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UN General Assembly concludes annual high-level debate

UN General Assembly concludes annual high-level debate

Chinese premier's first official visit to Cuba further consolidates ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday concluded his three-day official visit to Cuba, further consolidating the comprehensive strategic partnership as the two countries inked more than 20 cooperative deals in a wide range of areas.

China committed to protection of endangered species: official CITES rejects Namibia's proposal to ban discussion on regulating ivory domestic markets

China is very much committed to fulfilling all its obligations to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), said Liu Dongsheng, Head of the Chinese delegation to the CITES 17th Conference of Parties, on Monday.

China's fight against illegal wildlife trade hailed at global conference

China was applauded on Monday for taking noticeable steps in fighting illegal trade of endangered species at the ongoing world wildlife conference in Johannesburg.

Three years on, China's Belt and Road Initiative to embrace greater achievements

Three years ago, Beijing unveiled its Belt and Road Initiative to deepen China's own reforms and opening-up, and better connect itself with the rest of the world in terms of policy coordination, trade, transportation, energy and information facilities.

Hollande vows to close Calais camp by year's end

Hollande said Friday the Calais camp will be dismantled with migrants transferred to 140 reception centers across France.

EU launches its largest aid project for Syrian refugees in Turkey

The European Union (EU) launched Monday its largest humanitarian aid program allocating a monthly electronic cash grant via the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) for one million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro here Sunday and the two exchanged views on bilateral ties, world peace, regional hotspot issues, food security and a wide range of other issues of common concern.

Weather alert in place as Taiwan region braces for Megi landfall

Weather alert in place as Taiwan region braces for Megi landfall

First presidential debate between the two major candidates in US

First presidential debate between the two major candidates in US

France to shut down Calais refugee camp, thousands to be relocated

French President Francois Hollande has promised to shut down the Calais refugee camp by the end of the year. The act would remove almost 10,000 migrants currently living there.

Celebration and opposition as Colombia signs historic peace deal

Colombia takes a big step Monday toward emerging from its decades-long nightmare of bloody violence when the government and the country’s largest rebel movement sign a peace accord that emerged from four years of negotiations.

Colombian gov't, FARC sign historic peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander in chief, Timoleon Jimenez, signed a historic peace deal on Monday afternoon in the city of Cartagena, ending a 52-year conflict.

Crossover: Residents across Colombia react to peace deal

In a special ceremony attended by world leaders, the two men signed the peace agreement to begin a new chapter in the country's history.

Improving sex education among Chinese youth

September 26th is World Contraception Day. A survey from China's health authority says many college students in the country had their first sexual experiences as teenagers, but some didn't use any protection at all.

Customers vulnerable to threats to privacy

There's recently been an increasing number of reports of telecom frauds in China. As the internet becomes a major avenue for consumption, the leakage of personal information has sparked a public outcry over transaction security.

Golden Week sets off enthusiasm of domestic travelers

This year's National Day Golden Week, which starts on Saturday, will set off the enthusiasm of domestic travelers as usual.

China invests 50 bln USD in countries along the Belt & Road route

More than 300 guests have gathered in the ancient Chinese city of Xi'an for an international seminar on the Belt & Road Initiative. With the theme 'shared memory, common development', the seminar seeks to explore ways to expand on the concept.

New Silk Road plan to enhance connectivity

China proposed the 'Belt and Road' Initiative to better engage with the region and the world. The initiative was introduced by President Xi Jinping in 2013.

2.2 bln USD in trade between China and Cuba in 2015

More than 200 entrepreneurs from China and Cuba talked business on Sunday, with both sides agreeing that a new age has arrived for business-makers as more in-depth collaboration is forecast for the future. Made-in-China items like sedans, home appliances and daily necessities are already ubiquitous in Cuban homes.

Studio interview: China committed to helping Cuban economy

For more discussion on this, we have in the studio Ms. Su Xiaohui, Deputy Director of the Department of International and Strategic Studies at the China Institute of International Studies. Q1. So we are seeing a lot of joint-development agreements signed over the last two days. What does in-depth economic and industrial cooperation mean for these two developing countries?

Oil up on hopes of OPEC cut

Crude-oil futures have rebounded on renewed hopes that major producers might make progress on a deal to cut production. The rebound came just ahead of the OPEC meeting between Monday and Wednesday.

Shanghai aims to grow as a financial city

Shanghai has the best financial environment in China. That's according to the freshly released Global Financial Centres Index published by the British consulting firm Z/Yen.

Experts: New guidelines to boost VC sector

Industry experts are responding positively to the Chinese government's fresh guidelines for the venture capital sector. The experts say the guidelines will help boost funding for innovation companies, while protecting venture capital investors.

