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A sudden spike in homicides in some US cities

At least 35 US cities have witnessed a sharp rise in homicides this year compared to 2014, with Milwaukee, St Louis, Baltimore and Washington showing significant increases. No expert can say with certainty what’s caused the rise in the murder rate.

Xi: All countries should draw lessons from WWII history

Xi made the remarks while addressing a reception after a grand military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War.

South Sudan activist returns home to rebuild

South Sudan's warring parties have signed a peace deal. The agreement is aimed at ending months of civil war, and to open the door to development.

Guatemalan president resigns, hands himself over to judiciary

The embattled President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina resigned Thursday and voluntarily handed himself over to judicial authorities.

Syriza party & Tsipras trailing in the new poll

Syriza party & Tsipras trailing in the new poll

Boat sinks off Sabak Bernam waters, 15 deaths confirmed

Fifteen deaths have been confirmed so far with the number expected to rise as search and rescue (SAR) operations continue following a boat capsize incident off Sabak Bernam waters.

Hungary PM lashes out at other European leaders

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban lashed out at European leaders Thursday for not doing enough to solve the growing migrant crisis.

Fmr US Amb to China's daughter remembers WWII

Fmr US Amb to China's daughter remembers WWII

Death toll in IS Yemen mosque attack rises to 32

Twin bombings claimed by the Islamic State group against a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital killed at least 32 people, medical sources said in an updated toll Thursday.

France confirms wing part found on Reunion is from MH370

A piece of plane debris found on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion at the end of July was certainly a part Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 reported missing in March 2014, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins announced Thursday.

Xi meets UN chief, reaffirming China's peace commitment

President Xi Jinping met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after China's massive military parade Thursday, reaffirming the country's commitment to peace.

China to cut 300,000 troops by 2017

China plans to cut 300,000 personnel from its armed forces by 2017.

ECB cuts growth and inflation forecasts

The European Central Bank on Thursday cut its forecasts for both economic growth and inflation over the next few years.

Obama expected to press Saudi King on conflicts in Syria, Yemen

US President Barack Obama will host Saudi Arabia's King Salman in their first and long-delayed White House summit on Friday.

Merkel calls on all EU countries to share refugee burden

And German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented on the situation during a visit to Switzerland...saying that all European Union member states have a duty to share the burden of taking in refugees.

Budapest station reopens to asylum seekers

Hundreds of asylum seekers boarded trains in Budapest's main train station on Thursday, after a two-day stand-off.

President Xi meets with visiting leaders

President Xi Jinping also met with visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as the presidents of Vietnam, Mongolia and Russia.

President Xi issues commendation to armed forces

Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued an order of commendation to all the army officers and troops that took part in the massive military parade.

Indonesia delays decision on China-Japan bids for its 1st bullet train

Indonesia has delayed the announcement of the winner of a hotly contested competition between China and Japan to build the first high-speed railway in southeast Asia’s biggest economy.

White House Summit to discuss Syria, Yemen & Iran

US President Barack Obama will host Saudi Arabia's King Salman in their first and long-delayed White House summit on Friday.

Foreigners in Beijing share joy of V-Day parade

And foreigners who live in China were also glued to their screens to catch this morning's parade. Our reporter Wang Tongxuan caught up with a small group of expats who call Beijing home. They said they were impressed by what they saw.

World media focus on the PLA cutting

New York Times said that the Chinese military has over two million members, and Mr. Xi has embarked on an accelerated modernization of the armed forces, which would shift spending from the traditional land forces to more advanced sea and air forces, which require fewer but better trained personnel.

Chinese president stresses adherence to developing relations with Russia

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday that China firmly sticks to the policy of developing its comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and broadening all-round pragmatic cooperation with Russia.

China Headlines: China holds epic V-Day parade

Thousands of Chinese troops, along with their counterparts from 17 countries, marched past Tian'anmen Square; tanks and armor vehicles mounted with drones and missiles rumbled by. They were saluted by military aircraft roaring overhead.

Beijing's V-Day parade goes viral on global social media

The V-Day parade in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII has drawn attention not only in China, but also in rest of the world. Here we bring together comments by global social-media users who are following the event.

Hong Kong, Macao hold commemoration activities

The Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions also held activities on Thursday to commemorate the V-day anniversary. About 700 people attended the ceremony in Hong Kong that included a moment of silence and a wreath laying.

Nanjing Massacre survivor at military parade

One of the survivors of the Nanjing massacre witnessed the killing of seven members of her family by Japanese soldiers in 1937. Tears of pride and sorrow, 86-year-old Xia Shuqin, awoke at 6 this morning and waited by the TV set. She wasn’t going to miss a second of the live broadcast of the military parade in Beijing.

