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LAST_UPDATEFri, 27 Oct 2017 9am

Trump Administration Considers Pausing U.S. Refugee Family Reunification Program

Pic: Reuters

NEW YORK: President Trump’s administration has drafted a plan to pause a program that allows family members join refugees already settled in the United States until they can undergo increased security checks, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

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Afghan President Says Terrorist Supporters Being Isolated

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

KABUL -- Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said on Friday that terrorist supporting countries would be isolated, as terrorists groups and their supporters were under heavy pressure from the international community, China's Xinhua news agency reported the Afghan Presidential Palace as saying.

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Russian Warships Visit Philippines For A Week-Long

MANILA -- Two Russian large anti-submarine ships Admiral Panteleyev and Admiral Vinogradov, and large sea tanker Boris Butoma anchored Manila on Friday for a week-long port visit, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Spanish Gov't And Socialists Agree To Call Elections In Catalan Region In January

MADRID -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), Pedro Sanchez, have agreed to call regional elections in Catalonia for January, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Vietnam, Australia Sign MoU On Financial Cooperation

QUANG NAM -- Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) and The Treasury of Australia will step up financial cooperation following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked by Minister Dinh Tien Dung and Treasurer Scott John Morrison, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

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APEC 2017: Vietnam Calls For More Support From OECD

Dinh Tien Dung.

QUANG NAM – Vietnamese Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung, Chairman of the APEC 2017 Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) expected further support from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

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Indonesia Expands Early Warning System For Bali Volcano

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has provided an early warning system to the people in the areas which could not be reached by sound of siren, should Mount Agung volcano in Bali erupt, China's Xinhua news agency reported an officer as saying on Friday.

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New Representative For UNHCR Arrives In Pakistan

Ruvendrini Menikdiwela.

ISLAMABAD -- New representative for the UN refugee agency in Pakistan Ruvendrini Menikdiwela has arrived to take up her responsibilities, China's Xinhua news agency reported the UN High Commission for Refugees as saying on Friday.

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Turkish President Urges D-8 Countries To Use National Currencies In Trade

Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on leaders of Developing 8 countries to use national currencies in intra-trade transactions, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Liberia Set For Presidential Runoff Next Month: Electoral Body

MONROVIA -- Liberia's electoral body has said a runoff was inevitable early next month since no candidate obtained the required 50 per cent plus one vote in the Oct 10 presidential poll in the country, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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