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China to shut down North Korean companies

China has told North Korean companies operating in its territory to close down as it implements United Nations sanctions against the reclusive state. The companies will be shut by early January. Joint Chinese and North Korean ventures will…

Nineteen dead in Madagascar plague outbreak

Nineteen people have died of plague in Madagascar over the past two months, AFP reports quoting the Health Ministry. A total of 104 suspected cases have been registered. The disease, which is endemic in Madagascar, is normally seen in…