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No country has right to interfere in China's internal affairs

Russia issues prepayment ultimatum to Kiev for gas supply guarantee in March

Russia asked Ukraine to complete payment for Russian gas on Friday to guarantee gas supplies in March, according to Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

China unveils new rules on government purchases

China released new regulations on state purchases on Friday to improve transparency and curb corruption.

Greece will not request third bailout: PM

Greece will not request a third bailout once the new bridge deal with international creditors reached last week expires in June, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told a cabinet meeting on Friday.

Debate rages over dress's true colors

Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white.

Violent clashes erupt in Greek capital over bailout deal

Fierce clashes have erupted in the Greek capital Athens between riot police and hundreds of anti-austerity protesters who were angry with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras over what they called was reneging on his pre-election promises.

Mexico's most wanted drug lord arrested

Without firing a single shot, Mexican authorities arrested Servando (La Tuta) Gomez, the country's most wanted drug lord who has taunted police for years while leading the vicious Knights Templar cartel.

2nd round of US-Cuba talks held on diplomatic ties

The United States and Cuba conduct a second round of negotiations in Washington to restore full diplomatic ties.

Shootings in rural Missouri kills 9 people

Nine people were shot dead at five separate residences in Tyrone, Mo., and the alleged gunman shot himself in a nearby county, local police authority said Friday.

Asia's first girl-and-boy polar bear twins turn four

Asia's first girl-and-boy polar bear twins. The siblings turned four on Thursday and celebrated their birthday in style at a wildlife park in northeast China's Liaoning Province.

National database to optimize market supervision

Until now, China has had no such registration requirement, an absence that has allowed some people to use property to hide assets from authorities.

Sub-anchor: Australia introduces fees to slow foreign buyers

For more on this, we are joined in the studio by Wu Haojun.

14 missing from boat linked to illegal immigration

A ferry carrying 19 people has capsized off the coast of Macao.

Studio interview: New real estate policy to take effect on March 1st

For more on the upcoming property registration, joining us in the studio is Professor Zhao Zhongxiu, vice president of the University of International Business and Economics.

Remembering Shanghai's trailblazing reformer

The idea of Rule of Law and judicial reform has been on the government's agenda since the new leadership took office in 2013. Last June, Shanghai was chosen to pilot a program aimed at promoting judicial independence.

Unified system to take effect on March 1st

After seven years in the making, China is finally set to implement property registration rules on Sunday. 15 cities are included in the pilot program that will take effect on March 1st.

National advisory body prepares for annual session

The Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, met on Friday to prepare for the annual session of the CPPCC National Committee.

China passes soccer reform plan

China's central reform group, captained by Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Friday kicked off a plan to revive soccer, a sport that embarrasses the nation despite it having its roots in an ancient Chinese game.

Beware of incompetence, Xi tells officials

Officials should bear in mind the risk of incompetence and constantly work to improve themselves, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said.

China Voice: Reform leads way to prosperity

The deepening of reform is a key step on the road to prosperity and social progress.

President Xi presses concrete reform measures

Chinese President Xi Jinping told a meeting of the top reform planning committee on Friday that concrete reform measures are needed so the people "feel" the progress.

US flies surveillance plane over South China Sea

Philippine authorities say the United States has flown its most advanced surveillance plane from a military base in the Philippines over flashpoint areas of the South China Sea.

China rejects US charges on South China Sea

China has rejected charges by the United States that it has 'expanded its outposts in the South China Sea', saying its activities in its own territory are legitimate and justified.

Ukrainian President confirms arms withdrawal

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has just given a public speech, confirming the government's withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline in the country's east.

German parliament approves bailout extension

Germany's parliament has approved an extension of Greece's bailout.

Chinese lawmakers review achievements in 2014

The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress has concluded its meeting in Beijing with a number of key decisions. Topping the list was the appointment of Chen Jining as the new minister for Environmental Protection.

UN General Assembly to mark end of WWII

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. China's permanent representative to the UN said the resolution is of great historical and practical significance.

Premier Li meets with Sri Lankan FM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has met with visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Beijing.

Masked man in beheading videos identified

The media claims to have uncovered the identity of the Islamic State militant who has appeared in videos with western and Japanese hostages.

