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China treasury bond futures open higher Thursday

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — China’s treasury bond futures opened higher on Thursday, with the contract for settlement in December 2013, the most actively traded, opening 0.034 yuan higher at 93.59 yuan…

Indonesian VP asks two ministers to solve North Sumatra power crisis

JAKARTA, (PNA/Antara) — Vice President Boediono has urged State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik to take strategic steps to address electrical power crisis…

VN, Singapore raise ties to next level

HA NOI, (PNA/VNS) -— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have agreed to elevate the friendship between the two countries into a strategic partnership….

Opposition’s strike in Nepal halts normal life

KATHMANDU, (PNA/Xinhua) — Normal life remained at standstill in Nepal’s capital and eastern part on Thursday due to the strike imposed by 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist, demanding to cancel…

Wattpad officials talk in MIBF Thursday

By Paula Marie D. Navarra MANILA, (PNA) — In this digital era sharing stories is always easy, one of the means of doing this is through ‘Wattpad’. Bearing this in…

Chile marks 40th anniversary of military coup

SANTIAGO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Chilean President Sebastian Pinera called for national reconciliation as protesters took to the streets on Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of a military coup that ousted…

Hanoi to close unsafe petrol stations

HANOI, (PNA/VNS) — The Industry and Trade Department is finalizing the process of possibly closing 45 petrol stations that do not meet standards in fire safety regulations. The implementation is…

Hanoi, HCM City curb traffic congestion with new roads

HANOI, (PNA/VNS) — Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City have made progress in curbing traffic congestion in the last five years with a number of drastic measures, said Dinh…

Man jailed for subversive acts

HO CHI MINH CITY, (PNA/VNS) -— The People’s Court of the central province of Phu Yen sentenced Ngo Hao, a resident of Tuy Hoa City, to 15 years in prison…

UNIDO, German Engineering Federation sign agreement on agribusiness

VIENNA, (PNA/Xinhua) — The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) signed an agreement in Vienna Wednesday to support agribusiness in developed countries. The agreement,…

S. Korea launches 4,500-ton amphibious landing ship

SEOUL, (PNA/Xinhua) — South Korea on Wednesday launched its first amphibious landing ship that was built with indigenous technology. The 4,500-ton class landing ship, called Cheonwangbong, or the highest peak…

Tuna canners eye 64% hike in EU exports next year

By Allen Estabillo GENERAL SANTOS CITY, (PNA) — The country’s canned tuna exports to the European Union (EU) are seen to increase by about 64 percent by next year once…

Cannabis production rises in Afghanistan despite decline in cultivation: UN report

UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/APP) –While the total area of Afghan farmland used for cannabis cultivation fell by 17 percent in 2012, there was still an eight per cent rise in the…

Cyprus to set up fund to compensate for Russians’ deposit losses

NICOSIA, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has confirmed the readiness to compensate for part of Russians’ deposits they have lost as a result of the three Eurogroup creditors’…

Putin to discuss ties and Syrian issue with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

MOSCOW, (PNA/ITAR-TASS) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab…