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Indonesia says coal on hold for PH after 7 sailors abducted

Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Friday a halt on coal shipments to the Philippines will continue until Manila guarantees security in its waters after seven Indonesian sailors were taken hostage, the latest in a string of abductions.

Seven Indonesian sailors have been taken hostage in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippines, Indonesia’s foreign minister said yesterday, the latest in a string of abductions in the waters between the two Southeast Asian neighbors.

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China has welcomed Manila’s intention to reboot dialogues and negotiations with Beijing over their territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea. That is if the Philippines truly intends to do so, according to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

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Manila, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Vietnam President Truong Tang is scheduled to visit the Philippines later this month. According to the DFA, an Action Plan for 2011-2016 is expected to be approved and launched during Tang’s visit to drive the 11 areas of cooperation reviewed by senior officials of both […]

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Manila, Philippines – An Australian study has become a source of pride for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) since it claimed Asian farmers harvested an extra $1.46 billion through the use of rice varities the institute had developed. The Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) assessed the impact of IRRI’s research on improving […]

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