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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…

ASEAN undecided over common time zone

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 (PNA/Xinhua) — Malaysia has actively proposed a common time zone for the Associations of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) as a symbol of integration, but some members are…

Nepal quake death toll climbs to 3,351

KATHMANDU, April 27 (PNA/Xinhua) — Death toll in Nepal climbs to 3,351 after Saturday’s strong quake, and 6,833 people were injured, said the country’s Home Affairs Ministry on Monday. Sindhupalchowk,…

Death toll in massive Nepal earthquake exceeds 2,200

NEW DELHI, April 26 (PNA/Sputnik) — According to the India Times television channel, the number of casualties has reached 2,200 following a series of aftershocks. More than 4,700 people have…

N. Korea requests “formal partnership” with ASEAN

KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 (PNA/Kyodo) — North Korea has requested a formal partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a top Malaysian Foreign Ministry official said Saturday. Othman Hashim,…

UN to mount major relief effort in Nepal: Ban Ki-moon

UNITED NATIONS, April 26 (PNA/PTI) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today assured quake-hit Nepal that the world body will mount a major relief effort and support it in dealing…

Radioactive drone landing on Abe’s roof sparks nationwide alert

TOKYO, April 23 (PNA/Xinhua) — The head of Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) said Thursday a full investigation was underway following the landing of a drone containing traces of a…