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Elves gathering in Thailand sets new world record

A gathering of 1,792 immaculately turned out 'Christmas elves' has helped secure Thailand a place in the Guinness book of world records.

China openes 100-bed Ebola treatment center in Liberia

China has just completed constructing an Ebola treatment center in Liberia in less than a month.

Leaders of 8 South Asian nations to attend SAARC Summit in Nepal

Leaders from member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are arriving here on Tuesday for a regional summit as security is tightened in the Nepalese capital.

39% of Chinese women suffered from physical domestic violence

A report that was released on Monday by the All-China Women's Federation, who met to discuss domestic violence, show that among women between 18-49 years old, 39 percent claimed to have suffered from physical or sexual violence from their partner, and 38 percent used to suffer mental abuse.

S&P 500 touches record high after solid GDP data

U.S. stocks closed little changed after fluctuating narrowly Tuesday, with the S&P 500 touching an all-time intraday high, as U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) came out well above market expectations.

China standardizes official government websites

China will add an official label to all official government websites, according to the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform (SCOPSR) and Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Tuesday.

Wildlife park in Netherlands celebrates rare birth of polar bear triplets

A wildlife park in the Netherlands is celebrating the rare birth of polar bear triplets, but zookeepers don't know the gender of each cub because they don't want to get too close and upset the mother.

Mali confirms two new Ebola cases ahead of opening of UN office: UN spokesman

Mali has confirmed two new cases of Ebola, bringing to eight the total of cases in the West African nation, days ahead of the opening of a new UN Ebola response office to support the country's efforts to fight and contain the virus, a UN spokesman said here on Tuesday.

EU extends sanctions relief on Iran

The European Council here on Tuesday said it has extended until June 30, 2015 the suspension of EU sanctions specified in last year's Joint Plan of Action agreed by P5+1 and Iran.

5.8-magnitude quake hits China's Sichuan, 3 injured

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Kangding County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, at 11:19 p.m. Tuesday, with three people slightly injured, local authorities said early Wednesday.

Serious Ebola challenges remain in Sierra Leone

The U.N. has said that parts of Sierra Leon will miss the targets it set to curb the spread of Ebola, including getting 70 percent of victims to treatment facilities and ensuring 70 percent of burials were conducted safely by December.

African musicians launch song to fight Ebola

Some of Africa’s best-known musicians have recorded a song to raise awareness of Ebola and help people understand how they can protect themselves from the disease.

DPRK protests UN resolution on human rights abuses

People attend a demonstration against a UN human rights resolution at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Nov. 25, 2014. The Third Committee of the 69th United Nations General Assembly on Nov. 18 passed a resolution that recommends the Security Council refer the DPRK to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

Apartment building collapses in Egypt's Cairo, killing 17

An apartment building in Egypt's capital collapsed Tuesday, killing at least 19 people as rescuers and neighbors frantically dug through rubble with their hands to find survivors, authorities said.

At least 21 killed in Nigeria twin bombings

Two teenage female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a busy market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri on Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and raising fears about growing violence in the city.

Colombia's FARC rebels free captive soldiers, still holding general

The rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Tuesday freed two captive soldiers and indicated a general captured on Nov. 16 would be next.

Syrian Kurds push for autonomy

Syrian Kurds push for autonomy

Iran's Supreme Leader dismisses pressure from West on nuclear issue

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his blessing after negotiators in Vienna allowed themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock over the nuclear program, which the West fears has military aims despite Tehran's denials.

Bailiffs enforce injunction order on Argyle street in Mong Kok

Obstacles set up in Hong Kong's Mong Kok district are finally being removed, as bailiffs and legal representatives from a local bus company start to enforce a court injunction to remove the obstacles on Tuesday morning.

Premier Li: China will attract social capital in water projects

China will attract more social capital into the construction of water conservancy projects.

China to accelerate water projects

China will step up construction of major water conservation projects, especially in rural areas and central and western regions.

Chinese mainland spokesman denies Taipei mayoral comments

A Chinese mainland spokesman on Tuesday denied that Zhang Zhijun, the mainland's Taiwan affairs chief, had made any particular comment in regard to Ko Wen-je, a candidate for Taipei mayor.

Sub-anchor: China committed to reducing carbon emissions

For more on what China is doing to address climate change, we're joined by CCTV's Wu Haojun here in the studio with more details.

Studio interview: Challenges to realizing carbon cutting goals

Now for a more in-depth look into China's plans regarding climate change, we are joined by Shen Yiyang, senior energy consultant at the Asian Development Bank.

