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Australian Open: Big names come through except Wozniacki

MELBOURNE, Jan. 18 (PNA/Xinhua) — Big names all advance into the fourth round of the Australian Open after Saturday’s matches except the women’s 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who missed another chance…

Thai protesters continue march despite deadly blast

By Jaishree Balasubramanian BANGKOK, Jan. 18 (PNA/PTI) — Defiant Thai protesters on Saturday marched through the capital vowing to continue their campaign to oust beleaguered premier Yingluck Shinawatra, blaming the…

Floods kill 7, displace about 11,000 in Indonesian capital

JAKARTA, Jan. 18 (PNA/Xinhua) — Widespread flooding in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta has left seven people dead and about 11,000 others displaced, officials said here Saturday. The officials also said…

Myanmar FM stresses accomplishment of remaining work of ASEAN Community building

BAGAN, Myanmar, Jan. 17 (PNA/Xinhua) — Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin stressed on Friday accomplishment of the remaining work of ASEAN Community building by 2015 and setting a…

Japanese WWII officer Onoda who refused to surrender dies at 91

TOKYO, Jan. 17 (PNA/Kyodo) — Hiroo Onoda, a former Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who continued fighting on a Philippine island for decades after Japan’s surrender in World War II,…

United States seeks to expand ‘Magnitsky Act’ to global scope

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (PNA/ITAR-TASS) — The bill, expanding the scope of the so-called ‘Magnitsky Act’ to include other nations have been submitted Thursday to the U.S. Congress. The document is…

TEPCO decides permanent shutdown of 2 surviving Fukushima reactors

TOKYO, Dec. 18 (PNA/Kyodo) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. decided at its board meeting Wednesday to permanently shut down two reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that avoided meltdowns in…

Iran, host to second largest refugee population in world

TEHRAN, Dec. 18 (PNA/IRNA) — The Islamic Republic of Iran is host to the second largest refugee population in the world, hosting over 890,000 registered Afghan and Iraqi refugees. The…

Thai political turmoil raises int’l concerns

BANGKOK, Dec. 18 (PNA/Xinhua) — Fifty countries have issued statements to voice their concerns over Thailand’s political tumult, chief of Thailand’s Center for the Administration of Peace and Order Surapong…

Australian troops completely withdraw from Afghanistan

CANBERRA, Dec. 16 (PNA/Xinhua) –The main Australian base in Oruzgan Province in Afghanistan has officially closed, with the last Australian troops leaving Uruzgan province, Defense Minister David Johnston and Prime…

Obama rallies support for gun control on shooting anniversary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (PNA/Xinhua) –U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday marked the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre with a moment of silence in the White…

Egypt to hold constitutional referendum on Jan. 14-15

CAIRO, Dec. 14 (PNA/Xinhua) — Egypt will hold a referendum on the new draft constitution nationwide on January 14-15, official news agency MENA reported on Saturday. “I call upon you…

President Aquino attends gala dinner with ASEAN leaders, their spouses

TOKYO, Japan, Dec. 15 (PNA/via PLDT/Smart) — President Benigno Aquino III attended a gala dinner hosted by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie at the Imperial Hotel here…

Japan, ASEAN to seek “freedom of overflight” in light of China’s ADIZ

By May Masangkay TOKYO, Dec. 13 (PNA/Kyodo) — Leaders of Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will likely call for ensuring “freedom of overflight” in a joint statement…

UN emergency fund gets more funding pledges

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 14 (PNA/Xinhua) — The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) announced Friday it had got funding pledges totaling US$ 404.6 million this year, up US$ 21.2…