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Air France pilot strike ends

Air France pilot strike ends

100 years old British airport likely to close

Blackpool International Airport announced Monday that it will likely close if no buyer could be found before October 7.

12th Rhodes Forum gives boost to dialogue of civilizations to avert future wars

A century after the outbreak of the First World War, hundreds of public figures, academics, representatives of nongovernmental and religious groups, the business world, arts, media as well as youth movements from worldwide gathered on the Greek island.

Inflation a top concern as Brazilian voters go to polls

Inflation a top concern as Brazilian voters go to polls

Ethiopia holds Meskel festival

Orthodox Christians were busy today, celebrating the Meskel festival at Meskel Square in Addis and other public squares in the rest of Ethiopia.

Man takes hostage in Brasilia, allegedly demands Brazil's president to step down

An armed man took a hotel employee hostage Monday in Brazil's capital Brasilia, demanding that President Dilma Rousseff step down from power, according to leading news website G1.

Modi talks 'Made in India' campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met the CEOs of 11 top US companies including Google's Eric Schmidt and PepsiCo's Indira Nooyi over breakfast. The CEOs are meeting Modi to understand his vision for the Indian economy and his vision as far as bringing FDI to India is concerned.

Independence of MH17 investigation 'crucial': Dutch PM Rutte

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Monday emphasized the importance of an independent investigation into the MH17 jet crash in eastern Ukraine.

Beijing school changes name for Martyrs' Day

Beijing changed the name of a middle school to that of a WWII general on Monday, one day before China's first Martyrs' Day.

Israeli PM responds to Abbas' accusations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday lashed out at militant Islamists in a speech at the United Nations, saying Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Islamic State (IS) 'share a fanatical creed'.

Israeli PM slams militant Islamists in address to UN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday lashed out at militant Islamists in a speech at the United Nations, saying Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Islamic State (IS) "share a fanatical creed".

Chinese leadership stresses 'leapfrog' development in ethnic regions

Chinese leadership called for stepped-up efforts to ensure leapfrog development in the country's ethnic regions by mixing policy incentives and utilizing a region's natural strengths.

Spanish constitutional court temporarily suspends Catalan independence referendum

The Spanish Constitutional Court announced on Monday evening that it has suspended the celebration of the Catalan Independence referendum scheduled for November 9.

Concert marks 65th anniversary of new China

A concert was held on Monday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Chinese president stresses quality of reform plans

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need for quality implementation and supervision of reform plans.

Chinese government honors promoters of ethnic unity

Chinese leadership called for stepped-up efforts to ensure leapfrog development in the country's ethnic regions by mixing policy incentives and utilizing a region's natural strengths.

Eastern Ukraine faces deadliest violence in a week

Eastern Ukraine has suffered the worst violence in more than a week as fighting between pro-Russian rebels and government troops in the region killed at least 12 people and wounded 32, officials said Monday.

Evangelical Silva out to land Brazil presidency

Brazil's increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as president next month in what would be a historic shift for the world's largest Catholic nation.

Syria's FM reiterates support in fight against IS

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has slammed the US double standards in fighting terrorism, saying such policies only prolong the crisis in Syria.

Grassroots series: Kenya entrepreneur thriving from supply of rare delicacy

Grassroots series: Kenya entrepreneur thriving from supply of rare delicacy

Studio interview: Eveready to shut down Nakuru plant

Studio interview: Eveready to shut down Nakuru plant

Kenya media firms win battle to get digital licenses

Kenya media firms win battle to get digital licenses

Chinese leadership stresses ethnic unity

Chinese leaders have called on all Party members to "put ethnic unity and national unity as the supreme interests of all ethnic groups."

Chinese leaders to observe day of remembrance

Chinese leaders will attend a ceremony Tuesday - on the eve of National Day - to mark China’s first ever Martyrs’ Day. They will lay floral tributes at the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square in the morning.

Peace Ark hospital ship returns to Zhoushan

The Chinese naval hospital ship, known as the Peace Ark, has returned to its home port in the city of Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

Crossover: Ashraf Ghani sworn in after disputed vote

For more on the developments in Afghanistan, our correspondent Courtney Body joins us from the capital Kabul.

China water diversion project's central route passes final check

China has announced that the central route of its massive south-to-north water diversion project is all set to begin operation.

