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China’s power producer net profit surges 110% in first 9 months

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — GD Power Development Co., a subsidiary of China’s State-owned power giant China Guodian Corp., said Saturday its net profit jumped 110.21 percent from one year earlier to…

US Starts transfer of its airbase in Kyrgyzstan

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) — The United States has started the withdrawal from an airbase in Kyrgyzstan that serves as the main transit hub for NATO forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon…

Ukraine bill may allow Tymoshenko to seek treatment abroad

KIEV, (PNA/RIA Novosti) — A bill submitted to Ukraine’s parliament Friday may enable jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seek medical treatment abroad — a development that would lead…

India justifies detention of American ship, arrest of its crew

NEW DELHI, (PNA/IRNA) — India on Friday justified detention of a ship owned by an American company and the arrest of its crew, saying the action was taken as the…

Maldives EC calls off re-vote after police intervene

MALE, (PNA/PTI) — Maldives Election Commission Saturday called off fresh presidential polls after the police prevented it from going ahead with the controversy-ridden re-vote at the last minute. “As we…

Women’s participation, leadership crucial to peace processes: UN

UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/APP) — The U.N. Security Council has called on the international community to strengthen its commitment to ensuring that women play a more prominent role in conflict prevention,…

Iranian scholar terms Geneva talks positive

VIENNA, (PNA/IRNA) — An Iranian scholar in Switzerland has described as very much positive the talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Geneva which ended on October 16. Speaking to…

Caribbean countries urge closer int’l cooperation on disaster management

KINGSTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — Caribbean countries, identified as the most vulnerable worldwide to natural disasters, have called for closer international cooperation on disaster emergency management and humanitarian assistance. The sixth annual…

Nigerian state approves death penalty for kidnappers

BENIN, Nigeria, (Xinhua) — Nigeria’s Edo State has introduced the death penalty for anybody convicted of kidnapping in the southern state. The law, which amended the Kidnapping Prohibition Act 2009,…

Pakistan urges ‘urgent steps’ to end sexual violence against women

UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/APP) — Emphasizing that women are the most vulnerable group in armed conflicts. Pakistan has called for “urgent steps” to stop gender-based sexual violence and end impunity for…

Ceasefire violations a matter of great concern: Khurshid

NEW DELHI, (PNA/PTI) — Terming the ceasefire violations on the LoC as a matter of serious concern, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Saturday said it is not just an issue…

BSF foils infiltration bid in Samba, intruder killed

JAMMU, (PNA/PTI) — Border troops Saturday foiled an infiltration bid along the Indo-Pak border in Samba district, killing an intruder. There was movement of suspected persons along the International Border…

Pakistani and Afghan Taliban vow to continue their ‘struggle’

ISLAMABAD, (PNA/PTI) — Amid efforts by the concerned governments to hold peace talks with them, the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban have said they would continue their “struggle” till “the Western…

Maldives police defend blocking “unlawful” presidential elections

MALE, (PNA/Xinhua) — Maldives police defended their move to stop presidential elections that were supposed to take place here on Saturday, insisting that a vote would have been “unlawful” and…

37 killed in illicit liquor incident in northern India

NEW DELHI, (PNA/Xinhua) — At least 37 people were killed after drinking illicit liquor Friday night and Saturday morning in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, said police. Calling…