Studio interview: SOE reforms lagging behind schedule

For more discussion, joining me in the studio is Professor Liu Baocheng from Beijing Univ. of Int'l Business & Economics.

China's indices fall, SCI dips below 3,000 points

Chinese markets did not perform very well on Monday. Trading remained thin during the day. Combined turnover on the Shanghai and Shenzhen bourses stood at 425.2 billion yuan.

China Railway & State Grid upgrade operations

Several of China's largest state-owned companies are upgrading their operations under the central government's call to deepen supply side reforms.

Shooting outside supermarket in N France injures 2

Two people were injured on Monday when a man opened fire outside a supermarket in Yvelines, in the northern France region of Ile-de-France.

President Xi expects strong, modern rocket force

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday instructed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force to improve its strategic capacity and build a strong and modern rocket force.

Sino-French sustainable development forum held in Wuhan

The third China-French Sustainable Development Forum and China-French International Demonstration Eco-city Tourism festival is being held in Wuhan city from September 25th to 27th.

Premier Li rides Chinese bus in Havana

Li Keqiang has also highlighted the importance of maintaining the quality of exports to Cuba by riding a China-made bus in the capital Havana.

Premier Li watches gala show in Havana

After meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro Li attended a gala show at Havana's Grand Theater together with Miguel Diaz-Canel, first vice-president of the Cuban Council of State and the Council of Ministers.

France to shut down Calais migrant camp

President Francois Hollande says he wants the migrant camp in the northern town of Calais closed by the end of the year. Hollande was in Calais for the first time since taking office.

President Xi visits PLA Rocket Force

President Xi Jinping has visited the Rocket Force of the People's Liberation Army. Xi conferred military flags on the Rocket Force, which was established at the end of last year as part of an ongoing program of modernisation to China's military.

India set to ratify Paris Agreement in October

India has announced it will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change on October 2nd.

60th atomic energy conference opens in Vienna

The 60th annual General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency has started in the Austrian capita, Vienna. IAEA members will deliberate the agency's work, set priorities and review budgetary matters.

DPRK hopes to boost tourism with first air show

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is hoping to attract more tourists with the country's first-ever air show.

Erdogan: Turkey would join US in ISIL fight but only without Kurdish involvement

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government is willing to work with the United States to remove Islamic State militants from their de-facto capital, Raqqa in northern Syria.

Abe's efforts to revise constitution and boost sluggish economy

So what efforts has Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made to revise the pacifist constitution and boost the country's sluggish economy?

192nd session of temporary Parliament opens in Tokyo

The 192nd session of the temporary Parliament has opened in the Japanese capital Tokyo. High on the agenda are amendments to the country's constitution and the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, or TPP.

New Zealand gov't aims to make country predator-free by 2050

New Zealand was once a safe haven for rare birds. However, an invasion of predators has slowly destroyed the native wildlife to the point where even the flightless Kiwi is now an endangered species.

Belt and Road Initiative begins to show positive results

Trade between China and the Belt and Road countries exceeded 600 billion U.S. dollars, 26 percent of China's total foreign trade volume, during the first eight months of 2016, said Fang Aiqin, deputy head of the Ministry of Commerce.

World leaders arrive in Colombia to witness peace deal signing

To South America and world leaders have arrived in Colombia to witness the signing of a historic peace deal between the government and the FARC rebel group.

Red Cross delivers aid to besieged towns in Syria

The International Committee of the Red Cross says 70 trucks of humanitarian aid have been delivered on Sunday to four besieged towns in Syria for the first time in almost six months.

China supports Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

In China where the country's new foreign ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang, has made his first public appearance to reiterate China's stance on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Senior CPC official to visit Mongolia, Greece, Hungary

Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official Liu Yunshan will pay official good-will visits to Mongolia, Greece and Hungary from Oct. 1 to 7, according to the International Department of the CPC Central Committee on Monday.

Jack Ma named ecommerce adviser of Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has named Alibaba founder Jack Ma, the country's official e-commerce adviser. Many government officials and business leaders are hoping Ma will bring the same success to Indonesia as he has done to Alibaba.

Industry report: China's internet financing sector grows in 2015

A new report says China's internet financing industry grew quicker, and was better disciplined in 2015 than in previous years.

China sets up fund to restructure SOEs

China has established a private equity fund worth 350 billion yuan, or 52.5 billion US dollars, to help with the restructuring of state firms. That's according a report Monday from the official Xinhua News Agency.

Studio interview: Significant time for China-Cuba relations

For more discussion on Premier Li's trip, joining me in the studio is Mr. Gao Zhikai, director of China Nation Association of International Studies.

IMF warns of credit, asset boom in China

The International Monetary Fund says in a fresh report that China's short-term economic prospects have improved. The report released Monday attributes part of China's improvement to a pick up in the country's real estate sector. However, the agency also warned against the accompanying risks.