Focuses of the two meetings of 2015

If 2014 was the start of the overall deepening of reform, then 2015 is a critical year for the overall deepening of reform. What critical acts will be devised in such a critical year? Representatives from all walks of life will soon gather to discuss the reform and development of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the country in the “two meetings”—the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 216

Afghanistan's Natural Disaster Management Authority says the number of people killed in heavy snow and avalanches has risen to 216.

Four dead in rare shooting in Hwaseong

A South Korean gunman armed with a hunting rifle has shot dead three people in a house in the northwest of the country, and then committed suicide.

Cuban, US officials meet for 2nd round of talks

Cuban and U.S. officials are set to meet in Washington for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations. Friday's meeting comes amid friction over Cuba's place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Video released on air raids on ISIL buildings

The U.S. Department of Defense has released video that it says shows airstrikes being carried out on Islamic State group buildings in Iraq.

CPPCC members busy preparing proposals

The National People's Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference, or the two sessions, are nearing. Delegates are busy preparing new proposals to present at the meeting.

Regulations on law to boost efficiency, transparency

China issued new rules on government purchases.

Unified property certificate helps market supervision

The finalized version of China's unified property ownership certificate is out. That comes just before new property registration rules take effect on March 1st or Sunday.

New rules to help loosen homebuying restrictions

The new property registration rules are expected to have dramatic implications for China's struggling real estate market. While concerns have been raised on whether the new rules will curb housing prices, analysts say unifying the register would have limited impact on supply and demand, and that it benefits the property market as a whole.

Transactions slow, second-home supplies up

As a result of those new rules, property transaction volumes dropped considerably during the Chinese New Year holidays.

Exclusive interview: Poland is committed to joining the Eurozone

Our correspondent Sandra Gathmann spoke to the governor of Poland's national bank, Marek Belka, about some of the issues his country is battling.

China urges Philippines to be fair to Chinese firm

China has urged the Philippines to be fair to a Chinese firm which was involved in building the country's national power grid.

Senior LDP official to visit China in May

A senior official in Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is set to visit China in late May, seeking to improve the frosty China-Japan ties.

Officials meet ahead of President Xi's US visit

Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi has met with US National Security Advisor Susan Rice in New York, to discuss a series of regional and global issues.

Over 200 Christians in NE Syria held hostage

Fears are growing by the hour about the fate of the Assyrians Christians, who were taken by the Islamic State militant group in Syria a few days ago.

My China Story: Media environment liberalizing in China

The many foreigners working in Chinese media are at the forefront of the country's development, and can witness first-hand how the industry is evolving.

Expert: China should fully relax second child policy

China has relaxed its one-child policy for more than a year, but surprisingly few couples are choosing to have a second child. Some experts are calling for an accelerated disposal of restrictions on a second child, warning that the country's birthrate is moving towards a dangerously low level.

Studio interview: New reform plan to bolster China's rule of law

For more in-depth analysis, we're joined in the studio by Cheng Lei, an Associate Professor at the Law School of Renmin University of China.

Phone interview: Market demands boost use of research findings

For more analysis, we're joined on the phone by Dai Yixin, assistant professor from the School of Public Policy and Management, at Tsinghua University.

Chinese lawmakers discuss upcoming annual session

The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress has discussed a draft report on its work in the past year.

China promotes research findings application

China's top legislators will also review on Friday, a draft Law on Promoting the Transformation of Scientific and Technological Achievements.

China unveils reforms across three institutions

China has started the new year with comprehensive reforms in the judicial system. The Supreme People's court has released a series of measures, aimed at ensuring independent trial and better protecting human rights. This came hot on the heels of reform proposals by the country's top Procuratorate.

Greek finance minster: Reform will not stop

EU countries approved a new package of financial reform measures by Greece, allowing the country to get a four month extension on its international bailout.

Registration-based system for IPO in preparation

The CSRC, China's security regulatory body, is pushing forward China's stock market reform by moving from an approval-based IPO system to a registration-based system.

Press center ready for China's political season

With the annual sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee just days away, the press center for the events is up and running.

Controversial referendum legalizes pot in US capital

It is now officially legal to smoke marijuana in Washington DC, at least according to the city. A November referendum passed with widespread public support, but some in Congress are challenging the decision. Unlike the rest of the United States, all DC legislation must also be approved by Congress.

