China to be U.S. largest trading partner in a decade: Geithner

January 15, 2011 11:04 am· Comments Off on China to be U.S. largest trading partner in a decade: Geithner 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 — China is expected to become the United States' largest trading partner in about 10 years and their economic ties are bringing "huge benefits" to Americans, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday.

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(Yonhap Feature) PyeongChang believes its time has come

January 15, 2011 11:04 am· Comments Off on (Yonhap Feature) PyeongChang believes its time has come 

By Yoo Jee-ho

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Jan. 14 — Nestled among the Taebaek Mountains, the main ridge of the Korean Peninsula along the east coast, South Korea's alpine town of PyeongChang is brimming with new hopes that it will be the eventual winner in a tight race to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Nepal Tourism Year 2011 formally begins with grand ceremony

January 15, 2011 11:04 am· Comments Off on Nepal Tourism Year 2011 formally begins with grand ceremony 

KATHMANDU, Jan. 14 — Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011 formally started Friday amid a grand ceremony reflecting Nepal's immense beauty, performances and cultural show-off in Kathmandu.

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Cebu officials welcome balikbayans at Mactan airport

January 15, 2011 11:04 am· Comments Off on Cebu officials welcome balikbayans at Mactan airport 

CEBU CITY, Jan. 14 – Officials from various government agencies Thursday welcomed 171 returning Filipinos, or “balikbayans,” and foreign guests from the United States and Canada to participate in the Fiesta Senor Sto. Nino celebrations.

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Aquino mulls implementation of total log ban policy nationwide

January 15, 2011 2:34 am· Comments Off on Aquino mulls implementation of total log ban policy nationwide 

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Jan. 14 – Amid continuous rains that caused massive flooding and landslides in several areas in the country, President Benigno S. Aquino III said he is studying the implementation of a total log ban policy nationwide.

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U.S. embassy closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2011 2:34 am· Comments Off on U.S. embassy closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

MANILA, Jan. 14 — The U.S. embassy and its affiliated offices in Manila will be closed to the public this Monday, January 17, a federal holiday marking the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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ADB lays groundwork for easier border crossing in Central Asia

January 15, 2011 2:34 am· Comments Off on ADB lays groundwork for easier border crossing in Central Asia 

MANILA, Jan. 14 — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a technical assistance grant for a feasibility study for the upgrading and modernization of border crossing points in Central Asia.

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Aquino distributes livelihood assistance to calamity victims in St. Bernard

January 15, 2011 2:34 am· Comments Off on Aquino distributes livelihood assistance to calamity victims in St. Bernard 

ST. BERNARD, Southern Leyte, Jan. 14 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday personally distributed livelihood assistance and relief goods to the affected families of mud slides and flash floods here as a result of the week-long torrential rains in Region 8.

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Aquino says heads will roll in drive vs illegal loggers

January 15, 2011 2:34 am· Comments Off on Aquino says heads will roll in drive vs illegal loggers 

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Jan. 14 — President Benigno S. Aquino III assured Friday that heads will roll in the government drive against illegal logging.

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Government to resume talks with MILF on Feb. 9

January 15, 2011 2:34 am· Comments Off on Government to resume talks with MILF on Feb. 9 

MANILA, Jan. 14 — The government peace panel will resume peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Feb. 9 following the completion of initial discussions in Malaysia. The government panel just planed in Friday from Malaysia for the initial discussions there.

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