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Africa / Middle East

Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Syria and China signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation by virtue of which the Chinese Government will donate 100 million yuans (nearly 17 million dollars). The deal was penned by Imad Sabouni, head of the Syrian Agency for Planning and International Cooperation, and Phyong Biao, the ambassador of the People''s Republic of China.

Luanda, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Angola's Macon bus company will open this first semester its second international route to Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an official source said on Tuesday.

Pretoria, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The World Food Program office (WFP) for Southern Africa warned on Tuesday the Idai cyclone is probably ''the worst meteorological disaster recorded so far in the southern hemisphere of this planet.''

Ramallah, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The interim government of Palestine on Tuesday condemned what it described as a criminal assault on Atef Saif, an official of the ruling Al-Fatah political party in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Juba, Mar 19 ( Prensa Latina) The parties involved fail to meet the deadlines in the implementation of the peace agreement in Southern Sudan, warned on Tuesday the special envoy of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa.

Riyadh, Mar 19 ( Prensa Latina ) The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies will decide in June whether to extend extraction cuts to shore up world market prices, it was announced here today.

Beirut, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Tuesday warned about tensions between the Future Movement and the Free Patriotic Movement, which argue about the way to deal with relations with Syria.

Abu Dabi, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The team weighs today the highest praise within the Cuban delegation in the Special Olympics of this capital, winning five medals, two gold, the same amount of silver and one bronze.

Tehran, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Iran has denied claims about its participation in a raid against fighters of the Kurdistan Workers'' Party (PKK), in a statement released in Tehran on Tuesday.

Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) ''The threat of terrorism has forced nations and governments of the region to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge and confront it,'' Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said on Tuesday.

Damascus, March 18 (Prensa Latina) The United States continues its open support for terrorism in flagrant violation of U.N. statutes and international law, a statement by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said.