TOKYO -- Japan's parliament on Saturday enacted a law to ban organizations from maliciously soliciting donations, following controversy over the fundraising practices of the Unification Church.
The legislation, aimed at preventing the creation of new victims of controversial religious groups, prohibits organizations from requesting donors to borrow money by selling real estate and other assets. (Japan-Law-Donation)
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HONG KONG -- China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) supports the reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the right direction, including the restoration of a fully and well-functioning dispute settlement system as soon as possible, said the HKSAR government's financial secretary Paul Chan on Saturday.
Chan, who met with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said that while the global economy is weathering various challenges, the HKSAR has for years been a firm supporter of a rules-based multilateral trading system with the WTO at the core. (HKSAR-WTO-Reform)
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PREAH SIHANOUK, Cambodia -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Saturday called on countries to maintain the presence of permanent peace, saying that it is the "most significant element" for the development of all nations in the world.
Hun Sen made the appeal in a speech at Preah Sihanouk during the opening ceremony of the 16th World Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World-Bays Club, which was attended by about 130 delegates representing 34 bays from 21 countries and regions. (Cambodia-PM-Peace)
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PHNOM PENH -- Cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the most dynamic in the region, covering all spheres, a Cambodian government official and experts said.
Kao Kim Hourn, a minister attached to the prime minister of Cambodia, said close China-ASEAN ties are essential to ensuring long-lasting peace, security, stability, sustainable and common development, and prosperity in the region. (Cambodia-China-Cooperation)