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More than 20 Latin Am-Caribbean leaders meet in Costa Rica

3rd CELAC Summit kicks off in Costa Rica. It will focus on the task of strengthening Latin American integration and increase cooperation between member states.

Police and demostrators clash over public fares in Brazil

A protest about the rising cost of fares in Brazil's busiest city led to riot police firing tear gas into the underground train system.

Labeling of GM food may become mandatory in China

A news conference in Beijing by the international non-profit, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications had reignited the debate over GM foods in China.

Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history.

Central Peru ravaged by Amazonian floods

Peru declares a state of emergency in the Amazon rainforest as heavy rains flood entire communities destroying homes, schools and health centers.

Major Colombian gold exporter accused of fraud & conspiracy

Colombia has busted what may be the biggest money-laundering operation in the history of a nation notorious for it. Officials have charged John Uber Hernandez, the CEO of Goldex, the country's second-largest gold exporter of money laundering, fraud, forgery, and conspiracy. Hernandez denies any wrongdoing.

China-Myanmar oil pipeline put into trial operation

China-Myanmar oil pipeline put into trial operation

Indonesia's military withdraws from AirAsia recovery mission

The Indonesian military has called off the retrieval mission for the wreckage of crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

Time is running out for Jordanian and Japanese hostages

Time is running out for Jordanian and Japanese hostages

Russian FM urges Kiev to keep neutral status

Ukraine must maintain its neutral status so as to prevent further division of the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

SWIFT: Yuan breaks into top 5 global payments

China's Yuan has continued its weak performance against the US dollar. Wednesday's spot market saw a decline close to the two percent trading band set by the central bank.

Beijing reports 142 measles cases since beginning of 2015

The Chinese capital has been hit by an outbreak of measles. According to Beijing's Disease Control and Prevention Center, 142 cases have been reported since the beginning of the year.

Residents in U.S. start clearing snow after winter storm

Residents in the US city of Boston have made their first forays outside, after a massive blizzard buried them under the snow.

Moscow condemns US move of arresting alleged Russian spy as a provocation

Moscow has blasted the US over the arrest of an alleged Russian spy, condemning the move as a "provocation" that would further damage already tattered ties.

U.S., Japan, S. Korea hold trilateral denuclearization talks

Envoys from the United States, Japan and South Korea have met in Tokyo to discuss the nuclear program of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Syrian opposition starts talks in Moscow

Members of the Syrian opposition and representatives of President Bashar al-Assad's government have begun talks in Moscow. The meeting is aimed at restarting long-stalled peace negotiations.

Jordan pilot's father urges gov't to save his son

The father of the Jordanian pilot facing execution with the Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group has urged authorities to save his son "at any price".

Minister: No giving up securing hostage's return

The deadline given by ISIL for a hostage swap deal is nearing. Japanese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama, who is in Amman coordinating hostage release efforts with Jordan, says the government won't give up on securing the release of its national.

Obama's India visit produces limited change

When Barack Obama paid a two-and-a-half-day visit to India from Jan. 25-27, he became the first US president to visit India twice during his tenure.

Malaysia to release report on Flight MH370 one year on

Malaysia will release an interim report on its investigation into Flight MH370 on March 7, a day before the first anniversary of the jet's mysterious disappearance.

Search operation of Flight QZ8501 continues despite the military's withdrawal

Officials from Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency say the search operation to recover bodies and wreckage will continue despite the military's withdrawal from the mission.

Russian Deputy FM criticizes Kiev's 'aggressor state' definition

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin has said that the Ukrainian parliament's decision to define Russia as an "aggressor state" is irresponsible and thoughtless.

Setting up shop no walk in the park for Europeans

In the second episode of "Planting Seeds for the Future", CCTV reporter Martina Fuchs investigates how European small businesses are faring in the Chinese market place, and how they can get better access to financing.

Mother appeals to Japan PM to save her son

The mother of journalist Kenji Goto has made an emotional appeal, begging Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe to save the life of her son.

EU Chamber: Cash squeeze, more uncertainty in 2015

In its Business Confidence Survey last year, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China warned European SMEs operating here of a general slowdown of the economy, increasing labour costs, and competition from both privately-owned Chinese companies as well as SOEs.

