BANGKOK, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- The National Security Council (NSC) announced that it was preparing a resolution to extend the Emergency Decree in three insurgency-torn southern provinces for the cabinet to approve.

NEW DELHI, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- India's Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi Saturday took over as the country's main opposition Congress party chief, days after being elected unopposed, Xinhua news agency reported.

YANGON, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- Myanmar will start implementation of an electric train project in Yangon region in 2020, Xinhua news agency reported, citing local media 7-Day Daily.

CHONGQING (China), Dec 16 (Bernama) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited the former office of his country's provisional government in Chongqing on Saturday, highlighting the long history of friendship between South Korea and China, and their joint struggle against Japan's past imperialism, Yonhap news agency reported.

SEOUL, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- A Seoul court is set to hand down its verdict on the head of South Korean retail giant Lotte next week over a string of alleged irregularities in the management of the business group, Yonhap news agency reported industry and legal sources as saying.

SEJONG, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- North Korea's imports of gunpowder and other chemical products plunged last year from a year earlier, data showed Saturday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.