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Beijing heating up for grand conference

The big summit we’re keeping our eyes on is APEC Economic Leaders Meeting which will bring the heads of government to the Chinese capital to discuss securing growth in the region.

Russia, Ukraine agreed on gas deal

Russia, Ukraine agreed on gas deal

China's aid to support war against Ebola arrives in Ghana

Chinese medical supplies and equipment to aid Ghana's fight against the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Viral Disease arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra late Wednesday night.

15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment kicks off

Delegates pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony of the 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment in Vientiane, Laos, on Oct. 30, 2014.

World Bank pledges new finance for efforts to fight against Ebola

The World Bank on Thursday announced an additional 100 million U.S. dollars of funding in a response to curtailing Ebola crisis so as to speed up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected countries in West Africa, a UN spokesman told reporters here.

HK protest leader confirms polical donations

HK protest leader confirms polical donations

Portuguese economy on right track: minister

The Portuguese economy is recovering thanks to a boost in exports, private consumption and investment, Portugal's economy minister said on Thursday.

Palestinians call for more recognition of statehood

The Palestinians on Thursday welcomed Sweden's decision to recognize independent Palestinian state and called on countries to follow suit.

China captures 180 economic crimes suspects abroad in campaign

China has captured 180 economic crime suspects abroad since a campaign began in July, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said Thursday.

Norway decides to send troops to Iraq

The Norwegian government announced on Thursday to send 120 soldiers to Iraq to help Iraqi security forces build their capacity.

UN human right report urges Israel to investigate war allegations

UN human right report urges Israel to investigate war allegations

Finland prepares to treat first suspected Ebola patient

The Meilahti Hospital in the Finnish capital Helsinki has prepared to treat the first suspected Ebola patient, reported local media Helsingin Uutiset on Thursday evening.

Burkina Faso's army seizes power after violent protest against president

Burkina Faso's armed forces on Thursday announced the dissolution of parliament and government and the creation of a transitional body after violent protests against the president's plan to extend his 27-year-rule, a senior military official told a press conference.

Full text of Foreign Minister Wang Yi's speech at Lanting Forum

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday published the full text of the speech delivered by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the tenth Lanting Forum on Wednesday. Following is the full text of his speech, titled "APEC Beijing: China is Ready".

Trilateral talks on Ukraine gas reach agreement: EU

The European Union (EU) on Thursday said that trilateral talks on Ukraine gas issue has reached an agreement.

Small plane crashes in US Kansas

Small plane crashes in US Kansas

Demonstrators set Parliament building ablaze in Burkina Faso

Demonstrators set Parliament building ablaze in Burkina Faso

Seoul encourages Pyongyang to join talks

Seoul encourages Pyongyang to join talks

African Union to send a 2nd batch of medical experts to W. Africa

African Union to send a 2nd batch of medical experts to W. Africa

Chinese and US presidents to hold talk at APEC meeting

Chinese and US presidents to hold talk at APEC

APEC cuts in industrial production to limit smog in China

APEC cuts in industrial production to limit smog in China

Another bout of air pollution afflicts China's capital

Heavy smog has returned to Beijing. The fourth bout of thick haze to hit the city this month, along with its surrounding areas.

HK Police: Demonstrators encroaching on rule of law

Police in Hong Kong have branded protesters in the Occupy Central movement as "irresponsible".

Ministry pledges 'zero-tolerance' on corruption

The Defense Ministry is pledging to clean up corruption and promote the rule of law in national defense.

17 tons of Chinese aid arrives in DR Congo

A Chinese aid shipment has arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to help the country combat the disease.

Xi Jinping to meet Obama during state visit

US president Barack Obama will be one of the world leaders in Beijing for the APEC CEO Summit, as part of a state visit to China

China to reform low-altitude airspace management: DM

During the press conference, Yang Yujun also spoke about coordination between civil and military aviation groups, on low-altitude airspace management.

HK Police repeat call for end to occupation of roads

As Occupy Central protests continue in Hong Kong, authorities have once again urged protesters to leave the streets. At a press conference Thursday, police said the demonstrations have caused chaos to the public, and disrupted security and order. Officials also said the protests have deviated from the principles of peace and non-violence that the organizers touted at the beginning. According to police, over three hundred people have been arrested for illegal assembly, assault and other charges in the past month. Occupy Central protesters have now camped out on Hong Kong’s major roads and paralyzed traffic for more than a month.

