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Roundup: Oriental wisdom opens new chapter of China-ASEAN ties

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — “Gentlemen seek harmony but not uniformity.” The ancient Chinese philosophy championed by Confucius has had far-reaching influence on the values of the Chinese people. In the contacts…

HK bans poultry product imports from Italy

HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) — Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety announced Wednesday that imports of poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from Italy’s Lombardy Region has been banned with…

Russia to push for visa-free regime deal with EU in 2014 – Official

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) — Russia wants to begin drafting a deal on visa-free travel with the EU early next year, a senior Russian diplomat said in an interview published Thursday….

China overtakes S. Korea to become 2nd largest tourist arrivals to Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, (PNA/Xinhua) — China has overtaken South Korea to become the 2nd largest tourist source to Cambodia, according to the data from the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism on Thursday….

Flow of foreign tourists to Russia on the rise

KAZAN, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — The number of foreign tourists visiting Russia in January-June exceeded one million people, growing 17 percent year-on-year, Zhanna Yakovleva from the United Nations World Tourism Organization told…

One year on, tears still seen among mourners of Cambodia’s late King Sihanouk by Wang Qibing, Nguon Sovan

PHNOM PENH, (PNA/Xinhua) — One year on, some mourners still shed tears on Tuesday in remembrance of the death of the nation’s most revered King Father Norodom Sihanouk. Crowds of…

Indonesia expects to double soybean output in 2014

JAKARTA, (PNA/Xinhua) — The Indonesian government expects the production of soybean to double to 1.5 million tons next year, a minister said here on Wednesday. This is expected to prevent…

Russia’s soccer team to hold exhibition match with Spain Nov 15

GENEVA, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — Russian and Spanish national soccer teams will hold an exhibition match in Dubai, UAE, Nov 15, FIFA reported through its official website. According to the published schedule,…

Health group fights fat with free salads on Moscow Metro

By Kristen Blyth MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) — Moscow’s enormous transport system is a never-ending source of strange, entertaining and shocking sights, but that of two women in air stewardess uniforms…

Dagong downgrades U.S. credit rating to A-

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. Ltd., a Chinese credit rating agency, on Thursday downgraded the local and foreign currency credit ratings of the United States to A-…

China allocates 2.2-B yuan to boost health sector

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — China’s central government has allocated 2.22 billion yuan (US$ 358.3 million) to the health service sector to improve well-being and shore up growth, the Ministry of Finance…

Iran open to Uranium enrichment deal if sanctions lifted – source

GENEVA, (PNA/RIA Novosti) — Iran is ready to compromise over its controversial uranium enrichment program, if international sanctions against the country are lifted, a diplomatic source said Wednesday. The offer…

US ‘itching’ to join Russia in anti-asteroid nuclear defense – report

WASHINGTON, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– US scientists are “itching” to work with their Russian counterparts in putting nuclear weapons technology to use in new systems to defend Earth from threatening asteroids,…

India building Tsunami warning system in the South China Sea

NEW DELHI, (PNA/IRNA) — With an aim of avoiding a repeat of the 2004 catastrophe, India is building a tsunami early warning system in the South China Sea, which is…

FIFA U-17 World Cup to kick off in UAE

ABU DHABI, (PNA/Xinhua) — The 15th FIFA U-17 World Cup will kick off here on Thursday evening with host country UAE playing Honduras in the opener. The tournament which will…