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Israel, Palestine resume Gaza ceasefire talks in Cairo

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) — Israel and the Palestinians have resumed peace talks a day ahead of the deadline for yet another ceasefire in Gaza, Spain’s EFE news agency reports. A…

Obama authorizes airstrikes on IS insurgents to help retake control of Mosul Dam

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) — U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) militants in order to help Iraq to recapture the country’s largest dam, located in the…

UN Security Council calls for early formation of inclusive gov’t in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/Xinhua) — The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for the formation of a new inclusive government in Iraq “as quickly as possible and within the constitutional time-…

No troop movement on Russian-Ukrainian border — OSCE observers

VIENNA, (PNA/ITAR-TASS) — OSCE observers have not detected any troop movement on the Russian-Ukrainian border at the Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission said in a weekly…

Ban urges UN system-wide support to WHO’s efforts to fight Ebola

UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/Xinhua) — United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for UN system-wide support to the World Health Organization’s efforts to fight Ebola. “This morning the secretary-general…

South Pars’ phases 20, 21 goes on-stream by early 2015

TEHRAN, (PNA-IRNA) — Two more phases of the South pars energy zone will come to stream in early 2015, a senior energy official said. Due to progress in phases 20…

UN preparing humanitarian corridor in Iraq as U.S. starts airstrikes on IS militants

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– The United Nations is preparing to open a humanitarian corridor in northern Iraq where the U.S. military have launched airstrikes, Nickolay Mladenov, the Special Representative of…

Panama Canal expansion project 70% complete on Pacific side

PANAMA CITY, (PNA/Xinhua) — Work on a third set of locks for Panama Canal, as part of a canal expansion project, is 70 percent complete on the Pacific side, someone…

Russia eyes importing agricultural produce from Paraguay

MOSCOW, (PNA/ITAR-TASS) — Russia’s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is likely to accredit more Paraguayan exporters of meat and milk products as well as fruits and vegetables, the watchdog said in a…

Italy suffers from U.S.-led sanctions on Iran

ROME, (PNA/IRNA) -– Italy’s Sace Insurance Company in a report on negative impacts of unilateral sanctions on Iran announced that Italy’s exports has incurred over 15 billion euros in losses….

Thailand celebrates 47th anniversary Of Asean

BANGKOK, (PNA/Bernama) — Thailand celebrates the 47th anniversary of Asean, Friday with activities organised relating to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), reports Thai News Agency (TNA). Presided over…

Nigeria’s president declares state of emergency over Ebola threat

ABUJA, (PNA/Xinhua) — President Goodluck Jonathan declares a national emergency in a statement on Friday, saying 1.9 billion naira (USD 11.6 million) will be released to prevent further spread of…

U.S. Ebola patient ‘growing stronger every day’

WASHINGTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — One of the two Americans who contracted Ebola in West Africa and are being treated in a U.S. hospital said Friday that he is “growing stronger every…

Thailand’s post-coup legislature selects president, deputies

BANGKOK, (PNA/Xinhua) — Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the newly-formed legislative body, on Friday morning convened the first session to select its president and two vice presidents. Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, a…

Asean envoys give thumbs-up to Malaysia’s chairmanship

KUALA LUMPUR, (PNA/Bernama) — Asean envoys in Malaysia marked the 47th anniversary of the organization on Friday, with glowing recognition of the country’s ability when it assumes the chairmanship next…