Chinese Premier To Attend Boao Forum For Asia Annual Conference

BEIJING, China, March 23 (NNN-XINHUA) – Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, will attend the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference, and deliver a keynote speech next Thursday, in the southern province of Hainan, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang, announced. Lao Prime Minister, Thongloun Sisoulith, Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, Sao Tome and […]

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Mongolia Leaves Benchmark Interest Rate Unchanged At 11 Percent To Bolster Economy

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia, March 23 (NNN-MONGOLIA WEB) – Mongolia’s central bank has decided to leave the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 11 percent, local media reported today (Saturday). “The decision aims to bolster economic growth and cope with the inflation target framework, in the medium term,” said Bayarsaikhan Bayardavaa, head of the bank’s monetary policy […]

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At Least 10 Civilians Killed In N. Afghan Air Strikes

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, March 23 (NNN-AGENCIES) – At least 10 civilians were killed and eight others wounded, following air strikes targeting militants in northern Afghan province of Kunduz, overnight. “Fighting and clashes during a military operation have been ongoing in Taluka, an area some eight km north of provincial capital Kunduz city. Security forces launched air […]

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Myanmar Appoints New Regional Chief Minister For Southern Region

YANGON, Myanmar, March 23 (NNN-MNA) – The Myanmar government has appointed U Myint Maung as the chief minister of southern Tanintharyi region, according to an order from the President’s Office issued late on Friday. U Myint Maung, the region’s minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, will replace former chief Minister, Daw Lae Lae Maw, […]

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Update: At Least Six Killed In New Year Celebrations Blasts In Southern Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, March 23 (NNN-AGENCIES) – At least four people were killed and 10 others wounded, after two explosions rocked Lashkar Gah, capital of Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, during the New Year celebrations today (Saturday), a local official said. “Officials and ordinary people were celebrating the Afghan New Year and the National Farmers’ […]

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Explosion Rocks Outside Sports Stadium In Southern Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, March 23 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Casualties were feared after an explosion rocked Lashkar Gah, capital of Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, during the New Year celebrations today (Saturday), a local official said.– NNN-AGENCIES

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Fiji Reports Nine Deaths By Drowning This Year Alone

SUVA, Fiji, March 23 (NNN-AGENCIES) – There have been nine deaths by drowning in Fiji so far this year. And this week the Fijian Police recorded two cases of drowning, after a one-year-old boy and a 29-year-old woman became Fiji’s latest drowning victims. The police said, the one-year-old victim accompanied his father to their farm […]

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Malaysian PM Dr Mahathir guest-of-honour for Pakistan Day parade

ISLAMABAD, March 23 (NNN – Bernama) — Pakistan on Saturday celebrated Pakistan Day, with the main feature of the day being a military parade where Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the guest-of-honour. Pakistan Day commemorates the ‘Lahore Resolution’ of March 23, 1940, also known as the ‘Pakistan Resolution’ that eventually led to […]

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US imposes new sanctions on Iran over weapons programmes

WASHINGTON, March 23 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The United States said it was imposing sanctions on 14 people and 17 entities connected to Iran’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), a body it said had played a central role in Iran’s past nuclear weapons effort. Among those designated for sanctions was the Shahid Karimi group, which […]

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At New York mosque, UN chief pledges to help protect religious sites

NEW YORK, March 23 (NNN-AGENCIES) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pledged action to help protect religious sites worldwide, during a visit to a New York Islamic center one week after the New Zealand mosque shootings that shocked the world. “Mosques and all places of prayer and contemplation should be safe havens, not sites of terror,” […]

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