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TEHRAN, May 24 (Bernama) -- Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Wednesday that extending earlier output cut agreement of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) would be the key topic for discussions in the upcoming meeting of the organisation in Austrian capital Vienna, Press TV reported, according to China's Xinhua news agency.


MOSCOW, May 24 (Bernama) -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on Wednesday started a six-day anti-terrorist exercise in Crimea, RIA Novosti news agency reported, according to China's Xinhua news agency.


BEIJING, May 24 (Bernama) -- China has vowed efforts to streamline cargo clearance procedures to smooth foreign trade and improve the business environment, China's Xinhua news agency reported.


MOSCOW, May 24 (Bernama) -- Thirteen submarines, including seven Borei-class underwater cruisers armed with the advanced Bulava missile systems, will enter service with the Russian Navy by 2021, Defence Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday, Russia's TASS news agency reported.


HANOI, May 24 (Bernama) -- Vietnam congratulated Hassan Rouhani on his re-election as President of Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said on Wednesday, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.


MANILA, May 24 (Bernama) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Wednesday that martial law in the southern region of Mindanao could be extended for one year, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.


MANCHESTER (Britain), May 24 (Bernama) -- Britain was placed on the highest terror threat level Tuesday night, less than 24 hours after the country's worst terror attack in 12 years hit Manchester, which left 22 dead and 59 injured. China's Xinhua news agency reported.