Veteran soldiers cherish peace

China's veteran soldiers enjoyed their greatest honour during this morning's grand ceremony celebrating Victory Day. The vets say they were deeply impressed by the festivities but emphasized that maintaining the peace is most important and the best way to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives in the war.

Crossover: Japan media focus on PLA cutting

For more, Now we turn to Tokyo where our correspondent Wang Meng will join us live.

Xi calls on countries to remember war history, pursue peaceful development

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday that all countries should draw lessons from the history of World War II and stick to peaceful development.

Crossover: Parade top-of-the-hour coverage in ROK

Now for more on South Korea's reaction to China's grand parade, our correspondent Shane Hahm is standing by in Seoul.

Studio interview: China is confident in defense capacity

For more analysis, we're joined in the studio by Ms. Su Xiaohui. She's the Deputy Director of the department of International and Strategic Studies at the China Institute of International Studies.

China to cut 300,000 troops by 2017

China military will cut three hundred thousand troops by the end of 2017. It's the latest effort to build a slimmer but stronger armed forces. President Xi Jinping pledged to reduce troop numbers at Thursday's grand military parade in Beijing.

Beijing parade sends message of stronger China to safeguard peace

'Victory Day' on September 3 is the date to commemorate Japan’s surrender. An estimated 30 million Chinese soldiers and civilians died or were wounded in the fighting. Beijing has held a grand military parade. President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech. Foreign leaders and high-level officials were there share common victory.

ECB expected to cut inflation forecasts

The European Central Bank is expected to cut its inflation forecast Thursday. Many also anticipate the ECB to leave interest rates unchanged due the increasing possibility that it will miss its medium-term inflation target.

AIIB to offer loans with fewer strings attached

The China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will offer loans with fewer strings attached than the World Bank. That's according to media reports. Analysts see it as a sign that Beijing seeks to change the unwritten rules of global development finance.

IMF hopes for China's orderly transition

International Monetary Fund's chief Christine Lagarde hopes that China's economic transition will be conducted in an orderly fashion.

Russia works to boost investment from China

China's direct investment in Russia shrank by 25 percent in the first half of 2015, indicating that investor's confidence in Russia has fallen dramatically. The Kremlin had hoped to compensate for Russia's economic losses from Western sanctions by expanding its trade with China, Russia's biggest trading partner.

Three prevailing: To commemorate history underscores a belief towards the future

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the grand ceremony and parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Chinese people's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War in Tiananmen Square,Beijing on September 3.

Hong Kong residents fight to save beloved trams

A controversial new proposal to take Hong Kong's beloved trams off the streets has sparked a wave of anger from residents who fear losing track of the city's past.

Egypt to move its capital east of Cairo

One of the massive national projects that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah EL Sisi launched last March, is to move the country's capital to a new location. The plan is to move the government east of Cairo and bring it nearer to the developmental projects in the Suez.

Full video: Grand military parade celebrates Victory Day

Grand military parade celebrates Victory Day

Budapest opens railway station to migrants

The main railway station in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, has opened its doors to hundreds of migrants after a two-day stand-off.

Vietnam marks 70th anniversary with military parade

Vietnam has also held a military parade in its capital Hanoi, to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day.

Cuban troops join military parade in Beijing

Cuban troops joined the Chinese military parade in Beijing, with Cuba's first Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel attending the event. Analysts say Cuba's participation in the commemoration underlines the fact that China is one of the island nation's most important strategic partners.

President Park attends China's WWII V-Day Parade

South Korea is the only major ally of the United States that attended this year's WWII victory day parade. Experts in South Korea say President Park Geun-hye’s visit to China is a major turning point for relations between the two countries, and a win-win for Park’s foreign policy.

Full text of Chinese president's speech at commemoration of 70th anniversary of war victory

Today is a day that will forever be etched in the memory of people all over the world. Seventy years ago today, the Chinese people, having fought tenaciously for 14 years, won the great victory of their War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, marking the full victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. On that day, the world was once again blessed by the sunshine of peace.

In memory of China's foreign friends in WWII

During the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931-1945), a myriad of foreign experts and friends gave unstinting support in that critical period.

Commemorations a time of reflection and diplomacy

Representatives of 49 countries have attended the V-Day celebrations, with 30 foreign leaders present. Troops from 17 countries also joined this morning's massive military parade, in what analysts are calling a message of peace and cooperation, and a show of China's diplomatic efforts as a responsible nation.

