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VW's US boss blames rogue employees for cheating

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered apology for emission cheating scandal in front of U.S. lawmakers on Thursday but no remedy schedule was announced.

Brazilian President faces possible impeachment vote after negative court ruling

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff received a major blow to her leadership on 7 October when a federal audit court in the country ruled that her government violated Brazil's fiscal responsibility law by disguising a widening fiscal deficit as she campaigned for re-election.

WHO: No new Ebola reported for first whole week since March 2014

There were no new Ebola cases reported for the week that ended on Sunday, making it the first complete week with zero new cases since March 2014, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said here on Thursday.

Syrian troops patrol against ISIL on outskirts of Damascus

Syrian troops patrol against ISIL on outskirts of Damascus

24 staff, 9 patients still unaccounted for after U.S. strike on Afghan hospital

Doctors Without Borders, the international aid group whose hospital was hit last weekend by missiles in a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan, told CBS News Thursday that as many as 24 more of its staff could still be missing amid the rubble of the facility.

China backs political solution to Syrian crisis: FM

China has always backed a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and called for a new Geneva conference on Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Thursday.

NATO: Russian bombings in Syria a 'troubling escalation'

NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg decried a 'troubling escalation' by Russian forces in Syria and the use of 'some of their most modern weapons' near NATO's borders.

Moscow reports launching new attacks against ISIL targets

Moscow reports launching new attacks against ISIL targets

Doctors Without Borders reiterates call for independent probe on Afghan hospital bombing

The Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), on Thursday repeated its call for an independent international committee to probe an airstrike against its hospital allegedly conducted by U.S. forces in northern Afghan province of Kunduz, saying the impartial probe was absolutely necessary for the incident.

China open to any mechanism conducive to Asia-Pacific economic integration

China is open to any mechanism that follows the rules of the World Trade Organization and can boost the economic integration of the Asia-Pacific region, said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday.

US deputy secretary of state starts visit to China

US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Beijing for an official visit. Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi met with him in the capital on Thursday. Blinken will also visit Shanghai on Friday.

Spotlight: Russian airstrikes destroy IS infrastructure without hitting civilian sites: defense ministry

The Russian military has used high-precision weaponry in strikes against Islamic State (IS) positions in Syria, the Russian Armed Forces General Staff said Wednesday.

EU talks on deportations amid refugee flood

EU justice and home affairs ministers arrive for a meeting where they are set to agree on plans to step up deportations of illegal immigrants.

Britain urges EU to speed up migrant deportation

The British government is urging the European Union to speed up the deportation of people who do not qualify for asylum. The call from British Home Secretary, Theresa May, comes ahead of a meeting of EU interior ministers in Luxembourg.

Abe sends conciliatory letter to Park seeking summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a conciliatory letter to South Korean President Park Geun-hye, seeking to sit down for a bilateral summit.

Doctors Without Borders holds press conference

The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders has held a news conference in Kabul. Representatives talked about the US airstrike on the MSF hospital in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people, including 12 staff.

Crossover: Russian military in Syria tops NATO agenda

NATO defense ministers are meeting Thursday in Brussels. Russia's military involvement in Syria is expected to be high on the agenda. For more on the talks, let's hear from our correspondent Jack Barton in Brussels.

Saudi-led airstrike hits wedding party in Yemen

Warplanes from the coalition led by Saudi Arabia attacked a wedding celebration in Yemen's southwestern province of Dhamar Wednesday night, killing 26 civilians including seven children. Dozens of others were wounded.

UK bullish over Chinese outbound travel market

The UK is also bullish over the benefits of the huge amount of Chinese visitors, especially those who came during the Golden Week holiday. There is still a great deal of optimism despite a survey that shows it is no longer in the top 10 destinations for Chinese.

German authorities examines VW rectify plan

German authorities are examining whether to make additional demands of Volkswagen after the carmaker handed in its plans to repair diesel engines affected by the emissions scandal. That's according to the country's transport minister.

Exclusive interview with founding chairman of China Media Capital

On the subject of the shakeup of the media world, perhaps no one is more qualified to talk about traditional media versus new media than Li Ruigang, former president of the Shanghai Media Group and founding chairman of China Media Capital.

Content and user engagement are key to survival

Today’s focus for our internet plus series – is our very own industry -- media. Will traditional media die out as the media channel loses its relevance? Or will there be more opportunities as media becomes a gateway to commerce and more? Cheng Lei checks out how technology and consumers’ changing needs are redefining the media industry.

Financial risks rotate to emerging markets

The International Monetary Fund released its latest Global Financial Stability Report, saying that overall financial stability improved in advanced economies. But major risks are rotating from developed economies to emerging ones.

