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Islamic State releases 29 Christian Assyrians

Islamic State militants have released 29 Christian Assyrians, kidnapped earlier this week in northern Syria.

New unified registry books to be released

The Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources says that over 30 cities and 70 counties have completed institutional integration and they are ready to release the new version of the registry books and title documents.

New regulations on property registration come into effect

China has put into effect new regulations on property registration, marking a substantial step forward towards the establishment of a unified national real estate registration system.

Over 400 proposals submitted to top advisory body

As the start of the CPPCC's annual session nears, the advisory body's national committee has received over 400 proposals from its members.

China's Feb. manufacturing PMI rises to 49.9%

China's manufacturing activity improved slightly in February thanks to increased output and new orders, and the economic operation shows signs of improvement.

Inspection team to supervise CPPCC session

With only two days before China's political season begins, members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference have arrived in Beijing.

US begins vetting Syrian rebels for training

The US military has begun vetting Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Witness recalls night when Boris Nemtsov murdered

Russian television station Life News has interviewed one of the three witnesses to the murder of Boris Nemtsov. The witness recalled what happened at about midnight on Friday, saying he didn't know then that the person killed was Boris Nemtsov.

Russian TV releases footage of Nemtsov shooting

A Russian television station has released a surveillance video of the shooting of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Putin pledges to bring Nemtsov killers to justice

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to do everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for what he called the "vile" murder of Boris Nemtsov.

Investigation into Boris Nemtsov's murder underway

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a former Deputy Prime Minister, and a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin. The killing took place on Friday night in the very heart of Moscow.

'Two sessions' anticipated amid new political, economic landscape

Despite there being no change in government on the agenda, China's routine March meetings -- dubbed the "two sessions" -- are set to be closely watched as the country's political and economic dynamics are changing significantly.

Ling Jihua removed from CPPCC leadership list

Ling Jihua has been removed from the post of vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, according to a CPPCC meeting Saturday.

Xi urges the promotion of good values

President Xi Jinping has urged officials and public figures to lead by example and promote good values among Chinese citizens, especially the younger generation.

Over 140 Chinese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

More than 140 Chinese peacekeepers have arrived in South Sudan's capital, Juba. It's the first batch of troops sent by Beijing as part of a United Nations mission to protect civilians, UN personnel and facilities in the conflict-ridden country.

Fmr provincial vice governor sentenced to 17 years

A former vice governor of Anhui Province in East China has been sentenced to seventeen years in jail for accepting bribes and possessing huge amounts of property from unidentified sources.

Studio interview: China cuts benchmark interest rates by 0.25%

For more on the Central Bank's decision, joining us in the studio is Mr. Li Yong, Vice Chairman of the China Association of International Trade.

Scrutiny of state owned companies begins

China's anti-corruption efforts continue as inspection groups begin their first investigations after the Chinese new year.

China cuts interest rates to ease deflation worries

China's central bank on Saturday decided to cut benchmark interest rates by 25 basis points amid deflation worries.

DPRK leader tells army to 'prepare for war'

According to DPRK state media, the country's leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, as Pyongyang ramps up its rhetoric ahead of the US and South Korea's annual joint military drill, 'Foal Eagle'.

China's deepening reform: 'Reconciliation statement' for facilitating livelihood

China’s new leadership, led by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, decided to deepen reform in November 2013.

China's central bank to cut interest rates

The People's Bank of China, the central bank, announced on Saturday that it will cut the benchmark deposit and loan interest rates by 0.25 basis point starting March 1.

Senior US official encourages China's reform plan

The upcoming 'Two Sessions' in China will be important not only for the country's domestic reform, but also for further improving relations witht the US.

Obama signs 1-week Homeland Security funding bill

The White House says that US President Barack Obama has signed a bill that will fund the Department of Homeland Security for one week.

Afghan avalanches toll rises above 250

The death toll from avalanches in Afghanistan has risen to more than 250 while many remain missing.

China cuts interest rates to lower financing costs

The People's Bank of China on Saturday announced that it will cut the benchmark deposit and loan interest rates by 25 basis points (bps) starting March 1.

Ukraine army reports 'significant' fall in fighting

Ukraine's military says there has been a significant decrease in attacks by rebels in the country's east overnight.

Investigation into Boris Nemtsov's murder begins

People are in shock at the killing of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. Russia's interior ministry says an investigation has begun following the murder on Friday near the Kremlin.

Indonesia retrieves last of crashed AirAsia jet fuselage

The AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea last December, killing all 162 people on board. Indonesia has retrieved the final major part of the fuselage of the doomed plane.

Greek PM rejects a third bailout

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras denied on Friday that his country would have to seek a third international bailout when a four month extension to its current program expires.

Russia interior ministry: investigation begins

Russia's interior ministry said on Saturday that an investigation of the killing of Russia's opposition politician Boris Nemtsovhas begun following the murder on Friday near the Kremlin in central Moscow.

Suspect detained outside US consulate in Istanbul

Turkish police have arrested a man who threatened to set off a bomb outside the US consulate in Istanbul.

