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Iran’s saffron exports 7 % down in 6 months: report

TEHRAN, (PNA/Xinhua) — Iran’s saffron exports fell 7 percent in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21- Sept. 22) compared with the exports in the same…

Bangladesh customs seizes 170 gold bars

DHAKA, (PNA/Xinhua) — Just one day after seizing 146 gold bars, customs officials in Bangladesh’s main airport in capital Dhaka on Wednesday morning again seized 24 gold bars weighing about…

(Nightlead) HK stocks close up 0.18%

HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) — Hong Kong stocks closed up 0.18 percent on Tuesday. The benchmark Hang Seng Index moved up 39.96 points to close at 22,846.54 points, after trading between…

(Nightlead) Singapore stocks end flat ahead of Fed policy meeting

SINGAPORE, (PNA/Xinhua) — Singapore shares closed 0.03 percent higher on Tuesday, as investors awaited confirmation the U. S. Federal Reserve will stay the course with stimulus at its policy meeting…

Brazil to produce measles vaccine for int’l market

RIO DE JANEIRO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Brazil will produce vaccines against the measles for export to developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the country’s top health official said here…

No coronavirus cases reported among Thai pilgrims

BANGKOK, (PNA/Bernama) — The Ministry of Public Health says no Thai Muslims returning from this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia were reported to have contracted the deadly coronavirus, Thai News…

Opinions solicited on draft food safety law

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — The Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council on Tuesday began to solicit public opinions on a draft amendment to the food safety law that imposes harsher…

Hong Kong stocks close higher 0.48%

HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) — Hong Kong stocks closed up 108.24 points, or 0.48 percent, at 22,806.58 on Monday. Turnover totaled 48.1 billion HK dollars compared with last Friday’s 62.55 billion…

Singapore stocks close flat

SINGAPORE, (PNA/Xinhua) — Singapore stocks finished almost flat on Monday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) up 2. 61 points, or 0.08 percent, to close at 3,207.85. A total…

(Nightlead) HK stocks close up 0.48%

HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) — Hong Kong stocks closed up 0.48 percent on Monday. The benchmark Hang Seng Index moved up 108.24 points to close at 22,806.58 points, after trading between…

Malaysian tin market closes higher

KUALA LUMPUR, (PNA/Xinhua) — The Malaysian tin market closed higher here on Monday, and the trading volume rose compared with last Friday. Tin price on the Kuala Lumpur Tin Market…

(Lead) Chinese shares close mixed in thin trading

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — Chinese shares closed mixed in thin trading Monday, a day empty of significant market news. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.04 percent, or 0.91 points, to…

Vietnam trade makes further forays into Italy

HANOI, (PNA/VNS) — Vietnam plans to open another economic office in Lombardy in 2014, expanding its presence in the most economically developed and industrialized region in Italy. The office establishment…

Singapore’s business delegation to visit Jiangsu, China

SINGAPORE,(PNA/Xinhua) — A Singapore’s business delegation comprising 60-strong members is scheduled to visit the cities of Nanjing, Xuzhou and Nantong in Jiangsu Province from Monday to Thursday, the city-state’s trade…

In wake of increased militant activity, another terrorist attack shakes Syria

CAIRO, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — One dead, over 40 injured after an explosion in Western Syria. Al-Mayadeen television has reported that the terrorist act happened in Homs, a city 160 kilometers from…