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Abe seeks G-7 opposition to China’s muscle-flexing at sea

By Ko Hirano MUNICH, June 7 (PNA/Kyodo) — Group of Seven leaders will start a two-day meeting Sunday in Germany at which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek to…

UN chief calls for better protection of Earth

UNITED NATIONS, June 6 (PNA/Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday made a special appeal, calling for better protection of the Earth on the World Environment Day which fell…

P5+1, Iran to hold plenary meeting on Tehran’s nuclear program

TEHRAN, June 4 (PNA/IRNA) — International mediators and Iran are expected to hold a plenary meeting in Vienna on Thursday to continue elaborating the deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. Diplomats…

Obama signs USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, June 3 (PNA/PTI) — U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law landmark USA Freedom Act, forcing intelligence agencies to set up a system that will leave the telephone…

Japan’s monarch welcomes President Aquino in ceremonial rites

TOKYO, Japan, June 3 (PNA) — Japan’s Emperor Akihito on Wednesday morning received President Benigno S. Aquino III during a welcome ceremony held at the Imperial Palace. President Aquino arrived…

US set to deploy advanced weapons to Asia-Pacific to Counter China

MOSCOW, June 3 (PNA/Sputnik) — The United States plans to relocate advanced military hardware, including its newest stealth missile destroyer, to the Asia-Pacific region amid growing tensions between Washington and…

Obama urges China to stop reclamation in disputed S. China Sea waters

By Kakumi Kobayashi WASHINGTON, June 2 (PNA/Kyodo) — U.S. President Barack Obama urged China on Monday to stop its massive reclamation projects in disputed areas in the South China Sea,…

Japan to employ more English-speaking Filipino teachers, says envoy

TOKYO, Japan, June 2 (PNA) — Japan will soon hire more English-speaking teachers and other professionals from the Philippines, Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez has said. “We are starting…

ASEAN set to become Asia’s next low-cost Manufacturing Powerhouse

KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 (PNA/Bernama) — ASEAN is poised to become Asia’s next low-cost manufacturing powerhouse as wages in China’s Pearl River Delta (PRD) factory belt continue to creep up,…

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….