Beijing apartment prices decline in some areas

This year's housing prices have been in the spotlight as investors decide between China's property market and the rising stock market. Many economists anticipate a sluggish 2015 property sector underpinned by an expected further easing of monetary policy by the central bank.

Beijing's land prices remain on upward track

Land prices in Beijing remain on an upward track that started in 2014.

Yuan drops vs. dollar despite midpoint rise

The Chinese yuan lost more ground against the US dollar Wednesday even though China's central bank set a midpoint rate higher versus previous trading sessions.

Authorities to slow advance of Singapore Dollar

In another sign that global monetary authorities are betting low oil prices are here to stay, Singapore's central bank has joined the likes of the ECB, China and India in easing policies in a bid to boost inflation.

Interview: Dutch offshore wind farm tenders to lure Chinese

Henk Kamp also tells our reporter Martina Fuchs that despite a fragile recovery of the economy, he is not worried about a renewed recession in the Netherlands.

'24 hours left' for Japanese hostage

No clear solution has been announced yet to save the kidnapped journalist, Kenji Goto, who was shown in a video saying he would be killed within 24 hours unless Jordan frees a prisoner it's holding.

Greece's new cabinet sworn in at presidential palace

Greece's new cabinet ministers have been sworn in at the presidential palace in Athens by President Karolos Papoulias.

Blizzard warnings lifted as worst of storm over in US

In northeastern United States, blizzard warnings for a number of states have been lifted, and things are slowly getting back to normal.

Temperature to decrease largely across China

The Chinese meteorological center has forcasted that a cold wave will cause a big decrease of temperature across China.

Japanese media urges reflections on wartime crimes

Amid these World War II commemorations, the Japan Times has called on its prime minister to reflect on Japan's war-time crimes and the suffering it inflicted on people across Asia.

S&P cut Russia's credit rating to junk status for first time in a decade

The ratings agency Standard and Poors has cut Russia's credit rating to junk, or below investment grade. This makes it harder for Russia to borrow money from investors.

S. Korea, US, Japan hold talks in Tokyo

Envoys of South Korea, the United States and Japan are holding talks in Tokyo today on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear program.

Japanese PM holds emergency cabinet meeting

Following ISIL's threat to kill Japanese journalist, Kenji Goto within 24 hours, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has chaired an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the issue.

DPRK leader to visit Russia in May for war victory ceremony: Yonhap

Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), will visit Russia in May to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in WWII, Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday citing Russia's presidential office.

Greek government halts privatization of Piraeus

Greece's new anti-austerity cabinet has announced that the country halted the privatisation of Piraeus, the biggest port in Greece.

Xi offers condolences to Mozambique over serious flooding

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence on Jan. 22 to Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi over severe flood disasters that left at least 90 dead and more than 200,000 homeless in the country.

Putin: To distort, rewrite history is intolerable, immoral

Russian President Vladimir Putin was notably absent at the commemoration events in Auschwitz on Tuesday, but he marked the liberation anniversary by visiting the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre in Moscow.

Survivors, leaders mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Some 300 Holocaust survivors gathered with world leaders on Tuesday under an enormous tent over the gate and railroad tracks that marked the last journey for more than a million people murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Russian ex-spy may have been poisoned twice

An inquiry into the radiation poisoning of a former Russian spy opened on Tuesday with claims that there may have been an earlier assassination bid. In the most sensational espionage case since the Cold War, Alexander Litvinenko was allegedly poisoned by a cup of tea laced with polonium-210 in a London hotel in 2006 and publicly accused President Vladimir Putin of ordering his killing before he died three weeks later.

Russia dismisses US allegations of espionage

The US government has unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. But the Russian foreign ministry has dismissed the allegations for lacking evidence. It has also accused the US of waging an anti-Russian campaign.

ISIL issues ultimatum to Japan, Jordan

A new message has been posted online from the Japanese ISIL hostage, Kenji Goto: He and a captured Jordanian military pilot will be killed in the next 24 hours, if Jordan does not release a convicted female suicide bomber.

Japan to work with Jordan to find a resolution

Since the new video has emerged, the Japanese government has held an emergency meeting to discuss its options. They say they will continue to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing of another national hostage last week.

Crossover: Snowstorm sweeps through US' northeast region

For the latest on the blizzard, we're joined live by CCTV correspondent Karina Huber in New York.

