Unceasing migrant influx to Europe

Unceasing migrant influx to Europe

NDO—The migration wave continues to strike Europe at a steady rate, despite the efforts of countries on both sides of the Mediterranean to stop the influx of migrants from the Libyan coast to Italy. The recent meeting of interior ministers from the central Mediterranean countries in Rome, Italy has shown their determination to address the root cause of the problem.  (Mar 24, 2017)

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US still stuck in Afghan “fire pan”

  Mar 13, 2017
NDO—The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering a new strategy to address the increasingly volatile and complex security situation in Afghanistan. After nearly 16 years of fighting terrorism in this South Asian country, the US remains bogged down, even deeper, into its most persistent war ever.  

RoK court upholds impeachment of Park, removes her from office

  Mar 11, 2017
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea (RoK) unanimously upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on Friday, removing her from office after a 92-day leadership crisis and triggering a presidential election in the weeks to come.  

ROK in a critical situation

  Mar 09, 2017
NDO – The Republic of Korea (ROK) is currently in a tough period faced with numerous difficulties both at home and abroad. The “Choi Soon-sil scandal” continues to shake domestic politics and is causing deep social divisions. Meanwhile, missile tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and controversies with China concerning the United States’ deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in the ROK are posing a lot of “headaches” for the Seoul administration.  

Ally struggle

  Mar 08, 2017
NDO - The world is witnessing new strains in relations between Turkey and Germany after a 'war of words' erupted between Turkish leaders and the member countries of the European Union (EU). The tension runs the risk of damaging the awkward relations between Ankara and the key member of NATO after the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July of last year.  

Saudi Arabia moving in a new direction

  Mar 06, 2017
NDO - Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is more than halfway through his month-long tour to Asia. In addition to reaching economic targets and extending the country’s influence, the tour also reflects Riyadh’s new direction of diplomacy at a time when concerns have arisen about its relations with its closest ally – the US. 

A drastic decision

  Mar 03, 2017
NDO—The Pentagon has delivered a draft plan to defeat the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) to the White House. Accordingly, US military officials made strategic adjustments, calling for more drastic action in the war against terrorism, as the plan provided a framework for a broader plan and looked at the IS around the world, not just in Iraq and Syria. 

ASEAN remains big priority in Japan’s foreign policy

  Mar 02, 2017
NDO/VNA—Japan affirmed that ASEAN remains a big priority in its foreign policy at the 32nd ASEAN-Japan Forum, which was held in Banda Seri Begawan, Brunei from March 1-2.  

Officials support Vietnam’s priorities for APEC 2017

  Mar 02, 2017
NDO/VNA—Senior officials from APEC member economies have evaluated highly and reaffirmed their support for the theme and priorities proposed by the host country, Vietnam, for APEC Year 2017.  

APEC SOM1 continues agenda with series of meetings

  Feb 27, 2017
NDO/VNA—The agenda of the first Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOM1) and related meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum continued on February 27 in Nha Trang in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, with a series of events.  

A short step in a long-term roadmap

  Feb 27, 2017
NDO—After a 10-month hiatus, talks between the Syrian government and rebel factions officially resumed in Geneva, Switzerland with the United Nations as an intermediary. The negotiations are taking place as the conflict on the ground has undergone numerous transformations with adjustments made to the military strategies of both Russia and the United States; however, the viewpoints of these two opposition parties in the Middle Eastern country seemed to remain at a “standstill.” There has yet to be any sign indicating the “light at the end of the tunnel” ignited in the arduous roadmap to seek a solution to the Syrian crisis.  

Islamic State planning attacks in Britain: anti-terrorism lawyer

  Feb 26, 2017
Islamic State militants are planning "indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians" in Britain on a scale similar to those staged by the Irish Republican Army 40 years ago, the head of the country's new terrorism watchdog said.  

APEC Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting wraps up

  Feb 24, 2017
NDO/VNA – The APEC Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting (FCBDM) successfully concluded in Nha Trang city in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on February 24 after two days of working.  

APEC SOM1, related meetings busiest on sixth day

  Feb 24, 2017
NDO/VNA – The first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 1) opened in Nha Trang city on February 23 with 430 delegates participating in 11 activities of eight committees, working groups and forums. 

APEC Finance, Central Bank Deputies Meeting convenes

  Feb 23, 2017
NDO/VNA – The APEC Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting (FCBDM) kicked off in Nha Trang city, south central coastal Khanh Hoa province, on February 23.