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(Lead) Blast hits Kandahar in S. Afghanistan, killing 3

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, (PNA/Xinhua) — At least three civilians were killed and several others wounded Saturday morning in a suicide bomb attack in Kandahar city, the provincial capital of southern Afghanistan’s…

38 Taliban militants killed in Afghan raids

KABUL, (PNA/Xinhua) — Thirty-eight Taliban militants have been killed in cleanup operations since early Friday, authorities said on Saturday morning. “Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted several clean up operations with…

U.S. senator offered op-ed opportunity for Russian newspaper

MOSCOW, (PNA/Xinhua) — U.S. senator John McCain has been offered an opportunity to write an op-ed for a Russian newspaper, local media reported Saturday. Russia’s Communist Party newspaper, the Pravda,…

California urges Russia investment freeze over ‘anti-gay’ law

WASHINGTON, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– California lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging the two largest US public retirement plans to halt investment in Russia to protest the country’s new law…

New Zealand eases sanctions in run-up to Fiji elections

WELLINGTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — The New Zealand government on Thursday announced a program to assist Fiji in proposed elections next year and the easing of some sanctions as the Pacific island…

Sugary drinks possible cause of gout: New Zealand study

WELLINGTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — Sufferers of gout might soon be advised to add sugary drinks to the list of foods that can cause the painful and crippling affliction to flare up,…

Tropical storm Humberto turns into hurricane

HAVANA, (PNA/Xinhua) — Tropical storm Humberto reached hurricane strength early Wednesday, with maximum sustained wind speed at 120 kilometers per hour (kph), the Cuban Meteorology Institute (Insmet) said. According to…

232 million int’l migrants living abroad worldwide: UN report

UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/Xinhua) — With more people than ever living abroad, Asia sees the largest increase of international migrants in the past decade, and the United States remains the most…

Chicago agricultural commodities rise across board

CHICAGO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Chicago agricultural commodities rose across the board Wednesday. The most active corn contract for December delivery rose 3.5 cents, or 0.75 percent, to close at 4.725 U.S….

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’…

Govt preparing game plan to check corporate frauds: Pilot

NEW DELHI, (PNA/PTI) — The government is working on a comprehensive game plan to check corporate frauds, much before they become a full-blown scam, by pooling together resources and data…

Rupiah strengthens to Rp11,250 on Wednesday

JAKARTA, (PNA/ANTARA) — The exchange rate of rupiah on Wednesday strengthened to Rp11,250 per US dollar, following the decline in market concerns over the Syrian crisis. The inter-bank exchange rate…

China August economic data suggest recovery

HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) — China’s August economic data indicated the world’s second-largest economy has been stabilizing and that the government still has room for bolstering growth. China’s consumer price index,…

S. Korea builds lab to check IAEA nuke samples

SEOUL, (PNA/Xinhua) — South Korea has finished building a laboratory that can assist analyzing nuclear material samples from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Yonhap news agency quoted the…

Egyptians suffer from soaring prices

By Ihab Abdel-Hadi CAIRO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Samir Assad, an Egyptian civil servant, has to moonlight in a shop in downtown Cairo, explaining that “without a second job, I won’t be…