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76.5 pct Japanese concerned over economy after tax hike

TOKYO, March 23 (xinhua) — About 76.5 percent of respondents of a poll released Sunday said they are concerned about the country’s economy as the government will raise sales tax…

Britain backs US decision to transfer control of Internet domain name system

LONDON, Mar 23 (PNA/Xinhua) –Britain will support the United States over the latter’s decision to transfer the US control of the Internet’s domain name system into a “multi-stakeholder” process, the…

Ban Ki-moon: Crimean referendum to worsen situation around Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS, March 18 (PNA/ITAR-TASS) — Sunday’s secession referendum held in Crimea, which proclaimed independence from Ukraine, will further worsen the situation around Ukraine, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on…

G8 prepares expulsion of Russia: media

BERLIN, Mar 16 (PNA/Xinhua) –Russia is threatened to lose its status as a G8 member country amid the Ukrainian crisis as the G7 group is considering to choose London as…

First-ever ASEAN film festival kicks off in Yangon

YANGON, March 17 (PNA/Xinhua) — The first-ever ASEAN film festival on Monday kicked off at the Nay Pyi Taw Cinema in Yangon, according to film circle. Organized by Myanmar Motion…

US Senate committee authorizes sanctions against Russia

WASHINGTON, Mar 13 (PNA/ITAR-TASS) –The US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee has passed a bill authorizing sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian officials deemed by Washington to be guilty of corruption and…

China, US should expand common interests: Premier Li

BEIJING, Mar 13 (PNA/Xinhua) –China and the United States should expand common interests while respecting each other’s core interests and major concerns and properly managing differences to raise the level…

Michelle Bachelet sworn in as Chile’s president

VALPARAISO, Chile, March 12 (PNA/Xinhua) — Michelle Bachelet was officially sworn in as president of Chile on Tuesday in a ceremony attended by leaders around the region in the central…

Crimea to change name after declaring independence

SIMFEROPOL, March 12 (PNA/ITAR-TASS) — Crimea will no longer be called Autonomous Ukrainian Republic of Crimea but Republic of Crimea following adoption by Crimea’s parliament the Supreme Council of a…

Obama calls six world leaders on Ukraine crisis: White House

WASHINGTON, Mar 9 (PNA/Xinhua)– U.S. President Barack Obama called six world leaders on Saturday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House said. Obama spoke separately with British…

Deputy PM says Russia should re-arm amid US, NATO ‘threats’

MOSCOW, March 9 (PNA/RIA Novosti) – The Russian deputy prime minister in charge of defense said “overt threats” by the United States and NATO demonstrate the necessity of equipping the…

Chinese rescuers on way to salvage mission

SANYA, March 9 (PNA/Xinhua) — An emergency response team assembled by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) set out early Sunday from south China’s Sanya Port in Hainan Province to the…

China’s top legislature considers trimming death penalty crimes

BEIJING, March 9 (PNA/Xinhua) — The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, is considering reducing the number of crimes subject to the death penalty, an NPC official said on…

Saudi blacklisting of Brotherhood signals political support to Egypt

By Mahmoud Fouly CAIRO, March 8 (PNA/Xinhua) — The decision made by oil-rich Saudi Arabia on Friday to include the Muslim Brotherhood on its first list of terrorist groups reflects…

No signs of crash for Malaysian flight found: transport official

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (PNA/Xinhua) — Malaysian transport authorities said that no signs had been found that a Malaysia Airlines flight, carrying 239 passengers and crew had crashed, Transport Minister…