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Putin reiterates tough stance against western pressure

President Vladimir Putin reiterated on Thursday that Russia will not bow to external political pressure and will stay firm to protect the national interests.

China's Ebola vaccine enters clinical trials

An Ebola vaccine developed by a military-tied research institute has been approved to enter the human test stage, the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) General Logistics Department announced Thursday.

Reaction to US-Cuba relations in Havana

Reaction to US-Cuba relations in Havana

Boston marathon bombing suspect appears in court

Boston marathon bombing suspect appears in court

Xinhua Insight: Macao's economic development faces 'new normal'

After more than a decade of fast growth, casino revenue in global gambling hub Macao fell for the sixth straight month, with October posting the worst drop at 23.2 percent.

French Open unveils 2015 poster designed by Chinese artist

Grand Slam tennis French Open unveiled the Roland-Garros 2015 poster here on Thursday, while its designer Du Zhenjun has become the first Chinese artist in 35 years to create a work of art for the tournament.

China welcomes WTO rejection of U.S. countervailing case appeal

China welcomes the World Trade Organization (WTO) decision to reject the appeal by the United States in a trade dispute between the two countries over countervailing duty measures, said a Chinese official late Thursday.

China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meets in Chicago

Chinese and American government officials on Thursday met for annual trade talks in Chicago, a city in the U.S. state of Illinois, in hope of boosting future cooperation potential.

Extended border services to boost Macao-mainland ties

A central government decision on the extension of service hours in Macao's three border ports, which came into effect Thursday, is expected to greatly facilitate exchanges and cooperation between Macao and the mainland.

More Chinese teenagers to study in U.S.

Chinese teenagers studying in the United States has increased more than 60 times during the past decade, with experts believing the boom will continue into the future, a new study showed on Thursday.

Over 240,000 people signed up for Rio 2016 volunteer, China 4th largest registrations

A total of 242,757 people signed up for the Volunteer Programme of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games after the registration finished on Dec. 15, while China has provided the fourth largest number of registrations.

China urges U.S. to correct itself after WTO case win

China welcomed an decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to reject the appeal by the United States in a trade dispute over countervailing duty measures, and urged the U.S. to correct its wrong trade remedy conducts.

Obama signs Russia sanctions bill, rules out actions now

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill aiming for tougher sanctions on Russia, but ruled out additional steps at the moment.

China, Serbia vow to cement ties

China and Serbia on Thursday pledged to cement their strategic partnership by enhancing cooperation in infrastructure.

Ghana's former captain raises funds for charity

Ghana's former captain raises funds for charity

Nigeria oil strike continues

Nigeria oil strike continues

Report: 35 killed, over 100 kidnapped by militants in Nigeria

A Nigerian security source and local residents say militants have stormed the remote northeastern village of Gumskiri in Maiduguri, Borno State, killing 35 people and kidnapping at least 100 others.

Pakistan army chief visits Kabul after school attack

Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif has flown to the Afghan capital Kabul on a surprise visit to discuss ways to combat the Taliban. The visit came a day after the massacre of schoolchildren in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

India launches its most powerful rocket

India launched its newest, most powerful and heaviest rocket on Thursday, in a step towards a manned space mission. Until now, India has to relied on foreign launchers to send heavier satellites into space.

Memorial services, marches held across Pakistan

While Pakistan's army chief visits Afghanistan, a team of investigators has visited the school in Peshawar, the site of Tuesday's deadly attack.

Official translations of Xi Jinping's speeches released

The official translations of Chinese President Xi Jinping's most notable speeches and policy papers from November 2012 to April 2014 have been released.

Tele interview: Iran: Nuclear program purely for peaceful uses

For more, we are now joined by Lassina Zerbo in Vienna, who is the executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization.

Crossover: Schools & businesses remain closed in Peshawar

For more on that, let's speak to CCTV correspondent Danial Khan in Islamabad.

Iran calls nuclear talks ‘very useful’

Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi says he had "very useful and helpful" nuclear negotiations with major powers in Geneva this week.

Li to attend Greater Mekong Subregion summit

Thailand is the last leg of Premier Li Keqiang's three-nation tour in Asia and Europe, where he will attend the fifth Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation summit.

