China starts rice imports from Laos

January 12, 2016 7:22 am· Comments Off on China starts rice imports from Laos 

SHENZHEN, Jan. 11 — The first shipment of rice imports from Laos have passed through inspection and quarantine procedures at south China's Shenzhen port, according to local authorities.

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Villar seeks inclusion of farm tourism sports in school field trips

January 12, 2016 7:22 am· Comments Off on Villar seeks inclusion of farm tourism sports in school field trips 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Jan. 11 (PNA) – Senator Cynthia Villar said on Monday school field trips should include farm tourism destinations in order to promote the career in agriculture as a worthwhile endeavor among the youth.

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Thailand plans to cut rice output in 2016-2017 crop

January 12, 2016 7:22 am· Comments Off on Thailand plans to cut rice output in 2016-2017 crop 

BANGKOK, Jan. 11 — Thailand plans to produce about 25 million tonnes of rice in the 2016-2017 crop instead of the normal production output of between 31-32 million tonnes in the last periods, according to the latest report released by the country's Ministry of Commerce.

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2 injured Europeans rescued from New Zealand after alerts received in UK, US

January 12, 2016 7:21 am· Comments Off on 2 injured Europeans rescued from New Zealand after alerts received in UK, US 

WELLINGTON, Jan. 11 — Two injured Europeans have been rescued from remote parts of New Zealand due to emergency beacons that alerted authorities on the other side of the world.

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Belgium interrupts organized migrant smuggling to UK

January 12, 2016 7:21 am· Comments Off on Belgium interrupts organized migrant smuggling to UK 

BRUSSELS, Jan. 11 — Belgian law enforcement authorities have halted the activities of an international criminal organization involved in smuggling migrants to the United Kingdom through Belgium, local media reported Monday.

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4.5-magnitude quake jolts Japan's northeast as authorities eye rising seismic activity

January 12, 2016 7:21 am· Comments Off on 4.5-magnitude quake jolts Japan's northeast as authorities eye rising seismic activity 

TOKYO, Jan. 11 — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 jolted northeast of Japan on Monday afternoon, although no tsunami warning was issued, Japan's weather agency said.

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Aid convoys head to besieged Syrian areas

January 12, 2016 7:21 am· Comments Off on Aid convoys head to besieged Syrian areas 

DAMASCUS, Jan. 11 — Aid convoys are heading simultaneously on Monday toward a rebel-held town north of the capital Damascus and two government-controlled towns surrounded by rebels in northern Syria, state media and activists said.

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Roundup: Tensions rise on Korean Peninsula after DPRK's nuke test

January 12, 2016 7:21 am· Comments Off on Roundup: Tensions rise on Korean Peninsula after DPRK's nuke test 

SEOUL, Jan. 11 — Tensions rose on the Korean Peninsula after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear test last week as the rival Koreas resumed propaganda broadcasts and the US forces sent a B-52 bomber as part of retaliatory measures.

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6 killed, 15 injured in bus-truck collision in Gujarat

January 12, 2016 7:21 am· Comments Off on 6 killed, 15 injured in bus-truck collision in Gujarat 

AHMEDABAD, Jan. 11 — Six persons, including a woman, were killed and 15 others were injured when a state transport bus from Maharashtra collided with a truck along the Netrang-Dediapada road in Bharuch district of Gujarat, police said Monday.

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China calls for calm between Saudi Arabia, Iran

January 12, 2016 7:21 am· Comments Off on China calls for calm between Saudi Arabia, Iran 

BEIJING, Jan. 11 — A Chinese envoy called for "calm and restraint" between Saudi Arabia and Iran during a visit to both countries last week, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei on Monday.

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