Pakistan asks Western diplomats, UN group to ease India border tension

January 12, 2013 3:05 am· Comments Off on Pakistan asks Western diplomats, UN group to ease India border tension 

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 12 –Pakistan Friday conveyed its concern to the Western diplomats and the UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan over 'repeated border violation by Indian army', urging them to play their role in defusing the tension, the country's top diplomat said.

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S. African government seeks community help in fighting crime

January 12, 2013 3:05 am· Comments Off on S. African government seeks community help in fighting crime 

JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 12 — The South African government on Friday called on communities to help police in combatting crimes.

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Myanmar Lower House urged to build lasting peace in Kachin state

January 12, 2013 3:05 am· Comments Off on Myanmar Lower House urged to build lasting peace in Kachin state 

YANGON, Jan. 11 — Myanmar's House of Representatives (Lower House) Friday urged the government's central peace-making group and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) to reduce tension on conflict and embark on a path of building lasting peace, state TV reported.

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BOJ to mull additional monetary easing at next policy meeting

January 12, 2013 3:05 am· Comments Off on BOJ to mull additional monetary easing at next policy meeting 

TOKYO, Jan. 12 — The Bank of Japan will consider further easing monetary conditions at its next policy meeting from Jan. 21 to 22 in tandem with the government's just-adopted economic pump-priming package in a bid to combat deflation and the yen's strength, sources close to the matter said Friday.

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U.S. trade deficit grows to 48.7 bln USD in November

January 12, 2013 3:05 am· Comments Off on U.S. trade deficit grows to 48.7 bln USD in November 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 — The U.S. trade deficit edges up slightly in November, as a rise in imports outpaced an increase in exports, reported the Commerce Department on Friday.

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U.S. stocks open flat despite Wells Fargo's upbeat Q4 earnings

January 12, 2013 3:05 am· Comments Off on U.S. stocks open flat despite Wells Fargo's upbeat Q4 earnings 

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 — U.S. stocks opened flat Friday, ignoring the cheerful fourth-quarter earnings of Wells Fargo.

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IMF mission to visit Ukraine to discuss multi-billion loan program

January 12, 2013 3:05 am· Comments Off on IMF mission to visit Ukraine to discuss multi-billion loan program 

KIEV, Jan. 12 — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission would visit Ukraine on Jan. 24 to discuss economic developments and possible resumption of a stand-by loan program, National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) chairman Igor Sorkin said here Friday.

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Qingdao overturns Shanghai without McGrady

January 12, 2013 3:05 am· Comments Off on Qingdao overturns Shanghai without McGrady 

QINGDAO, China, Jan. 12 — Former NBA star Tracy McGrady's Qingdao sank Shanghai 103-91 Friday night in CBA league, but the superstar was banned in this match as he criticized referees on social network.

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Singapore expands smoking ban to more public places

January 12, 2013 3:05 am· Comments Off on Singapore expands smoking ban to more public places 

SINGAPORE, Jan. 12 — The National Environment Agency of Singapore announced on Friday that the smoking ban will be expanded further to cover more public places.

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President Aquino huddles with guests during traditional toast for the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace

January 12, 2013 3:01 am· Comments Off on President Aquino huddles with guests during traditional toast for the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace 

JM10President Benigno S. Aquino III huddles with the guests after leading the traditional toast for the New Yearís Vin d’ Honneur at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace on Friday (January 11, 2013). The annual reception,that marks the 26th Vin d’ Honneur since the 1986 EDSA Revolution, was attended by government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, officials of international organizations and businessmen. aLso in photo is Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. (Photo by: Jay Morales / Malacañang Photo Bureau/PNA)
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