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RCEP likely to be signed in November next year

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 16 (UNI) The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which involves 16 countries, is expected to be signed in November 2018 during the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summit in Singapore.
RCEP negotiations have already missed two deadlines.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the leaders, who met for the first time during the RCEP Summit in Manila on Tuesday, agreed to undertake intensive negotiations to seek a consensus and reduce the gap, with a new target of November 2018.
"So far 20 rounds of negotiations and nine meetings at the ministerial levels have been held," he told Malaysian journalists, reports Bernama news agency.
If realised, the free trade agreement between the 10 ASEAN members and their six dialogue partners -- Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea - will create the world's largest trading bloc, covering nearly a third of the global economy.
It was officially launched at the 2012 ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Najib said ASEAN leaders noted that there were several issues regarding market access modality in the tariffs, services sector, investments and regulations which were unresolved which affected the negotiation process.
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Irish abortion referendum: 'We made history'

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27 May 2018 | 7:26 PM

Dublin, May 27 (UNI) The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4 per cent to 33.6 per cent, accoring to a BBC News report on Sunday.

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Spectacular lightning strikes parts of UK

27 May 2018 | 6:03 PM

London, May 27 (UNI) Around 15,000 lightning strikes were recorded in four hours on Saturday night, BBC Weather said.

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New course for WHO: Dr Tedros

New course for WHO: Dr Tedros

27 May 2018 | 4:11 PM

Geneva, May 27 (UNI) The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said that they have charted a new course for the Organiation.

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Trump says 'productive' talks held on reinstating N Korea summit

Trump says 'productive' talks held on reinstating N Korea summit

27 May 2018 | 3:10 PM

Washington, May 27 (UNI) US President Donald Trump says "very productive talks" have been held with North Korea on reinstating the summit with leader Kim Jong-un, according to a BBC News report on Sunday.

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Nepal: House endorses govt’s policy and progs

27 May 2018 | 2:52 PM

Kathmandu, May 27 (UNI) The House of Representatives endorsed Oli government’s policy and programmes for the upcoming fiscal year on Sunday.

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