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Austrian MP wears headscarf to protest ban on religious head covering in primary schools

An independent member of Austria’s parliament wore a headscarf during her general assembly speech Wednesday to protest the banning of the religious head covering in primary schools, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. 

Sudan's military council suspends talks with opposition for 72 hours

Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Thursday announced suspension of talks with the major opposition forces for 72 hours, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting the TMC chairman's statement.

US birth number fall to 32-year low: CDC

The number of births in the United States fell again in 2018, reaching the lowest level in more than three decades, reported Xinhua news agency, citing government statistics released on Wednesday.

SK Group to invest US$1 billion in Vietnam's largest conglomerate

Energy-to-telecom conglomerate SK Group said Thursday it will invest US$1 billion in Vietnam's leading conglomerate in a bid to expand its presence in the Southeast Asian market, Yonhap news agency reported.

Philippines recalls envoys to Canada over garbage issue

The Philippines government withdrew its diplomats in Canada and will "maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada" until the North American country collects the garbage it shipped to the Philippines six years ago, reported Xinhua news agency, quoting the tweets of Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin on Thursday.

Huawei, associated entities placed on US trade blacklist

Huawei Technologies and its entities have been placed on the US trade blacklist for engaging in activities that go against the interest of US national security, reported Sputnik news agency as stated by the US Department of Commerce in a press release.

S. African President promises to embark on economic reforms

With South Africa's slow economic growth and stubborn unemployment, President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the Goldman Sachs investors conference that his government would focus on economic reforms set to unlock the economic potentials and create jobs, reported Xinhua news agency.