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Mali wreck leaves 20 dead, 23 missing

BAMAKO, (PNA/Xinhua) — At least 20 people died and 23 went missing following a boat accident near the central Malian city of Mopti, according to the latest information reaching here….

Kenya urged to adopt ecotourism policy

NAIROBI, (PNA/Xinhua) –Kenya’s tourism sector umbrella body on Thursday called on the government to fast track an ecotourism policy. Kenya Tourism Federation CEO Agatha Juma told journalists in Nairobi that…

Viet Nam to see longer heat waves and harsh storms

HA NOI, (PNA/VNS) — Longer heat waves and strong storms are forecast to hit Viet Nam in coming years, with long summer monsoons in the northern region to decrease. The…

Heavy rains disrupt normal life in Indian capital

NEW DELHI, (PNA/Xinhua) — Heavy rains lashed the Indian capital early Friday morning, bringing the city to a standstill. Commuters, mainly office goers, faced a harrowing time as roads were…

Snowfall forces school closures in southern Germany

MUNICH, Germany, (PNA/Xinhua) — Heavy snow forced the suspension of classes in southern German schools on Friday. Sudden snowfall hit Bavaria on Thursday evening, about three weeks after the beginning…

1st LD-Writethru: About 400 million children still live in extreme poverty

WASHINGTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — The number of people living in extreme poverty around the world has sharply declined over the past three decades, but about 400 million children still live in…

ASEAN leaders commit to addressing disasters, climate change during 23rd ASEAN Summit

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, (PNA) — The members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed for greater cooperation for disaster response and mitigation as well as addressing climate change. In…

ASEAN leaders agree on enhanced trade, investment

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, (PNA) — The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reiterated the need to enhance the region’s competitiveness and to continue deepening its economic integration to…

Latvia frees gozi computer virus creator from prison

RIGA, (PNA/RAPSI) -– The Latvian Prosecutor General’s Office ordered the release Thursday of computer hacker Deniss Calovskis, who is accused of multimillion dollar cybercrime in the United States. Calovskis, 27,…

7 trapped in SW China colliery flood

GUIYANG, (Xinhua) — Seven people have been trapped underground after a coal mine was flooded on Friday afternoon in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, local authorities said. The accident occurred around…

Ban stresses carrying out UN’S Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan

TEHRAN, (PNA/IRNA) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2013, called for greater efforts to carry out the UN’s Comprehensive Mental Health…

Carry on China-ASEAN cooperation in “Asia Way”

By Ouyang Wei, Xia Fan BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, (PNA/Xinhua) — As the 16th China-ASEAN leaders’ meeting is set to be held here Wednesday, information to be conveyed from the summit…

Japan asks China, S. Korea, ASEAN to relax food import restrictions

By Daisuke Yamamoto BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, (PNA/Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday asked the leaders of China, South Korea and ASEAN to relax or eliminate import restrictions…

Investors’ fears grow as lingering US fiscal standoff erodes confidenceby Jiang Hanlu, Liu Fan

NEW YORK, (PNA/Xinhua) — Investors finally showed some nervousness Tuesday towards the ongoing fiscal wrangling in Washington, as the partial government shutdown drags on into a second week and the…

Afghanistan marks 12th anniv of U.S.-led military offensive vs. Talibanby Abdul Haleem

KABUL, (PNA/Xinhua) — Exactly 12 years ago on Oct. 7, 2001, the U.S.-led military coalition forces invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban regime that harbored Osama Bin Laden, the alleged…