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California wildfire forces 500 people to evacuate

Fire authorities say a fast spreading bushfire in Northern California's Lake County has destroyed several buildings, forcing more than 500 people to evacuate.

Plane debris to be sent to France for examination

Aircraft debris found on the French island of Reunion in the southwest Indian Ocean on Wednesday will be sent to France for examination.

China concerned about US moves in South China Sea

China's Defense Ministry has said China is greatly concerned about the United States' push to 'militarize the South China Sea region'.

Ex-military leader Guo Boxiong expelled from CPC

Former military leader Guo Boxiong has been expelled from the Communist Party of China for taking bribes. The news was announced by the Party's Central Committee on Thursday. His case will now be handed over to military prosecutors.

China's economic operation good in general: Xi

China's economy is functioning well in general, with some problems remaining that require the wisdom of all and solid efforts, President Xi Jinping has said.

Chinese defense concerned about U.S. moves in South China Sea

China is greatly concerned about the United States' push to "militarize the South China Sea region," Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun said Thursday.

Xi proposes closer China-Turkey business cooperation

President Xi Jinping called for closer cooperation between China and Turkey as he and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended a China-Turkey business forum Thursday in Beijing.

Former military leader Guo Boxiong expelled from CPC

Guo Boxiong, a former Chinese military leader, was expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) for taking bribes, according to a decision made at a meeting of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau on Thursday.

US anger at Minnesota dentist killing Cecil the lion

US anger at Minnesota dentist killing Cecil the lion

Migrants gather for third night at Eurotunnel

Migrants gather for third night at Eurotunnel

3 Turkish soldiers killed in battle with PKK militants

3 Turkish soldiers killed in battle with PKK militants

Uber cars attacked in Mexico, cabbies protest rideshare apps

A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, the company said Wednesday, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a 'total halt' to app-based rideshare services in the capital.

Rising concern about pollution in Rio's Guanabara Bay

Rising concern about pollution in Rio's Guanabara Bay

Ohio police officer in court for shooting unarmed driver

A judge on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) set a bond of US$1 million for a former University of Cincinnati campus police officer charged with the murder of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate.

Athens stock exchange set to open Monday

Athens stock exchange set to open Monday

China calls for objective comments on PLA navy drills

China's Ministry of National Defense says the ongoing navy drills in the South China Sea are scheduled in the annual plan, without targeting any other country. It says regular training is essential to enhance the navy.

Sub-anchor: Beijing & Zhangjiakou work in tandem to host events

If Beijing wins the bid, the 2022 winter olympics will be co-hosted by the Chinese capital and Zhangjiakou, a city that's seldom heard of outside China. For more on how the two plan to work in tandem to host the games, we are joined in the studio by our reporter Wu Haojun. Q1. First, tell us more about the role Zhangjiakou plans to play, if it were to host the Winter Olympics.

Crossover: Beijing & Almaty preparing for decision day

For the latest on the bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics, we go live to our correspondent Daniel Williams in Kuala Lumpur. Q1. The IOC will announce the host city of the 2022 Winter Games in less than 24 hours. Tell us more about the latest from both camps? How are the cities' preparations going for their final presentations?

Studio interview: US admiral attacks China on sea disputes

For more discussion on China's actions in the South China Sea, we are joined in the studio now by our military analyst Zhu Chenghu. Thanks for joining us. Q1. US Admiral Harry Harris has expressed concern about China's construction of islands in the South China Sea and in recent comments called the action 'provocative.' How do you look at the admiral's remarks?

Beijing readies itself for IOC presentation on Friday

Beijing readies itself for IOC presentation on Friday

Doctors offer free medical treatment to patients in Harare

Doctors offer free medical treatment to patients in Harare

Tsipras tries to rein in leftists in party battle

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing increasing challenges with members of his Syriza party. The tension came after Greece avoided an exit from the euro zone, striking a deal with its creditors on a third financial rescue.

New products made from potatoes

So what can you make from potatoes--besides chips and mash, and how are they received among the Chinese?

NDRC to shore up emerging sectors and manufacturing

The NDRC has introduced two packages of industrial projects to attract more investment and speed up the development of emerging industries and manufacturing.

Cairo: Al-Jazeera journalists' retrial adjourned

An Egyptian court has postponed its verdict in the retrial of three journalists from the Al-Jazeera English channel, accused of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

PM Tsipras addresses Syriza party meeting

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed Syriza party members on Thursday, saying the party would continue to battle with lenders to maintain Greece's sovereignty.

Crossover: Beijing releases details of presentation

For more, we go live to our correspondent Dan Williams in Kuala Lumpur.

