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Africa Economy: Launch of free trading arrangement to spur China- Africa trade relations

Analysts said on Thursday that a proposed tripartite free trading arrangement to be launched by three African trading blocs next month will have a positive bearing in promoting China-Africa trade relations.

Fiorentina conquer Guingamp to make Europa League knockout stage

Italian Serie A side Fiorentina were downed to 10 men just before break but still earned an impressive 2-1 victory away to French Ligue 1's Guingamp on Thursday to confirm top spot in Europa League Group K.

Sebastian Coe officially announces bid to become IAAF President

Two-time Olympic middle-distance champion Sebastian Coe officially announced that he is running for president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

97 pct of Albanians to benefit from tax cuts for 1st time: PM

Some 97 percent of Albanians have benefited from tax cuts, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Thursday in the country's parliament.

Dollar remains in upper 117 yen zone in early Tokyo deals

The U.S. dollar changed hands in the upper 117 yen zone early Friday in Tokyo deals.

Japan's consumer prices rise 2.9 pct on year in October

Consumer prices in Japan was up 2.9 percent in October from a year earlier for the 17th consecutive month of increase, the Japanese Internal Ministry said Friday.

South Africa's Zuma to visit China next month

South African President Jacob Zuma will pay a state visit to China next month to further strengthen strategic relationship, it was announced on Thursday.

Political advisors propose supporting micro, small firm innovation

China's senior political advisors held a seminar on Thursday to discuss how to boost technical innovation for micro and small-sized enterprises (MSEs).

Russia to build railway line bypassing Ukraine

Russia will build new railway tracks that bypass Ukrainian territory, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Thursday.

Syrian troops press on with assaults against IS

The Syrian troops on Thursday advanced in a contested town in the southern province of Daraa and killed a local commander of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in that town, according to the state news agency SANA.

EU supports Ukraine regional policy reform with 55 mln euros

The European Commission and Ukraine signed a financing agreement to launch a new program to support Ukraine's regional policy, according to a press release issued by the commission here on Thursday.

Trade Facilitation Agreement formally into WTO rule book

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday announced that the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) got rubber-stamped, being officially inserted into the rule book of WTO.

Chinese army will continue to help West African countries

A recent report cited that the Chinese army’s efforts on helping West African countries to combat Ebola is meant to show off of its military power.

Mysterious donor of 27 years found to be local retired accountant

In the small township of Zhutang in east China’s Jiangsu province, an anonymous person has been talk of the town for decades.

Beijing to carry out 110 measures on public transportation

Apart from the price adjustments, Beijing is rolling out a slew of measures to provide better services to passengers.

Stricter inspections on polluters nationwide

According to a policy document issued by the State Council on Wednesday, governments at and above the county level should be responsible for law enformence in their jurisdiction and those who protect local polluters or fail to facilitate inspections will be held accountable.

France, Germany joint economic reform plan

Germany and France are set to present a joint economic reform plan Thursday. Under the plan, Paris would put on a wage-freeze, and Berlin would increase investments.

PBOC refrains draining funds from market

China’s central bank held off from its routine open market operation Thursday, the first time in four months, in an attempt to keep borrowing rates low.

SAARC summit ends, energy pact signed, but railway, vehicle agreements delayed

South Asian leaders signed an agreement on energy cooperation at the end of their summit here on Thursday after two days of discussions about collective development for deeper integration for peace and prosperity in the region.

Chinese Premier urges reform on doctor's training system

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called for efforts to improve the country's medical training system by breaking barriers between medical colleges and hospitals.

OPEC oil ministers hold crucial discussions in Vienna

Oil ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, are convening in Vienna to discuss the organization's future oil policies.

Kenya's military says 49 killed in south Somalia

Kenya's military says its soldiers have killed 49 Al-Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia. A spokesman with the Kenya Defence Forces says intensified airstrikes were carried out on Tuesday in the Somalian city of Jilib.

Strike shuts down services across the country in Greece

In Greece, public anger continues to simmer over unpopular economic policies. This time, a nationwide general strike has shut down services across the country.