Round Two of talks aims to restore relationship between US and Cuba

Progress in small steps. That's the headline coming out of the second round of talks between the US and Cuba in Washington, Friday.

DPRK steps up threats over joint drills

The DPRK has ramped up threatening language against the United States and South Korea, as the two countries begin their joint naval drills in waters off the Korean Peninsula.

Thousands protest against arrest of former leader in Maldives

In Maldives, clashes have broken out in the capital Male, as thousands of Maldivians protested against the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed, and demanded the current leader to resign.

S. Korean entrepreneurs reinvest in local startups

More South Korean startup founders are making successful exits and reinvesting their wealth -- and experience -- into developing firms.

Singaporean government aims to strengthen welfare for elderly

The Singaporean government has announced its 2015 budget, which it says is focused on building the nation's future. The budget aims to strengthen social welfare, especially for the elderly.

Road to renewing US-Cuba diplomatic ties

On December 17th, US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made a surprise announcement, saying they would seek to re-establish diplomatic ties, ending more than 50 years of hostility.

A profile of Boris Nemtsov

Boris Nemtsov, a 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, is a liberal reformer who rose to prominence under Boris Yeltsin and became a fiece critic of Vladimir Putin.

Kerry urges Russia to investigate shooting

The US Secretary of State has just released a statement on the murder of Boris Nemtsov. He praised the politician for his work, and offered condolences to Nemtsov's family.

Studio interview: Army targets selection process of officials

We are joined by Senior Captain Zhang Junshe, Vice President of China's Naval Research Institute.

China targets selection process of army officials

China's official People's Daily reports the country will strengthen supervision on selecting army officials.

My China Story: African-Chinese couple set up family in China

Parts of the southern city of Guangzhou have become a melting pot of Chinese and African culture. Nowhere is this more visible than in the growing number of marriages between the African migrants and local Chinese.

At least 7 people missing in Macao boat accident

A suspected people-smuggling boat carrying about 17 people capsized off Macao on China's southeastern coast on Friday. Ten people have been rescued, leaving seven or eight people still missing.

Cuba seeks removal from US 'terror list'

Both Cuba and the US say there's been good progress towards normalizing diplomatic ties, during a second round of negotiations. Despite that, a target date has yet to be set for the renewal of diplomatic relations, which were severed by Washington 54 years ago.... And some big differences still remain between the two sides.

Iran, P5+1 to resume negotiations on Mar. 5

Iran and the six world powers will resume talks on Tehran's nuclear program on March 5th.

Press center ready for China's annual political sessions

With the annual sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee just days away, the press center for the events is up and running, and the first wave of journalists have already been given their press passes.

China's FM: No external interference in HK affairs

China's Foreign Ministry has warned Britain and other nations to stay out of China's domestic affairs, specifically issues surrounding Hong Kong.

250 killed in Afghanistan, death toll expected to rise

Police in Afghanistan say more than 250 people have been killed in recent avalanches, triggered by heavy snowfall. Officials say that number is expected to rise, with cold weather and difficult conditions hampering rescue efforts.

Key Russian opposition figure shot dead near the Kremlin

A leading Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, Boris Nemtsov, was shot and killed. A manhunt for the attacker is now underway.

No country has right to interfere in China's internal affairs

No country has right to interfere in China's internal affairs

Russia issues prepayment ultimatum to Kiev for gas supply guarantee in March

Russia asked Ukraine to complete payment for Russian gas on Friday to guarantee gas supplies in March, according to Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

China unveils new rules on government purchases

China released new regulations on state purchases on Friday to improve transparency and curb corruption.

Greece will not request third bailout: PM

Greece will not request a third bailout once the new bridge deal with international creditors reached last week expires in June, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told a cabinet meeting on Friday.

Debate rages over dress's true colors

Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white.

Violent clashes erupt in Greek capital over bailout deal

Fierce clashes have erupted in the Greek capital Athens between riot police and hundreds of anti-austerity protesters who were angry with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras over what they called was reneging on his pre-election promises.

Mexico's most wanted drug lord arrested

Without firing a single shot, Mexican authorities arrested Servando (La Tuta) Gomez, the country's most wanted drug lord who has taunted police for years while leading the vicious Knights Templar cartel.

2nd round of US-Cuba talks held on diplomatic ties

The United States and Cuba conduct a second round of negotiations in Washington to restore full diplomatic ties.

Shootings in rural Missouri kills 9 people

Nine people were shot dead at five separate residences in Tyrone, Mo., and the alleged gunman shot himself in a nearby county, local police authority said Friday.

Asia's first girl-and-boy polar bear twins turn four

Asia's first girl-and-boy polar bear twins. The siblings turned four on Thursday and celebrated their birthday in style at a wildlife park in northeast China's Liaoning Province.

National database to optimize market supervision

Until now, China has had no such registration requirement, an absence that has allowed some people to use property to hide assets from authorities.

Sub-anchor: Australia introduces fees to slow foreign buyers

For more on this, we are joined in the studio by Wu Haojun.

14 missing from boat linked to illegal immigration

A ferry carrying 19 people has capsized off the coast of Macao.

