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Spike in opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan in 2017 - UN report

NEW YORK, May 22 (Bernama) -- In 2017, the cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan rose sharply to a record high of 328,000 hectares from 201,000 hectares in 2016, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday, citing a United Nations (UN) report.


Dubai Int'l Airport to slash Annual Energy Bill by 20 pct

DUBAI, May 22 ( Bernama ) -- Dubai International Airport (DXB) will use Siemens' data analytics and smart building technology to slash energy use by about 20 percent per year, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday, citing WAM, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) state news agency.


Saudi aircraft makes emergency landing in Jeddah due to technical problem

RIYADH, May 22 (Bernama) -- Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV3818 from Madinah to the Bangladesh capital Dhaka was diverted to Jeddah after suffering a malfunction of the nose landing gear, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.


JCPOA joint commission meeting to be held on Friday, says Iran official

TEHRAN, May 21 (Bernama) -- The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commission meeting will be held on Friday, a top Iranian official said on Sunday, reported Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).


Security tightened after multiple bomb attacks in deep south

PATTANI, May 21 (Bernama) -- Thailand's Fourth Army Region commander, Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich has ordered personnel to step up security following multiple bombings in four southern provinces, reported Thai News Agency (TNA).


Russian scientists say they are developing hibernation drugs for interplanetary flights

MOSCOW, May 21 (Bernama) -- Russian scientists are developing drugs that can be used for cosmonauts' "hibernation," which is needed for carrying out interplanetary flights, says Anatoly Kovtun, head of the project group in the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research, Russian news agency Sputnik reported.


Ancient musical instruments unearthed in Nw China

XI'AN, May 21 (Bernama) -- A collection of ancient jaw harps dating back some 4,000 years ago were unearthed in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, archaeologists announced at a press conference Monday.