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Assad: Syrian conflict not only an internal fight

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the Syrian conflict is now not only one of internal fighting between rebels and the government.

Trans-Asian railways getting a boost with 'One Belt One Road' initiative

With China's One Belt One Road initiative coming in full swing, it instilled new forces for greater connectivity across Asian economies. Among the areas getting a boost, is the Trans-Asian railway system.

MLR: newly discovered oil reserve exceeds 1 bln tons in China

China's Ministry of Land and Resources said the country found 1 billion tons of geological reserves of oil in 2014. This is the 8th straight year where newly discovered reserves exceeded 1 billion tons.

Xi's visit to Pakistan, Indonesia highlights commitment to stronger ties with neighbors

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan and attend meetings in Indonesia next week, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on Friday morning.

IMF to review adding yuan to SDR basket in 2015

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, has endorsed China's efforts in the internationalization of the Chinese yuan.

BOC issues 2.8 bln yuan loan to B.A.

As more Chinese companies enter the global arena, Chinese banks have also expanded their overseas services. The United Kingdom's flagship airline, British Airways has also just become an important client of Bank of China.

Crossover: ISIL, security forces clash near Baiji

For the latest on the situation in Iraq, and more on the fight against Islamic State militants, we cross over now to Vivian Salama, Chief of the Associated Press bureau in Baghdad. Thanks for speaking to us Vivian,

Dead fish clog Brazil's Olympic rowing venue

Brazil continues to struggle with problems plaguing the preparations for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Putin hails commemorations scheduled by Russia, China

Following Vladimir Putin's live phone-in, the Russian President held a media briefing.

Cathedral service to mourn Germanwings crash victims

Germany will hold a memorial service in about four hours at the Cologne Cathedral, for the victims of the Germanwings crash last month.

Hillary Clinton narrows agenda after candidacy bid

Despite some missteps--Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House is finally taking shape. But as she decides where to focus her economic agenda, her advisors may already have -- months ago.

Exclusive interview: IMF looking forward to working with AIIB

On the sidelines of the IMF/ World Bank Spring meetings, CCTV Washington correspondent Zou Yun sat down with IMF Deputy Managing Director Zhu Min. He says the IMF is looking forward to cooperating with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Chinese DM: PLA is active contributor to world peace

China's defense minister says the country is seeking a defense force commensurate with its development needs. Chang Wanquan also says China will contribute to global peace and stability. He was speaking at the Moscow International Security Conference on Thursday.

NDRC puts forward this year's key reform tasks

The Chinese government has re-affirmed key reform tasks for this year. The National Development and Reform Commission told the media that cutting red tape, urbanization, and public welfare upgrades are on the to-do list.

G7 joint declaration issued on maritime security

Foreign ministers from the group of seven major nations have issued a Declaration on Maritime Security after their meeting in the northern German city of Lubeck.

Studio interview: G7 issues joint declaration on maritime security

To discuss this, we are joined by Jia Xiudong, Senior Research Fellow from the China Institute of International Studies.

China's continued commitment to regional stability

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has made clear China's stance on the South China Sea disputes on many occasions. It holds that China firmly safeguards and promotes the peace and stability of the region.

Chinese president set to sign deals worth $46 bln with Pakistan

President Xi Jinping is set to sign off deals worth more than 46 billion US dollars, during his two day state visit to Pakistan, which begins on Monday.

Lagarde: No debt repayment delays

Top finance officials gathered in Washington DC, for the World Bank and IMF Spring meetings. In a press conference, the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, has signaled she will not grant a payment delay to Greece, as it has never been done for an advanced economy.

Experts warn of worsening health situation in India

The Indian government recently cut its health budget by about 10 percent. This is likely to hit the country's poor hard.

Stocks finish down as earnings concerns linger

U.S. stocks ended marginally lower on Thursday as lingering worries about upcoming corporate earnings reports offset enthusiasm about a trio of soaring Wall Street debuts.

2 new stock index futures start trading

China's capital markets just got one step closer to maturity--with the debut of two new stock index futures.

Newly-explored reserves in 2014 hit record

The speed of China's energy exploration has reached a new height.

Johannesburg city center rejuvenated after years of decline

In South Africa, the city of Johannesburg is undergoing an urban renewal, after years of decline.

Migrants flee war zones, seek sanctuary in Europe

The drowning of 400 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the deadliest migrant tragedies over the last decade.

