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Vietnam’s long-serving leader Nguyễn Phú Trọng dies at 80

Vietnam’s long-serving leader Nguyễn Phú Trọng dies at 80

HANOI: Vietnam’s long-serving leader Nguyễn Phú Trọng passed away on Friday afternoon. He was 80. The board of health protection and care for central officials has announced the death of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, saying the death of the party leader followed a period of illness. Despite wholehearted […]

Bukhara: a timeless tapestry of history and culture

Bukhara: a timeless tapestry of history and culture

By Shokhijakhon Urunov* BUKHARA: Nestled on the Silk Road, Bukhara is more than just a city of Uzbekistan; it’s a living museum, a testament to centuries of cultural exchange, and an architectural marvel that whispers tales of empires past. Its very name, believed to originate from the Sogdian word ‘βuxārak’ meaning ‘place of good fortune,’ hints […]

Obituary: Uzbek Ambassador Vitali Fen – “I respect your sense of responsibility and passion for putting your all into it until the very end”

Obituary: Uzbek Ambassador Vitali Fen – “I respect your sense of responsibility and passion for putting your all into it until the very end”

By Choi Young-ha, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Uzbekistan SEOUL: Vitali! He is a descendant of Pyeon Galsong (片碣頌) of the Zhejiang Pyeon clan (浙江片氏), who spent 25 years, one-third of his 77-year life, in Seoul. He was a career diplomat who connected Korea and Uzbekistan, a historical figure who left a truly […]

The Two Faces of the Taliban: Two countries still far away, Korea and Afghanistan

The Two Faces of the Taliban: Two countries still far away, Korea and Afghanistan

The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who are entering their second term in power in 2021, say they are different from before, but the West’s gaze towards them is […]

On Memorial Day, South Korea honors its fallen heroes

On Memorial Day, South Korea honors its fallen heroes

By Habib Toumi Manama: On Thursday June 6, 2024, I will make sure that I will say a prayer for the Korean soldiers who died defending or in the service of their country. It is always painful for anyone to lose loved ones and for a nation to lose men and women in uniform or in […]

The Two Faces of the Taliban: “We will watch”. “How well will we lead Afghanistan?”

The Two Faces of the Taliban: “We will watch”. “How well will we lead Afghanistan?”

By Lee Shin-seok* KABUL: The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan (hereinafter referred to as Afghanistan) twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who are entering their second term in power in 2021, say they are different from […]

Uzbekistan’s Khiva: Crown Jewel of the Silk Road is the 2024 tourism capital of the Islamic world

Uzbekistan’s Khiva: Crown Jewel of the Silk Road is the 2024 tourism capital of the Islamic world

KHIVA: The city of Khiva in Uzbekistan, an ancient city famous for its rich history and vibrant culture, will soon receive large numbers of visitors from all over the world, especially from the OIC Member States to participate in the Twelfth Session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers on May 31- June 2. The […]

Report on Peace and War : Role of journalists

Report on Peace and War : Role of journalists

By Ivan Lim, Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN Seoul: Without doubt, the Russia-Ukraine war and the Hamas-Israel hostilities were upper-most in our minds as we sat down for a pow-wow on War and Peace and the responsibilities of the media. But any concern that spirited discourse on the conflicts would turn partisan and lead […]

Korea and its striving for unity remains unabated

Korea and its striving for unity remains unabated

By Kuban Andymen SEOUL: It is possible that even clairvoyant predictors of the future could not have foreseen that the temporary division of Korea in 1953 along a line almost coinciding with the 38th parallel would remain unchanged for more than 70 years. To the north of this line, one system of government was established, […]

Incheon, City of International Peace, grand ambitions

Incheon, City of International Peace,  grand ambitions

By Habib Toumi INCHEON: Incheon Metropolitan City is set to become an international meeting point for people from across the world, its vice mayor has said. “Featuring the world’s best hub, Incheon International Airport, Incheon Part that serves as a logistics hub for Northeast Asia, , Incheon is South Korea’s key economic and international city […]

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