NY: Snowstorm not as severe as expected

The winter storm in New York turned out to be far less severe than forecasters had predicted. And amid a flood of criticisms, New York authorities and meterologists on Tuesday defended a decision to shut down America's biggest city.

Official: Putin did not receive personal invitation from Auschwitz

Russian President Vladimir Putin was absent from the commemoration events at Auschwitz. Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, has said that Putin did not plan to attend, because he did not receive a personal invitation. Ivanov led the Russian delegation at the commemoration, where political tensions over the Ukraine crisis cast a shadow over the events.

EU agrees to new Ukraine aid and to cut avenues for terror funding

European Union finance ministers have agreed to lend Ukraine more money to stave off economic collapse. During a two-day meeting in Brussels,the ministers also discussed new laws aimed at crackdown on terror financing.

Fighting rages again in E. Ukraine

Eastern Ukraine's fighting is raging again between government troops and rebels. The Ukrainian parliament has voted to label Russia as an 'aggressor state', while Russia still seeks a peaceful, political solution to the crisis.

Fidel Castro writes to Cuban Students Federation

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington.

Libya hotel attacked, 8 killed, including 5 foreigners

A group of Islamic State (IS) affiliates attacked Libya's biggest hotel in Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least eight and injuring several others before blowing themselves up, according to local security sources.

23 killed in escalating fighting in E. Ukraine

Ukrainian troops and anti-government forces were locked in fierce fighting in eastern regions, killing at least 23 people in the past day, authorities said Tuesday.

Poland commemorates 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Poland solemnly commemorated the 70th anniversary of KL Auschwitz concentration camp liberation on Tuesday, with the participation of some 300 survivors and representatives from nearly 50 countries.

IS threatens to kill Japanese hostage, Jordanian pilot in 24 hours

The Islamic State (IS) militant group threatened to kill a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot within 24 hours if female suicide bomber is not released.

Indonesian military abandons efforts to recover remains of AirAsia QZ8501

An Indonesian navy official said on Tuesday that a multinational operation to search bodies of victimes aboard crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 and retrieve wreckage of the ill-fated plane was called off, a local TV reported.

Poland commemorates 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Poland solemnly commemorated the 70th anniversary of KL Auschwitz concentration camp liberation on Tuesday, with the participation of some 300 survivors and representatives of nearly 50 countries.

Obama pays respects, meets new King Salman

U.S. President Barack Obama ended his hours long visit to Saudi Arabia Tuesday by holding strategic talks, Al Eqtisadia reported.

Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner plans to disband Argentina's intelligence agency in the wake of the mysterious death of a state prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

Intensified fighting at several points in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian troops and independence- seeking forces were locked in fierce fighting in eastern regions, killing at least 23 people in the past day, authorities said Tuesday.

Gunmen storm Tripoli hotel

A group of Islamic State (IS) affiliates attacked Libya's biggest hotel in Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least eight and injuring several others before blowing themselves up, according to local security sources.

Microsoft founder pledges $1.5B for vaccinations

Microsoft founder pledges $1.5B for vaccinations

Greek new PM makes cabinet selections

Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras named Yannis Dragasakis, a veteran of his leftwing Syriza party as deputy premier and confirmed economist Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister as he unveiled a cabinet on Tuesday.

Deaths rises to 11 in Greek fighter-jet accident

Death toll has risen from 10 to 11 after a French soldier wounded in the Greek F-16 jet accident died on Tuesday at the La Paz Hospital, located in the capital of Spain, Madrid.

Gold medals to lose a little luster

China's top sports body has decided to downplay the importance of gold medals.

Rising number of abortions performed on young women

Abortions have become a frequent scene in many Chinese movies about young lovers.

China's farmers' businesses grow thanks to targeted services

Small and medium sized enterprieses in China have become an important part of Chinese eonomy, but financing has not been easy to come by.

Military parade tradition stretches back to founding of PRC

While this parade commemorating World War II is the first of its kind, China has held 14 military parades since the founding of the People' s Republic of China to celebrate its National Day.

China to hold first military parade dedicated to WWII victory

For the first time, China will hold a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two and the victory over Japanese forces.

Private enterprises surpass SOEs

For the first time, the most valuable Chinese brand is no longer a state firm but a private company.