Chinese resort town awaiting vote on 2022 Winter Games

The final vote on who will host the 2022 Winter Olympics is only a day away. The two cities in contention are China’s Beijing and Almaty in Kazakhstan. Our reporter Ning Hong visited Chongli County, where most snow sports will take place in co-host city Zhangjiakou, if Beijing wins the bid. Now let's hear from local residents there.

Defence Minsitry comments by U.S. officials on South China Sea issues

China's Defence Ministry says U.S. government and military officials have shown double standards in criticizing Chinese construction on islands in the South China Sea. The ministry also said an increase in the US military presence bad for regional stablility.

Xi Jinping: China will encourage more companies to invest in Turkey

Xi Jinping and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have attended the Turkey-China Business Forum in Beijing.

Malaysia: Almost certain debris from Boeing 777

The Malaysian Deputy transport minister says investigators are "almost certain" that debris found on Reunion Island off the southeast coast of Africa is from a Boeing 777, the type of plane in the flight.

S.Korea in a pickle over $84 mln trade deficit

The fermented side dish known as Kimchi may be South Korea's national food, but believe it or not, the country imports more than it exports. And by no slim margin. Over the past five years, South Korea's kimchi deficit stood at over 84 million US dollars.

Crossover: Hundreds of migrants attempt to enter UK illegally

Hundreds of migrants stormed on Wednesday in an effort to reach Britain from France through Eurotunnel. One man of Sudanese origin has died. The incident has forced the two countries to cooperate to find a resolution to the worrying humanitarian situation in northern France. Our correspondent in London , Richard Bestic has more.

Beijing-to-Zhangjiakou trek supports bid for Games

Last night a group of Beijing residents eagerly awaiting the IOC's decision were joined by celebrities hosting a campaign called "YES Running," the aim of which is to trek from the Chinese capital, to Cong Li in Zhangjiakou, in order to show their support for the Olympic bid.

Crossover: Australian expert: Possible debris is from MH370

For more, we're joined on the line by Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi with the University of Western Australia. His expertise is in coastal oceanography.

Crossover: Investigators scramble to analyse Reunion wreckage

For more analysis, we go live to Greg Waldron. He is the Asia Managing Editor of the aviation journal Flightglobal.

Australian expert: possibly MH370 debris

According to the British newspaper The Guardian, an Australian professor says the airplane debris found in the Indian Ocean is possibly from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Malaysia: Almost certain debris from Boeing 777

The Malaysian Deputy transport minister says investigators are "almost certain" that debris found on Reunion Island off the southeast coast of Africa is from a Boeing 777, the type of plane in the flight.

China-Pakistan to convene ‘medical corridor’ congress

China has stood at the forefront of significant advancements in the medical sector, such as R&D (research and development) of new medicines; manufacturing affordable medical equipment; and developing major upgrades on quality healthcare.

New Sino-Turkey strategic cooperative ties under new Silk Road initiatives

Invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan pays a state visit to China July 29-30 and also attends the Fifth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Beijing.

Malaysian official says debris found still cannot be confirmed as from Boeing 777

Director General of Malaysia' s Department of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said Thursday that it still cannot be confirmed that the debris discovered on a beach of the Reunion Island was part of a Boeing 777 aircraft.

Rural migrant worker employment up in H1

China's labour market remains stable in 2015. According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on Wednesday, the number of rural workers working in urban areas rose in the first half of 2015.

NDRC to shore up emerging sectors and manufacturing

China's latest measures to reform the economic structure and ignite growth.

Western delegations visit Iran one after another to seek cooperation opportunities

After a landmark deal on Iran's nuclear program, Tehran has received various senior officials from the West, with the latest being French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Myanmar grants amnesty to 6,966 prisoners including Chinese loggers

The Myanmar government on Thursday granted an amnesty to 6,966 prisoners including 155 detained Chinese loggers, a higher official confirmed.

China, ASEAN meet on maritime code of conduct

Senior diplomats from China and the Association of South East Asia Nations have met in the Chinese city of Tianjin to discuss a code of conduct for the South China Sea. It is the ninth meeting of its kind, since all parties adopted a declaration to peacefully resolve their differences.

Chinese help clean up refugee camp in Sudan

Chinese peacekeepers are doing what they can to help provide stability in Sudan's volatile Darfur region. One of the ways is by conducting a clean-up and medical support campaign in a large camp that shelters more than 90,000 refugees in eastern Darfur.

Crossover: Aircraft wreckage of flight MH370 is being examined

For more on the latest, we are joined live by our correspondent Rian Maelzer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Greg Navarro in Sydney, Australia.

'One Belt, One Road' initiative high on agenda during Erdogan's visit to China

Also topping the agenda of Erdogan's visit is China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative, a vast development strategy starting in China and spanning across Eurasia.