China, Germany FMs discuss upcoming two-way official visits

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has discussed bilateral ties with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Russian FM criticizes Western new sanctions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said threats by the United States and the European Union to impose new sanctions on Moscow are just a cover to hide their unwillingness to bring an end to the Ukraine crisis.

OSCE: No weapons observed crossing Russian border

The chief observer of the OSCE's mission Paul Picard at two Russian checkpoints says no weapons have been observed under the OSCE mandate.

Kerry to meet Russian, Iranian FMs next week

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Russian and Iranian counterparts next week in Switzerland, seeking an end to fighting in Ukraine and to advance a nuclear deal with Iran.

Rebel leader: Gov't hasn't met deadline to pull back

The rebel leader in east Ukraine says that the Ukrainian army has not met any deadlines to pull back from the zones of fighting.

RMB second most used documentary credit currency

China's currency the Renminbi (RMB) strengthened its position as the world's second most used currency for documentary credit transactions, according to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) on Thursday.

German parliament to back aid extension for Greece

German lawmakers showed they would back the extension of Greece's contentious request for yet another bailout in a vote on Friday as the deal won majority support in Germany's governing bloc on Thursday.

French, Philippine leaders appeal for climate action

French President Francois Hollande and Philippine leader Benigno Aquino appealed Thursday for urgent global action on climate change, seeking to build momentum for a planned historic accord at a UN summit in Paris.

Beijing bans ivory imports for one year

Chinese authorities on Thursday announced a one-year ban on imports of African ivory carvings acquired after the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) took effect in 1975.

Argentina judge dismisses cover-up case against President

An Argentine judge on Thursday dismissed the case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

Cyber attacks top terrorism as greatest risk to US security

The U.S. has elevated its appraisal of the cyber threat from Russia, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday, as he delivered the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.

Ukraine starts heavy weapons withdrawal as ceasefire takes hold

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry said Thursday that the country's military forces are starting the withdrawal of their heavy weapons from the frontline in eastern regions, as agreed upon at the Minsk peace deal.

Russian pilots practice formations ahead of Victory Day

Russian pilots practice formations ahead of Victory Day

US President expects to win immigration appeal

President Barack Obama called out Republicans in Congress for 'holding hostage' funding for the Department of Homeland Security, while challenging Americans to change the political environment that has caused immigration reform to stall during a town hall meeting on Wednesday.

Series of explosions in Cairo kill 1, wound at least 7

Six bombs detonated in the greater Cairo area in Egypt early on Thursday morning, killing one and injuring at least 9 people, according to the official Ahram online website.

China deletes over 60,000 Internet accounts

Over 60,000 Internet services account names have been rectified to conform to a regulation to be effective next month, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said Thursday.

South Korean court abolishes 62-year-old law that says extramarital affairs are illegal

A South Korean court on Thursday abolished a 62-year-old law that bans extramarital affairs.

Studio interview: Significance and role of the law

For more on this, we are joined by Teng Jianqun, director of the Center of Arms Control in the China Institute of International Studies.

Studio interview: Ensuring justice and fairness in every case

For more insight, we're joined in the studio by Professor Li Zhaojie, from the law school at Tsinghua University.

China's top court unveils legal reform plan

On Thursday, the Supreme People's Court released a new five-year guideline for reforming China's court system.

Prosperous society task key to realizing 'Chinese dream'

Fulfilling the task of building a moderately prosperous society is a crucial step toward the realization of the "Chinese dream" of rejuvenating the nation.

Features of China's economic development under the new normal

The new normal for the Chinese economy is transformation from traditional to innovative growth, economic restructuring and a revamping of its engine. A new economic structure with new features will emerge under the new normal.

Studio interview: 5 mln Chinese went abroad for Chinese New Year

For more insight on this overseas shopping frenzy by Chinese tourists, joining me now in the studio is Ding Yifan, senior fellow of the Institute of World Development under the Development Research Center of the State Council.

Foreign destinations draw crowds of Chinese shoppers

As the Chinese New Year holiday comes to a close, Chinese tourists are returning home with suitcases full of brand new buys.

China’s shoppers spend big overseas

During the wind down of the Chinese New Year holiday, restaurants, shopping malls, and luxury stores around the world had been experiencing a massive shopping spree brought on by Chinese travellers.