Studio interview: New real estate policy to take effect on March 1st

For more on the upcoming property registration, joining us in the studio is Professor Zhao Zhongxiu, vice president of the University of International Business and Economics.

Remembering Shanghai's trailblazing reformer

The idea of Rule of Law and judicial reform has been on the government's agenda since the new leadership took office in 2013. Last June, Shanghai was chosen to pilot a program aimed at promoting judicial independence.

Unified system to take effect on March 1st

After seven years in the making, China is finally set to implement property registration rules on Sunday. 15 cities are included in the pilot program that will take effect on March 1st.

National advisory body prepares for annual session

The Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, met on Friday to prepare for the annual session of the CPPCC National Committee.

China passes soccer reform plan

China's central reform group, captained by Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Friday kicked off a plan to revive soccer, a sport that embarrasses the nation despite it having its roots in an ancient Chinese game.

Beware of incompetence, Xi tells officials

Officials should bear in mind the risk of incompetence and constantly work to improve themselves, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said.

China Voice: Reform leads way to prosperity

The deepening of reform is a key step on the road to prosperity and social progress.

President Xi presses concrete reform measures

Chinese President Xi Jinping told a meeting of the top reform planning committee on Friday that concrete reform measures are needed so the people "feel" the progress.

US flies surveillance plane over South China Sea

Philippine authorities say the United States has flown its most advanced surveillance plane from a military base in the Philippines over flashpoint areas of the South China Sea.

China rejects US charges on South China Sea

China has rejected charges by the United States that it has 'expanded its outposts in the South China Sea', saying its activities in its own territory are legitimate and justified.

Ukrainian President confirms arms withdrawal

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has just given a public speech, confirming the government's withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline in the country's east.

German parliament approves bailout extension

Germany's parliament has approved an extension of Greece's bailout.

Chinese lawmakers review achievements in 2014

The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress has concluded its meeting in Beijing with a number of key decisions. Topping the list was the appointment of Chen Jining as the new minister for Environmental Protection.

UN General Assembly to mark end of WWII

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. China's permanent representative to the UN said the resolution is of great historical and practical significance.

Premier Li meets with Sri Lankan FM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has met with visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Beijing.

Masked man in beheading videos identified

The media claims to have uncovered the identity of the Islamic State militant who has appeared in videos with western and Japanese hostages.

Focuses of the two meetings of 2015

If 2014 was the start of the overall deepening of reform, then 2015 is a critical year for the overall deepening of reform. What critical acts will be devised in such a critical year? Representatives from all walks of life will soon gather to discuss the reform and development of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the country in the “two meetings”—the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 216

Afghanistan's Natural Disaster Management Authority says the number of people killed in heavy snow and avalanches has risen to 216.

Four dead in rare shooting in Hwaseong

A South Korean gunman armed with a hunting rifle has shot dead three people in a house in the northwest of the country, and then committed suicide.

Cuban, US officials meet for 2nd round of talks

Cuban and U.S. officials are set to meet in Washington for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations. Friday's meeting comes amid friction over Cuba's place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Video released on air raids on ISIL buildings

The U.S. Department of Defense has released video that it says shows airstrikes being carried out on Islamic State group buildings in Iraq.

CPPCC members busy preparing proposals

The National People's Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference, or the two sessions, are nearing. Delegates are busy preparing new proposals to present at the meeting.

Regulations on law to boost efficiency, transparency

China issued new rules on government purchases.

Unified property certificate helps market supervision

The finalized version of China's unified property ownership certificate is out. That comes just before new property registration rules take effect on March 1st or Sunday.

New rules to help loosen homebuying restrictions

The new property registration rules are expected to have dramatic implications for China's struggling real estate market. While concerns have been raised on whether the new rules will curb housing prices, analysts say unifying the register would have limited impact on supply and demand, and that it benefits the property market as a whole.

Transactions slow, second-home supplies up

As a result of those new rules, property transaction volumes dropped considerably during the Chinese New Year holidays.

Exclusive interview: Poland is committed to joining the Eurozone

Our correspondent Sandra Gathmann spoke to the governor of Poland's national bank, Marek Belka, about some of the issues his country is battling.

China urges Philippines to be fair to Chinese firm

China has urged the Philippines to be fair to a Chinese firm which was involved in building the country's national power grid.

Senior LDP official to visit China in May

A senior official in Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is set to visit China in late May, seeking to improve the frosty China-Japan ties.

Officials meet ahead of President Xi's US visit

Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi has met with US National Security Advisor Susan Rice in New York, to discuss a series of regional and global issues.

Over 200 Christians in NE Syria held hostage

Fears are growing by the hour about the fate of the Assyrians Christians, who were taken by the Islamic State militant group in Syria a few days ago.

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New regulations on property registration come into effect

China has put into effect new regulations on property registration, marking a substantial step forward towards the establishment of a unified national real estate registration system.

China's Feb. manufacturing PMI rises to 49.9%

China's manufacturing activity improved slightly in February thanks to increased output and new orders, and the economic operation shows signs of improvement.

Inspection team to supervise CPPCC session

With only two days before China's political season begins, members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference have arrived in Beijing.

US begins vetting Syrian rebels for training

The US military has begun vetting Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants.

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