, taking the death toll from the attack to 15.   Deputy regional governor Anna Mityanina said a ...