CIPS to lift cross border yuan settlement & clearing

China set up a new system to facilitate its yuan usage worldwide. Cross border interbank payment system, or CIPS, starts operation Thursday, to raise efficiency and cut costs for cross-border yuan clearing and settlements.

Chinese manufacturers go rural to market farming equipment

For much of China’s civilized 5,000-years' history, rural farm villages had played the most pivotal role in the economy. However, the appeal of rural life had lost its luster as Beijing embarked on a huge urbanization drive.

Crossover: NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels on Syrian conflict

NATO defence ministers are meeting today in Brussels. Russia's military involvement in the Syrian conflict is expected to be high on the agenda. For the very latest, let's go to our correspondent Jack Barton in Brussels.

China extends anti-dumping tariff on four economies

China's Ministry of Commerce has decided that effective September 29th, the country will extend an existing anti-dumping tariff against PVC products imported from the US, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

PBOC deputy head on Chinese economy, TPP

The deputy governor of the People's Bank of China addressed concerns over the Chinese economy at the IMF annual meeting in Lima, Peru.

Chinese capital flight risks shouldn't be exaggerated

In recent months, the market has faced aggravating concerns over substantial outflows of Chinese cross-border capital.

Crossover: Families from S. Korea, DPRK to meet Oct. 20-26

Earlier, our correspondent U-Jean Jung in Seoul, she said she was informed by the South Korean unification ministry and the Red Cross that the lists of 100 people from each side would be exchanged between 12 to 1 p.m. local time.

Measures to revive brand after VW emissions scandal

German auto-maker Volkswagen will start in January to recall millions of diesel cars fitted with emissions-cheating software. Company CEO Matthias Mueller wants all vehicles fixed within 12 months. It could be a tough task.

US Secretary of Commerce visits Cuba

The US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has wrapped up her two-day visit to Cuba. She said her mission in Cuba was meant to explain President Barack Obama's recent relaxation of the US trade embargo.

Deputy FM-level talks scheduled in Moscow Thurs.

Japan's Kyodo news agency says Russia and Japan are scheduled to hold deputy foreign ministerial-level talks in Moscow today, to discuss the territorial dispute between the two nations.

US deputy secretary of state starts visit to China

US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Beijing for an official visit at the invitation of Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui.

Russia: Over 100 ISIL targets bombed so far

During the intensive air campaign this past week, some 50 Russian planes based in the Syrian government's heartland of Latakia have been active. The Russian defense ministry says the strikes have hit over 100 ISIL targets -- including command points, ammunition stores, and factories producing explosives -- since the campaign started on September 30th.

China launches RMB int'l interbank payment system

China's central bank Thursday launched the China International Payment System, or CIPS, a worldwide payments superhighway facilitating trade settlement and investment dominated in the yuan.

Spain prepares for new waves of refugees

Spain has agreed to accept almost 18,000 refugees over the coming months. This is despite the Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arguing for less given the country's high unemployment rate.

China to establish 50 factories near Suez waterway

Acting as a gateway to the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean, the Suez Canal shortens the distance between the east and the west. It has great strategic and economic value. The Suez canal project will not only benefit Egypt, but also meets China's ambitious 'one belt, one road' initiative.

Obama apologizes for deadly US strike

US President Barack Obama has apologized to Doctors Without Borders for the air strike on its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz. And he offered condolences to Afghanistan's President.

Putin seeks cooperation with foreign countries

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defence minister Sergei Shoigu to seek cooperation with foreign countries, including the US, in airstrikes against Islamic State militants.

Turkey: Russian radar locks onto Turkish air patrols

Turkish military reports that Russian airstrikes on Syria has infringed Turkey's airspace, prompting a strong reaction from Ankara. Turkey's Prime Minister has criticized the alleged incident.

Russia intensifies air campaign against 'terrorists'

It's been over a week since Russia started its air campaign against what it has called "terrorist" targets in Syria... and Moscow is intensifying the airstrikes.

American colleges recongnize netural branch of transgenders

American colleges recongnize netural branch of transgenders

Geopolitical dynamics in Syria

Geopolitical dynamics in Syria

Russia fires missiles from warships in Caspain Sea

Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

Carter: US not cooperating with Russia against Islamic State

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his strongest message to date, said Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition will not agree to cooperate with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and no collaboration is possible as long as Moscow continues to strike other targets.

China launches commercial remote-sensing satellites

China launched a group of four satellites on Wednesday at noon for commercial remote-sensing services, an important step in the development of remote-sensing space technology.