1 million sign petition supporting HK police force

The Alliance for Peace and Democracy says more than one million people in Hong Kong have signed a petition to support the local police force and to ask protesters to end their occupation of city roads.

Stock companies major contributor to China's tax revenue

China’s State Administration of Taxation has released key data on first three quarters’ taxation.

China welcomes US President Obama's attendance at APEC meeting

US president Barack Obama is expected to attend the upcoming APEC Leaders Meeting in Beijing and pay a state visit to China.

APEC CEO Meeting to be held next Sunday in Beijing

The city of Beijing is gearing up to host a key regional meeting early next month, when the two-day APEC CEO summit opens November 9th. The gathering is part of the wider, 2014 APEC meeting which officially opens on November 5th. Chinese President Xi Jinping will address the CEO summit, to outline China’s positions on regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and the outlook for the Chinese economy. With the theme of "Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership", APEC leaders will discuss 9 topics including world economic development, economic integration in the Asia Pacific and global trade. Representatives from more than 1,000 companies from the 21 APEC members as well as 16 countries and regions will attend the summit.

China's new blueprint for judicial reform gets global recognition

China’s new blueprint for judicial reform in the country has gained recognition from foreign diplomats.

China delivers materials for Ebola treatment center to Liberia

China has delivered all building materials for the construction of an Ebola treatment center in Liberia. The Chinese contingent of the UN Mission in Liberia will erect a 100-bed treatment center. The last batch of construction materials arrived in the capital Monrovia on Wednesday. Last week, China pledged a seperate 82 million U.S. dollars to help West Africa fight the Ebola outbreak, putting total Chinese aid to the region at 122 million dollars. The amount pays for cash offerings, medical supplies and health experts to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- the three hardest-hit countries in the Ebola crisis.

Report: China's ODI may exceed FDI in 2014

A new report on Chinese companies' globalization estimates that China's outbound investment will exceed incoming foreign investment for the first time this year.

Expert: mixed impact of US QE on Chinese economy

Chen Fengying, a researcher with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, tells us how the Chinese economy will be affected.

Int'l conference conducive to building consensus on Afghanistan: Chinese envoy

An upcoming international conference on Afghanistan to be held in China is conducive to building consensus among the "Heart of Asia" countries, a Chinese envoy to the United Nations said here Wednesday.

Spotlight: China offers 4th batch of aid to Africa in anti-Ebola efforts

China on Wednesday unveiled the details of its 4th batch of aid worth some 82 million U.S. dollars to help African countrie's fight against the ebola virus.

New video showing moment of US rocket explosion

There are some footage for you of the moment when an unmanned NASA rocket bound for the International Space Station, exploded upon launch on Tuesday evening. These are amateur videos gathered by the Associated Press.

Winners and losers from US stimulus programme

The stimulus programme was supposed to boost the economy, but where there are winners, there are also losers.

Occupy co-organiser made significant donation to HKU

One of the "Occupy Central" movement organisers anonymously donated 1.45 million Hong Kong dollars to the University of Hong Kong.

Crossover: Scheduled high-level inter-Korean talks fail

South Korea and the DPRK have failed to hold high-level talks as agreed upon earlier this month. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has urged the DPRK to hold dialogue.

Crossover: HK protesters swear to remain on streets

Our reporter Li Jiejun spoke to us from Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district. She told us that many of the protesters have said that they are prepared to stay out on the streets for more than one year if need be, to achieve their demands.

Pu'er tea prices rises as Chinese interest grows

A growing number of Chinese are buying it as an investment, like wine.

500-metre wide buffer zone to be created by Egypt

Egypt has begun to clear residents from its border-area with the Gaza Strip, as it tries to create a 500-metre wide buffer zone along its 10-kilometre border with Gaza.

Talks on Japanese abductions end in Pyongyang

Japanese officials have left the DPRK after two days of rare talks in Pyongyang.

US, Russian envoys to Six-Party Talks visit S. Korea

After talks with South Korean officials, the US Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks on the DPRK's nuclear issue, Sydney Seiler, will arrive in Beijing today on his second stop.