Shanghai's FTZ aims to pioneer reforms

Today is the one year anniversary of the establishment of the Shanghai free trade zone. In that time, the zone has been the testing ground for many economic and social reforms.

China’s 'Peace Ark' hospital ship returns

China’s "Peace Ark" hospital ship has returned to Zhoushan port in the eastern Province of Zhejiang, after completing two international missions.

Abe vows to improve ties with neighbors, revive economy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to improve ties with Japan’s neighbors, and revive economic growth, at the opening of a parliament session.

Ashraf Ghani is sworn in as Afghanistan's new president

In Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani has been sworn in as its new president. Ghani replaces Hamid Karzai, following a ceremony attended by some 1,400 national and international dignitaries in the Arg - or Presidential Palace - amid tight security.

Afghan new president faces challenges on ethnic, security

After six months of bitter dispute over election fraud, Afghanistan finally has a new unity government. Yet it faces many challenges, including deep ethnic divisions and threats from the Taliban.

PBOC to strengthen reforms while controlling risk

Some people think the financial reforms in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone aren’t coming fast enough compared to those in the industrial sector.

Shanghai free trade zone advances

Today’s the first anniversary of the opening of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and the State Council has marked the event by announcing the elimination of some restrictions that will affect 27 industries.

China private owned banks increase to five

China now has five privately owned banks. That’s a big step forward for the country’s prosperous banking sector which is undergoing major transformations as it strives to develop a better system.

Railway police launch campaign against thieves, swindlers before holiday

China's rail authorities launched a nationwide campaign to crack down on thieves and con artists on Sunday ahead of the National Day holiday which begins on Oct. 1.

Golden Week to see record train travelers

More than 90 million passengers will travel by train prior to and during the upcoming National Day holiday, setting a record high, the China Railway Corporation forecast on Sunday.

Beijing decorated for Golden Week

Beijing has been dressed in festive decorations ahead of the "Golden Week" holiday beginning on Wednesday.

China holds reception to mark 65th anniversary of National Day in Uruguay

China holds reception to mark 65th anniversary of National Day in Uruguay

China celebrates 65th anniversary of National Day in Serbia

Chinese Embassy in Serbia celebrated on Thursday the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1, 1949.

Chinese National Day celebrated in Dubai

More than 700 guests and Chinese compatriots on Sunday celebrated the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Chinese take part in performance in Canada to celebrate national day

Chinese take part in performance in Canada to celebrate national day

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai swears in as new Afghan president

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai sworn in as new president of Afghanistan on Monday in a ceremony held in Afghan Presidential Palace, local press reported.

88 tourism feasts in Beijing for the National Day holiday

Beijing is the most beautiful in October, when Beijing also attracts the most domestic and foreign tourists.

Meteorologists: Mount Ontake eruption could not have been predicted easily

It has been three days since Mount Ontake, 200 kilometers west of Tokyo erupted, trapping dozens of climbers and covering the area with thick ash.

China tests stem-cell therapy for heart disease

Monday marks World Heart Day. One of the most serious conditions is Chronic Heart Disease. It has no cure to date - but in China, scientists are hoping to find one, using stem-cell technology.

Colors Of China: Developing China's DJ Culture

Across China the art of DJ has seen rapid change. Starting in the big cities in the 1990s, discos slowly started to open across the country and with them came a new breed of Chinese DJ.

Transport networks brace for millions of travellers during National Day holiday

The week-long National Day holiday is only 2 days away. Many people in China are ready to set out or are on their way to a vacation spot. To cope with the annual travel rush, transport departments are adding extra capacity to accommodate the millions of travellers.

FTZ a milestone in opening up to global market

A year has passed since the zone was established and it still aims to pioneer innovative ideas to nurture China's global competitiveness.

China opens businesses to foreign firms in Shanghai FTZ

Monday marks the one year anniversary since the Shanghai free trade zone was established, which is the testing ground for many economic and social reforms. The central government has announced more sectors in the zone will be open to foreign investors.

Japan carrier starts sea trail

The largest surface combat ship of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Izumo-class carrier, or 22DDH, has started sea trials.

China to accelerate water-saving irrigation development

China will accelerate the construction of water conservation projects to develop water-efficient irrigation.

Rail travel plan launched ahead of 'golden week'

China's railways are gearing up for millions of travelers during the week-long National Day holiday, which is only 2 days away.

2 sentenced to death for murder of religious leader

Two men have have been sentenced to death for murdering a senior imam in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonmous Region.

