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Medical workers treat a COVID-19 patient at the coronavirus unit in Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, Bnei Brak, April 13, 2020. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Asia-Pacific as India reports highest daily jump

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Asia-Pacific countries recorded more COVID-19 cases on Friday as India announced its biggest one-day spike of 83,341 infections, while Malaysia detected a new infection...
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COVID-19: Countries urged to scale-up life-saving malaria interventions

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RBM Partnership has urged countries to act swiftly to save almost 400,000 additional lives from malaria as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
Military jets fly in formation during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016. (Xinhua/Bai Xueqi) (zw)

Moscow to react “adequately” to U.S. attempts to dominate Asia-Pacific

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Russia will react "adequately" to the plans of the United States and its allies to dominate the Asia-Pacific region, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu...

APTFF: UN forum spotlights digital trade facilitation measures

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The 9th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) closed in New Delhi, India today with a strong focus on how digital and sustainable trade facilitation...
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Jan. 15 Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah ascended the throne of Malaysia's Pahang state on Tuesday, ahead of the country choosing its new...
Photo taken on April 10, 2015 shows a general view of the Kabul city in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

Jan. 12 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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JAKARTA -- A total of 16 people were wounded and hundreds of houses were damaged as whirlwind struck West Java province in western Indonesia,...
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Jan. 10 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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JAKARTA -- Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali erupted on Thursday night, spewing column of volcanic ash, Indonesian authorities said. The...
A man walks past an electronic board showing the stock index in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 4, 2014. Tokyo stocks tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nikkei index ending 4.18 percent lower, hitting the lowest closing level since last October. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dived 610.66 points, from Monday at 14,008.47, its lowest finish since Oct. 8. (Xinhua/Stringer)

Jan. 10 Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1100 GMT

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BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed lower on Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.36 percent, at 2,535.10 points. The Shenzhen Component Index closed...
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Jan. 10 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT

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TALUQAN, Afghanistan -- A total of 18 fighters including eight police and 10 militants have been confirmed dead as clash erupted in Khawja Ghar...
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Jan. 5 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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NEW DELHI -- Vijay Mallya, a liquor baron and business tycoon in India who is facing charges of loan default and has been staying...
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Jan. 4 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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YANGON -- Arakan Army (AA) armed group Friday launched attacks on four police outposts in Buthidaung, Myanmar's Rakhine state, killing 13 police officers and...
Photo taken on Feb. 29, 2016 shows hot lavas and volcanic ashes rising from Mount Sinabung during an eruption in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (Xinhua/Gatha Ginting) (zw)

Dec. 24 Asia-Pacific news summary

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PANDEGLANG, Indonesia -- The death toll from the tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption in Indonesia rose to 373, with 1,459 others injured, a...
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Dec. 24 Asia-Pacific News Summary at 1000 GMT

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PANDEGLANG, Indonesia -- A devastating tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption in Indonesia has killed 281 people and wounded 1,016 others along the coastal...

UN moves to eliminate violence against children & adolescents with disabilities in Asia-Pacific

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Countries in Asia-Pacific have committed to accelerate efforts to promote the rights of, and eliminate violence against, children and adolescents with disabilities. The pledge came...
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Asia-Pacific Countries agree to handle inequalities

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At the close of a high-level UN policy forum in Bangkok today, political leaders and senior government officials recommitted themselves to tackling rising inequality...
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Bangkok: political leaders converge to discuss increasing inequality gap in Asia-pacific

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its 74th session in Bangkok today, with a strong call...
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Fresh UN Report challenges Asia-Pacific to work hard towards achieving SDGs by 2030

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Countries in Asia and the Pacific have made inroads towards achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, but progress remains uneven...
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ECOSOC forum: Asia-Pacific Countries to Use Fintech to Achieve Sustainable Goals

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ESCAP-Bangladesh-Indonesia-Kazakhstan side event: Transforming Finance in Asia-Pacific: The FinTech revolution Asia-Pacific countries met on the sidelines of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development in...
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Social protection systems crucial to realizing Asia-Pacific’s Agenda 2030

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Countries in Asia and the Pacific must build resilience to natural hazards and invest in social protection systems if the region is to achieve...
Thanks to simplified administrative procedures in China’s free trade zones, fewer people now come to the customs for on-site clearance. (Photo from CFP)

Asia-Pacific Could Reduce Yearly Trade Facilitation Cost

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According to the Digital Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific report launched today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia...
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UN Committee Seeks for Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Through Sound Policies

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The UN Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development is one of the nine committees that makes up the subsidiary structure...
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UN Says Asia-Pacific Policy Priority Should Fall In Line With Achieving SDGs

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Economic conditions in Asia-Pacific remain stable, supported by stronger-than-expected performances in some of the region’s larger economies and steady performance in most smaller ones. Deepening...
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Ministers conference draws the path to Asia-Pacific’s economic cooperation and integration

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Ministers and high-level officials in Asia-Pacific have committed to advance regional economic cooperation and integration (RECI) to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda...
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2017 APEC Vietnam Throws Light on China’s Influence

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, from Nov. 10 to 11. China,...
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UN Dhaka Meeting Enhance Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway

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Countries in the Asia-Pacific region have made great strides towards implementation of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) at a United Nations led meeting in...

Asia-Pacific Trade, Investment Week ends with an echo for Liberalization Policies

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Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week closed at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) headquarters in Bangkok today,...

UN Predicts An Uncertain Future for Asia-Pacific Trade

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The trade outlook for the Asia-Pacific region is positive for this year but some uncertainties are forecast for 2018, the United Nations Economic and...

ESCAP-China partnership Seeks to Promote Asia-Pacific’s PPP

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China and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have signed a new agreement to strengthen Public Private...
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Documentary shades light on Xi’s philosophy across Asia-Pacific

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A three-episode documentary that introduces Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ideas on national governance had its debut on the Discovery Channel on Monday as the...
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UN Meeting Looks At Enhancing Asia-Pacific’s Civil Registration Processes

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Policymakers and experts are gathered at a United Nations led meeting in Bangkok this week to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems...