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Hourly News 2014-12-05
   2014-12-05 11:07:35    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han



China, South Africa sign economic pacts

A total of eleven new agreements connected to a number of areas have been signed as part of South African Jacob Zuma's current trip here to China.
The agreements signed in the presence of Jacob Zuma and Chinese President Xi Jinping include programs for cooperation over the next 10 years in the areas of trade, investment and agriculture.
Xi Jinping has also told Zuma that the development of the Sino-South African relationship is a priority in Chinese foreign policy.
For his part, Zuma says South Africa welcomes Chinese investment, as well as Chinese participation in his country's development of infrastructure, special economic zones and industrial parks.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has also met with Zuma.

China nabs 428 suspects in int'l anti-graft net

Chinese police have seized 428 fugitives suspected of committing economic crimes in an international manhunt that began in July.
The Ministry of Public Security says the fugitives were seized in 60 countries and regions.
Of those seized, 141 were involved in economic crimes involving over 10 million yuan or 1.6 million U.S. dollars, and 32 have been at large for more than 10 years.
In the campaign, 231 suspects turned themselves in to authorities.
China launched its "Fox Hunt 2014" campaign targeting corrupt officials and suspects in economic crimes who have fled the country, and gave criminals a deadline to give themselves up before Dec. 1.

China to End Prisoner Organ Transplants Starting 2015: Expert

One of the creators of China's current organ transplant system has revealed the plans are in place to stop transplanting organs from executed prisoners this coming year.
Huang Jiefu, the architect of China's current transplant system, says transplants will only be carried out among voluntary donors starting on January 1st.
Huang, a former deputy health minister, has made the revelation during an organ procurement seminar in Yunnan's capital, Kunming.
Close to 40 major medical institutions across the country have already stopped using organs from executed prisoners.
The ratio of organ donation in China is far below the global average, with only 6 in every 10-million people willing to give up their organs.
Around 300-thousand patients need organ transplants in China every year.
However, only around 10-thousand surgeries are performed.

China denies report of island-for-debt deal with Venezuela

The Chinese government is rebuffing reports suggesting the government of Venezuela is hoping to pay off its debts to China by ceding control of one of its islands to Chinese jurisdiction.
A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry says the reports, which surfaced in Hong Kong this week, are "groundless."
The Chinese government says Venezuela has been repaying its debts through normal operations.
China and Venezuela re-negotiated a years-old debt-for-oil agreement just last week.

At least 20 killed in fighting in Chechen capital

A major gun battle has taken place in the restive Russian region of Chechnya.
At least 10 police officers and 10 of the attackers have been killed after gunmen stormed local police outposts and buildings in the Chechen capital, Grozny.
So far no group has claimed responsibility.
The fighting broke out just hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the nation address in Moscow.

Russia will never enter a path of self-isolation: Putin

Russian President Vladimir is vowing his country will remain open to the world and to foreign investment.
At the same time, Putin says Russia will never pursue a path of self-isolation, xenophobia, suspicion or search for enemies.
Putin made the comments as part of his annual state of the union speech.
In making the statements, he's also warned the US that any creation of an anti-ballistic missile shield in Europe will prove harmful for the US.
He is also promising an amnesty for capital repatriated to the country, saying that Russians who choose to bring money back won't face any questions as to how they came about it.

Phoenix police officer shot an unarmed black man dead

Police in Phoenix of the United States have confirmed one of their officers shot and killed an unarmed black man earlier this week during a struggle.
Police say the man shot, 34-year old Rumain Brisbon, was suspected of dealing drugs outside a convenience store.
Authorities say the suspect resisted arrest when confronted by the officer, and was shot in a struggle.
The shooting in Phoenix comes at a tense time between U.S. law enforcement and the country's black community.
Two grand jury decisions not to indict officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City have triggered racially charged protests throughout the United States.

China to restart building nuclear power stations

New plans are reportedly being developed to create more nuclear power plants along this country's eastern coastline.
It's being reported the National Development and Reform Commission is also looking at inviting the private sector to help develop China's nuclear power sector.
Chinese authorities suspended all approvals for nuclear power projects after the Fukushima meltdown in Japan in 2011.
Right now nuclear power in China only makes up around 2-pecent of all the electricity generated.
The global average for countries with nuclear power capabilities is around 15-percent.

Beijing Invites overseas Investors to Help Cure Urban Ills

Municipal authorities in Beijing have begun courting overseas investment to try to help solve environmental pollution and other problems plaguing the capital.
New guidelines have been released, highlighting areas such as water use and management, air pollution control and intelligent transportation as areas where foreign investment should be encouraged.
Beijing, home to over 20-million people, is consistently in the top-10 in China when it comes to air pollution.

Toyota Recalls Vehicles in China, Japan over Takata Air Bag Issue

Toyota is recalling around 5-thousand vehicles here in China due to potential airbag problems.
This is on-top of the 185-thousand vehicles being recalled in Japan as well.
The recall affects vehicles across 19 different models produced from September 2002 through to December 2003.
The airbags were produced by Japanese firm Takata.
Testing has found the inflators in the defective air bags can explode, hurling shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
At least five deaths and dozens of injuries have been linked to the problem worldwide.




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