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German firms launch vocational initiative

HO CHI MINH CITY, (PNA/VNS) -— The German Business Association (GBA) has launched an advanced initiative to help Vietnam improve its vocational training system. The initiative will be based on…

Cuba praises strong ties with Vietnam

LA HABANA, (PNA/VNS) — Cuban President Raul Castro hailed the strong relationship between his country and Vietnam during a meeting on Saturday with the visiting Le Hong Anh, a member…

Voting system for 2020 Olympics host city

BUENOS AIRES, (PNA/Xinhua) — Following is the voting procedure for Saturday’s election in Buenos Aires of the host city for the 2020 summer Olympic Games by International Olympic Committee (IOC)…

Russia, Norway target collaborating on quality control for Norwegian fish products

MOSCOW, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — The Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Monitoring Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) together with Norwegian colleagues plan creating a joint electronic system to control quality of Norwegian fish products supplied…

Chicago agricultural commodities rise across the board

CHICAGO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Chicago agricultural commodity futures were traded higher Friday, mostly supported by positive export sales. The most active corn contract for December delivery rose 7.25 cents, or 1.57…

Syrian army recaptures strategic northern town

DAMASCUS, (PNA/Xinhua) — The Syrian government army on Friday regained the northern strategic town of Ariha in the countryside of northwestern Idlib province after intense battles with rebels, the state…

South Africa condemns power sabotage in economic capital amid strike

JOHANNESBURG, (PNA/Xinhua) — South African authorities on Friday condemned the move to cause power interruption in Johannesburg, likening it to the act of terrorism. The action to intentionally interrupt power…

EU eyes PH as climate negotiation partner

By Catherine J. Torres MANILA, (PNA) — EU is banking on archipelagic Philippines – one of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change – to help push the bid for…

Putin, Obama discuss Syria at G20 summit – aide

ST. PETERSBURG, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks about Syria with his US counterpart, Barack Obama, on the sidelines of the G20 summit near St. Petersburg, a…

Interview: Hypothetical Madrid Olympics to boost Spain’s economy

BARCELONA, (PNA/Xinhua) — The state will be the main beneficiary of any country chosen to host the Olympic Games thanks to increased revenue from taxes That is the opinion of…

G20 leaders pledge to strive for cooperation, coordination, confidence

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, (PNA/Xinhua) — G20 leaders pledged on Friday to continue to strive for cooperation, coordination and confidence while engaging themselves in taking decisive actions so as to return…

Xi conveys China’s views, confidence at G20 summit

ST. PETERSBURG, (PNA/Xinhua) — President Xi Jinping expounded China’s views, offered China’s proposals and conveyed China’s confidence at the latest Group of 20 (G20) summit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi…

Roundup: HK stocks close 0.1 % higher

HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) — Hong Kong stocks closed slightly higher on Friday, with the benchmark Hang Seng index rising 23.25 points, or 0.1 percent, to end at 22,621.22 points after…

(Nightlead) Russia warns US vs. strike on Syrian chemical facilities

MOSCOW, (PNA/Xinhua) — Russia warned Friday the United States against any unilateral military strike on Syrian chemical facilities. “We are especially alarmed by the fact that military infrastructure facilities guaranteeing…

Peso ends sideways vs. US dollar on technical rebound

By Joann Santiago MANILA, (PNA) — The peso closed sideways against the dollar Friday ahead of the US non-farm payments report Friday night (Manila time) and even as the European…