Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union. (May 07, 2017)
NDO/VNA – ASEAN foreign ministers issued on April 28 a statement expressing grave concern over the escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula, urging the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and all parties concerned to exercise self-restraint in order to relieve the tension.
NDO/VNA – The Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to ASEAN convened its sixth session in Manila, the Philippines, on April 26, in preparation for the 30th ASEAN Summit and related meetings slated for April 27-29.
NDO – The Taliban's recent deadly raid on April 21 that killed more than 140 Afghan government soldiers and injured many others has created a security shock in the host country and for foreign troops stationed there. Once again, the alarm of security instability has been raised, warning that the fight against terrorists and extremists in the South Asian country will be further prolonged and complicated.
NDO – A narrow majority of Turks voted ‘Yes; to change the constitution to move the country from a parliamentary to a presidential system of government, which will grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Despite winning the referendum, President Erdogan still faces a number of challenge as the result has deepened divisions among parties in the country as well as in the relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU).
NDO – This August, a photo contest scheduled to be held in Hanoi, will feature the beauty of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) people and countries on the occasion of the bloc’s 50th anniversary (1967 - 2017).
NDO – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a seminar entitled, ‘Promoting the role of the media in communicating ASEAN Community’, on April 18, in Hanoi, to introduce the sources of information and documents related to the interests of ASEAN Community.
NDO – An unexpected decision made by the US President, Donald Trump, to launch rockets targeting the Syrian military base, has upset recent analyses on US’s strategy in the Middle East nation. The Pentagon's first direct military intervention in Syria raged scepticism that "chemical weapons" could once again be used as a "card". The move has even caused a divide within the US and is also a blow to Russian-US relations in the fight against terrorism.
NDO – Early on the morning of April 7, from its warships USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea, the US launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base near the central city of Homs, Syria. This is the biggest substantial escalation of the US military over the past six years of the Syrian civil war, which may pose potential risk of exacerbating tensions in the region while threatening to completely shatter all efforts to seek a political solution to the crisis in this Middle Eastern country.
A truck plowed into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in central Stockholm on April 7, killing three people and wounding eight in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist attack.