Formation of the Venezuelan delegation

Formation of the Venezuelan delegation

Formation of the Vanuatu delegation

Formation of the Vanuatu delegation

HK commemorates victory in World War II

The Hong Kong SAR government also held an official ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese people's war of resistance against Japanese aggression.

Formation of Kyrgyzstan

Formation of Kyrgyzstan

Foreign media focus on China's V-Day Parade

Today's commemorations in Beijing are gaining a lot of attention in media sources outside of China.

Formation of the Fijian delegation

Formation of the Fijian delegation

Formation of the Cuban revolution armed forces

Formation of the Cuban revolution armed forces

The Cambodian delegation attends V-Day parade

The Cambodian delegation attends V-Day parade

Key words of President Xi's speech

In that devastating war, the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression started the earliest and lasted the longest.

A special day; a special parade

Today, China has held a grand parade that captured the world's attention, which commemorated the 70th Anniversary of Victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War and the first parade held on a non-National Day at Tiananmen Square.

Flag-raising ceremony held in Sansha city

Ceremonies are being held throughout China to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the War of Resistance and the end of WW2. On Sansha city's Woody Island, the southernmost city in China, residents and soldiers held a flag-raising ceremony.

Representatives supporting the frontline in the Anti-Japanese Aggression War

Representatives supporting the frontline in the Anti-Japanese Aggression War

Veterans of counter-Japanese war lead China's V-Day parade

Veterans of counter-Japanese war lead China's V-Day parade

Interview: Pakistani FM on China's contributions to the world's anti-fascist war

Pakistani Foreign Minister Tariq Fatemi says Wednesday's meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain ahead of the big military parade went 'extremely well'.

Interview: Hassan Hayat: Parade sends message of peace

CCTV reporter Han Bin has interviewed the Defense Attaché at the Pakistani Embassy, Brigadier Hassan Hayat, at the viewing platform at Tian'anmen Square. Hassan says China’s parade sends a message for peace, and a growing China will be beneficial for the stability in the region.

Beijing stages military parade to mark Victory Day

Before the parade got underway, President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech. He reflected on history and said China will continue to take the path of peaceful development. He then inspected over ten thousand Chinese troops and the country’s most advanced weaponry.

Social media comments on China parade

Internet users around the world closely watched the parade and shared their thoughts on social media.

Formations of Air Echelons

Formations of Air Echelons

Parade shows capability to safeguard peace

This massive parade is China's first to mark the victory of the war of resistance and the end of World War Two. Many people say the parade is not so much a show of military might, but more a tribute to history and the hard-won peace.

Formations of Logistics and Equipments

Formations of Logistics and Equipments

Formations of Information Support Lines

Formations of Information Support Lines

Full video: 67 formations and teams parade through Tian'anmen Square

67 formations and teams march during a parade in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2015. China on Thursday held commemoration activities, including a grand military parade, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War.

Formations of strategic strike module

Formations of strategic strike modules

Formations of shipborne attack module

Formations of shipborne attack module

Echelon of airborne warning & control system aircraft

Echelon of airborne warning & control system aircraft

Aircraft formations parade through Beijing sky

Aircraft formations parade through Beijing sky

Formation of company models & fighters in the night raid on Yangmingbao

Formation of company models & fighters in the night raid on Yangmingbao

Formation of Bayonet Company of Heroes

Formation of Bayonet Company of Heroes

Phalanx honoring the 'Mount Langyashan Five Heroes' troop

Phalanx honoring the 'Mount Langyashan Five Heroes' troop

Army, navy and air force formation

Army, navy and air force formation

Air flag guard formation

Air flag guard formation

Full Video: Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews Chinese troops

Full Video: Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews Chinese troops

Xi says Anti-Fascist War "a decisive battle" for justice

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War were "a decisive battle between justice and evil, between light and darkness, and between progress and reaction."

Xi stresses global community of shared future

President Xi Jinping on Thursday urged the fostering of "a keen sense of a global community of shared future" in the interest of peace.

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Xi meets UN chief, reaffirming China's peace commitment

President Xi Jinping met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after China's massive military parade Thursday, reaffirming the country's commitment to peace.

France confirms wing part found on Reunion is from MH370

A piece of plane debris found on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion at the end of July was certainly a part Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 reported missing in March 2014, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins announced Thursday.

Guatemalan president resigns, hands himself over to judiciary

The embattled President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina resigned Thursday and voluntarily handed himself over to judicial authorities.

South Sudan activist returns home to rebuild

South Sudan's warring parties have signed a peace deal. The agreement is aimed at ending months of civil war, and to open the door to development.

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