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Digital Globe satellite image dated 12 April 2004 shows a general overview of a southern part of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, eight months before the earthquake which set off tsunami waves that hit the area. Photo: EPA/Digital Globe
Digital Globe satellite image dated 12 April 2004 shows a general overview of a southern part of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, eight months before the earthquake which set off tsunami waves that hit the area. Photo: EPA/Digital Globe

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's Molucca Sea on March 17, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami alert was issued and there were no reports of damage.

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Defence ministers from Southeast Asia posing for a photo during the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting in Langkawi, Malaysia on March 16, 2015. Photo: MINDEF
Defence ministers from Southeast Asia posing for a photo during the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting in Langkawi, Malaysia on March 16, 2015. Photo: MINDEF

Defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will study the African Union’s model in their quest to set up an integrated peacekeeping force of the 10-member regional grouping, reports Kyodo News on March 16.

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The Thai authorities see tourism opportunities in Thai-Myanmar border crossing points. The Mae Sai-Tachilek border crossing in Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand. Photo: Adman Oswell/EPA

Thai authorities are considering promoting a Thai-Myanmar border checkpoint in the lower central part of the country as another Thai tourist attraction, reports Xinhua on March 16.

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INS Saryu at sea. Photo: Indian Navy
INS Saryu at sea. Photo: Indian Navy

The Indian Embassy in Myanmar announced that two Indian navy ships named “Saryu” and “Batti Malv” are set to arrive in Yangon on March 16.

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International Monetary Fund managing director Ms Christine Lagarde speaks during a press briefing at the end of a special Eurogroup meeting of Finance ministers, at the European Council headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, February 20, 2015. Photo: Olivier Hoslet/EPA
International Monetary Fund managing director Ms Christine Lagarde speaks during a press briefing at the end of a special Eurogroup meeting of Finance ministers, at the European Council headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, February 20, 2015. Photo: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde hailed India as the bright spot of the global economy on March 16 ahead of talks in New Delhi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Six J-10 fighter jets of the August 1st Aerobatics Team of the People's Liberation Army Air Force perform during the China International Aviation Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, in south China's Guangdong province, November 11, 2014. Photo: Joy Mu/EPA

Beijing will "resolutely" protect citizens near its southwestern border, Premier Li Keqiang said March 15 after a bomb dropped by a Myanmar warplane killed five people on Chinese territory.