Governor of Fujian Province under investigation

Su Shulin, governor of east China's Fujian Province, has been put under investigation for suspected serious disciplinary offenses, the top anti-graft authority said Wednesday.

Three scientists share 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Three scientists share 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday.

Merkel, Hollande make historic European Parliament address

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel jointly called for a strong and united Europe on Wednesday in order to address the multiple crises facing the European Union (EU).

Japan unveils new cabinet lineup, key posts remain unchanged

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe retained close allies in key posts in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, playing it safe as he pivots back to the economy after enacting divisive security legislation that dented his popularity.

US President apologizes to Doctors Without Borders

U.S. President Barack Obama has called Doctors Without Borders to apologize to it for the U.S. mistaken bombing of the organization-run hospital in Afghanistan, White House said Wednesday.

3 attackers killed at least 15 in NE state of Yobe

Death toll of three suicide attacks early Wednesday in Nigeria's northeastern state of Yobe has risen from 16 to 18 as the army said 100 terrorists were killed in a repelled attack.

Growing butler industry for thriving upper class

As the nations' economy develops, a large affluent class has emerged. And they are hungry for social status, and long for more than just material prosperity. One of the new trends among them is to hire a European-style butler. But for those hoping to craft a career in the industry, it's an uphill battle to become a perfectly-groomed and well-trained servant.

Chinese man battles tumors for 17 years

With dozens of metal plates and nails in his body, Hu Yongsheng - from the city of Taiyuan in North China's Shanxi province - is being called a real-life Iron Man. Hu has been fighting tumors for 17 years, since he was a teenager. Pictures of him and his X-rays have recently gone viral online.

Global businesses vie for Chinese tourism dollars

Tourism sites around the world are seeing a surge of Chinese tourists during the country's national day holidays. And there's no better time for Chinese to spend their hard-earned RMB than during the Golden Week holiday.

'Belt & Road' initiative: China targets Kenya as the hub for Africa trade

China plans the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road as a route linking Europe, Asia and Africa through the sea, and views Kenya's two ports, Mombasa and Lamu, as important links to expand trade and connectivity with the African continent.

China's yuan overtakes Japanese yen

China's yuan has overtaken the Japanese yen and become the fourth most-used world payment currency.

Travelers face hurdles in the homestretch

As today marks the last day of the week-long National Day holiday, millions of travellers around the country are experiencing a hard time making their way back home.

UnionPay: Daily card transactions hit 90 bln yuan

Consumption during the national day holiday has also increased. Figures show that the overall consumption volume during the 7-day period increased by nearly 29% compared to last year.

Domestic travel sees new trends during holiday

China's tourism industry is wrapping up its busiest time of the year -- the week-long National Day holidays. What's changing in this huge market? CCTV's Hou Na spoke to Dai Bin, president of the China Tourism Academy about new trends in this year's golden week holiday.

'Internet Plus' spices up auto market online

The internet plus theme is extended to the selling of cars, which have traditionally been bought in person. But some entrepreneurs are determined to change that and want to provide reliable platforms for buying cars online.

Crossover: Reform to take place within VW?

For more on the aftermath of the VW emissions scandal, let's cross over to Guy Henderson, live from Berlin, Germany.

VW CEO says recall would start by January

Volkswagen's new CEO, Matthias Mueller said the company will present technical solutions to Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority this week. He said the recall of affected cars could start by January and finish by the end of 2016.

World Bank expects zero or negative 2015 growth for Latin America

The World Bank expects the Latin American economy to stall this year or fall slightly. That's due to lower commodity prices and a weak Brazilian economy.

Bank of Japan keeps policy steady

The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady today, in line with market expectations.

Turkey PM: No concessions on Russian airspace violation

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says only two of Russia's air strikes on Wednesday had targeted Islamic State militants in Syria.

Russia: Purpose is to wipe out terrorists

Russian military officials have reiterated that the purpose of their air campaign in Syria is to eliminate terrorists. They said it's possible to attain their goal within three or four months if the US-led coalition does not interfere.

Chinese state councilor to visit S. Africa

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi will pay an official visit to South Africa from Oct. 9 to 11.

Syrian army, Russian jets target rebels in Syria

The Syrian army and its allies have carried out ground attacks on insurgent positions in Syria backed by Russian air strikes, in their first major coordinated assault since Moscow intervened.

Public is not convinced of PM Abe

Prime Minister Abe is hoping to win support by reshuffling his cabinet. But it's not enough, as some people have already lost faith in his government.

China urges G20 to play bigger role globally

The G20 gathering wrapped up in Istanbul on Tuesday. China's commerce minister urged the 20 member group to play a bigger role in rejuvenating the global economy.