Barricades removed, traffic resumed in Mong Kok

Barricades in Mong Kok have been removed and traffic on main roads is back to normal. The clearance followed the reopening of Argyle Street on Tuesday. A police spokesperson said 148 people were arrested, including 55 for contempt of court over the past two days.

Crossover: Russia will not cut output despite slipping price

As a non-OPEC member, Russia is nevertheless a major oil producer, who produces an estimated 11% of global oil. CCTV correspondent Tom Barton is in Moscow now to get more on Russia’s perspective over the slipping oil price.

Chinese pilots in high demand

With China's travel numbers and aviation industry expanding annually, Chinese pilots had always been in high demand. Quentin Vigne takes a look at the situation facing the industry.

China's financial reform smooth, innovative: official

China continued financial reform in 2014, with smooth progress in opening markets and cutting costs, a central bank senior official said Thursday.

China, Mexico seek stronger legislative ties

Legislative leaders of China and Mexico on Wednesday vowed to promote exchanges and cooperation between the legislative bodies of the two countries.

China blocks 287 substandard food imports

Chinese authorities uncovered 287 batches of substandard imported food in October, according to figures released by China's general administration of quality supervision, inspection and quarantine (AQSIQ) here on Wednesday.

China Focus: China gets tough on environmental protection

Environmental law enforcement is about to get tougher in China, according to a circular on Thursday.

China hails Hagel's work on China-U.S. defense ties: DM spokesman

A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman on Thursday praised Chuck Hagel's efforts on China-U.S. defense ties as the 68-year-old Republican stepped down as U.S. defense secretary.

Chinese spokesman urges Japan to abide by four-point agreement

A Chinese defense ministry spokesman on Thursday urged Japan to abide by a four-point principled agreement reached recently between the two countries.

Sister of Kim Jong Un takes senior party post

The younger sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party.

Ukraine's newly elected parliament has its first opening session

The newly elected parliament of Ukraine is now holding its first opening session. New lawmakers are expected to pledge loyalty to the people of Ukraine. They will also establish parliamentary committees and start formal coalition talks.

Suicide bomber smashes into British embassy vehicle in Kabul, 5 dead

In Afghanistan, a suicide bomber has attacked a British embassy vehicle in the capital city of Kabul, killing at least five Afghan civilians and injuring 34.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visits China

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is on a four-day visit to Beijing to drum up support for small and medium-sized enterprises and the rural poor. During her trip, the Dutch Royal is also meeting with the central bnk governor and banking regulators.

China's Oct. steel exports hit record high on low prices

China's steel exports rose to a record high of 8.6 million tons in October, up nearly 70 percent from the same month last year. The demand was largely driven by low prices, and mostly from the US and India.

China's Oct. industrial profits drop

China's industrial sector continued to slow down in October, according to data out Thursday from the National Bureau of Statistics, industrial profits dropped 2.1 percent from a year earlier, reversing a 0.4 percent annual gain in September.

State Council passes draft law on air pollution prevention

China is making efforts to curb air pollution. The State Council has passed an amended draft law on the prevention and control of air pollution.

Coal mine explosion kills 11 in SW China, eight survive

A coal mine explosion has killed 11 people in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

China delivers patrol ship to Nigeria after sea trials

China has delivered a new-type of stealth patrol ship to Nigeria after completing sea trials. It's the first patrol ship China has exported to West Africa.

Traffic accidents increase in NW China due to bad weather

Due to the bad weather coming with a new round of cold front, traffic accidents have increased in North China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Economic, environmental impact of new air standards

The US government is stepping up its campaign to clean up the air. It has just announced a regulation targeting a smog-causing pollutant that's been linked to asthma and heart disease. But businesses say the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal is bad for economy.

27 villages freed Iraq's eastern province of Diyala

Iraqi security forces have broken the ISIL group's months-long siege of a town in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala.

Mainland, Taiwan hold negotiation on allowing layovers

The Chinese mainland and Taiwan on Wednesday held initial negotiations on allowing mainland air travelers to transit in Taiwan.