China participating in global effort against climate change

In a press conference in Beijing, a senior official in China's top economic planning body described just what the country is doing to battle climate change.

China's deep-sea sub Jiaolong embarks on scientific expedition

China’s deep-diving manned submersible Jiaolong has left for another deep sea mission aboard the Xiangyanghong-9. The vessel set out from Jiangyin Port in China’s Jiangsu Province today to begin the scientific expedition.

DPRK protests against UN resolution on human rights

Tens of thousands of people have gathered at Kim II-sung Square in Pyongyang to protest against a UN resolution on human rights in the DPRK.

New Yorkers take to street to protest grand jury decision

Hundreds have also gathered in New York City, with many saying they couldn't understand the grand jury's decision not to indict.

China ready to hold fresh round of border talks with India

China welcomes India's newly-appointed special representative on border talks with China, Ajit Doval, and expects a new round of border talks with India soon, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Xinhua Insight: China rates cut not to plunge yuan

The Chinese yuan will not drop significantly amid interest rate cuts, with impacts of declining yields offset by increasing trade surplus and dwindling worry over financial stability.

Crossover: Iran nuclear talks deadline extended to July 1, 2015

Iran and six world powers have once again extended the deadline for a deal on Tehran's nuclear program by seven more months to July the 1st next year. A political framework for the deal is supposed to be finalised in March. For more, we are now joined live by our correspondents Jack Barton in Vienna and Wang Jinyan in Tehran.

China urges respect for Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy

China has called on all sides in Vienna to continue to seek a political solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. Chinese Foreign Ministry says China holds a fair and objective stance on the nuclear negotiations, and it will continue to make joint efforts with other world powers in reaching a final deal.

Ukraine Crisis one year on: Gains and Losses

On November 21, 2013 when Yanukovych announced that Ukraine would delay the signature of the Association Agreement with Europe, a series of anti-government protests transformed into a “revolution” under the guidance of foreign powers which eventually overthrew Yanukovych’s government.

France: Nuclear talks 'pretty positive', progress in key issues

France has called the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers "pretty positive" and said there was progress on key issues.

China, India to sign study into Indian high-speed rail line

India will sign an agreement with China this week to construct the world's second longest high-speed rail in India, a spokesman for India’s Ministry of Railways said on Tuesday.

U.S. set to impose anti-subsidy tariffs on tires from China

The United States is set to impose tariffs on imports of tires from China after the Department of Commerce published its decision on Monday.

Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium kicks off

The 18th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium kicked off in Beijing on Tuesday. Participants from both sides will focus on the promotion of high tech projects in the development of both cities.

China's SOE profit growth quickens

Profit growth of China's state-owned enterprises quickened slightly in the first 10 months of 2014. But there's not yet a turnaround as factories struggle to cope with falling prices and sluggish demand.

China's logistics growth slows in Jan.-Oct. 2014

China's logistics sector showed slower growth in the January to October period in 2014, according to data released by China's Federation of Logistics and Purchasing on Tuesday. Wang Yiqian has the details.

Chinese president urges Palestinians, Israel to resume peace talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on Palestinians and Israel to restart talks at an early date to restore peace.

Crossover: HK police help bailiffs remove obstructions from site

Our reporter Ying Yiyuan is near Mong Kok in Hong Kong. Earlier, she updated us on the activity at the site.

UN to miss Dec. 1st Ebola target

The UN Ebola Emergency Response Mission has announced it will not fully meet its December 1st target for containing the virus, due to the rising number of cases in Sierra Leone.

Iranian president optimistic about future nuclear talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed optimism over the prospect of the Iranian nuclear talks, after the talks’ deadline was announced to be extended to next July.

Mixed reactions in NY city to Ferguson shooting

Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton held a news conference in New York city, to give his response to a grand jury decision over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Violence erupts following grand jury announcement in Ferguson

A grand jury decision in Ferguson Missouri over the death of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August. Violent protests erupted in Ferguson, but also elsewhere across the United States, after the announcement earlier that the white police officer who shot Brown would not be indicted.

Xi's South Pacific tour promotes ties, free trade, China's image

Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-nation South Pacific tour and attendance at a Group of 20 summit enhanced political and economic partnerships and improved China's image as a peace-loving country.

More police, courts in China tackling domestic violence

November 25th marks the United Nation's World Anti-Domestic Violence Day and in China, the problem is gaining growing attention; with authorities and women taking unprecedented action against it.

