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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.
UNI SRJ SHK 1823
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Myanmar yet to create atmosphere for Rohingya repatriation: Bangladesh FM

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23 Feb 2019 | 10:27 PM

Dhaka, Feb 23 (UNI) Although Myanmar has agreed to take back eight lakh Rohingyas, it is yet to create a congenial atmosphere for their repatriation, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday.

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China Mining accident leaves 20 dead

China Mining accident leaves 20 dead

23 Feb 2019 | 7:41 PM

Beijing, Feb 23 (UNI) At least 20 people were killed and 30 other injured when the bus in which they were travelling lost control due to failure of brakes and crashed into the side of the tunnel in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Saturday on Saturday.

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Dhaka fire: Hasina urges for relocation of chemical warehouses

Dhaka fire: Hasina urges for relocation of chemical warehouses

23 Feb 2019 | 7:01 PM

Dhaka, Feb 23 (UNI) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the Chawkbazar tragedy was a lesson for chemical warehouse owners in old Dhaka, urging them to relocate their godowns elsewhere.

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Brexit: Ministers issue delay warning

23 Feb 2019 | 5:18 PM

London, Feb 23 (UNI) Brexit should be delayed if Parliament does not approve a deal in the coming days, three cabinet ministers have warned publicly for the first time.

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Nigeria election 2019: Atiku challenges Buhari

23 Feb 2019 | 5:14 PM

Abuja, Feb 23 (UNI) Nigerians are finally going to the polls for the country's general election following a last-minute postponement of the vote a week ago.

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