11 killed in explosion in SW China's Guizhou

A coal mine explosion has killed 11 people in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

S. Korea's top nuke envoy to visit Russia next week

South Korea's top nuclear envoy will make a three-day visit to Russia next week after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) expressed its willingness to resume the long-suspended six-party talks without preconditions, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday.

Venezuelan charges president's foe in alleged assassination plot

Former Venezuelan lawmaker Maria Corina Machado will be charged by the Attorney General's office for her involvement in an "assassination plot" against President Nicolas Maduro.

Beijingers wave bye to 2-yuan subways

Beijing citizens will say goodbye to the city's low price transportation system next month with the municipal government announcing subway and bus fare hikes on Thursday.

International Taoist Forum focuses on health and longevity

Health and longevity have been the focus of the 3rd International Taoist Forum in Southeast China's Jiangxi Province. In Taoist theory, to concentrate on individual development is to practice the path of the Return to the Tao on a macro level -- to be in harmony with nature, if not the universe.

Traffic flowing again in Mong Kok district

Traffic on the main roads of Hong Kong's Mong Kok district was flowing on Wednesday after bailiffs and agents of minibus and taxi drivers' associations cleared barricades and tents erected by demonstrators on Nathan Road.

Streets are calmer after two nights of unrest in Ferguson

Streets in Ferguson have calmed as business owners and residents clean up after two nights of civil unrest over a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting dead of an unarmed black teenager.

Beijing's new metro ticket prices to start December 28

Beijing's Municipal Commission of Development and Reform has announced new ticket prices for the city's buses and metros. The new prices will take effect on December 28th.

US experimental Ebola vaccine passes safety test

The first experimental Ebola vaccine to be tested in humans appears safe and capable of stimulating the immune system. The vaccine is designed to spur the immune system's production of anti-Ebola antibodies.

OPEC members agree not to cut oil production

OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, has apparently agreed not to make a cut in oil production.

Putin: Russia is not threatening anyone

At a meeting with Russian Defence Ministry officials, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he has finalized Russia's defence plan of an integrated system of military planning. But he insists that Russia was not "threatening anyone" and "not going to get involved in any geopolitical games or intrigues".

Sierra Leona failing to meet UN requirements

The United Nations has confirmed parts of Sierra Leone will miss targets set to curb the spread of Ebola. In

Tensions simmer after decision in police shooting

The streets are calmer as business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris, after two nights of unrest over a grand jury decision's not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

China's October industrial profits down 2.1 pct

Profits of Chinese industrial businesses hit 575.47 billion yuan (94.34 billion U.S. dollars) in October, down 2.1 percent year on year, official data showed on Thursday.

President Xi's Australia visit significant success: Australian expert

Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to Australia is a significant success, according to Hugh White, Australian strategist and professor at the Australian National University.

Chinese peacekeepers donate funds, supplies to Liberia

To help Liberia in the fight against Ebola, Chinese peacekeepers have donated funds and supplies to Liberia's second largest port city Greenville.

400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other US cities

More than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in civil unrest after a white policeman was not indicted in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

Iran nuclear talks extended again: 35 years' hostility takes time to heal

Thirty five years ago, the Iranian Revolution ousted the pro-West Pahlavi government and replaced it with the Islamic republic, led by Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution.

Beijing to enforce odd-even car license plate rule

A senior Beijing official has revealed that authorities are assessing the feasibility of a new car restriction rule based on odd and even license plates to combat the city's heavy air pollution.

Mammoth skeleton sold for $300,000 at UK auction

A rare woolly mammoth skeleton has been bought by a private buyer for 189,000 pounds (nearly $300,000) at a British auction. Summers Place Auctions near Billingshurst in southern England said Wednesday that the skeleton was one of the most complete examples of the Ice Age mammal.

5 baby Manchurian tiger cubs born at China zoo

Five baby Manchurian tiger cubs have been born at southwest China's Yunnan Wild Animals Park.