China, S. Korea, Japan hold new talks on trilateral FTA

China, South Korea and Japan are meeting for a trilateral free trade agreement in Tokyo.

Police officer fatally shooting Michael Brown goes free

St. Louis Country Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced a grand jury decision to not charge officer Darren Wilson, who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August.

Sub-anchor: China's climate change efforts

My colleague Wu Guoxiu joins us now in the studio with more details on the actions China is taking to address climate change.

China contributes to global effort to address climate change

China's top planner has issued an annual report on the policies and actions. The country is taking to address climate change in 2014. Its Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua said at a press conference that China has contributed to global efforts to address climate change.

Bailiffs start to clear occupying area in Mong Kok

Bailiffs have begun removing some barricades from parts of Mong Kok district, which has been the scene of student-led protests over the past couple of months.

Obama calls for peaceful protest following grand jury's decision on Ferguson shooting

U.S. President Barack Obama Monday evening called for peace in the wake of the country's grand jury's decision not to charge Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of African American youth Michael Brown in Ferguson in August.

Grand jury reaches verdict on Brown shooting

A grand jury has reached a verdict on whether to charge a Missouri police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager. The decision could be announced at any moment.

China's mediation efforts have helped Iran nuclear talks: FM

As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and a party in the Iran nuclear talks, China has expressed its stance on the talks.

Chicken domestication traced to 10,000 years ago in northern China: study

Northern China may have served as an early center of chicken domestication, possibly dating as far back as 10,000 years, researchers from China and Germany said Monday.

China's haze directly linked to gaseous pollutants from traffic, industrial emissions: study

Severe air pollution in Beijing and other Chinese cities might be directly related to gaseous pollutants rather than particles emitted from urban transportation and regional industry, researchers from China and the United States said Monday.

Morocco King due to visit China for better ties

King Mohammed VI of Morocco will pay an official visit to the China on November 27 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the royal cabinet said on Monday in a press release.

Russia to control annual oil production to help stabilize global market

Russia attempts to stabilize global oil market by not exceeding its annual production of 525 million tons, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Monday.

Portugal's former PM to be interrogated by police for third day running

Portugal's former prime minister Jose Socrates spent his third night at a police station on Sunday and will remain in custody for further questioning Monday for charges related to alleged corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.

Americans expected to spend more this Christmas than last year: Gallup

Adults in the United States are expected to spend an average of 720 U.S. dollars on gifts this Christmas, up slightly from a 704 dollars estimate in November last year, indicating a so-so holiday season for American retailers, said a Gallup poll released Monday.

China mulls tougher tobacco controls

China is mulling a ban on all forms of tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion of tobacco products, according to a draft regulation on Monday.

India names new special representative for boundary talks with China

The Indian government on Monday named national security adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval as its special representative on boundary talks with China.

Iranian nuclear talks extended by 7 months

Sides will meet again in December to discuss the tough Iranian nuclear issue, and the expert-level meeting will start soon, aiming at an political deal within four months, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Monday.

U.S. defense secretary resigns

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced resignation of Chuck Hagel as the country's defense secretary, making the first change to his cabinet after the Democrats' heavy losses in both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections early this month.

Sanctions, falling oil price cost Russia 140 billion dollars yearly

Russia might suffer a loss of at least 140 billion U.S. dollars annually as a result of the adverse impact brought along by economic sanctions and falling oil prices, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Monday.

Studio interview: Cyber security is part of China's national strategy

For more on this we’re joined in the studio by Tang Lan. She’s the deputy director of the Institute of Information and Social Development Studies, at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

Chinese FM: Mediation efforts proved effective

The parties involved in Iran's nuclear talks may consider extension of the negotiation if time is not enough for a deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday.

Relief supplies sent in for affected residents

The response to the earthquake in Sichuan has been swift. As Li Qiong reports, medical and search workers have joined hands to treat the injured and care for the tens of thousands affected.

Britain proposes new anti-terror measures

A sweeping package of counter-terror measures has been unveiled by the Government as it moves to bolster the UK's defences amid warnings of a growing extremist threat that is set to last for several years.

Darkhotel malware is targeting travelling execs via hotel WiFi

An espionage campaign dubbed Darkhotel has been targeting travelling executives via hotel WiFi for the past four years, Kaspersky has warned, and is still active today.