China-Eurasia Expo closes, 18 bln USD contracts signed

A total of 18 billion U. S. dollars worth of contracts were signed during the fifth China-Eurasia Expo in Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

China Focus: PLA hones real combat ability for stronger military

From 2013 to 2015, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted at least 383 drills of various kinds, and the drills all focused on honing real combat capability.

Spotlight: Cubans highly value close ties with China, Premier Li's visit

Cubans from all walks of life are paying close attention to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit and highly value the island country's relations with China, expecting bilateral relations will be enhanced through high-level exchanges of visits and economic cooperation.

Twitter reportedly in talks to sell

The social media giant Twitter has reportedly started talks with several tech companies in an effort to sell itself. Google and telecoms company Verizon could be potential buyers.

Typhoon Megi: Residents evacuated; ships, trains stopped

While people in southeastern China are still coping with the aftermath of super Typhoon Meranti, another huge storm is barreling down on them.

Paris' center goes traffic-free for a day

For the second time in two years, the center of Paris was closed to traffic for a day. Although it caused some inconvenience, both tourists and residents say they enjoy this quiet day.

Crossover: Shinzo Abe gives national address

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has delivered a state address at the start of the new parliament session at the Upper House in Tokyo. For more on this, we go live to CCTV correspondent Terry Terashima, who is in Tokyo.

Paris' center goes traffic-free for a day

For the second time in two years, the center of Paris was closed to traffic for a day. Although it caused some inconvenience, both tourists and residents say they enjoy this quiet day.

1 Chinese tourist dead in bus accident in California

A Chinese tourist has died in a road traffic accident in California. 11 people were also injured -- including six children -- when a bus, carrying a group of Chinese middle-school students, slammed into a tree.

Studio interview: IMF: China's reform advances, more action needed in key areas

For some analysis, Mr Hu Yuwei joins us in the studio. He is a researcher at the China Institute of Finance and Capital Markets.

Japan's Diet opens session to ratify TPP deal

Japan's national legislation, the Diet, has opened a 66-day extraordinary session. The government's aim for the speedy ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is expected to be the overarching issue.

Over 50 years trust and cooperation

In the first half of this year, trade between China and Cuba rose by 13 percent to more than $1billion. But this growing economic relationship has been built on the foundation of half a century of solid diplomatic relations.

Studio interview: China and Cuba sign nearly 30 deals

For more analysis, we are now joined by our guest Mr Jia Xiudong, senior research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies.

China committed to helping Cuban economy

The first visit to Cuba by a Chinese Premier in half a century. Li Keqiang met the country's president Raul Castro in Havana, where he pledged China's support in areas such as industrialization, infrastructure development, trade and investment.

Wanda's chairman wants to be world's leading tourism company

Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group is aiming to be the world's No. 1 tourism company in five years.

Samsung Note 7 sales delayed by 3 days

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has said it is delaying the sale of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in its home market, as it needs more time to complete the ongoing recall in the country.

IMF: China's reform advances, key areas needs more action

The International Monetary Fund put out its fresh outlook for China's economy Monday morning in Beijing. It highlighted the country's reform progress but admitted key issues remained to be solved.

Hundreds protest police shooting in U.S. city Charlotte

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside a football stadium in the southeastern city of Charlotte. They are taking a stand against the fatal police shooting of a black man last week.

Chinese premier lays wreath to monument of Cuban national hero

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang lays a wreath at the monument of Jose Julian Marti Perez and visited a local memorial hall in memory of the Cuban national hero in Havana on Sept. 24, 2016.

Working to protect elephants from poachers in Zambia

A conservation group in Zambia is working to protect elephants from poaching and other kinds of conflict.

1.6 million flower arrangements decorate Beijing

In the lead-up to this year's National Day holiday, a dozen parks and museums across the Chinese capital have received a special make-over.

Kenya launches campaign against ivory trade

Kenyan delegates are gearing up for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora 2016. The country is set to push measures for the protection of elephants.

Trump, Clinton to face off for their first televised debate

The two major candidates in this November's US presidential election are set to face off for their first televised debate. As many as 100 million Americans are expected to watch Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump go head-to-head debating the key issues.

UN launches new effort to save ceasefire

Frustrated with the ceasefire collapse in Syria, and with intensified fighting in the northern city of Aleppo, the UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting on Sunday. But it remains deadlocked over how to proceed.

Erdogan: Turkey will not fight alongside Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government is willing to work with the US to remove the Islamic State group from its de-facto capital, Raqqa in northern Syria.

Trump, Clinton head toward first presidential debate

U.S. Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are headed toward their first presidential debate on Monday, at a time of ongoing tensions between blacks and police.

