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Jan. 15 Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policymakers and experts are gathered at a United Nations led meeting in Bangkok this week to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems...
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Regional UN Meeting Sought to Boost Disaster Resilience in Asia Pacific

Asia-Pacific countries have endorsed a set of collective recommendations and initiatives to promote regional cooperation and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on disaster...
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Report Says Natural Disasters Could Become More Destructive in Asia-Pacific

Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according...
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UN Meeting: calls for the inclusion of the aged in development

The need to address the challenges of population ageing in the Asia-Pacific region by integrating older persons into development efforts at all levels was...
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Yogyakarta Trade Forum Ends with a Call for Innovation

The 8th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum closed in Yogyakarta, Indonesia today with a strong focus on innovations and digital solutions that can enhance trade...