Chinese president meets ROK parliament speaker

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Chung Ui-hwa, speaker of the National Assembly for the Republic of Korea(ROK), on Thursday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Rouble slide has little impact on China's cross border capital flow

China's exchange control authorities say they are closely monitoring the slide in the Russian rouble. The recent collapse of the currency has played no significant impact on China’s cross border capital flow.

Premier Li to open Chinese-built bridge in Belgrade

During his stay, Premier Li Keqiang is due to open a Chinese-built bridge in Serbian capital Belgrade. The project is China’s first big infrastructure investment on the European continent.

China welcomes move to restore U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations

The Foreign Ministry says China welcomes the move by the US and Cuba to restore their diplomatic relations and hopes the US will lift its embargo on Cuba. China says it will continue its support of Cuba.

Tele interview: Economic concerns Putin's year-end remarks

For more analysis on Russia's currency policy, joining us now is Dmitry Babich from Moscow. He is a political analyst from Ria Novosti news agency.

Crossover: Premier Li continues visit in C. & E. European countries

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has just attended the opening of a bridge in the Serbian capital. CCTV's Roee Ruttenberg joins us now from Belgrade with more.

Putin: Economy will recover, ruble will stabilize

It comes amid a growing economic crisis in Russia. Putin said the Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize. He added that the current crisis could last two years at most, but the economy could recover faster if external factors change for the better.

China's smartphone users to top 500 mln by 2014

China will boast more than half a billion smartphone users by the end of this year, an official with the State Internet Information Office (SIIO) said.

China's Ebola vaccine enters clinical trials

An Ebola vaccine developed by a military-tied research institute has been approved to enter the human test stage, the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) General Logistics Department announced Thursday.

Hong Kong, mainland sign new trade liberalization deal

Hong Kong and the mainland signed a new trade liberalization deal on Thursday, which will facilitate Hong Kong service providers to set up businesses in Guangdong province.

EU keeps pressure on reeling Russia

European Union leaders will discuss Russia’s currency crisis on Thursday amidst worries the fallout could impact their own economies. But diplomats say EU leaders won’t relax sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Russia prime minister maintains market-based regulations

The markets have been talking this week about whether Russia would institute capital control measures to cope with its plunging currency the rouble. But now, such action seems unlikely.

China, U.S. vow to boost tourism

China and the United States vowed on Wednesday to further enhance bilateral cooperation in boosting tourism and people-to-people exchanges.

EU recognizes Palestinian state 'in principle'

The European Parliament has thrown its support behind a growing international movement to officially

Year-end: Sino-India relations in the Modi era

On May 26, 2014, Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India. In the 200 or so days that have followed, he has visited Bhutan, Nepal, Japan, the US and Australia.

Crossover: Chinese Vice-Premier announces deal to promote investment with U.S.

At Wednesday’s session, Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang announced a deal between Chicago and 8 Chinese cities to promote investment. CCTV’s Jessica Stone joined us earlier with more details on the meetings.

Talents cultivated to meet demand of diversified economy in Macao

Under the "One Country, Two systems", higher education in the SAR has benefited, and is helping diversify the region dominated by the gaming industry.

Studio interview: U.S.-Cuba seek to restore diplomatic relations after 53 years

For more on this, we're joined in the studio by Professor Wang Yiwei from the School of international studies at Renmin University.

Cuban public welcomes move to restore ties with U.S.

The general public in Cuba has welcomed the announcement on diplomatic ties with the US. They watched closely as Cuban leader Raul Castro addressed the issue on television.

Raul Castro urges U.S. to lift embargo

Cuban leader Raul Castro has urged the US to end its trade embargo after the two nations opened formal talks on restoring diplomatic ties. On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama and Raul Castro agreed to some measures to improve ties.

Growing sentiment in U.S. to lift embargo

Shortly after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba, the US government reacted with a trade embargo. That was 1962. CCTV’s Jessica Stone reports on a growing sentiment in the US to lift that embargo and what it would mean for the Cuban economy.

Changes between U.S. and Cuba expected to affect Latin America

The US and Cuba have moved to restore diplomatic relations. US President Barack Obama says Washington’s current approach is outdated and the change is the most significant in US policy towards Cuba in 50 years.