Bongo hints at including opposition in new government

Bongo hints at including opposition in new government

Boko Haram's leader resurfaces in a video posted online

Boko Haram's leader resurfaces in a video posted online

ROK to announce new site for THAAD missiles

In South Korea, defense officials reveal that a golf course in Seongju county has been selected as the new site for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD missile defense system.

Montreal cyclists seek better safety measures

Beijing has just announced a bigger fleet of rental bicycles to promote ‘green’ commuting. 10,000 kilometers (6213.7 miles) away in Montreal, one-of-every-four people ride a bicycle to work or school. The Canadian city is known around the world as a bike-friendly place. But cyclists are calling for better safety measures.

Residents in Amatrice need more help in rebuilding homes

A month ago, the Italian town of Amatrice was reduced to rubble following a magnitude six-point-two earthquake. Almost 300 people died in the tragedy that struck in the early hours of the morning.

Singapore launces nationwide anti-terrorism initiative

Singapore's Prime Minister launched Saturday a national movement to urge every citizen to play their part in protecting the country and society in the fight against terrorism.

Mall shooting suspect in Washington State arrested

A lone suspect, identified as Arcan Cetin, was arrested Saturday night for his role in a mall shooting in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington.

Boko Haram leader Abubarak Shekau appears on video after reports of his death

The leader of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has resurfaced in a new video rejecting the Nigerian army's claim he had been 'fatally wounded' in an air strike.

Rebel group blows up oil pipeline in Delta region

Rebel group blows up oil pipeline in Delta region

UN launches new effort to save Syrian ceasefire

UN launches new effort to save Syrian ceasefire

Airstrikes kill 45; cut water access to millions

Battles continued in Aleppo on Sunday coupled with airstrikes on rebel-held areas, as Western powers dropped political barrel bombs on Russia and the Syrian government.

China builds trade relations with Cuba

China builds trade relations with Cuba

Li Keqiang and Raul Castro oversee economic deals

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has met with Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana. The meeting was followed by signings of around 30 agreements on economic cooperation in such areas as science, agriculture, industry, energy, public health and environmental.

World's longest desert highway starts operation

The world's longest desert highway has started operation in Inner Mongolia of North China. The 900-kilometer section stretches from Linhe district in Bayan Nur City to Baigeda in Alxa League. It's part of a project linking Beijing to Urumqi in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

One of China's answers to water issues

The ministry repeated the significance of creating "Sponge Cities" and emphasized the program's long-term results. Nearly half of China’s 657 cities fail to meet national standards for flood prevention. And in another assessment, about half of the cities are considered water scarce by UN standards.

China accelerates building of sponge cities

China has been accelerating the building of sponge cities. The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development says it takes time to take effect. The ministry was responding to reports that the sponge city pilot program has failed.

Hong Kong becomes 'sponge city' to stop floods

China is exploring the idea of building “sponge cities” to solve the problem of urban flooding. Hong Kong has used the concept in a decade of infrastructure upgrades.

China sends 40 warplanes to patrol ADIZ

China has sent more than 40 warplanes to fly over the Miyako Strait in the West Pacific, to test its combat ability and carry out a regular patrol in the Air Defense Identification Zone over the East China Sea. An Air Force spokesperson cited safeguarding state sovereignty and national security, and safeguarding peaceful development.

Studio interview: Li is the 1st Chinese premier to visit Cuba

More more on the issue, joining me is Liu Youfa, former Vice President of the China Institute of International Studies.

UN Security Council discusses Aleppo bombing

UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has spoken strongly against the crisis and its effects on millions of innocent people. Speaking at a U-N Security Council emergency meeting, Mistura had said he believes the situation can improve if world powers push for a new truce.

Studio interview: Visit to boost partnership between China and Cuba in more fields

For some discussion, we are now joined by Liu Youfa, former vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies. Q1. Cuba has been seen as a vital partner of China. How might we evaluate their current relationship?

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Tiangong-2 space lab prepares for docking with spacecraft

Tiangong-2 space lab now officially enters the stage for docking with the Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft, which is set to launch in October. The Beijing Aerospace Control Center successfully adjusted the orbit of Tiangong-2 space lab last Sunday, manoeuvring it to 393 kilometers above the earth's surface.

Oil up on hopes of OPEC cut

Crude-oil futures have rebounded on renewed hopes that major producers might make progress on a deal to cut production. The rebound came just ahead of the OPEC meeting between Monday and Wednesday.

Experts: New guidelines to boost VC sector

Industry experts are responding positively to the Chinese government's fresh guidelines for the venture capital sector. The experts say the guidelines will help boost funding for innovation companies, while protecting venture capital investors.

New Silk Road plan to enhance connectivity

China proposed the 'Belt and Road' Initiative to better engage with the region and the world. The initiative was introduced by President Xi Jinping in 2013.

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