UNESCO's UN Cultural Organization voted to add 14 new sites to its World Heritage List on Saturday, including the Indian Rose City in Jaipur, Liangzhu City Ruins in China, and the Plain of Jars, located in the central area of Laos.
There are currently more than 1,000 cultural and natural landmarks in 167 countries on the World Heritage List.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech at the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on Friday.
Leaders including heads of state and government from 37 countries will attend the forum's round-table summit, Wang told a press briefing.
Nineteen people have been confirmed dead and more than 3,000 need to be rescued after a dam collapsed in a remote part of land-locked Laos, local media reported on July 25.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 8 welcomed the newly appointed ambassadors of Laos and Brunei at the presidential complex in Ankara.
The rescue in Laos of three endangered red pandas trafficked from China has raised fears the rare animals are increasingly being coveted by exotic pet owners.