World News in Brief: June 23

World News in Brief: June 23

The World Bank on Wednesday revised down Malaysia's growth projection this year to 4.5 percent from 6 percent earlier, as the ongoing pandemic and movement restrictions will affect Malaysia's economy in the near term. (12 hours ago)

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Vietnam chairs 64th meeting of Initiative for ASEAN Integration Task Force

  21 hours ago
NDO/VNA - The Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Task Force convened its 64th meeting via videoconference on June 22 under the chair of Ambassador Nguyen Hai Bang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to ASEAN and Chair of the Task Force in 2021. 

ASEAN+3 SOM: Vietnam underlines cooperation to fight COVID-19, promote recovery as top priority

  Jun 22, 2021 22:06:21
NDO/VNA - Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung affirmed that enhancing cooperation to push back COVID-19 and promote comprehensive recovery remains the top priority, while addressing the ASEAN Plus Three Senior Officials’ Meeting held in the form of video conference on June 22. 

Putin says NATO degrades European security

  Jun 22, 2021 21:48:06
The entire system of European security has been significantly degraded, while tensions are rising and the risks of a new arms race are becoming real, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. 

S&P affirms Malaysia's credit ratings, outlook remains negative

  Jun 22, 2021 20:56:24
S&P Global Ratings on Tuesday affirmed its "A-" long-term and "A-2" short-term sovereign credit ratings on Malaysia. 

At least 40 injured in train collision in Egypt's Alexandria

  Jun 22, 2021 20:56:12
At least 40 persons were wounded when a locomotive crashed into a train in Egypt's north coastal city of Alexandria early on Tuesday, the country's health ministry said in a statement. 

Pakistan sees lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in 8 months, Indonesia reports 13,668 new cases

  Jun 22, 2021 19:57:45
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in Asia-Pacific countries as Indonesia reported 13,668 new cases on Tuesday and India's coronavirus tally was close to 30 million, meanwhile, Pakistan saw the lowest positivity rate in eight months. 

World News in Brief: June 22

  Jun 22, 2021 19:55:22
Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan to allow quarantine-free travel to the country's resort destination Phuket from July 1, government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said. 

Vietnamese Foreign Minister chairs ASEM High-level Policy Dialogue

  Jun 22, 2021 19:42:28
NDO/VNA – Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son on June 22 chaired the ASEM High-level Policy Dialogue themed “ASEM at 25: Strengthening Asia-Europe Partnership in a Transforming World.” 

Vietnam pledges to continue contributing to UN mission in South Sudan

  Jun 22, 2021 08:35:14
NDO/VNA - Vietnam will continue to make positive contributions to the United Nations (UN) Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and increase the engagement of female officers in the mission, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representatives of Vietnam to the UN, has stated. 

ASEAN welcomes Japan's US$10 billion support for decarbonisation

  Jun 22, 2021 06:04:38
NDO/VNA - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has welcomed Japan's pledge of US$10 billion in financial support for decarbonisation efforts by its member states.  

Vietnam attends ASEAN SOM, ExCom SEANWFZ’s meeting

  Jun 21, 2021 17:55:49
NDO/VNA – Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the Vietnam ASEAN SOM Nguyen Quoc Dung on June 21 attended the ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting (ASEAN SOM) and a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (ExCom SEANWFZ) Treaty Commission, which were hosted virtually by Brunei – the chair of ASEAN in 2021. 

World News in Brief: June 21

  Jun 21, 2021 17:05:21
Well above 80% of the athletes and officials residing in the Olympic village will be vaccinated when the Games kick off, the International Olympic Committee President said. 

Israel allows some Gaza exports, one month after truce

  Jun 21, 2021 14:26:48
Israel allowed a limited resumption of commercial exports from the Gaza Strip on Monday in what it called a "conditional" measure one month after a truce halted 11 days of fighting with the Palestinian enclave's Hamas rulers. 

Opening the door to dialogue between the EU and Russia

  Jun 21, 2021 09:29:00
NDO – Heads of the European Union (EU) member states are to meet in Brussels, Belgium, on June 24 to discuss hot issues including the future of the bloc’s relations with Russia. It is said that the Russia-US summit last week has opened the door to dialogue that the EU should also carry out with Moscow.