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National confab focuses on efforts to reduce blindness

HO CHI MINH CITY, (PNA/VNS) — Vietnam targets to reduce the rate of preventive blindness among people above 50 years old to 2.35 per cent by 2019, according to the…

UN urges redoubled efforts to eradicate polio ‘once and for all’

UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/APP) — The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, the World Health Organization, a UN agency, said Thursday while warning that children continue to be at…

Gold price closes higher in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) — The gold price in Hong Kong moved up 180 HK dollars to close at 12,370 HK dollars per tael on Wednesday, according to the Chinese Gold…

(Roundup) Singapore stocks end down 0.17% amid profit-taking

SINGAPORE, (PNA/Xinhua) — Singapore shares closed 0.17 percent lower, as investors took profit after disappointing U.S. jobs data raised expectations for the tapering of Federal Reserve stimulus to be postponed…

China’s crude oil output rises 2.3%

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — China’s crude oil output reached 155.19 million tonnes in the first three quarters, a year-on-year increase of 2.3 percent, according to data from the country’s top economic…

Tibetan culture well preserved, developed: white paper

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) –Tibetan culture has been well preserved and developed, and freedom of religious belief has been respected and protected, says a white paper issued on Tuesday. The study and…

Bottle feeding may increase risk of stomach obstruction in infants: study

WASHINGTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — Infants who were bottle fed were more likely to be at risk of developing hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (HPS), a form of stomach obstruction, than those who were…

Cambodia reports 21st bird flu case in 2013

PHNOM PENH, (PNA/Xinhua) — An eight-year-old girl from Cambodia’s eastern Kampong Thom province has been confirmed for the H5N1 virus, bringing the number of the cases to 21 so far…

Gains in TB control at risk due to 3-M missed patients and drug resistance

GENEVA, (PNA/IRNA) — Tuberculosis (TB) treatment has saved the lives of more than 22 million people, according to the WHO Global tuberculosis report 2013 published on Wednesday. IRNA reporter in…

UNESCO to list Japanese food as intangible cultural heritage

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) –The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is expected to register traditional Japanese food as an intangible cultural heritage asset in early December, sources close to…

Netherlands to sue Russia over greenpeace ship seizure

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– The Netherlands on Monday filed a lawsuit in an international maritime court against Russia’s seizure of a Dutch-registered Greenpeace icebreaker. The Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the…

Malaysia’s ruling party holds crucial party election

KUALA LUMPUR, (PNA/Xinhua) — Malaysia’s leading political party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), held its party elections on Saturday, which may give clues on the future leadership of the…

U.S. stocks close higher, with S&P 500 continuing record rally on upbeat earnings

NEW YORK, (PNA/Xinhua) — U.S. stocks ended higher Friday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock Index refreshing all-time high for the second consecutive day, bolstered by upbeat earnings reports from…

Spanish stock market reaches 10,000 points for first time since July 2011

MADRID, (PNA/Xinhua) — The IBEX-35 stock market in Madrid on Friday reached 10,001.8 points, surpassing the 10,000-point mark for the first time since July 2011, local media reported on Friday….

WB, IMF call for more economic reforms in Yemen

WASHINGTON, (PNA/Saba) — The World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have called on Yemen to adopt further reforms to raise the rate of economic growth to exit…