Ties between U.S. and Cuba restored after more than 50 years

US President Barack Obama has said Washington’s current approach was outdated and the change was the most significant in US policy towards Cuba in 50 years. Cuban leader Raul Castro echoed the shift in a TV address.

US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

The United States and Cuba have agreed to establish diplomatic relations, ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. The announcement came as US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro separately addressed their nations.

China releases November real estate data

China's home prices continued to decline in November despite easing property curbs.

Premier Li: tremendous potential for bilateral cooperation

Premier Li Keqiang has attended the 3rd leaders' summit of China and Central and Eastern European countries in Belgrade, Serbia, and held a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, to discuss cooperation.

Crossover: Chinese Vice-Premier leads delegation to Chicago

Over in the United States, the annual US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade enters second and final day.

Changes of US-Cuba relations expected to affect Latin America

The US and Cuba have moved to restore diplomatic relations.

Putin expected to speak on rouble at annual press conference

With all eyes on Russia as the Rouble has suffered catastrophic losses this week, President Vladimir Putin is due to focus on the economy at the annual press conference today.

15 phrases that sum up Macao's last 15 years (II)

December 20 is the 15th anniversary of Macao's return to China. The "One Country, Two systems" policy has proved successful in Macao.

Greek Ambassador answers to the Greece election and economy issues

Greek Ambassador answers to the Greece election and economy issues

Chinese firm helps create US jobs

Chinese firm helps create US jobs

European Union court takes Hamas off terrorist list

A European Union court Wednesday ordered the removal of Hamas from the European Union's list of terrorist organizations.

Bank of England split on interest rates

Bank of England split on interest rates

Fed hints possible rate hike in mid-2015

The U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it can be patient in beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy.

UN chief to visit Ebola-affected countries

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that he is leaving Wednesday night to visit western African countries mostly affected by Ebola.

Turkey president lashes out at EU for criticising media crackdown

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the European Union for its criticism of crackdown on media outlets in Turkey.

Three intelligence agents released by U.S. return to Cuba

Cuban leader Raul Castro confirmed here Wednesday that the remaining three agents of the Cuban Five, who had been imprisoned in the United States, were released and returned to their home country.

KMT's interim chief stresses cross-Strait ties development

Taiwan's deputy leader Wu Den-yih on Wednesday stressed the promotion of cross-Strait relations, saying it is vital to the island's survival and development.

History of US-Cuba relations

History of US-Cuba relations

Cuba frees Alan Gross after 5 years in prison

Cuba has freed Alan Gross of Potomac after five years in custody as part of a deal that also included the release of three Cubans jailed in the U.S., a senior Obama administration official and news reports said.

Chinese premier highlights infrastructure projects with CEE countries

Li spoke highly of the traditional friendship between China and Albania during his meeting with his Albanian counterpart, Edi Rama.

China, CEE countries eye land-sea express passage to speed up delivery

China and three Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries on Wednesday agreed to build a land-sea express passage linking a Greek port and the landlocked Hungary to speed up transportation between China and Europe.

China, Serbia vow to upgrade strategic partnership to new level

China and Serbia on Wednesday agreed to continue to support each other on issues of core interests, further bilateral practical cooperation, realize common development, and upgrade strategic partnership to a new level.

Obama announces new Cuba policy in move to normalize relations

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a historical, new policy toward Cuba, in a move to normalize relations and end more than five decades of estrangement between the two countries.

Russian PM demands to restore order at currency market

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday warned citizens and companies of attempting to make profit in the current unstable financial situation, calling the ongoing events at the currency market a "game of emotions."

Colombia's FARC rebels declare unilateral ceasefire

Colombia's FARC guerrillas declared an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire on Wednesday in the 50-year conflict, saying they would only use weapons if they came under attack by the army.

China, CEE countries eye land-sea express passage

China and three Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries on Wednesday agreed to build a land-sea express passage linking a Greek port and the landlocked Hungary to speed up transportation between China and Europe.

UN Secretary-General to visit Ebola-affected W African countries

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will leave Wednesday for a visit to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa to take stock of international efforts to beat back the deadly epidemic.

