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Culture, information sectors need to do more to build ASEAN identity: Brunei official

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Nov. 20 (PNA/Xinhua) — The culture and information sectors in Southeast Asia need to do more to build an ASEAN identity, a senior Brunei government official said…

Ban, Security Council deplore terrorist attacks in Beirut

TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (PNA/IRNA) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have both strongly condemned the terrorist attacks near the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital,…

New Zealand steps up typhoon relief funding for Philippines

WELLINGTON, Nov. 19 (PNA/Xinhua) — The New Zealand government Tuesday pledged another 2.975 million NZ dollars (2.47 million U.S. dollars) in relief funding for the Philippines, bringing its total aid…

China urges countries to keep word in addressing climate change

WARSAW, Nov. 19 (PNA/Xinhua) — Some countries should keep their word if they want to reach a global climate pact, a senior Chinese official said here Monday. Xie Zhenhua, deputy…

Canada to boost aid to typhoon-stricken Philippines up to USD 40M

OTTAWA, Nov. 19 (PNA/Xinhua) — Canada significantly increased its humanitarian aid to the typhoon-stricken Philippines Monday with Prime Minister Stephen Harper announcing a further 14.4 million U.S. dollars toward emergency…

Indonesia, Malaysia discuss food sovereignty at scientific forum

BOGOR, West Java, Nov. 18 (PNA/ANTARA) — The Indonesian Professors Association (API) and the Malaysian Professors Association (MPN) held a scientific forum to discuss agriculture and food sovereignty at the…

Japanese air force put on alert after Russian bomber fly-by

TOKYO, Nov. 18 (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– Japan placed its air force on alert after two Russian bombers flew near its airspace, a local news agency reported Monday, citing Japan’s Defense…

UN prods for inclusive trade and investment in Asia-Pacific region

BANGKOK, Nov. 18 (PNA/Xinhua) — The Asia-Pacific region needs to make its trade and investment activities more inclusive so as to generate common growth and shared prosperity, a United Nations…

Saudi King donates USD 10M to relief and rehabilitation efforts in ‘Yolanda’ affected areas

MANILA, Nov. 18 (PNA) — Kingdom of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz ordered a US$ 10 million donation to relief and rehabilitation efforts for the victims of typhoon…

Pentagon chief welcomes Egypt’s ending emergency law, curfew

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (PNA/Xinhua) –U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday phoned his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fatah al- Sisi to welcome the end of the emergency law and curfew imposed…

EU praises PHL coordination efforts in Yolanda’s aftermath

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Nov. 16 (PNA) — The European Union (EU) praised the Philippine government’s initial response to the devastation of supertyphoon “Yolanda,” saying Filipino authorities were able to coordinate…

Japan to deploy 3 SDF ships to crisis-hit Philippines, triples aid to 30 million USD

Tokyo, Nov. 15 (PNA/Xinhua) — The Japanese government said Friday it would deploy three Self-Defense Forces (SDF) vessels to the typhoon-ravaged Leyte island in the Philippines, with as many as…

ASEAN ready to help Philippines recover

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Nov. 13 (PNA/Xinhua) — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said Wednesday that it will offer its strongest support in the work of recovery in typhoon-ravaged…

US: We will help our ally recover from the storm and move forward

MANILA, Nov. 11 (PNA) -– The United States on Monday vowed to help typhoon-ravaged provinces recover from the storm, which has affected around 10 million people, as it deployed military…