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Heavy rain in Thailand causes flooding in 7 provinces

BANGKOK, (PNA/Xinhua) — Seven provinces in central and northeastern Thailand have been hit by flood, while rain is expected nationwide. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department revealed on Friday that…

Vietnam’s port city urged to exploit location as ‘gateway to sea’

HANOI, (PNA/VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has urged northern port city Hai Phong to make full use of its strength as the north’s gateway to the sea….

Around China: China’s smallest ethic group seeks new future in Himalayas

LHASA, (PNA/Xinhua) — Wearing beaded necklaces and traditional wool costumes, members of the Lhoba people dance around the Yin-Yang tree, a real-life version of the Tree of Souls from the…

(Lead) Suicide car bombings kill 40 army soldiers in Yemen

ADEN, Yemen, (PNA/Xinhua) — About three suicide car bombings hit a key military site in Yemen’s southeastern province of Shabwa early on Friday, leaving at least 40 army soldiers killed…

Cambodia records 25,050 malaria cases in 8 months, 6 deaths

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 19 (PNA/Xinhua) — Cambodia reported 25,050 malaria cases in the first eight months of this year, down 49 percent from the 48,810 cases over the same period…

Indian apparel exports to touch USD 17 bn: AEPC

By Prakash M Swamy NEW YORK, (PNA/PTI) — The Indian apparel industry is witnessing an upswing and the exports are likely to go up from USD 13 billion last year…

US follows India on disclosure of CEO-staff pay ratio

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI, (PNA/PTI) — In an apparent regulatory follow-up to norms already prescribed in India, the US has proposed a new rule requiring listed companies to disclose the ratio of…

OFW back from Saudi Arabia after being on death row for 13 years

MANILA, (PNA) –Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza is now back in the country after serving a jail term for killing a Saudi national who tried to sexually abuse him in August 2000….

US Administration prepares for possible contacts with Iran’s authorities next week

NEW YORK, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — The Administration is preparing for possible meetings with representatives of Iranian authorities next week in the UN and doesn’t rule out a direct contact of US…

Shots fired in Arctic over Greenpeace protest at oil rig

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– Greenpeace activists staged a protest at an offshore oil drilling platform in the Russian Arctic on Wednesday morning, during which two protesters were arrested and the…

Roundup: Australia watches as historic hearing into child sexual abuse begins

By Christian Edwards SYDNEY, (PNA/Xinhua) — Among the opening revelations in the historic Sydney hearing of a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse on Monday, is the systematic failure of…

Indian, Pakistani armies exchange fire in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, (PNA/Xinhua) — India and Pakistan’s troops Tuesday fired at each other’s positions for the third straight day on the line-of-control (LoC) in Kashmir, officials said. The cease-fire…

Bashar Assad to use U.S.-Russia framework agreement to drag time and deceive the world

WASHINGTON, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have expressed skepticism over Saturday’s U.S.-Russian agreement on removing chemical weapons from Syria. “Assad will…

Temporary passports to be issued to Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand

YANGON, (PNA/Xinhua) — Myanmar officials will issue temporary passports to the country’s migrant workers in Thailand, official media reported Saturday. Works for legalizing undocumented Myanmar workers in Thailand are carried…

9 killed in bomb blast in northeast India

NEW DELHI, (PNA/Xinhua) — Nine people were killed and a dozen others injured in a bomb blast in the northeast Indian state of Manipur on Friday, said local media Saturday….