China vows to further deepen cooperation with SAARC
China says it is willing to work with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to further enhance ties.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says China attaches great importance to relations with SAARC and cooperation with countries in the South Asian region.
She adds that China was named an envoy to SAARC recently.
Established in 1985 in Bangladesh, SAARC groups Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
New test to be used for Ebola prevention in China
China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has approved three home-grown Ebola test reagents to be used in prevention of the speread of the virus.
The three test reagent products are made by Daan Gene Co., Ltd of Sun Yat-Sen University, Shenzhen Puruikang and Shanghai ZJ Bio-Tech Co., Ltd respectively. The administration says the products will be reserved for contingency situations.
The statement did not detail how fast the reagent can diagnose the Ebola virus infection but according to a Friday report from China News Service, the product from Puruikang has high sensitivity and accuracy.
DPRK says Ferguson protests expose human rights abuse in U.S.
North Korea has lashed out at the U.S. human rights record, saying the ongoing mass protests against racial discrimination exposed severe human rights abuse in the United States.
Protests have taken place in about 170 U.S. cities including Boston, Los Angeles and New York and at least 196 people have been arrested since a grand jury decided Monday not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown -- an 18-year-old African American.
A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman says this is a clear proof of the real picture of the United States as tundra of human rights where extreme racial discrimination acts are openly practiced.
The spokesman says it is ironic that the United States, despite being a human rights abuser itself, always gauges other countries' human rights records with its own problematic standards.
Yingluck impeachment case to kick off in early 2015
Thailand's National Legislative Assembly has decided to set the first hearing of the impeachment case against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Jan. 9, 2015.
The Assembly denied Yingluck's request to add 72 items of evidence to her case, in which the National Anti-Corruption Commission has accused the former premier of dereliction of duty for failing to stop corruption and losses in a controversial rice-pledging scheme.
It will be decided later whether Yingluck will appear before the Assembly in person to deliver her opening statement in January.
If impeached, Yingluck could face a five-year ban from politics.
British citizen involved with ivory smuggling into China
A British citizen is suspected of smuggling ivory, rhino and tiger products to China.
Customs in the eastern city of Fuzhou valued the smuggled products, which included more than 100 ivory items, a rhino horn cane and the whole skin of a tiger, at more than 1.2 million yuan or 200,000 U.S. dollars.
The British citizen, surnamed Hu, was born in China.
Top S China provincial political advisor under investigation
A top political advisor in south China's Guangdong Province is under investigation for suspected "serious discipline and law violations."
Zhu Mingguo is chairman of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
China to raise oil product consumption tax
China raised the consumption tax on oil products on Saturday, the first adjustment since the previous increase in 2009.
The consumption tax on gasoline rose from 1 yuan to 1.12 yuan per liter while that on diesel increased from 0.8 yuan to 0.94 yuan per liter.
The tax adjustment will offset the impact from the crude oil price drop in the international market, as analysts estimated fuel costs for drivers are likely to remain flat after the move.
China tests free WiFi service on train
Passengers on a train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong enjoyed free wireless network access on Friday, marking the first such WiFi access service on Chinese trains.
The other 23 trains between Guangzhou and Hong Kong will have the service soon, with a trial service term of three months before official operation.
Begging, busking banned in Beijing subway
A regulation passed by Beijing municipal legislators has imposed fines for begging, busking and flyer distribution in the crowded Beijing subway.
The rule, which will take effect in May, stipulates that people who beg or busk in subway stations or carriages will be fined up to 1,000 yuan or about 163 U.S. dollars, and those who distribute leaflets up to 10,000 yuan.