Ukrainian president hails NATO, U.S. support in conflicts with rebels

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday appreciated support and help of NATO and the United States in dealing with the conflicts with independence-seeking insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

China pledges increased engagement with SAARC

A senior Chinese official said here Wednesday that China will continue to deepen ties with South Asian countries and outlined extensive policies to engage on trade liberalization and development.

10 arrested during Ferguson decision protest in New York

Ten people were arrested in New York as thousands protested for a second night against the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury's decision of not indicting a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9.

Russian President Putin says Russia to stay out of geopolitical conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday Russia is not a threat to any other countries, vowing that Russia will stay out of any geopolitical conflict.

UN experts urge Obama to back full release of report on CIA interrogation abuses

A group of United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday urged U.S. President Barack Obama to support the fullest possible release of the report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation practices conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).

London brothers jailed for attending 'terrorist training camp' in Syria

Two brothers from London became the first Britons to be jailed for alleged conspiracy to attend 'terrorist training' in Syria, as Britain unveiled its toughest counter-terror legislation on Wednesday.

18th SAARC Summit begins aiming deeper integration

After three years, heads of state or government from eight members and representatives from nine observers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) met again here Wednesday for the 18th SAARC Summit, aiming to revive this regional organization and deepen the integration of South Asia.

US proposes tighter smog standards

The US Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it plans to strengthen regulations for emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant blamed for respiratory ailments affecting millions of Americans.

Libya set to dominate visit of Egypt's Sisi to Paris

The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has arrived in France for a two-day visit which looks set to be dominated by security issues concerning the situation in Libya.

British brothers jailed for attending militant training camp in Syria

Two brothers from London became the first Britons to be jailed for alleged conspiracy to attend 'terrorist training' in Syria, as Britain unveiled its toughest counter-terror legislation on Wednesday.

Polio workers killed by Taliban militants

At least four polio workers were killed and three others were injured when gunmen open fire on a polio team in Quetta on Wednesday morning, local media reported.

Burial team abandons bodies of Ebola victims

Burial teams abandon dead Ebola victims over non-payment of 'hazard allownces' in Sierra-Leone.

China encourages more private financing

The State Council said on Wednesday that policy makers will open more sectors to non-state capital.

NATO: Russian forces still operate in east Ukraine

NATO's top commander says Russia still has enough troops stationed on Ukraine's border to mount a major incursion, and that it is using its military might to affect political developments inside Ukraine.

Beijing drivers have new option to get license plate

To curb the number of drivers on the road in Beijing, license plates are handed out through a lottery system. But with draws regularly attracting millions of applicants, the wait can sometimes last several years.

Police make 44 arrests during overnight protests in Ferguson

Residents and business owners around the Ferguson, Mo. area remained vigilant Tuesday evening for displays of the lawlessness that ravaged the city 24 hours earlier. After round of protests police were able to make 44 arrests as protesters returned to the embattled streets of Ferguson.

China strengthens efforts to pursue fugitives escaping overseas

China is considering suing people suspected of committing economic crimes who have fled to the United States and elsewhere with billions of dollars.

Journey to Lhasa takes different lengths and forms

While making the tough, long journey from Sichuan to Tibet, travelers can sometimes overlook the natural beauty found in both the scenery and the people.

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Japan's consumer prices rise 2.9 pct on year in October

Consumer prices in Japan was up 2.9 percent in October from a year earlier for the 17th consecutive month of increase, the Japanese Internal Ministry said Friday.

EU supports Ukraine regional policy reform with 55 mln euros

The European Commission and Ukraine signed a financing agreement to launch a new program to support Ukraine's regional policy, according to a press release issued by the commission here on Thursday.

Trade Facilitation Agreement formally into WTO rule book

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday announced that the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) got rubber-stamped, being officially inserted into the rule book of WTO.

NATO: Russian forces still operate in east Ukraine

NATO's top commander says Russia still has enough troops stationed on Ukraine's border to mount a major incursion, and that it is using its military might to affect political developments inside Ukraine.

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