British economy grew 2.6% in 2014

Britain's economy grew 2.6% last year, that's its fastest annual growth since 2007.

New duties on high-polluting batteries

China announced Tuesday plans to impose a consumption tax on high-polluting batteries.

WMS Global Awards for Excellence 2014 ceremony

The World Media Summit (WMS) Global Awards for Excellence 2014 ceremony was held in Beijing on Tuesday.

Obama arrives in Riyadh for strategic talks with new king

U.S. President Barak Obama arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday for strategic talks with the new Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Al Arabiya news reported.

Studio interview: More military parades to come in the future in China?

For more on the military parade, we're joined once again by Senior Captain Zhang Junshe, vice-president at the Naval Research Institute.

Premier Li consults with business leaders on government work report

Premier Li Keqiang has met with experts and business leaders to seek their thoughts on the government work report, which will be officially unveiled in March.

Military parade tradition stretches back to founding of PRC

China has held 14 military parades since the founding of the People' s Republic of China to celebrate its National Day.

China, Indonesia pledge for further economic cooperation

China and Indonesia on Tuesday pledged further economic cooperation in areas including trade, investment and infrastructure.

Crossover: EU finance ministers meet in Brussels

For more on the EU finance ministers' meeting, let's cross live now to CCTV correspondent Jack Barton who's live in Brussels.

European creditors steel for bailout negotiations

Eurozone finance ministers have wrapped up a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels. Their discussions included Greece's new anti-austerity government.

Numbers of French emigrees to Israel on the rise

France has the world's thrid largest Jewish population after Israel and the United States.

Crossover: Anniversary of camp liberation ceremony held in Germany

For more information, we are now joined by CCTV correspondent Guy Henderson who's live in Berlin.

Obama hails US-Indian partnership

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the United States and India stand united in ensuring their mutual security, as both nations "have known the anguish of terrorism."

China to hold memorial activities for WWII anniversary

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said all eyes were watching to see whether Japan would fulfill its promise and take the right attitude toward its history.

Auschwitz Concentration Camp during WWII

The Auschwitz Concentration Camp was established by the German Nazis on April 27th, 1940. It is located in the suburbs of Oswiecim, Poland, 300 km from the capital Warsaw.

Survivors mark 70th anniversary of camp liberation

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, one of the Nazis' largest and most notorious concentration camps during World War Two.

Alibaba founder wants to bring trad. firms online

Jack Ma, founder and chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has said bringing traditional industries online is a top business priority in China in the next three to five years.

Top 100 most valuable Chinese brands for 2014 announced

WPP and Millward Brown announced BrandZ Top 100 most valuable Chinese brands for 2014 today, their fifth annual report. Tecent surpassed China Mobile and became the most valuable Chinese brand for the first time, followed by the newly listed Alibaba.

Biden: prices likely to remain relatively low

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says oil prices are likely to remain relatively low over the next several years. He was speaking to a Caribbean energy security summit on Monday.

Premier Li Keqiang hears from experts

Chinese premier Li Keqiang chaired a government work report meeting on Monday to get opinions from business leaders about the Chinese economy. The work report is an important document submitted to the national people's congress each year -- that basically is a government to-do list.

German FM says Greece isn't 'overburdened'

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has again dismissed the possibility of a debt reduction for Greece.

PBOC to inject 60 bln yuan via reverse repos

China's central bank was to inject 30 billion yuan, or 4.8 billion US dollars, into the money markets today through seven-day reverse bond repurchase agreements and 30 billion yuan more through 28-day reverse bond repurchase agreements.

U.S. charges Russian banker, two others in spy case

The United States has charged three Russian citizens over their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City.

Japanese rightists deny sex slaves, Nanjing Massacre

While the world is marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a group of people in Japan have filed a law suit against a newspaper for its articles on the army's atrocities during WWII.

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More than 20 Latin Am-Caribbean leaders meet in Costa Rica

3rd CELAC Summit kicks off in Costa Rica. It will focus on the task of strengthening Latin American integration and increase cooperation between member states.

Indonesia's military withdraws from AirAsia recovery mission

The Indonesian military has called off the retrieval mission for the wreckage of crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history.

Labeling of GM food may become mandatory in China

A news conference in Beijing by the international non-profit, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications had reignited the debate over GM foods in China.

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