Studio interview: Prospect for China-Turkey co-op at the OBOR initiative

For more analysis, we're joined the studio by Jia Xiudong, senior research fellow from China Institute of International Studio.

Exclusive interview with Turkish President on China-Turkey ties

CCTV anchor Yang Rui sat down with President Erdogan to hear his views on Sino-Turkey ties and how his government would benefit from the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

City of Zhengzhou promises to clean its air

The city of Zhengzhou -- in central China -- has had, for a long time, a bad reputation for its air pollution.

New OS looking to reclaim relevance in market

After a not-so-popular Windows eight, Microsoft has now launched its latest operating system, Windows ten, with a little more caution.

Facebook profits fall 9%, Microsoft shares rise

Facebook reported a profit-drop in the second quarter, dragging its share value on the past trading. But Microsoft saw a price up after launching its new operating system.

IMF: Market slides won't affect yuan's SDR review

The International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has said that China's volatile stock market will not affect the IMF's assessment of whether to include the Chinese yuan in its Special Drawing Rights, or reserve currencies.

China to deepen financial reforms & regulations

China's Finance Ministry has revealed its priorities at a national financial work conference. Minister Lou Jiwei said the country will push forward its financial reforms, such as boosting consumption and resources tax.

Hundreds of migrants attempt to enter UK illegally

Hundreds of migrants have stormed in an effort to reach Britain from France. It has forced the two countries to cooperate to find a long-term resolution to the worrying humanitarian issue on the continent.

France seeks to improve bilateral ties with Iran

France has sougFrance has sought to revive its relations with Iran, following this month's historic nuclear deal. It has extended an invitation to President Hassan Rouhani to visit Paris in November. And the offer was delivered in a letter by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is in Tehran on a short trip aimed at kick-starting ties between the countries. ht to revive its relations with Iran, following this month's historic nuclear deal. It has extended an invitation to President Hassan Rouhani to visit Paris in November. And the offer was delivered in a letter by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is in Tehran on a short trip aimed at kickstarting ties between the countries.

Chinese ambassador criticizes US comments

China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, has criticized recent remarks by the US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel.

Russia vetoes bid to set up criminal tribunal at UN

A major United Nations attempt to seek justice for the families of those who died in last year's Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash was struck down Wednesday.

Crossover: Plane debris tested on Reunion Island

Earlier we spoke to Brian Lawler, an aviation expert and Founder of Pilot Law

Malaysia sends team to investigate aircraft debris

The Malaysian transport minister, Liow Tiong Lai has said he's sent a team to investigate the reported aircraft debris near Reunion Island. Speaking in New York, Lai said he hopes it can be identified quickly.

Malaysia sends team to study plane debris on Reunion

Malaysia sends team to study plane debris on Reunion

China can withstand market volatility: IMF chief

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday downplayed China's recent market volatility and said Chinese economy is resilient and the slowdown in growth is under control.

China, ASEAN vow to maintain peace on South China Sea

Senior diplomats from China and Southeast Asia gathered in China's Tianjin City on Wednesday to discuss formulating a Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea and vowed to maintain peace and stability in the region.

American dentist killed famous lion in Zimbabwe

Cecil the lion, a famous black-maned resident of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, died at the hands of an American dentist, conservationists claim.Cecil the lion, a famous black-maned resident of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, died at the hands of an American dentist, conservationists claim.

'One Belt, One Road' initiative high on agenda

Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, and they pledged mutual support on issues of major concern.

French Foreign Minister visits Tehran

French Foreign Minister visits Tehran

Afghan official confirms death of Taliban leader Omar

The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman on Wednesday confirmed the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, saying that Omar died in summer 2013 but his death was kept secret to avoid Taliban foot soldiers' demoralization.

Russia vetoes draft UN resolution on setting up tribunal for crashed plane MH17

Russia on Wednesday vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution on the establishment of an international tribunal to investigate the downing of a Malaysian airliner last year.

Plane wreckage found in Indian Ocean could be from missing flight MH370

Aviation experts are speculating that wreckage found washed up on a French island in the Indian Ocean could be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared more than a year ago.

China, Turkey pledge mutual support, closer cooperation

President Xi Jinping has met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Beijing. Both presidents say they are willing to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in trade, energy and defense.

China, ASEAN envoys to bolster cooperation

Senior diplomats from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are in Tianjin to discuss issues related to the South China Sea.

Chinese embassy destroyed in Somalia terror attack

Photos of the Chinese embassy destroyed in the deadly truck bomb attack that wrecked Somalia's premier hotel three days ago have been released.

