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Asean to play significant role in global economy

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (PNA/Bernama) — ASEAN, with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) set to reach US$ 4 trillion dollar by 2020, will play an increasingly significant role in…

U.S. researchers blame wildfires for sizable greenhouse emissions

SAN FRANCISCO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Wildfires had emitted up to 7 percent of the total greenhouse gases in the U.S. state of California in the first decade of this century, U.S….

Cleaning up China’s big rivers

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — The health of China’s rivers is due for a thorough examination, as an action plan for pollution control goes on stream. A State Council plan on water…

Measles outbreak officially over in California

LOS ANGELES,(PNA/Xinhua) — The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and affected 131 Californians is over, California health officials said Friday. The last case of measles was confirmed March 2,…

New stock accounts surged over 400% in Q1

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — Chinese new stock accounts rose by 433 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to reach almost 8 million, Chinese securities watchdog said Friday. About 62 percent of…

Summit of Americas ends without declaration again amid Obama’s engagement push

PANAMA CITY, April 12 (PNA/Xinhua) — The seventh Summit of Americas concluded here on Saturday without a final declaration, again. With the participation of Cuba for the first time in…

Obama says Hillary Clinton to become ‘Excellent President’ for the US

WASHINGTON, April 12 (PNA/Sputnik) — The announcement comes a day before Hillary Clinton is expected to announce the start of her presidential campaign. “She [Hillary Clinton] was a formidable candidate…

Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 campaign Sunday

WASHINGTON, April 10 (PNA/Xinhua) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to make her official 2016 presidential campaign announcement on Sunday, local media reported Thursday. The New York…

China urges U.S. not to take sides on territorial issues

BEIJING, April 9 (PNA/Xinhua) — China on Thursday urged the United States not to take sides on territorial issues, voicing anger against U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who said Diaoyu…

ASEAN leaders aim to narrow economic gap in region, document says

By Vivian Ho KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 (PNA/Kyodo) — Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will push for more engagement with the private sector to narrow the gap…

U.S. tested largest bunker buster bomb ahead of Iran nuclear talks

MOSCOW, April 4 (PNA/Sputnik) — The Pentagon upgraded and tested the United States’ largest bunker buster, which could potentially destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities, while Washington attempted to reach a diplomatic…

Ebola death toll worldwide exceeds 10,000 — WHO

MOSCOW, March 31 (PNA/Sputnik) — The total number of people killed worldwide by the Ebola virus has reached 10,365, according to the latest statistical report published by the World Health…

UN chief calls for protection of children caught in armed conflicts

UNITED NATIONS, March 26 (PNA/Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on the international community to act collectively to thwart the growing number of children affected by armed…

Opposition to New Zealand’s ‘undemocratic’ foreign trade pacts mounts

WELLINGTON, March 26 (PNA/Xinhua) — Opposition to the New Zealand government’s trade policies mounted Thursday as critics claimed new international agreements were undermining the country’s democracy and sovereignty. The focus…

U.S. Senate will block nuclear agreement with Iran

TEHRAN, March 23 (PNA/IRNA) — Republican Senator John McCain has threatened that the U.S. Senate would block any nuclear deal, should the Obama administration reach an agreement with Iran. McCain…