ISMAILIA, Egypt — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi officially opened on Thursday afternoon the “New Suez Canal” for ship traffic amid high-profile international delegations, Xinhua correspondent reported from Ismailia, about 120 km northeast of the capital Cairo.
The Egyptian President signed the document presented by the Suez Canal Authority to allow the new waterway for ship navigation. (Egypt-Canal)
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ISLAMABAD — At least nine people were killed when a helicopter crashed near Pakistan’s northern Abbottabad district Thursday evening, local media and officials said.
A senior police officer said the helicopter crashed after hitting a hill at the outskirts of Abbottabad, a district of northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. (Pakistan-Helicopter-Crash)
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KUALA LUMPUR — The 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings concluded here Thursday with confidence in completing the building of the ASEAN Community by the year-end.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said at the closing ceremony of the AMM that Malaysia, chair of ASEAN this year, is confident that the region will be able to establish the ASEAN Community by the end of 2015. (Malaysia-ASEAN)
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YANGON — Negotiators of the Myanmar government and ethnic armed groups agreed here on Thursday to continue discussions on remaining points of a draft nationwide ceasefire accord (NCA).
The remaining points yet to be finalized include invitation of domestic and foreign witnesses to be present for the formal signing of the NCA, senior adviser of the government’s Myanmar Peace Center U Hla Man Shwe told a press conference after the first day of the 9th round of ceasefire talks resumed at the Myanmar Peace Center. (Myanmar-Ceasefire Acoord)
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RIYADH — Thirteen people were killed and nine others injured on Thursday in a suicide blast targeting a mosque in the south of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Press Agency confirmed.
Ten of the dead were policemen and three were workers in the mosque in the city of Abha, where they were performing afternoon prayer. Three of the injured are in critical condition, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesperson said in a statement. (Saudi Arabia-Explosion) Enditem