Connectivity vital to Vietnam’s deeper integration

Publication date 16 January 2020 | 21:10 | ICT

Connectivity and infrastructure are key elements to lower trade costs and help Vietnam develop both global and domestic markets.



  • Jokowi says Sandiaga ‘very likely’ to succeed him in 2024

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 21:10 | ICT

    Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ignited political speculation on Wednesday after suggesting that former vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno – his former rival in the 2019 presidential elections – would run for preside

  • Family of Franco-Irish teen push for inquest

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 21:09 | ICT

    The parents of a Franco-Irish teenager whose body was found in a Malaysian jungle are demanding an inquest after authorities ended investigations into the case, the family’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

  • Relief as heavy rain falls over Australian bushfires

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 21:04 | ICT

    Heavy rain fell across parts of fire-ravaged eastern Australia on Thursday and more wet weather was forecast, giving some relief following months of catastrophic blazes fuelled by climate change.

  • Russia ruling party backs Putin’s PM pick

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 21:03 | ICT

    Russia's ruling party backed President Vladimir Putin’s nomination of a little-known tax chief as the new prime minister on Thursday, after Putin’s announcement of a constitutional shake-up fuelled speculation about his plans.

  • Iran leader urges unity after plane protests

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 21:03 | ICT

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appealed on Wednesday for “unity” and flagged the need for radical changes to the way Iran is run, after a wave of angry protests over the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner.

  • Japan reports case of mystery virus

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 21:02 | ICT

    Japan has confirmed a case of a mystery virus that first emerged in China and is from the same family as the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) pathogen, authorities said on Thursday.

  • Israel turns occupied West Bank into ‘nature reserves’

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 21:01 | ICT

    Israeli defence minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday announced the creation of seven nature reserves in the occupied West Bank as part of efforts to maintain Israeli control, weeks before a general election.

  • US Senate prepares to start Trump trial over abuse of power

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 21:00 | ICT

    Articles of impeachment charging US President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress will be formally read to the Senate on Thursday, setting in motion a historic trial that threatens the US leader with removal

  • Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 20:59 | ICT

    Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the “Interceptor” is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world’s waters of plastic.

  • Taal’s main crater lake has dried up, says Phivolcs

    Publication date 16 January 2020 | 20:58 | ICT

    The Main Crater Lake (MCL) of Taal volcano has dried up, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported on Wednesday afternoon.