Heavy rains leave 40 towns in state of emergency in southern Brazil

November 25, 2009 12:09 pm· Comments Off on Heavy rains leave 40 towns in state of emergency in southern Brazil 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 25 — Heavy rains have caused four more towns in Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul to declare state of emergency in the past week, raising the total number of affected municipalities in the state to 40, local authorities stated on Tuesday.

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Myanmar, Vietnam seek more economic, trade cooperation

November 25, 2009 12:09 pm· 1 Comment 

YANGON, Nov. 25 — Vietnam and Myanmar are seeking increased economic and trade cooperation and a meeting on the move between a Vietnamese ministerial delegation and officials of a Myanmar's biggest business organization has taken place recently in Yangon, according to official media report Wednesday.

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Indonesia replaces Malaysia as world's biggest CPO producer

November 25, 2009 12:09 pm· Comments Off on Indonesia replaces Malaysia as world's biggest CPO producer 

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BOGOR, W Java, Nov. 25 — Indonesia has developed into the world`s biggest crude palm oil (CPO) producer, replacing Malaysia, Amin Tamin Subandrio, deputy to the research and technology minister said here on Tuesday.

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Greenpeace wants to help Indonesia meet climate commitment

November 25, 2009 12:09 pm· Comments Off on Greenpeace wants to help Indonesia meet climate commitment 

by Fardah

JAKARTA, Nov. 25 — When the noted environmental NGO Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigned to protect Sumatra's forest recently, local security authorities tried to crack down on them. Was it miscommunication or misunderstanding?

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Pampanga tourism frontliners, stakeholders undergo series of seminars to boost the province’s tourism industry

November 25, 2009 12:09 pm· Comments Off on Pampanga tourism frontliners, stakeholders undergo series of seminars to boost the province’s tourism industry 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Nov. 25 — Tourism frontliners and stakeholders in Pampanga are now better equipped in promoting the tourism industry in the province.

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Muscovado replaces 'patupat' as Santiago City's OTOP

November 25, 2009 11:32 am· Comments Off on Muscovado replaces 'patupat' as Santiago City's OTOP 

SANTIAGO CITY, Nov. 25 – This premiere city in Cagayan Valley has changed its one-town, one-product (OTOP) commodity from patupat, which is a cooked native glutinous rice wrapped in palm or banana leaves, to muscovado sugar.

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EC condemns Maguindanao killings; calls incident ‘barbaric’

November 25, 2009 11:32 am· Comments Off on EC condemns Maguindanao killings; calls incident ‘barbaric’ 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Nov. 25 -– The European Commission (EC) described Wednesday the brutal massacre of more than 40 people in Maguindanao province last Monday as a barbaric act as it expressed support to the national government’s declaration to decisively bring the perpetrators to justice.

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IB-Guimaras chapter files TRO for motor bancas to continue sailing despite storm signal

November 25, 2009 11:32 am· Comments Off on IB-Guimaras chapter files TRO for motor bancas to continue sailing despite storm signal 

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 25 — Fleet of motor bancas plying between mainland Iloilo City and island-province of Guimaras and vice versa still continue to cater to the riding public Tuesday morning despite the public storm warning signal raised by the weather bureau.

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China seeks to strengthen military bond with N. Korea: reports

November 25, 2009 11:32 am· Comments Off on China seeks to strengthen military bond with N. Korea: reports 

By Kim Hyun

SEOUL, Nov. 25 — China is seeking to advance its military cooperation with North Korea and hopes that their 60-year-old alliance will help secure regional peace, North Korean media said Wednesday.

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U.S. government sets countervailing duties on tubular goods from China

November 25, 2009 11:32 am· Comments Off on U.S. government sets countervailing duties on tubular goods from China 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 — The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday announced its decision to set final countervailing duties (CVD) on imports of the 2.6 billion dollar oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from China, the biggest U.S. trade action against China.

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