UN concerned Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is unmanaged

The United Nations Ebola emergency response mission will not fully meet its December 1st target for containing the virus due to escalating numbers of cases in Sierra Leone, according to the head of the organisation.

Cyber Security Week hopes to raise risk awareness

National Cyber Security Week begins on Monday for the first time in China. The week of activities kicks off in Beijing with an exhibition on cyber security, an issue of growing importance as more go online.

Liberian president aims for no Ebola cases by Christmas

Liberian president aims for no Ebola cases by Christmas

Dragon, phoenix ambassadors make debut

The Palace Museum unveiled its two brand new mascots in Xiamen, in southeast China’s Fujian province.

Sub-anchor: General aviation industry is underdeveloped, but has big potential

For more on the reform of China’s low altitude airspace management, we’re joined in the studio by my colleague Wu Haojun.

U.S. defense secretary resigns

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced resignation of Chuck Hagel as the country's defense secretary, making the first change to his cabinet after the Democrats' heavy losses in both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections early this month.

Iranian nuclear talks to be extended until by July 2015

Sides will meet again in December to discuss the tough Iranian nuclear issue, and the expert-level meeting will start soon, aiming at an political deal within four months, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Monday.

Vice Premier calls for faster growth of general aviation

Vice Premier Ma Kai has called for quicker efforts to develop general aviation so that it can meet public demand and contribute to the economy.

China mulls tougher tobacco controls

China is mulling a ban on all forms of tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion of tobacco products, according to a draft regulation on Monday.

Construction projects aim to improve road safety of Sichuan-Tibet Highway

The Sichuan-Tibet Highway is known as a road full of stunning vistas, winding through 21 mountains and crossing14 major rivers.

Senior leader wants greater public sense of Internet security

China’s very first National Cyber Security Awareness week kicked off in Beijing.

Crossover: What impact will low altitude reform have?

Now for more insight on the topic, we’re joined on the phone by Mr. Zhao Yifei. He’s the associate dean of the Air Traffic Management Institute at the Civil Aviation University of China.

Africa's biggest road race continues to grow in Ethiopia

Africa's biggest road race continues to grow in Ethiopia

Scientists aim to stop animals being source of transmission

Scientists aim to stop animals being source of transmission

Miss world Muslimah aims to empower Muslim women

Miss world Muslimah aims to empower Muslim women

Studio interview: Cyber security is part of China's national strategy

For more on this we're joined in the studio by Tang Lan. She's the deputy director of the Institute of Information and Social Development Studies, at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

Over 630 million people in China use Internet

China has the world's largest internet user-base. According to the China Internet Network Information Center, by June of this year, China had 632 million online users. That's just under 47 percent of its entire population.

At least 50 killed at volleyball tournament in Afghanistan

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a volleyball tournament has risen to at least 50, with more than 60 wounded. The attack, which happened in eastern Paktika province, bordering Pakistan, was the deadliest in Afghanistan this year.

Chinese FM joins nuclear talks in Vienna

China's foreign minister Wang Yi arrived in Vienna on Monday, saying he was joining the nuclear talks with a "proposal" from Beijing to settle "various focal issues". He did not give specific details, but said extending the talks beyond today’s deadline was an option.

China and Mexico's officials to meet on repealed deal of high speed rail

Mexico's transportation minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza will meet with Chinese officials later on Monday. It comes after a high speed rail contract between the two countries worth 3.75 billion US dollars was cancelled by the Mexican side.

First week's transaction volume of SH-HK stock connect hits 29.1 bln yuan

The transaction volume of the Shanghai Hong Kong stock connect reached just over 29 billion yuan in the

Experts: rate cut aims at boosting real economy

The People's Bank of China says the rate cut does not reflect a shift in policy. Experts on the other hand say the move aims at cutting financing costs for smaller and medium sized businesses.

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Serious Ebola challenges remain in Sierra Leone

The U.N. has said that parts of Sierra Leon will miss the targets it set to curb the spread of Ebola, including getting 70 percent of victims to treatment facilities and ensuring 70 percent of burials were conducted safely by December.

Leaders of 8 South Asian nations to attend SAARC Summit in Nepal

Leaders from member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are arriving here on Tuesday for a regional summit as security is tightened in the Nepalese capital.

China openes 100-bed Ebola treatment center in Liberia

China has just completed constructing an Ebola treatment center in Liberia in less than a month.

Colombia's FARC rebels free captive soldiers, still holding general

The rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Tuesday freed two captive soldiers and indicated a general captured on Nov. 16 would be next.

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