MOSCOW, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- Vietnam plays a crucial role in the Asian-Pacific region, said Chairman of a foundation on Asian and European science and technology research, Grigory Trofimtruk.

SANTIAGO, Oct 13 (BERNAMA-NNN-EFE)--Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was at Santiago's international airport on Thursday to welcome 66 refugees from the Syrian civil war.

TOKYO, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- A cargo ship from China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region sank early Friday some 600 km south of Ishigaki island of Okinawa prefecture, southwestern Japan, China's Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Kyodo news.

By Manik Mehta

NEW YORK, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- While many have in the past characterized ASEAN's strength as 'unity in diversity', Kishore Mahbubani, the dean of the Singapore-based Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore, preferred to say that 'ASEAN's strength is its imperfections!'

ACCRA, Oct 13 (BERNAMA-NNN-GNA) -- Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered the implementation of interim safety measures for all Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) infrastructure across the country.

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- The White House announced Thursday it will end subsidies to health insurance companies that help lower out-of-pocket costs for low-income customers, another move intended to unravel the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

SANTIAGO DE CHILE, Oct 13 (BERNAMA-NNN-PRENSA LATINA)--Violence and drug trafficking were today the main subjects during a summit here, in which Chile and the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) committed themselves to take joint actions against those scourges.