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25 bodies found in Colombia air crash, around 10 rescued alive: official

person Orange Themes access_time Nov 29,2016

An aircraft with 81 people aboard, including a Brazilian football team, crashed in central Colombia.

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25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat horror

person Orange Themes access_time Oct 26,2016

The French aid group Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday it had found a pile of 25 migrants who died in apocalyptic conditions, perishing in a pool of fuel and seawater aboard a crowded dinghy off Libya. MSF said its chartered rescue ship,

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Iran seeks more cooperation with Saudi Arabia

person Orange Themes access_time Dec 05,2016

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Islamic Republic and its regional rival Saudi Arabia can and should cooperate to resolve regional crises.

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JICA loan commitment for Vietnam maintained

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Fujita Yasuo, Chief Representative of the JICA Vietnam office, made this statement on April 20, adding that Vietnam remained one of the countries with the largest JICA-funded projects in the world.

In FY 2016, Japan pledged to provide Vietnam with JPY 187.1 billion (US$1.7 billion) in loans and disbursed JPY 175.6 billion (US$1.6 billion) for the country.

Fujita Yasuo said in FY 2017, JICA will maintain its support as in FY 2016 for the promotion of economic growth and international cooperation capacity, enhancing state governance, and supporting vulnerable groups.

However, areas of support will be adjusted in accordance with Japanese Government policies, Vietnamese Government demand and sustainable development goals.

The JICA representative said disbursement for FY 2017 was set to decrease from FY 2016, since the Thai Binh thermal power plant project had already passed the stage that needed significant funding.

Additionally, Vietnamese Government curbs on the disbursement of corresponding capital from its budget will also influence JICA’s disbursement of the committed loans.

Fujita Yasuo pointed out obstacles to JICA’s support provision, elaborating that the handling of administrative procedures and site clearance remain sluggish. Meanwhile, procedures for approving ODA projects have become more complicated under the Vietnamese Government’s Decree 16/2016/ND-CP on the management and use of foreign sponsored ODA and concessional loans.

He stressed that JICA respects Vietnam’s public debt limit, but the country should simplify necessary procedures so as to facilitate the disbursement of the committed capital and implementation of projects.

The problems JICA has encountered also affect other foreign sponsors in Vietnam, so they will work together to ask the Vietnamese Government to tackle the obstacles, he added.

Turkish prime minister says Kurdish opposition funded terrorism

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Sunday that the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), whose leaders were arrested on Friday, had been funding terrorism and that anyone harming the nation would pay the price."For years, we called on you to say you are against terror and terrorist organizations. You would not listen ... For years, they transferred the money we sent for the municipalities to terror," Yildirim said in a speech broadcast on… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Combination of lutein, natural vitamin E and DHA power up children’s brain

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Panama officials head to US to probe Odebrecht case

Panama City (AFP) - Panamanian prosecutors headed to the United States on Tuesday seeking information on the alleged payment of bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht to officials of the Central American country.The Panama attorney general's office said investigators are looking to "obtain details of alleged acts of bribery and use of financial institutions in Panama."The US Justice Department recently reported that Odebrecht had paid bribes worth hundreds of millions of dollars… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Vietnam tightens conditions on gaming machines

Starting from February 15, 2017, gaming machines used in facilities currently open to foreigners in Vietnam have to meet more stringent conditions. According to Decree 175/2016/ND-CP issued on December 30, 2016, which amends some clauses of Decree 86/2013/ND-CP dated July 29, 2013 on business in prize-winning electronic games for foreigners, gaming machines used in the above facilities have to be 100% new, with technical specifications clarified by the manufacturer, and certified by… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

US capital banner highlights journalist held in Syria

Washington (AFP) - The family of Austin Tice, a US journalist held captive in Syria since 2012, renewed calls Wednesday for his release as a banner highlighting his case was unveiled by press freedom groups.The #FreeAustinTice banner was attached to the facade of the Newseum, a museum focused on news media and located on the street linking the US Capitol and the White House."This banner will stay in front of the Newseum until Austin Tice is released," said Jeffrey Herbst, president and chief… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

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