Studio interview: China moves to fully implement rule of law

Professor Li Zhaojie from the School of Law at Tsinghua University.

Changes to establish just, efficient judicial system

The Central Leading Group for Judicial Reform in China, which is a body that aims to coordinate and supervise reforms in the judicial system, has called for the whole country to work towards constructing a society governed by the rule of law.

Over 1 million signatures collected to support local police

Hong Kong's anti-"Occupy Central" movement has met the press and announced that over one million signatures have been collected in support of the Hong Kong police.

Health officials from 32 nations attend Ebola meeting

Health officials from 32 nations have met in Cuba to discuss plans to contain the Ebola epidemic.

Russia to recognize election results held by rebels

Russia says it will recognize election results held in eastern Ukraine by anti-government rebels.

UN holds emergency meeting over Israel-Palestine tension

An emergency UN Security Council meeting was held on Wednesday, as tensions intensified over Israel's announcement to build some 1,000 new settlement units in it occupied East Jerusalem, the part of the city Palestinians demand for their future state.

HK police repeats call on protesters to end occupation of roads

Police in Hong Kong has again urged protesters to leave the streets, after more than a month of demonstrations in which protesters have camped out on major roads and paralysed traffic.

China's legal reform leading group holding press conference

The Communist Party of China’s Central Committee on Tuesday released a detailed agenda of its efforts to reform the country’s judicial system and strengthen law enforcement.

British firm CPI working on windowless planes

British firm CPI working on windowless planes

Beijing subway fares to increase for first time since 2007

Beijing subway fares to increase for rfirst time since 2007

Winners & losers from extraordinary measures

Fed announces end of QE stimulus, keeps rates low

Eight Russian military aircraft fly close to Norwegian airspace: report

Eight Russian military planes including four Tupolev-95 bombers were seen flying on Wednesday over the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea close to Norwegian airspace, reported the Norwegian news agency NTB.

US ends economic stimulus

The Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to end its six years of pump-priming, as it sees the economy is improving on track from the worst financial crisis in decades. It also pledged to keep low interest rates in the longer run to nurture the hard-earned recovery.

UN chief deplores planned elections in eastern Ukraine

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday deplored elections planned by rebel groups in eastern Ukraine, saying the vote will seriously undermine the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum.

China moves to expand, upgrade consumption

The Chinese government announced measures to boost and upgrade domestic consumption in a bid to raise the quality and efficiency of its economy on Wednesday.

Boko Haram overruns town in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Islamist Boko Haram insurgents stormed the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi on Wednesday, killing several people, burning houses and triggering a gunbattle with security forces, witnesses said.

Fed announces end of QE stimulus, keeps rates low

The Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to end its six years of pump-priming, as it sees the economy is improving on track from the worst financial crisis in decades. It also pledged to keep low interest rates in the longer run to nurture the hard-earned recovery.

51 economies sign pact to fight tax evasion

51 economies signed a pact in Berlin on Wednesday to exchange financial information in order to fight against tax evasion.

Russia says willing to cooperate with new Ukrainian parliament

Russia is ready to cooperate with Ukraine's new parliament in the interests of both states and peoples, a top legislator said Wednesday.

Over 1 mln HK people sign up to support police

More than one million people in Hong Kong have signed a petition to support Hong Kong police force, announced the Alliance for Peace and Democracy on Wednesday.

U.S. troops returning from Ebola mission to be quarantined: Pentagon

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a measure to place under a 21-day supervised isolation regimen all military service members returning from Ebola response efforts in West Africa.

Zambia's 'King Cobra' dies at 77

Zambian President Michael Sata has died of undisclosed illness in London after medical check-up, the Zambian government said on Wednesday.

Beijing ready for upcoming APEC meeting

Initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in December 2010, the Lanting Forum is a platform for communication and exchanges between government, the business community, academia, media and the public. It aims to create a new channel to facilitate discussions on foreign policy and issues of common interest by concerned parties.

Red Cross collecting fewer bodies in Liberia

The Red Cross said Tuesday the weekly total of Ebola victims collected by its body disposal teams around the Liberian capital is falling dramatically, indicating a sharp drop in the spread of the epidemic.

