Japan’s defense minister to meet U.S. counterpart Gates on May 1

April 12, 2009 8:03 am· Comments Off on Japan’s defense minister to meet U.S. counterpart Gates on May 1 

TOKYO, April 11 — Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada plans to visit the United States to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on May 1, with North Korea's recent rocket launch and realignment of U.S. forces in Japan expected to be on the agenda in their talks, according to sources close to Japan-U.S. relations.

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Thai anti-gov’t “red-shirt” protesters to leave Pattaya for Bangkok

April 12, 2009 8:03 am· Comments Off on Thai anti-gov’t “red-shirt” protesters to leave Pattaya for Bangkok 

PATTAYA, Thailand, April 11 — Natthawut Saikua, a leader of the "red-shirt" protesters, Saturday declared victory for the Pattaya battle and told the protesters to leave the town and head back to Bangkok.

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Much has been accomplished despite non-completion of ASEAN & Related Summits — Remonde

April 12, 2009 8:02 am· 1 Comment 

MANILA, April 11 — Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said today that the 14th ASEAN Summit and Other Related Summits in Pattaya, Thailand accomplished a lot despite its non-completion.

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Leaders of ASEAN and dialogue partners leaving Thailand after summits cancellation

April 12, 2009 8:01 am· Comments Off on Leaders of ASEAN and dialogue partners leaving Thailand after summits cancellation 

PATTAYA, Thailand, April 11 — Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and dialogue partners are leaving Thailand Saturday as the 14th ASEAN related summits scheduled for April 10-12 were canceled due to political turmoil in Thailand.

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Statement of Press Secretary Cerge Remonde

April 12, 2009 8:00 am· Comments Off on Statement of Press Secretary Cerge Remonde 

MANILA, April 11 — Re: ASEAN Summit

Much has been accomplished despite the non-completion of the ASEAN Summit and Other Related Summits, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.

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Malaysia committed to further liberelizing trade with Asean

April 12, 2009 7:59 am· Comments Off on Malaysia committed to further liberelizing trade with Asean 

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — Malaysia is committed to further liberalizing trade with Asean countries by lowering import tax on goods and services, according to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

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Thai authorities evacuate foreign leaders after ASEAN summits canceled

April 12, 2009 7:57 am· Comments Off on Thai authorities evacuate foreign leaders after ASEAN summits canceled 

PATTAYA, Thailand, April 11 — Thai authorities have started evacuating foreign leaders out of the venue of the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits here on Saturday afternoon after anti-government protesters stormed the venue.

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DepEd starts health care program next school year

April 12, 2009 7:57 am· Comments Off on DepEd starts health care program next school year 

MANILA, April 11 — Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said that starting next school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) will implement the `Essential Health Care Project’ (EHCP) to reduce absenteeism among schoolchildren due to oral health problems and other infectious diseases.

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LUKoil ready to adapt West Qurna-2 contract to new Iraqi laws

April 12, 2009 7:56 am· Comments Off on LUKoil ready to adapt West Qurna-2 contract to new Iraqi laws 

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MOSCOW, April 11 — Russia's largest independent oil producer LUKoil is ready to adapt a contract to develop the giant West Qurna-2 oil field to new Iraqi laws, the company head said Saturday.

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Thai, Malaysian PMs confer on violence in Thailand’s southern border provinces

April 12, 2009 7:54 am· Comments Off on Thai, Malaysian PMs confer on violence in Thailand’s southern border provinces 

PATTAYA, April 11 — Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak early Saturday discussed bilateral cooperation as well as a joint agreement between the two neighboring countries to cooperate in finding a way to end more than five years of deadly violence in southern Thailand.

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