Brotherhood leader's death sentence sparks violence

A death sentence verdict handed down to the Muslim Brotherhood 's leader, Mohamed Badie, has triggered bomb attacks in several parts of Egypt.

President Zuma condemns violence against foreign workers

Attacks against foreigners in the South African city of Durban have sent thousands fleeing into camps after their businesses were looted and burnt. At least six people have been killed.

China complains over attacks on Chinese businesses

China has made formal complaints to South Africa over xenophobic attacks on Chinese-owned businesses.

China calls on nationals to leave Libya

China has renewed its call for Chinese nationals to leave Libya, amid a worsening security crisis. It comes after gunmen attacked the South Korean and Moroccan embassies, killing two guards.

Yemen Vice president calls for comprehensive ceasefire

Yemen's new Vice President, Khaled Bahah, says he wants to restore unity through loyalty among Yemen's military, rather than with foreign troops on the ground.

Chinese president to visit Pakistan, attend meetings in Indonesia

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan and attend meetings in Indonesia next week, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on Friday morning.

Chinese military to buy advanced missiles from Russia

The deployment of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system will substantially improve China's air defense capability, military experts said as Russian media reported that China has bought the cutting-edge weapon.

Greece dismisses media reports over delay in repayment of IMF loan

Greece on Thursday strongly dismissed international media reports that Athens has requested to delay the repayment of a loan installment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May due to liquidity problems.

Russia willing to restore relations with Kiev: Putin

The restoration of relations with Kiev is in Russia's interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during his annual live Q-and-A session.

China rolls out water pollution control plan

Chinese authorities have released a plan on intensifying the country's fight against water pollution. As part of the plan, many small companies that fail to meet modern pollution standards could be forced to close.

Both World Bank, IMF voice willingness to cooperate with AIIB

The heads of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday that they are willing to strengthen cooperation with the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to unleash the huge potential in the region.

Israel remembers 6M Jews killed by Nazis during WWII

Israelis have observed two minutes of silence in remembrance of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

Search area for missing Malaysian flight MH370 to be doubled if no wreckage found in current zone

Senior officials from Malaysia, Australia and China met here Thursday for the MH370 Third Tripartite Ministerial Meeting, agreeing that the search zone will be doubled if the missing Malaysian aircraft is not found in the current search area of 60,000 square kilometers.

Thousands in Durban rally against anti-foreigners attacks

Thousands have marched in South Africa's coastal city of Durban against xenophobia following attacks on foreign nationals in the country.

Yemen's al-Qaida seizes local airport, air defense base

Scores of well-armed gunmen of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch seized an air defence base and a local airport after clashes with security forces in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout on Thursday evening, a government official told Xinhua.

North China's air clears after sandstorms

North China has cleared after strong winds whipped up sand storms bringing dust from West all the way to the East on Wednesday.

Civil servants seeking jobs

According to one of China's biggest online recruiting websites, Zhaopin.com., there has been an enormous leap in the number of Chinese civil servants looking for private sector jobs since the end of February this year.

Interview: Rig 981 finished 5030m deep drilling

For more on this, we're joined in the studio by Professor Fu Pengcheng from the College of Life and Biotechnology at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

China gives briefing on Belt and Road Initiative

The International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China has held a briefing to explain an action plan on China's proposal for a Belt and Road Initiative.

China issues water pollution action plan

China has issued an action plan to improve the country's water quality over the next 5 years.

Train manufacturer CSR buys SMD

A subsidiary of the Chinese train manufacturer CSR has finalized the buy-out of a UK manufacturer of deep-sea robots in a deal worth $180 million dollars.

Worldwide cost of cybercrime estimated at $400 billion

A new analysis out today found that the global impact of cybercrime adds up to amounts larger than those of the national income in many countries, coming to an estimated total of more than $400 billion.

Experts: renewable energy may take up lion's share

Experts: renewable energy may take up lion's share

S. Korea president vows to raise sunken Sewol ferry

South Korea's president has vowed to raise the wreak of the Sewol ferry which sank last year, as grieving relatives mark the first anniversary of the disaster that claimed 304 lives, most of them schoolchildren.

Russian president takes questions on national TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding a question-and-answer session with Russian citizens.

586 migrants rescued by Italian Coast Guard

Hundreds of migrants have been rescued by the Italian Coast Guard, after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.

