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UAAP Season 76 opens on live TV on Nov. 23

MANILA, (PNA) — College football debuts on live television as Season 76 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) kicks off on Nov. 23 at the Far Eastern…

Russia boosting arms shipments to Syria — U.S. officials

WASHINGTON, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– Russia has increased its weapons shipments to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government since last year, military aid that is likely “more significant” than Iranian arms supplies…

RF, Japan to strengthen cooperation between ships in Gulf of Aden

TOKYO, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — Russia and Japan will step up cooperation between their ships in the Gulf of Aden, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told a press conference on Saturday after…

Moscow, Tokyo agree to begin dialogue on regional security formation

TOKYO, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — Moscow and Tokyo have agreed to begin a dialogue on the new nonaligned security architecture formation in the Asia-Pacific region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lvov said on…

Japan, Russia agree to boost defense exchanges

TOKYO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Japan and Russia agreed to improve bilateral defense exchanges at the first “two-plus-two” meeting involving their foreign and defense ministers here on Saturday. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio…

Lavrov: Moscow hopes US-Japanese relations will not create problems for Russia

TOKYO, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — Moscow hopes that relations between the United States and Japan will not pose any problems to Russia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after two-plus-two format talks between…

Iran determined to expand energy cooperation with Russia

MOSCOW, (PNA/IRNA) — Energy Minister of Iran Hamid Chitchian said here that Tehran is determined to develop cooperation with Moscow in energy and electricity fields. Talking to IRNA, Chitchian said…

Russian-Japanese talks focus on US missile defense plans

TOKYO, (PNA/RIA Novosti) — Russian concern over the deployment of elements of a US missile defense network in Japan was the subject of “special attention” during talks in Tokyo this…

Kremlin denies Snowden is breaking terms of Russian asylum

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) — Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will not be permitted to break the conditions of his asylum status in Russia by harming the US, a Russian…

Closer partnership among G20 members needed: State councilor

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — Member countries of the Group of 20 (G20) should take more measures to build closer partnerships, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said on Saturday. “China is an…

DR Congo peace talks continue despite fighting

KAMPALA, (PNA/Xinhua) — Peace talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government and the M23 rebels continued here on Friday despite fighting back home. Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, spokesman…

Slovenian soldiers participating in large-scale NATO maneuvers

LJUBLJANA, (PNA/Xinhua) — About 120 Slovenian soldiers began on Saturday taking part in a week-long NATO exercises, code-named “Steadfast Jazz 2013” in Poland and Lithuania, the Slovenian Press Agency reported….

AEC declares all lower house seats in 2013 Australian election

CANBERRA, (PNA/Xinhua) — The Australian Election Commission (AEC) confirmed on Saturday the final result of all 150 seats of House of Representatives in the 2013 election and most of the…

Indo-American honored by Shankaracharya

By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON, (PNA/PTI) — An eminent Indian-American Hindu religious leader from New Jersey has been honored with the title of ‘Dharmatma’ by Sringeri Shankaracharya, making him only…

UN report puts pirate ransoms at over $ 339M in 7 years

UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/Xinhua) — Pirates off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa have made between US$ 339 million and US$ 413 million in ransom profits, fueling a…