Sony scraps 'The Interview' debut after hacker threat

Sony Pictures on Wednesday scrapped plans for a Christmas Day release of its upcoming film 'The Interview' following a new spat of threats from hackers. The move came after several major theater chains decided to not play the film, as the latest threats targeted the theaters.

US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a historical, new policy toward Cuba, in a move to normalize relations and end more than five decades of estrangement between the two countries.

UNSC extends delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-held areas without Syrian government approval.

Studio interview: US imports of Chinese solar products worth $1.5 bln in 2013

For more insight, we're joined by Li Yong, vice chairman of the China Association of International Trade.

Anti-dumping duties slapped on solar imports from China

The US Department of Commerce has slapped steep tariffs on solar panel imports from China. China says the US decision will severely damage bilateral trade and cooperation and warns that Chinese enterprises will consider protecting their interests within the WTO framework and the US legal system.

UK seeks Chinese names for iconic landmarks

The UK has launched what's being described as British tourism's most ambitious global marketing campaign yet, hunting down Chinese names for iconic British landmarks.

Rwanda believes lower oil prices will boost development

Rwanda believes lower oil prices will boost development

African leaders call on the West to intervene in Libya

African leaders call on the West to intervene in Libya

Egypt's Tutankhamun gallery opens after renovation

Egypt's Tutankhamun gallery opens after renovation

The weak Rouble affects Russian economy

The weak Rouble affects Russian economy

Backgrounder for JCCT meetings

Established in 1983, the JCCT has been a platform for China and the U.S. to promote trade relations and mutual economic development.

China's Xi receives highest rating among world leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping was the highest rated world leader in many fields, according to a survey published by Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

China-US trade talks get started in Chicago

Senior Chinese and US officials will convene the 25th Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Chicago on Tuesday, and will seek to address differences on trade and investment potential in areas such as agriculture and tourism.

Crossover: Premier Li meets with leaders from Hungary & Macedonia

For the latest on Premier Li's visit to Serbia, we are joined live from Belgrade by our correspondent Roee Ruttenberg.

President Xi: China supports Pakistan in terrorism fight

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent his condolensces to Pakistan for the 145 lives lost in yesterday's massacre by the Pakistani Taliban in the north-western city of Peshawar.

China pledges new $3 bln fund for central, eastern Europe

In Belgrade, Serbia, leaders from China and central and eastern European countries are hammering key deals. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has pledged an investment fund of 3 billion US dollars to facilitate financing in the cash-strapped region.

Yearender: Abe shuffles, steps, strides, now leaps to the right

It would be no overstatement to say that Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is approaching the end of this year with many of the same convictions he had when entering it.

China, U.S. to hold annual trade talks

China and the United States will hold their annual talks on commerce and trade ties in Chicago next week, a Foreign Ministry Spokesperson announced on Wednesday.

Spotlight: China-CEE leaders' meeting boosts connectivity, cooperation

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attended Tuesday the third leaders' meeting of China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries in Belgrade, and held a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, to introduce achievements of the meeting.

Xi expresses condolences to victims of Pakistan's terror attack

Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday sent a message to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, expressing condolences to the victims of Tuesday's terror attack in Pakistan.

American Airlines flight suffers severe turbulence over Japan, 14 injured

An American Airlines flight has been forced to make an unscheduled landing at Narita International Airport in Tokyo after the plane encountered severe turbulence shortly after taking off from Seoul.

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China, Serbia vow to cement ties

China and Serbia on Thursday pledged to cement their strategic partnership by enhancing cooperation in infrastructure.

China welcomes WTO rejection of U.S. countervailing case appeal

China welcomes the World Trade Organization (WTO) decision to reject the appeal by the United States in a trade dispute between the two countries over countervailing duty measures, said a Chinese official late Thursday.

China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meets in Chicago

Chinese and American government officials on Thursday met for annual trade talks in Chicago, a city in the U.S. state of Illinois, in hope of boosting future cooperation potential.

Extended border services to boost Macao-mainland ties

A central government decision on the extension of service hours in Macao's three border ports, which came into effect Thursday, is expected to greatly facilitate exchanges and cooperation between Macao and the mainland.

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