Crossover: Russian president defiant over Ukraine crisis

For the latest on Putin's call-in show, let's cross live to our correspondent Tom Barton in Moscow.

Record sales of Xi's book mirror appeal of Chinese Dream

The record global sales of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book on governance are a convincing proof that the Chinese Dream, as well as the country's remarkable achievements over the past decades, has attracted attention from across the world.

Why did the US re-release Hong Kong report?

The US State Department released a Hong Kong Policy Act Report on April 10, reviewing development of US-Hong Kong relations since 2007 in the name of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

International students take courses on Chinese law

Each year, hundreds of thousands of international students come to study in China. In 2014 alone, the country received more than 370,000 international students from 203 countries and regions.

MH370 search zone to double if nothing found

The missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared in March 2014, while en route to Beijing. Officials from China, Malaysia and Australia say they will double the search area if the wreckage is not found in the current zone.

Brazil's ruling party treasurer arrested amid Petrobras probe

Brazilian police have arrested the treasurer of the country's ruling Workers' Party. It's part of a widening investigation into corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras.

Russian Federal Constitutional Court arrives in DPRK

A delegation from Russia's Federal Constitutional Court arrived on Thursday in Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People's Republic for Korea, or DPRK.

Yemen special adviser steps down amid conflict

Jamal Benomar, special adviser to the UN secretary-general on Yemen, has stepped down, and his successor 'shall be named in due course.'

Will Google be a next 'Microsoft case'?

How bad will it be for Google on the EU's allegation? Analysts say the company could be fined up to 10 percent of its worldwide revenue if the probe finds it abused its market power.

Google Senior executives post rebuttal articles

Google executives published an article protesting the European Commission's charges against the company for monopolistic behaviour.

IMF: creation of AIIB meets global demand

A senior official of the International Monetary Fund has said the initiative to create the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank is "timely". Zhu Min, the deputy managing director of the global lender says the two institutions can co-operate in some ways.

AIIB to operate by end-2015

The China-proposed AIIB bank will start operations by the end of this year. That's according to Shi Yaobin, China's vice minister of finance.

Premier Li talks Chinese economy

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gave a candid interview to the Financial Times recently, that was his first interview with an overseas media.

Japan becomes biggest holder of US bonds

Japan replaced China in February as the largest holder of U.S. Treasuries for the first time since August 2008.

Putin to take citizens' questions on TV program

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to hold a question-and-answer session this afternoon with Russian citizens.

US, Japan, S. Korea to hold first vice FM talks

A trilateral meeting is set for today with US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki, and South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong.

Studio Interview: China FDI rises while trade data drags in Q1 2015

For more analysis, we're joined in the studio by Wang Xuewen, former deputy chief of the International Business Daily.

China, South Africa vow to strengthen industrial cooperation

South African President Jacob Zuma has met visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Cape Town. The two sides vowed to strengthen industrial cooperation.

Crossover: One year anniversary of South Korean sinking tragedy

For the latest, we're joined from Seoul by our correspondent Joseph Kim.

Sewol Ferry Accident: Families of still missing victims seek closure

It’s been one year since the Sewol ferry accident in South Korea claimed the lives of over 300 people. Most of them were high school students on a field trip. But the bodies of nine victims have never been found. That’s made this past year all the more difficult for their families.

Expert talks about reasons for migrant influx

For more, CCTV-AMERICA interviewed Kathleen Newland in Washington. She's Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based think-tank, which studies the movement of people worldwide. She spoke on the reasons for the migrant influx.

China stock market: New stock-index futures launched

Today marks the debut of two new stock-index futures tracking the SSE 50 and China Securities 500 at the China Financial Futures Exchange.

China FDI rises while trade data drags in Q1 2015

The Ministry of Commerce has released a fresh batch of economic data today on the first quarter.

Russia, Ukraine to meet to resume gas talks

Officials from Russia and Ukraine will meet in Brussels next Monday to resume gas talks brokered by the EU, which gets much of its Russian gas via Ukraine. But a series of disputes over gas between the Kremlin and Brussels could overshadow the gathering.

Official: Work in Nansha Islands within sovereignty

China has refuted Philippine President Benigno Aquino's recent accusation on China's work in the South China Sea.

