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Death toll in massive Nepal earthquake exceeds 2,200

NEW DELHI, April 26 (PNA/Sputnik) — According to the India Times television channel, the number of casualties has reached 2,200 following a series of aftershocks. More than 4,700 people have…

N. Korea requests “formal partnership” with ASEAN

KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 (PNA/Kyodo) — North Korea has requested a formal partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a top Malaysian Foreign Ministry official said Saturday. Othman Hashim,…

UN to mount major relief effort in Nepal: Ban Ki-moon

UNITED NATIONS, April 26 (PNA/PTI) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today assured quake-hit Nepal that the world body will mount a major relief effort and support it in dealing…

Radioactive drone landing on Abe’s roof sparks nationwide alert

TOKYO, April 23 (PNA/Xinhua) — The head of Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) said Thursday a full investigation was underway following the landing of a drone containing traces of a…

Asean to play significant role in global economy

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (PNA/Bernama) — ASEAN, with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) set to reach US$ 4 trillion dollar by 2020, will play an increasingly significant role in…

U.S. researchers blame wildfires for sizable greenhouse emissions

SAN FRANCISCO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Wildfires had emitted up to 7 percent of the total greenhouse gases in the U.S. state of California in the first decade of this century, U.S….

Cleaning up China’s big rivers

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — The health of China’s rivers is due for a thorough examination, as an action plan for pollution control goes on stream. A State Council plan on water…

Measles outbreak officially over in California

LOS ANGELES,(PNA/Xinhua) — The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and affected 131 Californians is over, California health officials said Friday. The last case of measles was confirmed March 2,…

New stock accounts surged over 400% in Q1

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — Chinese new stock accounts rose by 433 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to reach almost 8 million, Chinese securities watchdog said Friday. About 62 percent of…

Summit of Americas ends without declaration again amid Obama’s engagement push

PANAMA CITY, April 12 (PNA/Xinhua) — The seventh Summit of Americas concluded here on Saturday without a final declaration, again. With the participation of Cuba for the first time in…

Obama says Hillary Clinton to become ‘Excellent President’ for the US

WASHINGTON, April 12 (PNA/Sputnik) — The announcement comes a day before Hillary Clinton is expected to announce the start of her presidential campaign. “She [Hillary Clinton] was a formidable candidate…

Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 campaign Sunday

WASHINGTON, April 10 (PNA/Xinhua) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to make her official 2016 presidential campaign announcement on Sunday, local media reported Thursday. The New York…

China urges U.S. not to take sides on territorial issues

BEIJING, April 9 (PNA/Xinhua) — China on Thursday urged the United States not to take sides on territorial issues, voicing anger against U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who said Diaoyu…

ASEAN leaders aim to narrow economic gap in region, document says

By Vivian Ho KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 (PNA/Kyodo) — Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will push for more engagement with the private sector to narrow the gap…

U.S. tested largest bunker buster bomb ahead of Iran nuclear talks

MOSCOW, April 4 (PNA/Sputnik) — The Pentagon upgraded and tested the United States’ largest bunker buster, which could potentially destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities, while Washington attempted to reach a diplomatic…