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Russia 72-hour visa-free transit to boost domestic airline profits

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot is expected to increase revenues by 30 billion rubles (US$ 936 million) after the 72-hour visa-free stay policy for foreign tourists is…

Roundup: Dubai seeks to enhance city image

DUBAI, (PNA/Xinhua) — Dubai is keen on enhancing its citizens’ quality of life by adding new parks and attractions and supporting its citizens with healthy lifestyle alternatives. Earlier last week,…

Sri Lanka takes post-war tourism push global

COLOMBO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Sri Lanka is hoping to make a splash with its post-war tourism industry at the World Tourism Market (WTM) this week, tourism development authorities said here on…

Bangladesh, U.S. to hold 2nd defense dialogue

DHAKA, (PNA/Xinhua) — The United States and Bangladesh will hold a three-day defense dialogue for the second time here this week, said an embassy statement Monday. According to the U.S….

All-season avocado, popular vegetarian menu, has at least dozen health benefits (Feature)

By Honor Blanco Cabie (PNA) – It is available anytime of the year, and the fruit – with either green or violet rinds – is popular in vegetarian cuisine as…

“Panuluyan” rehearsals presage Xmas celebration in PHL (Feature)

By Honor Blanco Cabie (PNA) – Some Catholic faithful in the country’s national capital region have started this early rehearsing for the “Panuluyan,” the Tagalog version of the Mexican “Las…

Mali to launch probe into murder case of 2 French journalists

BAMAKO, (PNA/Xinhua) –A judicial inquiry will be opened in Mali following the assassination of two French journalists after they were kidnapped on Saturday in the northern region of Kidal by…

S. Korea to deploy 12th guided-missile destroyer in 2014

SEOUL, (PNA/Xinhua) — South Korea will deploy the 12th guided-missile destroyer, built solely on its indigenous technology, in early 2014, Seoul’s Defense Ministry said Monday. STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, the…

Roundup: HK stocks end 0.26 pct lower

HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) –Hong Kong stocks closed down 60.17 points, or 0.26 percent, at 23,189.62 on Monday. The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 23,345.93 and 23,165.06. Turnover totaled 45.09…

Chopper scam: CBI to send judicial request to Italy

NEW DELHI, (PNA/PTI) — With a view to finalising the charge sheet in VVIP helicopter purchase scam, CBI will send a judicial request to Italy seeking statements of the accused…

Global food safety forum chance to rebuild New Zealand image

WELLINGTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — A major international food safety forum has been switched to New Zealand this month in a bid to help New Zealand’s food producers better understand overseas markets,…

Roundup: World Bank says improved stoves crucial for saving lives, protecting environment

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — The World Bank is urging the use of advanced cooking stoves in developing countries to reduce harmful emissions and death from indoor biomass cooking smoke. The World…

China becoming largest source of overseas students to France

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — China will soon surpass Morocco to become the largest source of overseas students to France, according to a prediction by Laure Castin, an attache in charge of…

Myanmar gov’t, 15 ethnic armed groups hold 1st peace talks

YANGON, (PNA/Xinhua) — Myanmar government’s Central Peace Making Work Committee and representatives of 15 rebel ethnic armed groups out of 17 began their first ever peace talks on Monday in…

Ghana trains young athletes for major int’l events

ACCRA, (PNA/Xinhua) — Ghana has begun a program to unearth and develop young athletes to win laurels for the country at future international assignments. As part of the program, the…