China foreign exchange reserves fall in September

China's foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest, decreased for the fifth consecutive month in September.

Is Spain ready for new wave of refugees?

Banners reading "Refugees Welcome" hang outside city halls in Barcelona and Madrid. The big question though is, are they really? Spain has agreed to accept almost 18,000 refugees over the coming months. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had argued for less, given the country's high unemployment rate.

IOM: 557,899 refugees have arrived in Europe

The International Organization for Migration, or IOM, said Tuesday that more than half a million migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year. Nearly another 3 thousand have died attempting the crossing.

Snowden says UK GCHQ has total control over smartphones

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says British intelligence agency GCHQ, or Government Communications Headquarters, has "total control" over users' smartphones.

Q&A: What you need to know about TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact was finally sealed by 12 Pacific Rim nations on Monday after more than five years of negotiation. The following are several things about the deal you need to know.

CBBC releases report on key industries, regions

Last month, the China Britain Business Council, or CBBC, together with the UK Foreign Ministry, published a report on China's "Belt & Road" Initiative.

Interview with Joschka Fischer

Why should advanced economies like Germany accept China's overtures in infrastructure building and industrial cooperation? To find out, I sat down with Joschka Fischer, former German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister.

Port facilities provider looks to upgrade in Germany

China has been a front-runner in manufacturing. The manufacturers' expansion overseas shows that China is also moving to upgrade its industrial structure.

China and India to step up banking cooperation

Chinese bankers are also getting in on the action. The world's largest commercial bank by total assets, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, or ICBC, is making the most of growing ties between China and India. It's gradually expanding its niche market in India.(

Abe to reshuffle cabinet, key posts likely unchanged

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to reshuffle his cabinet and top executives of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Key government ministers and the top five LDP executives are likely to retain their posts.

Air violations impact Russia-Turkey relations

Russia and Turkey have in recent years sought to step up cooperation. They agreed to build a new gas pipeline beneath the Black Sea and Turkey's first nuclear power plant, while targeting 100 billion dollars in bilateral trade for 2023.

Yuan jumps to 4th most-used world payment currency

China's yuan became the fourth most-used world payment currency in August. Global transaction services organisation SWIFT said Tuesday that the yuan overtook the Japanese Yen to reach this ranking.

19 dead, 4 still missing in southern China

Typhoon Mujigae has claimed 19 lives and left four people missing since it landed in south China's Guangdong Province Sunday.

Severe traffic jams expected around mega-cities

Severe transport congestion is expected around mega-cities today, the final day of China's week-long National Day holiday.

Over 1,800 migrants rescued from six boats

Italy's coast guard says more than 1,800 migrants have been rescued from six vessels found adrift in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya.

Moscow: Goal is to help President Assad fight ISIL

NATO says that Russia's military operation in Syria is a "strategic mistake". With fundamental differences on how to approach the Syrian crisis, both Moscow and NATO exchanged strong-worded rhetoric on Tuesday.

Russia: New strikes bomb 12 ISIL targets

Russia's defense ministry says its air force has hit 12 Islamic State targets, in a fresh wave of strikes in Syria.

Chatting with my Chinese Friend (5): Rush Hour in Beijing

You see the headline of this commentary and you might think this is about an upcoming sequel to Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker’s famous "Rush Hour" movies.

Rocket hits government headquarters in Aden

Residents say unidentified assailants have fired rockets at a hotel in Aden used by Yemeni government officials and at a compound housing troops of the government's Gulf Arab allies.

US denounces Russian incursion into Turkish airspace

Turkey has threatened to respond to two reported Russian incursions into Turkish airspace in two days. The US and NATO have also denounced Moscow's move. The White House called the incursions a "provocation," and US Secretary of State John Kerry said they could lead to an escalated Syrian conflict.

Viewers play bigger role in film production

China’s love affairs with movies and the web are not lost on the country’s internet titans. Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba -- all have waded knee-deep into the film business.

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China backs political solution to Syrian crisis: FM

China has always backed a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and called for a new Geneva conference on Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Thursday.

WHO: No new Ebola reported for first whole week since March 2014

There were no new Ebola cases reported for the week that ended on Sunday, making it the first complete week with zero new cases since March 2014, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said here on Thursday.

VW's US boss blames rogue employees for cheating

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered apology for emission cheating scandal in front of U.S. lawmakers on Thursday but no remedy schedule was announced.

Mars once had long-lasting lakes: NASA

New data from the Curiosity rover revealed that Mars was once, billions of years ago, capable of storing water in rivers and lakes over an extended period of time, U.S. space agency NASA said Thursday.

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