Studio interview: DOC implementation needs trust and cooperation

For more analyses, we're joined in the studio by Ms. Su Xiaohui, a Deputy director with the China Institute of International Studies.

Crossover: China- ASEAN meet to bolster pragmatic cooperation

For the very latest on the closed-door meeting, we're joined live from Tianjin by our reporter Hou Na.

Crossover: Erdogan's visit comes amid Uyghur strains

For more, we're now joined on the phone by our correspondent Michal Bardavid in Istanbul.

Erdogan: Turkey opposes any form of terrorism

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has re-assured China that Turkey opposes any form of terrorism and any activities that sabotage China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

A renewable energy zone to be built in Zhang Jiakou

The State Council has approved a plan to establish a renewable energy demonstration zone in Zhangjiakou city, northwest of Beijing.

With fewer pigs, livestock giants make more money

The Chinese pork industry is pulling in high profits, with prices reaching a three-year high. The problem is there aren't enough pigs this year, and companies in the industry are reaping the benefits.

China to boost infrastructure building through PPP format

The State Council is planning to encourage building tourism and consumption facilities through Public Private Partnership.

Bilateral trade up 1.6% in 2015 H1

The Chinese State Council unveiled its trade and investment figures with ASEAN countries for the first half of this year. Let's take a look at the numbers.

Chinese premier meets Turkish president on ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, urging enhanced political trust and accommodation of each other's key concerns.

Tele interview: Erdogan: Turkey opposed to all kinds of separatism

For more, we're now joined on the phone by our correspondent Michal Bardavid in Istanbul.

Premier Li: Belt and Road Initiative benefits Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has re-assured China that Turkey opposes any forms of terrorism and any activities that sabotage China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The remarks comes from his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Grexit threat remains until Greece secures debt relief deal: PM

The specter of Grexit remains on the table as long as there is still no final agreement on debt relief for Greece, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday, explaining his government's insistence on an immediate solution on the issue.

Giant panda triplets enjoy birthday party in Guangzhou

It's party time for the world’s only living panda triplets. Mengmeng, Shuaishuai and Kuku celebrated their first birthday on Wednesday at the Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park with a special cake and thousands of well-wishers.

Crossover: Yao Ming talks up Beijing Games legacy

Now for the latest on the bidding for the 20-22 Winter Olympics. With the decision just two days away, Beijing's and Almaty's Bid Committees are making final preparations for the big announcement in Kuala Lumpur. We now cross live to our correspondent Dan Williams in the Malaysian capital. Thanks for joining us, Dan. Q1. What has the Beijing bid team had to say today? Did they bring out any of their big hitters?

Crossover: Afghan gov't calls press conference over rumors

For more, we are joined by Lynne O'Donnell. She is the AP Bureau Chief in Kabul . Q1. Lynne, can you tell us the latest information from the ground. What are Afghan officials saying about the rumored death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar?

President Xi meets Turkish president in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping has held a welcome ceremony for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is on a two-day visit to strengthen ties.

China stocks rebound as regulators deny support withdrawal

Chinese shares rose on Wednesday as regulators promised ongoing support for the market following a sharp drop on Monday.

Afghan gov't says it is investigating reports

There are reports coming out of Afghanistan that Mullah Mohammed Omar, the leader of the Taliban, is dead. A spokesman for the Afghan government says it is investigating rumors in the Afghan and Pakistani media that Omar died around two years ago.

China Voice: Lee Teng-hui a traitor to his homeland

Taiwan's New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming has filed a complaint against former Taiwan leader Lee Teng-hui to local prosecuting authorities, accusing Lee of treason.

Diplomats from China, ASEAN meet in Tianjin

Senior diplomats from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting in North China's Tianjin municipality to discuss issues relating to the South China Sea.

1,500 migrants attempt to enter England overnight

A Sudanese man has been found dead at the Eurotunnel terminal, after the latest mass attempt to enter into England.

Turkey military targets Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

Turkey has launched its heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq since air strikes began last week.

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Ohio police officer in court for shooting unarmed driver

A judge on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) set a bond of US$1 million for a former University of Cincinnati campus police officer charged with the murder of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate.

Ex-military leader Guo Boxiong expelled from CPC

Former military leader Guo Boxiong has been expelled from the Communist Party of China for taking bribes. The news was announced by the Party's Central Committee on Thursday. His case will now be handed over to military prosecutors.

China concerned about US moves in South China Sea

China's Defense Ministry has said China is greatly concerned about the United States' push to 'militarize the South China Sea region'.

Russia vetoes bid to set up criminal tribunal at UN

A major United Nations attempt to seek justice for the families of those who died in last year's Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash was struck down Wednesday.

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