Donetsk, Luhansk regions preparing for Nov. 2 vote

Elections of the heads and parliamentarians of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics (DPR and LPR) in Ukraine’s embattled southeast will be held as planned on November 2, the central election commissions (CEC) of the DPR and LPR said Saturday.

Merkel: volunteers need guarantees to get home

Merkel: volunteers need guarantees to get home

American, Chinese working together to fight Ebola

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday paid honor to healthcare workers who have treated Ebola patients in West Africa, calling them 'heroes' deserving to be applauded rather than discouraged.

Russia, Ukraine looking for gas deliveries deal

Ukraine and Russia begin new gas crisis talks on Wednesday, but wrangling over Ukraine's upfront cash payments threatens to push a deal out of reach, even as temperatures have fallen below zero in Kiev.

Studio interview: China adheres to a socialist path in the rule of law

Professor He Jiahong, from the law school at Renmin University of China.

Attempts to limit smog in Beijing ahead of APEC

The Chinese government says it's trying to cut air pollution here in the capital Beijing, in the run-up to the APEC summit of world leaders, which opens here on November the 8th.

Jobs losses in HK's distribution, logistics sectors

Mr. Leung runs a company that delivers goods to shops, markets and restaurants.

Hawaii lava flow threatens more homes

A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept across a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island early on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes and businesses at the edge of a seaside town.

China's military vows to clean up corruption

The efforts to strengthen the rule of law cover all sections of society, including the military.

Shinzo Abe, a 'welcome guest' in Beijing

Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also been speaking about the attendence of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the APEC leaders meeting in Beijing.

China to promote consumption & open up bank card clearing market

China plans to promote consumption and open up its bank card clearing market, that’s the outcome of a State Council meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

Impact of U.S.'s QE exit on emerging markets

There are some comments from IMF Deputy Managing Director Zhu Min after the IMF and World Bank autumn meetings, on the impact of the US’s QE exit on emerging markets.

Growing China to contribute more to Asia development: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday the prospect for Asian countries' cooperation is promising and a growing China will make bigger contribution to Asian development.

China moves to expand, upgrade consumption

The Chinese government announced measures to boost and upgrade domestic consumption in a bid to raise the quality and efficiency of its economy on Wednesday.

China's Xi to chair meetings, events at upcoming APEC meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping will chair and participate in a series of important meetings next month as leaders or representatives of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members gather for a closely-watched meeting in Beijing, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday.

President Xi encourages international cultural exchanges

President Xi Jinping stressed increasing China's "soft power" by promoting exchanges with other cultures, he said in a written instruction to the China International Culture Exchange Center on Wednesday.

China: Shinzo Abe a ’welcome guest’ in Beijing

Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also been speaking about the attendence of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the APEC leaders meeting in Beijing.

China aims to boost Asia-Pacific free-trade deals

The APEC leaders meeting will open in Beijing in ten days time, on November the 8th.

Michael Sata's life of controversy and inspiration

President Michael Sata’s story is an extraordinary one. He is a populist leader, and a provocative one at times.

HK Bar Association: Rule of Law cannot be broken

The Hong Kong Bar Association has issued a statement slamming the Occupy Central protesters for ignoring a high court injunction.

Chinese Premier meets Afghan President

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani Ahmandzai on Wednesday.

President Xi meets board members to prepare for 2015 forum

Chinese president Xi Jinping has met with the board of directors and the council of advisors of the Boao Forum for Asia.

Courts to establish system to prevent wrongful judgements

China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, held the third day of its six-day meetings in Beijing to discuss revisions to key laws and regulations.

Japanese delegation meets DPRK officials

A Japanese delegation has met with a DPRK sub-committee to press for an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago.

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China's legal reform leading group holding press conference

The Communist Party of China’s Central Committee on Tuesday released a detailed agenda of its efforts to reform the country’s judicial system and strengthen law enforcement.

Beijing subway fares to increase for first time since 2007

Beijing subway fares to increase for rfirst time since 2007

UN holds emergency meeting over Israel-Palestine tension

An emergency UN Security Council meeting was held on Wednesday, as tensions intensified over Israel's announcement to build some 1,000 new settlement units in it occupied East Jerusalem, the part of the city Palestinians demand for their future state.

Russia to recognize election results held by rebels

Russia says it will recognize election results held in eastern Ukraine by anti-government rebels.

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