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Asia / Oceanía

Beijing, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reaffirmed today his government''s refusal to use the military variant to solve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and insisted on strict adherence to UN resolutions.

Jakarta, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Tropical cyclone Cempaka, which ravaged Java island since late last month, has claimed dozens of lives and forced thousands to evacuate following floods, landslides and strong winds in 28 regencies and municipalities on Indonesia''s most populated island.

Kathmandu, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The alliance of the Communist Parties of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) and the Maoist Center (CPN-MC) marches towards victory in the recent general elections held here, according to the first results.

Jakarta, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunization drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world''s fourth most populous country this year. The health ministry said at least 591 cases had been reported since January, a 42 percent increase from last year, and called the outbreak an ''extraordinary event''.

Tokyo, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The controversial bitcoin electronic currency has collapsed more than 12 percent today after increasing 2.4 million yen (about $21,167 USD ) in the main Japanese houses of exchange.

Beijing, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) China and Canada show today new progress in their plans to establisjh a free trade agreement by completing a feasibility study started more than a year ago, assured an official source in this capital.

Quito, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) A total of 300,000 tons of Ecuadorian cocoa are expected to arrive in Japan in 2018, as a result of the commercial relationship between both nations, on food production and commercialization, the Ministry of Foreign Trade confirmed today.

Jakarta, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Starting Thursday, Jakarta's women and children will have a 112 hotline number to report abuse.

London, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) The price of oil remained stable despite the increase in US production, in a position that continually torpedoes OPEC''s attempts to stabilize the market and reduce crude stocks.

Hanoi, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) MediPham 2017, the largest exhibition of pharmaceutical drugs, equipment and technology in Vietnam, was opened today in this capital with the assistance of some 150 companies from 18 countries and territories.

Beijing, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) China today called on Israel and Palestine to resume the peace talks to solve the status of Jerusalem and prevent more frictions after the United States decided to recognize that city as the Israeli capital.