Indon volcano eruption cause extensive damage

JAKARTA — The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB has reported at least 498 houses and three public facilities damaged by the eruption last March 18 of Mount Ruang in Sitaro Islands District, North Sulawesi. The head of BNPB’s Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center, Abdul Muhari, said that in addition to 135 mildly damaged houses and 363 moderately to severely damaged houses, two churches and…

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Pope Francis urges dialogues among Middle East leaders

VATICAN — Pope Francis has expressed concern over the conflict situation in the Middle East and called for dialogue and diplomacy among leaders in the region. During his traditional Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican, the pope said: “I continue to follow the situation in the Middle East with concern and sadness. I reiterate the plea not to yield to the claims of…

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China further facilitates exit-and-entry services for better mobility of personnel

By Zhang Tianpei, People’s Daily Every day when the land port of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opens, a vibrant and bustling scene is on – tourists from the Chinese mainland conversing in different local dialects and Hong Kong and Macao families embarking on trips to the mainland are coming and going. Such lively atmosphere can be…

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Biden makes case for 2nd presidential term in State of the Union

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden sought to draw stark contrasts between his policies and those of his Republican predecessor and likely election opponent, ex-President Donald Trump, during his State of the Union address on Thursday evening. With just eight months to go until Election Day, Biden launched an oftentimes fiery and defiant speech that repeatedly…

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Canada to resume fund support for UN agency for Palestine refugees

TORONTO – Canada has announced it will resume support to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) after a decision to pause funding because of Israeli allegations. Several countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Canada have initially suspended funding to the agency that was established in 1949 to cater to Palestinian…

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