WHO: Ebola death toll passes 3,000

More than three thousand people have now died in the world’s worst-ever Ebola epidemic.

Airport fighting intensifies in Donetsk

Despite a three-week-long ceasefire between Ukraine’s army and armed opposition forces, the stand-off at Donetsk International Airport is intensifying.

China approves 2 more private banks

China Banking Regulatory Commission, the country's banking regulator, said Monday in two statements that it has approved another two private banks, with one in Shanghai and the other in Zhejiang Province.

Russian FM Lavrov criticizes West at UN

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has attacked the West and NATO in his address at the United Nations General Assembly.

Gov't gives details of fatal SW China stampede

The government of Kuming, capital of Yunnan Province, has given a detailed account of Friday's stampede that killed six pupils and injured 26 at a highly regarded primary school in the city.

Chinese economy takes 12.3 pct of world total in 2013: NBS

The Chinese economy comprised about 12.3 percent of the world total in 2013, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Sunday.

Replicability key to Shanghai FTZ success

The success of the Shanghai free trade zone (FTZ) will be the number of mechanisms which are copied and promoted nationally, said Han Zheng, secretary of the Shanghai branch of the Communist Party of China.

26 arrested for hooliganism in S China

Police in Shantou, a southern Chinese city, have arrested 26 suspects for attacking a government building and causing many injuries, authorities said Sunday.

15 injured in Miami shooting, one critically

Fifteen people, including one as young as 11 year old, were shot and injured early Sunday at a nightclub in Miami in Florida state, with one in critical condition, local media reported.

Confucius Institute welcomes Strasbourg visitors

The Alsace branch of the Confucius Institute took part in a large open air exhibition in the French city of Strasbourg this weekend.

U.S. strikes target IS fighters at key gas facility in Syria

The U.S.-led anti-terror coalition targeted a position of the Islamic State (IS) militant group at a key gas production facility in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour on Sunday night, the oppositional Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Iran foils BBC's plot to 'steal documents' from archive: Intelligence Ministry

Iran's Intelligence Ministry said Sunday it has thwarted a plot by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to steal artistic, historical and cultural documents from the country's archive centers, Tasnim news agency reported.

Syrian crisis rattles fragile Lebanon, army on high alert

Lebanon is confronting one of its toughest challenges in recent years, as Islamist militants from the war in Syria cross the border to battle the Lebanese army in the eastern border town of Arsal, threatening to rupture Lebanon's already fragile political situation.

Obama says U.S. underestimates rise of Islamic State

The United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State now running amok in Iraq and Syria while overrating the Iraqi military's ability to fight the extremist group, President Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview to be aired on Sunday night.

Xi's reunification speech praised

Experts have commended remarks made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on cross-Strait relations and reunification.

Book of Chinese president's remarks on governance published

A book containing Chinese President Xi Jinping's remarks on governance has been published in at least nine languages.

Indian PM Modi addresses 18K at Madison Sq Garden

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that developing relations with India's neighboring countries is his administration's top foreign policy priority.

French Muslims protest against extremists

French Muslims took to the streets to demonstrate against Islamic State (also known as Isis) militants, after a French mountaineer was kidnapped and beheaded by extremists in Algeria.

Manhunt in Missouri for police shooting suspect

A manhunt was underway Sunday for the man who shot a Ferguson police officer in the arm Saturday night.

Isreali PM Netanyahu ready to 'refute all lies' when addressing the UN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Israel on Sunday en route to the United Nations in New York, saying he will refute 'all of the lies directed at us' with regard to Israel's recently concluded war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

China honors ancient philosopher at int'l fest

Ceremonies were held in a number of Chinese cities on Sunday to celebrate the 2565th anniversary of the birth of ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius.

Security beefs up ahead of Afghan presidential inauguration

The government of Afghanistan has beefed up security measures ahead of presidential inauguration scheduled for Sept. 29.

Obama says US 'underestimated' 'IS'

The United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State now running amok in Iraq and Syria while overrating the Iraqi military's ability to fight the extremist group, President Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview to be aired on Sunday night.

Bomb explodes in Hangu, US drone strike in Wana

A bomb blast killed eight people Sunday in northwestern Pakistan as a U.S. drone strike nearby killed four suspected militants, officials said.

