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Hourly News 2014-12-01
   2014-12-01 11:34:51    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han



China to expand input to fight HIV: Premier

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is promising to increase the government's commitment toward the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
At the same time, he says China wants to cooperate with other countries in helping combat HIV.
The comments have been made ahead of World AIDS Day today.
Latest figures suggest the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in China had hit nearly half a million as of the end of October.
The Chinese premier says more needs to be done to strengthen HIV screening, with a focus on high risk groups.
The premier says the Chinese government is going to rely more on the private sector, as well as set up HIV prevention funds.
The government is also working to ensure HIV-positive patients have access to equal employment and medical treatment.

Protesters clash with police in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's "Occupy Central" protesters have clashed with police early this morning as they tried to encircle the government headquarters.
Protesters say they wanted to occupy the road until later this morning to try to prevent government officials from getting to work.
Hong Kong Police have been trying to clear the protest sites across the city following a series of court orders.
There have been increasing calls in Hong Kong for the protesters to stop blocking the roads amid growing concerns over the impact on people's daily lives and the local economy.

Colombia's rebels release general, two soldiers

Colombia's FARC rebels have freed an army general and two other soldiers it had been holding hostage.
The move paves the way for resumption of peace talks between FARC and the Columbian government.
The peace talks in Havana were put on hold last month after the General and the other soldiers were kidnapped.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is now meeting with his officials to discuss a potential return to the negotiations.
The Colombian government and the FARC rebels have been holding negotiations in Cuba for the past 2 years in an attempt to bring the half-century long FARC insurgency to an end.

Canada says citizen may have been captured in Syria

Canadian authorities say they're working to try to confirm reports that a Canadian citizen has been kidnapped in Syria.
Canadian officials say they're trying to gather further information.
Israeli media is reporting 31-year-old Canadian-Israeli woman, Gil Rosenberg, has been taken by militants.
The woman has reportedly been fighting with the Kurds trying to oust the Islamic State in northern Syria.

Kabul police chief quits amid rising militant violence

Kabul's police chief has resigned following a surge in attacks by Afghan militants on foreigners in the city over the past two weeks.
General Zahir Zahir has given no reason for his resignation.
It comes on the heels of 3 South Africans being killed in a Taliban attack on a compound on Saturday, the third such attack against foreign interests in Afghanistan over the past 10 days.
Last week, two American soldiers and two British embassy workers were killed in separate attacks.
The Taliban has been stepping up its attacks as NATO prepares to withdraw most of its troops from the country by the end of the year.

Swiss reject plan to hoard gold, limit immigration

Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have imposed strict curbs on immigration.
The referendum asked voters to decide whether or not they wanted to see annual immigration quotas cut by three-quarters.
The proposal, put forward by a right-wing group under the pretext of reducing pressure on Switzerland's resources.
Preliminary results show nearly three-quarters of Swiss voters have rejected the proposal.
The result is expected to help Switzerland improve its ties with the European Union, which has been opposed to the referendum.
Switzerland is not a member of the EU.

Thailand's crown prince revokes his wife's family name

Thailand's crown prince has revoked the royally-assigned family name of his wife.
It follows the arrest of several of her relatives in a high-profile corruption case connected to the lese-majeste law.
The lese-majeste law in Thailand is the world's harshest.
Anything deemed an insult or a threat to the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Three people holding the royal name are among 19 who have been arrested in a crackdown on alleged police corruption this month in raids that netted tens of millions of dollars in assets.
Those arrested have been charged with abusing the monarchy for personal benefit.

China Drafts Bank Deposit Insurance in Move to Free Rates

Chinese regulators are poised to launch a nationwide insurance system for bank deposits to better protect savers and free up interest rates.
The scheme will insure deposits of as much as 500 thousand yuan per person.
The limit should be enough to cover the bank deposits of 99.6-percent of all bank deposits in China.
Foreign lenders' branches in China, as well as Chinese bank's overseas units are not covered under the proposal.
Public consultations on the new proposals are open until December 30th.

GSK to Axe U.S. Jobs as Part of $1.6 bln Cost Cuts

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline reportedly is going to begin slashing hundreds of jobs in the US as the company starts implementing a major cost-saving program.
GSK announced a new restructuring scheme in October to save around 1.6-billion U.S. dollars in annual costs over the next 3-years.
GSK has been struggling with falling sales of its respiratory drugs in the U.S., which is its biggest market.
Respiratory medicine has traditionally been GSK's strongest business.
Sales of its drug Advair have been tumbling in the United States due to fierce competition and an increasing trend by U.S. health insurers to use hardball tactics to get drugmakers to cut prices for older products.




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