Chinese, Brazilian presidents pledge to promote science, technology cooperation
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are vowing to step up cooperation in science and technology.
The two leaders have made the pledge as part of congratulatory messages they have exchanged following the successful launch of a jointly-developed satellite, CBERS-4, from China's Taiyuan launch center.
The launch is the 200th of the Long March rocket family.
The Long March-4B rocket has successfully put into orbit the satellite, which is jointly developed with Brazil.
Irish President Michael Higgins Kicks off China Visit
Irish President Michael Higgins has arrived in Beijing to start a 9-day visit to China.
Aside from Beijing, Higgins is also due to make stops in Shanghai and Hangzhou.
Higgins and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to oversee the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the National University of Ireland and Tsinghua University.
As part of his time in Hangzhou, Higgins is due to tour Alibaba's headquarters and meet with founder Jack Ma.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Ireland.
Victims of Jinggu Quakes in SW China Taken Care of
One person is dead and over 20-injured following a 5.9-magnitude quake which hit Jinggu County in Sichuan over the weekend.
The quake hit Saturday night in the city of Pu'er, levelling around 13-hundred homes.
It came less than a day after a 5.8-magnitude quake hit the same region.
Local police have been dispatched to help in the clean-up and recovery.
The quakes this weekend in Jinggu County are believed to be aftershocks from the 6.6-magnitude earthquake which hit the same region in early October.
Syria urges UN to take measures against Israeli airstrikes on Damascus targets
The Syrian government is calling on the UN to take action against Israel following a pair of Israeli airstrikes in Damascus on Sunday.
The Syriam side is cxalling for deterrent measures to prevent Israel from repeating the attacks.
Israeli war jets struck two Syrian positions in the capital Damascus, including a military post.
The Syrian military says the Israeli strikes have damaged a number of facilities.
There were no causalities.
Iraqi FM Says Iran, Iraq Face Common Danger
Iraqi says the threat posed by the Islamic State has helped Iran and Iraq step up their bilateral relations to, what could be, their highest level ever.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has made the suggestion following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Tehran.
Jaafari also says the airstrikes being carried out by the US-led international coalition had been effective in undermining the Islamic State.
At the same time, Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is committed to helping Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State.
The comments have been made ahead of an international conference dealing with extremism in Iran.
Envoys from 40 different countries are due to attend the meetings, which will take place tomorrow and Wednesday.
Security increased ahead of Modi's visit: India
Thousands of government troops have fanned out across Indian-controlled Kashmir to provide security for visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi is scheduled to make a campaign speech in Kashmir today ahead of local elections in the restive region.
Sharpshooters have been posted on rooftops in the regional capital Srinagar where Modi is scheduled to speak at an election rally.
Tensions in Kashmir are running high following a gun battle on Friday, which saw militants attack an Indian army camp, leaving 5 Indian troops and 2 militants dead.
Typhoon Hagupit weakens over Philippines
At least 3 people are dead in the Philippines now that Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall.
The typhoon, which hit the eastern Philippines over the weekend, has mowed down trees and sent more than 650-thousand people into shelters before weakening.
And while the storm has slowed considerably from the Super Typhoon status it had last week, Hagupit is still poised to create more damage.
Hagupit is expected to roll into the South China Sea tomorrow.
It's currently maintaining a westward track toward the southern tip of Vietnam, meaning its unlikely to affect China.
China donates US$500,000 to restore water to Maldives capital
The Chinese government has announced its donating 500-thousand U.S. dollars to the Maldives government to help speed the repairs of the main desalination plant in the island country's capital, Male.
China is also among a number of other countries which has begun ferrying water supplies into Male.
A Chinese naval ship is headed to the Maldives to help with supplying fresh water to the capital.
Fire ripped through the main desalination plant in Male last week, cutting fresh water supplies to 130-thousand people.
The government of the Maldives estimates it's going to take around 20-million dollars to repair the plant.
Japan Urged to Apologize to Nanjing Massacre Victims
Ahead of the first-ever National Memorial Day for the Nanjing Massacre, a non-governmental organization in China is demanding the Japanese government apologize to the victims in the massacre and their surviving dependents.
In a letter addressed to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the China Federation of Demanding Compensation from Japan is also demanding an apology to all those killed by Japanese troops during the Second World War.
The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Day is set for December 13th.
December 13th, 1937, is considered the start of the Nanjing Massacre, which was a 6-week long, all-out assault on the former Chinese capital, which left an estimated 300-thousand people dead.
Meanwhile, China's State Archives Administration on Sunday released the first of a seven-part series documenting the Nanjing Massacre.
The first volume of an encyclopedia detailing the Nanjing Massacre has also been unveiled in Nanjing.