Eight killed in Peru earthquake

Eight people, including four minors, were dead and six others injured when an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted southern Peru, local authorities said on Sunday.

Malaysian groups working to combat terror threat

Malaysian groups working to combat terror threat.

Chinese students get involved in designing school uniforms‍

For over two decades, Chinese students have worn a loose fitting tracksuit as part of their mandatory uniforms. But recently, many have started raising questions whether that tired, utilitarian design is outdated and in need of a makeover.

Number of dengue fever cases in Guangzhou reaches 10-year high

Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that affects between 50 and 100 million people in tropical and subtropical regions every year, causing fever and muscle and joint aches.

Salt, high speed train sectors open for foreign investors in Shanghai FTZ

The State Council has announced a list of sectors open to foreign investors in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Mosquito eradication underway to stem dengue fever

The number of cases of Dengue continues to rise. More than nine thousand cases have now been reported in South China's Guangdong Province. Authorities are carrying out mass mosquito eradication efforts in an effort to control the disease.

Kenyan wins Berlin Marathon

Kenyan wins Berlin Marathon

South Africa joined in celebration of World Confucius Institute Day

South Africa joined in celebration of World Confucius Institute Day

South Sudan's religious leaders urge politicians to end fighting

South Sudan's religious leaders urge politicians to end fighting

Chinese leaders to mark Martyrs' Day

China's top leaders will attend a ceremony to mark the country's first Martyrs' Day, which falls on Sept. 30.

China launches campaign to bring back fugitives from justice

China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate has launched a campaign targeting corrupt officials and citizens who have fled the country to escape prosecution for various crimes.

Wang Yi: China welcomes inclusion of WWII anniversary on UNGA agenda

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also stated that China welcomes the inclusion of the "70th anniversary of the end of World War Two" on the agenda of the current session of the UN General Assembly.

China opposes unlawful action undermining social stability

The "Occupy Central" movement in Hong Kong continues to stage protests demanding the right to choose candidates in elections for the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

31 presumed dead in Mount Ontake eruption

Thirty-one people are presumed dead near the peak of Japan’s volcanic Mount On-ta-ke, that erupted unexpectedly on Saturday sending ash pouring down the slope for more than three kilometers.

Chinese FM meets with UN chief

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In their meeting on Saturday, the two had an in-depth exchange of views on UN affairs and reached a broad consensus.

China, Germany ready to seek steady development of bilatral ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday met with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the two sides agreed to make continued efforts to secure the steady development of bilateral relations.

China Voice: Rejecting Confucius Institutes not helpful to understand China

Nobody expected the Confucius Institutes (CI) to grow so rapidly when it first opened a campus in Seoul in 2004. Today, it has 465 institutes in 123 countries and regions and another 713 Confucius Classrooms operating in middle and primary schools worldwide.

China's railway system pressured by unprecedented amount of travellers

With the upcoming National Day holiday, China’s railway system is once again feeling the pressure of large amounts of travellers.

Chinese FM, UN chief exchange views on UN affairs

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and they had an in-depth exchange of views on UN affairs and reached broad consensus.

China, Nepal to further enhance partnership of cooperation

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Nepalese counterpart Mahendra Bahadur Pandey on Saturday vowed to further enhance their comprehensive cooperative partnership in a bid to lift bilateral relations to a new height.

Policeman shot at while chasing two men in Ferguson

A police officer has been shot while on duty in the town of Ferguson in the US state of Missouri.

Xinhua Insight: Shanghai FTZ pilots reforms for national use

A year after the Shanghai free trade zone (FTZ) was established, reforms piloted in the zone have now been applied elsewhere in the country.

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Modi talks 'Made in India' campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met the CEOs of 11 top US companies including Google's Eric Schmidt and PepsiCo's Indira Nooyi over breakfast. The CEOs are meeting Modi to understand his vision for the Indian economy and his vision as far as bringing FDI to India is concerned.

Israeli PM responds to Abbas' accusations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday lashed out at militant Islamists in a speech at the United Nations, saying Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Islamic State (IS) 'share a fanatical creed'.

Eastern Ukraine faces deadliest violence in a week

Eastern Ukraine has suffered the worst violence in more than a week as fighting between pro-Russian rebels and government troops in the region killed at least 12 people and wounded 32, officials said Monday.

Microsoft launches Xbox One in China

Microsoft launched the Chinese version of its Xbox One gaming console across 37 cities in China on Monday.

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