The ASEAN Economic Community, or AEC, is to launch at the end of this month. The AEC will be equivalent to the world's seventh-largest economy. Organizers hope it will ease the movement of money, goods, investment, services and skilled labor across ASEAN countries.
The EF English Proficiency Index is carried out every year. The study rates the English language level of adults in 70 countries in which English is not the first language. The latest report says Sweden leads the world in English. The report places Libya last.
Viral hepatitis infections kill nearly one million people a year. The majority of cases are in Asia and in African countries south of the Sahara. A vaccine and treatment for some forms of hepatitis are now available. But they can be costly.