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Asia / Oceania

Manila, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in the Philippines suspended today sea travel in some sectors of the southern regions of Bicol, Tagalog and Visayas due to heavy rains caused by southwest Monsoon and Typhoon Son-Tinh.

Kabul, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) More than 20 people died, including a Taliban commander, in a suicide attack perpetrated by the Islamic State in the province of Sar-i-Pul, in northern Afghanistan, police chief Abdul Qauom Baqizoi, said.

Hanoi, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam''s Gross Domestic Product will grow by 6.6 percent this year thanks to macroeconomic and financial stability, the reforms it is implementing and the recovery of the world economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted today.

Jakarta, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Indonesian police have killed 11 suspected petty criminals and shot dozens more in a heavy-handed offensive to free the capital of street crime before next month''s Asian Games.

Tehran, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmud Alavi ruled out any dialogue between his country and U.S. President Donald Trump, who recently announced new sanctions against the Iranian nation.

Beijing, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) China welcomed today the meeting held in Finland between Presidents Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Donald Trump (United States), urging them to maintain their contacts to solve any bilateral friction and examine global issues.

Panmunjom, Korean Peninsula, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Direct communications between top military officers from North and South Korea through the western telephone line were reactivated today, according to an official source.

Beijing, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay valued today the potential offered by the Chinese Silk Road initiative to protect the heritage of the countries involved, apart from its economic purpose.

Islamabad, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) President Mamnoon Hussain stated that Pakistan and Iran will continue efforts to face the cross-border challenges and the defense cooperation between the two countries will be further strengthened, it was reported today.

Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Japan''s Peace Boat arrives today in Cuba, where its crew and passengers will convey messages about global solidarity and promote a world free of nuclear weapons.

New Delhi, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) India's sugar production will increase 10 percent in the next marketing year, which begins in October, to reach a record of up to 35.5 million tons, it was announced.