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ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SMEs Ready by November

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 (PNA/Bernama) — The ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be ready by November following submission to leaders of the regional bloc…

Japan gov’t panel eyes further relaxing visa requirements

TOKYO, May 26 (PNA/Xinhua) — A panel advising the Japanese government on economic policy is expected to discuss a proposal Tuesday to further ease visa requirements to draw more tourists…

Ireland passes historic legislation legalizing Gay marriage

MOSCOW, May 24 (PNA/Sputnik) — The heavily Catholic nation of Ireland has become the first country in the world to recognize same-sex marriage through a popular vote. Ireland is a…

U.N. disarmament talks flop over nuke-free zone plan for Middle East

NEW YORK, May 23 (PNA/Kyodo) — A four-week UN review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended Friday without adopting a consensus document, with negotiators failing to narrow differences over…

Biden blasts China for unilateral actions in S. China Sea

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, May 23 (PNA/Kyodo) — Vice President Joe Biden criticized China on Friday for unilaterally claiming disputed islands in the South China Sea through such means as pushing ahead…

Obama signs bill allowing Congress to review Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON, May 23 (PNA/Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill that gives Congress the right to review a potential deal on Iran’s nuclear program….

U.S. Senate approves fast-track trade legislation

WASHINGTON, May 23 (PNA/Xinhua) — The U.S. Senate voted Friday to approve the so-called fast-track trade legislation that is key to concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, a top priority…

Asia becomes world’s largest investor region: UNCTAD

GENEVA, May 18 (PNA/Xinhua) — Asia has become, for the first time, the world’s largest investor region with US$ 440 billion invested in 2014, followed by North America (US$ 390…

Egypt’s Morsi sentenced to death over jailbreak charges

CAIRO, May 16 (PNA/Xinhua) — An Egyptian court sentenced Saturday ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi to death over 2011 jailbreak charges. The Cairo Criminal Court issued preliminary death sentences against…

Britain plans power station capable of capturing 90% CO2 emissions

LONDON, May 16 (PNA/Xinhua) — The British government announced Friday that it will fund the industrial research and feasibility work of a proposed coal-gasification power station, which will be equipped…

Japan Cabinet approves bills for greater SDF role

TOKYO, May 14 (PNA/Kyodo) — The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday approved security bills that would significantly expand the scope of overseas operations by the Self-Defense Forces…

Japan’s ruling bloc formally approves new security legislation

TOKYO, May 11 (PNA/Kyodo) — Japan’s ruling coalition gave formal approval Monday to a series of security-linked bills that will expand the scope of operations by the Self-Defense Forces, setting…

ASEAN Member Countries prepare for Food Security Monitoring System

BANGKOK, May 11 (PNA/Bernama) — The move towards a computerised implementation and monitoring system to accurately track food security in the ASEAN region will help countries offset the shock caused…

UN-initiated panel starts consultations to improve global response to public health crisis

UNITED NATIONS, May 9 (PNA/Xinhua) — A UN-initiated panel started wide consultations this week to gather lessons learned from Ebola crisis, with an aim to improve local and global response…

Clinton: Undocumented workers in NY pay more taxes than corporations

WASHINGTON, May 6 (PNA/Sputnik) — Workers who are undocumented in the U.S. state in New York pay more in taxes than corporations, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said at a…