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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced Thursday the successful offering of 3 billion U.S. dollars' worth of green bonds denominated in U.S. dollars and euros.

The offering comprises 1 billion dollars of 10-year bonds denominated in U.S. dollars, 1.25 billion euros of five-year bonds and 500 million euros of 20-year bonds denominated in euros, with the 20-year tranche being the longest euro-denominated government green bond issued in the Asian region to date, as well as the HKSAR government's first offering of euro-denominated bonds. (Hong Kong-Bond)

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KABUL -- The first batch of Russia's humanitarian aid arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Three planes carrying 36 tons of humanitarian aid landed at the Kabul airport. The aid, including flour, cooking oil and blankets, has been handed over to Afghan officials from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Expressing gratitude to Russia for the aid, the Afghan officials receiving the aid called on other nations to support the war-torn country at this moment when Afghans are facing food shortage. (Afghanistan-Russia-Assistance)

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BANGKOK -- Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Thursday unveiled a new logo for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group in 2022, further emphasizing the theme of "Open. Connect. Balance."

Attending the launching event together with Prime Minister's Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, Don said that the new logo, with the shape of a woven bamboo basket, symbolizes Thailand's traditional agricultural trade. (Thailand-APEC-Logo)

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DHAKA -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 150 million U.S. dollars loan to Bangladesh to provide financing for cottage, micro, and small-sized enterprises (CMSEs) operated by youth, returning migrant workers, and rural entrepreneurs, particularly women, who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The loan to Bangladesh Bank, the nation's central bank, will be on-lent to participating financial institutions (PFIs), which in turn will help 30,000 CMSEs operated by the beneficiaries, said the Manila-based lender Thursday.

The project aims to facilitate employment creation and help these vulnerable groups recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Bangladesh-Loan-ADB) Enditem

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