ASEAN IN FOCUS

Thailand to start testing medical marijuana on patients

  BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — Thailand is poised to start its first tests of cannabis oil on patients, a health official said Friday, as excitement swirls around a new industry that could create money-making avenues for entrepreneurs while offering relief for suffering patients. Marijuana has been used as a traditional herb for centuries in Thailand but was banned decades ago. The junta’s rubber-stamp parliament voted in December to legalise it for medical purposes. Thailand is […]

Death toll from Indonesia mine collapse rises to 16

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — The death toll from last week’s collapsed gold mine in northern Indonesia has risen to 16, as hopes to find survivors fade, an official said Wednesday. Eighteen people have been pulled alive but injured from the illegal mine on Sulawesi island, but it is unclear how many were inside when the accident happened last Tuesday. Painstaking rescue efforts have been hampered by steep terrain, unstable soil and dangerously narrow mining shafts. […]

PHL to raise the bar in fight vs human trafficking as it hosts ASEAN consultative meeting, says Año

  (Eagle News) — The Philippine government has set its eyes on raising the bar in the fight against trafficking in persons (TIP) as it hosts the consultative meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-member countries in Panglao, Bohol which starts Tuesday, March 5, 2019. During the recent security briefing, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año instructed top government officials involved in the preparation to provide international guests with the […]

Seven dead, dozens buried in Indonesia mine collapse

NORTH SULAWESI, Indonesia (AFP) — At least seven people have died and dozens more are still trapped beneath the rubble of an illegal gold mine that collapsed in Indonesia, officials said Thursday, as rescuers frantically searched for survivors. Some 19 miners had been plucked to safety since Tuesday night’s accident and rescuers are communicating with some still buried, raising hopes for more survivors. But the rescue effort at the remote site on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island […]

Dozens buried in Indonesia gold mine collapse: official

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — One person was killed and dozens more were buried in the collapse of an illegal gold mine in Indonesia, the country’s disaster agency said Wednesday. Rescuers on the island of Sulawesi scrambled to find survivors in the rubble after the collapse triggered a landslide on Tuesday evening, the agency said. At least one person had been found dead and 15 others were injured in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi, […]

Nuclear weapons on menu at Trump-Kim dinner

by Sebastian Smith Agence France Presse HANOI, Vietnam (AFP) — Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet Wednesday in Hanoi for the second date in an unlikely friendship that the US president hopes will push North Korea’s reclusive leader closer to reaching a deal on his nuclear arsenal. Trump touched down late Tuesday on Air Force One after flying half way around the world from Washington, while Kim arrived earlier, following a two-and-a-half-day train journey […]

Kim, Trump arrive in Hanoi ahead of nuclear summit

by Richard CARTER / Sebastian Smith North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump arrived in Hanoi Tuesday, ahead of a second summit closely watched for concrete steps to dismantle Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. After an initial historic meeting in Singapore in June that produced only a vague statement about denuclearisation, analysts say the second date must deliver more in the way of tangible progress. The summit itself is shrouded in secrecy and […]

URGENT: Trump lands in Hanoi for North Korea nuclear summit

US President Donald Trump landed in Hanoi on Tuesday for two days of talks to try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear arsenal. Trump arrived on Air Force One after flying half way around the world from Washington, while Kim arrived earlier, following a two-and-a-half-day train journey from Pyongyang. They were due to have dinner Wednesday and continue talks on Thursday. sms/slb/rma © Agence France-Presse

LOOK: Kim arrives ahead of Trump meet

LANG SON, Vietnam (AFP) — A jovial North Korean leader Kim Jong Un grins and waves as he walks the red carpet from a Vietnamese rail station, and heads to Hanoi for the much anticipated second summit with US President Donald Trump.

Kim arrives for nuclear summit with Trump after marathon train trip

by Quy Le BUI Agence France Presse DONG DANG, Vietnam (AFP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed into Vietnam Tuesday after a marathon train journey for a second summit showdown with Donald Trump, with the world looking for concrete progress over the North’s nuclear programme. Following a historic first meeting in Singapore in June that produced a vaguely worded statement about Kim’s nuclear arsenal, analysts say the second summit in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi […]

North Korean leader’s train arrives in China

by Matthew Knight and  Claire Lee North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s armoured train arrived in China late Saturday ahead of his highly anticipated second summit with US President Donald Trump in Vietnam, according to media reports. The train arrived in the border city of Dandong after 9:00 pm local time (1300 GMT), according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency and the specialist outlet NK News. Official North Korean news agency KCNA confirmed Kim’s departure […]

Vietnam readying for Kim train arrival next week: sources

Vietnamese authorities are preparing for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to arrive by train next week ahead of his summit with US president Donald Trump, several sources told AFP Friday. The leaders are slated to meet in Hanoi on February 27-28 to follow up on their first meeting last June in Singapore that ended with vaguely worded commitments on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Sources told AFP that Kim was expected to arrive by train […]