China's Q1 FDI jumps 11.3 pct

Foreign direct investment (FDI) on the Chinese mainland jumped 11.3 percent year on year in the first three months of 2015, settling at 34.88 billion U.S. dollars, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced Thursday.

Former military officers alleged to have joined ISIL

Two students from a military academy have been killed and six others wounded in an explosion. The attack took place north of Cairo.

Polls of Sudan election extended to Thursday due to low turnout

The Sudan Election Commission has extended elections for another day.

Iraq to seek $5 billion bond issue

Iraq has decided to issue 5 billion US dollars in international bonds and is negotiating the terms as one of the measures to relieve the pressure of low oil prices on its finances.

IS gains ground near capital of Iraq's Anbar

Islamic State militants continue to engage in a fierce firefight with Iraqi forces.

China, S. Africa vow to strengthen industrial cooperation

South African President Jacob Zuma met visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Cape Town on Wednesday, with the two sides vowing to strengthen industrial cooperation.

Ebola vaccine trial starts in Sierra Leone

An Ebola vaccine trial has been started in Sierra Leone, one of the worst-hit countries in West Africa.

400 feared dead in latest migrant tragedy

A shipwreck in which about 400 migrants are feared to have died off Libya this week may have been caused by excitement at the sight of rescuers.

Rouhani: Iran in talks with powers not US Congress

Iran said on Wednesday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear program if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it.

Kerry confident Obama can get final Iran deal

Also dominating the foreign ministers' meeting in Germany - a nuclear deal with Iran. World powers and Iran are set to enter final stages of negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief.

FMs urge Russia to help end the conflict in Ukraine

And also in the statement reached by the G7 foreign ministers, they urge Russia to help bring an end to the conflict in Ukraine.

FMs urge implementation of Minsk agreements

The G7 foreign ministers have issued a joint statement on the Ukraine situation, urging all sides to implement their commitments under the Minsk agreements.

Saudi military fires artillery on border with Yemen

The Saudi armed forces have fired heavy artillery towards Yemen on the border of the two countries.

British politicians, scholars hail Xi's book on governance at London Book Fair

Former British Deputy Prime Ministers Geoffrey Howe and John Prescott on Wednesday welcomed the formal launch of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book on governance in London.

China refutes Philippine President's South China Sea accusation

China has refuted Philippine President Benigno Aquino's recent accusation that China's construction activities on some islands in the South China Sea are 'unreasonable'.

Huawei launches two flagship smartphones

Technology company Huawei on Wednesday launched its two new flagship smartphones P8 and P8max in London.

Iran, powers to meet on details of final nuclear deal

A fresh round of nuclear meeting between Iran and the world powers will be held next week to discuss the details of a possible comprehensive nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said here on Wednesday.

Transcript of Premier Li Keqiang's Interview with Financial Times Editor Lionel Barber

On the afternoon of 31 March 2015, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council gave an exclusive interview to Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, at the Great Hall of the People.

EU: Google cheated competitors & shoppers

The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating consumers and competitors by distorting Web search results to favor its own shopping service, after a five-year investigation that could change the rules for business online.

Man arrested after landing near US Capitol Building

Man arrested after landing near US Capitol Building

Families commemorate anniversary of Sewol ferry disaster

At the eve of the one year anniversary of the South Korean ferry Sewol disaster, family members of the victims gathered at a port of Jindo to commemorate their dearest ones on Wednesday. On April 16, 2014, South Korean ferry Sewol carrying 476 people capsized and sank off the country's southwestern coast, leaving 295 dead, including four Chinese nationals, and nine missing.

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Chinese DM: PLA is active contributor to world peace

China's defense minister says the country is seeking a defense force commensurate with its development needs. Chang Wanquan also says China will contribute to global peace and stability. He was speaking at the Moscow International Security Conference on Thursday.

China's continued commitment to regional stability

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has made clear China's stance on the South China Sea disputes on many occasions. It holds that China firmly safeguards and promotes the peace and stability of the region.

Trans-Asian railways getting a boost with 'One Belt One Road' initiative

With China's One Belt One Road initiative coming in full swing, it instilled new forces for greater connectivity across Asian economies. Among the areas getting a boost, is the Trans-Asian railway system.

China refutes Philippine President's South China Sea accusation

China has refuted Philippine President Benigno Aquino's recent accusation that China's construction activities on some islands in the South China Sea are 'unreasonable'.

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