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Asia / Oceanía

Moscow, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The top leader of the Council of the Federation (Russian Senate), Valentina Matvienko, said today that the next presidential election will be held on March 18, and promised to invite a record number of international observers.

United Nations, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Security Council is holding a ministerial-level meeting to address the threats the nuclear weapons pose and devotes special attention to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Tehran, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hasan Rohani highlighted Muslims unity against the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, in statements transmitted here today.

Wellington, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Aware of the stories of his colleague Osmeivy Ortega about the damage Hurricane Irma caused in Cuba, New Zealand artists will auction some works by the two countries and will allocate what will be collected to the reconstruction of the Caribbean island.

Beijing, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) China reiterated today its support to Palestine to establish and independent and sovereign State, with its capital in East Jerusalem and borders previous to 1967, but advocated that territory and Israel settle their differences through negotiations.

Bangkok, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned today that the airport infrastructures in Thailand are insufficient to respond to the growing demand for passenger traffic.

Hanoi, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) raised to 6.7 percent its growth forecast for the Vietnamese economy in this and next year, from its originals of 6.3 and 6.5 per cent, respectively.

Washington, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Arctic is running a fever. The magnitude and pace of the recent Arctic sea-ice decline and ocean warming is ''unprecedented'' in at least the past 1,500 years and likely much longer, according to a federal report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,NOAA.

New Delhi, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) India, Australia and Japan Ttoday stressed the need for greater collaboration on maritime security and domain awareness and disaster response capabilities.

Manila, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Philippine Congress approved a one-year extension of martial law in the province of Mindanao, at the request of President Rodrigo Duterte, to eliminate terrorist groups operating in that locality.

Jakarta, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) representative in Indonesia announced today that it will donate 117,000 dollars to help those affected by the intense activity of the Agung volcano on the island of Bali.