ISIL kidnaps 220 Assyrians in NE Syria

An activist monitoring group in Britain says the number of Christian Assyrians kidnapped by Islamic State militants in the northeast of Syria has risen to 220 over the past three days.

Hollande seeks support on climate change

French President Francois Hollande has arrived at a military airbase in Manila on Thursday for a two-day visit to the Philippines. The trip aims to strengthen bilateral ties and gather support in addressing climate change.

Philippine army kills 14 Islamic militants

S-trained Philippine army commandos are attempting to rescue three foreign hostages held by the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group on a remote southern island.

Suicide attack kills at least two in Kabul

At least two people have been killed in a Taliban suicide attack on a convoy of the Turkish embassy in Afghanistan.

PBOC periodical suggests deflation near

A financial news periodical by China's central bank is warning that the country is dangerously close to slipping into deflation.

Chinese government issues a series of preferential measures

Official data shows that China has over 11 million small and medium-sized companies as of last year...accounting for nearly 80 percent of the country's total number of companies.

More opportunities for creating advanced industries

Apart from cheaper products, analysts say the free trade agreement between China and South Korea will also give both countries an opportunity to jointly create and develop advanced industries.

Man convicted in death of 'American Sniper'

The man who shot and killed Chris Kyle, the former US Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie 'American Sniper', has been given a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

S. Africa to probe secret documents leak

South Africa has launched an investigation into the leaking of espionage secrets to international media outlets.

US family found a new home in Sichuan

In recent decades, millions of foreigners have made the big decision to pack their bags and embark on a Chinese adventure. Many have since left, but some have stayed, settled down, and now call China home.

Bureaucracy hinders road maintenance

Despite China's increasing urbanization, more than 80% of roads are still in rural areas. A mammoth road construction program over the past few decades transformed rural roads into more modern transportation links.

Legislators to amend counter-terrorism law

The NPC Standing Committee -- China's top legislative body -- kicked off its bimonthly session on Wednesday. Lawmakers will deliberate a draft counter-terrorism law that aims to improve intelligence gathering, and enhance international cooperation.

Studio interview: 'Four Comprehensives': A way to improve livelihoods and maintain stability

For more in-depth analysis, we're joined in the studio by Gregory Yingnien Tsang, current affairs commentator.

Kerry threatens additional sanctions against Russia

US Secretary of State John Kerry says additional sanctions against Russia are 'teed up' should events in eastern Ukraine warrant them. He's suggested a decision may come soon.

Ukraine's Central Bank reverses currency trading ban

Ukraine's central bank unexpectedly banned most currency trading on Wednesday, only to reverse the decision overnight, causing havoc in the market for its plunging currency, the hryvnia.

Russia ready to defend Arctic interests militarily

Russia does not rule out protecting its national interests in the Arctic with military means. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says a wide range of security threats and challenges is emerging lately in Russia's Arctic zone.

Putin: Gas cut-off to Ukraine could affect EU supply

With the battlefield quieter, the dispute between Russia and Ukraine has reopened on another front: natural gas. Their so-called winter gas deal is due to expire at the end of next month.

More than 360 million trips were made during Spring Festival

The Spring Festival in China drew to a close Wednesday as millions of people returned to work, but not before they logged some serious miles during the 7-day break. More than 360 million trips were made, a total greater than the population of the US.

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Mexico's most wanted drug lord arrested

Without firing a single shot, Mexican authorities arrested Servando (La Tuta) Gomez, the country's most wanted drug lord who has taunted police for years while leading the vicious Knights Templar cartel.

Violent clashes erupt in Greek capital over bailout deal

Fierce clashes have erupted in the Greek capital Athens between riot police and hundreds of anti-austerity protesters who were angry with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras over what they called was reneging on his pre-election promises.

Asia's first girl-and-boy polar bear twins turn four

Asia's first girl-and-boy polar bear twins. The siblings turned four on Thursday and celebrated their birthday in style at a wildlife park in northeast China's Liaoning Province.

'Star Trek' icon Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83

Leonard Nimoy, the Hollywood renaissance man who fashioned a long and prosperous career as the supremely logical and cerebral science officer Mr. Spock from Star Trek, has died. He was 83.

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