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Hourly News 2014-12-10
   2014-12-11 10:03:17    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han



China, Ireland Pledge Closer Partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping has met his Irish counterpart Michael Higgins in Beijing, with both pledging to boost strategic partnerships between the two countries.
President Xi says the Sino-Irish relationship is a strong one, highlighting cooperation in such sectors as information technology, medicine, life science, and agriculture.
Recalling his meeting with Xi Jinping in 2012, President Higgins also expressed his hope for the future cooperation between the two countries.
After the talks, the two presidents also witnessed the signing of deals worth 15 million U.S. dollars, involving the investment and education sectors.

China criticizes US report concerning South China Sea issue

The Chinese government is blasting a recently-released report from US authorities over China's sovereignty over the South China Sea.
The report, released by the US State Department last week, suggests China's claims in the South China Sea are both unclear and inconsistent.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei says the report goes against previous pledges made by Washington, which is not to take a position or sides on the South China Sea issue.
Hong says the report is also not helpful to the resolution of the South China Sea issue and the peace and stability in the region.

Investigation: CIA in Fresh Torture Scandals "a stain on the nation's history"

Investigators from the US Senate have delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks.
In a 500-page summary, the Senate Intelligence Committee accuses the agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners with tactics that went well beyond legal limits.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee chairwoman, brands the findings "a stain on the nation's history".
The report found that the torture tactics used by CIA, including "waterboarding," were more brutal than what the agency has previously acknowledged.
The interrogation program ran from 2002 to 2006 and involved questioning al-Qaeda and other captives in secret detention facilities in various countries.
The report, which followed a five-year investigation, says the program was ineffective and never led to the disruption of a single plot.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Fires Vice President over 'Plot'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has fired his deputy Joice Mujuru and seven other cabinet ministers loyal to her.
A statement issued by the president's chief secretary says Mujuru's conduct had been "inconsistent with the expected standard."
Mujuru's dismissal comes just days after she was eliminated from the ruling party's central committee on the allegations that she was plotting to assassinate Mugabe.
But she has repeatedly denied the charge.
Mujuru had been considered one of the strongest candidates to succeed Mugabe, who has been in power since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.

Last French hostage Lazarevic freed in Mali

French President Francois Hollande says the last French hostage held by Islamist militants has been freed after three years.
Serge Lazarevic was snatched in Mali in November 2011 along with fellow Frenchman Philippe Verdon.
Militants from the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM group killed Verdon last year in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali.
Lazarevic is said to be in "relatively good health" despite the conditions of his captivity.
Hollande says said there were no more French hostages waiting to be freed.

SA prosecutors appeal for a tougher sentence for Pistorius

South African prosecutors filed an appeal on Tuesday against what they see as a lenient sentence and conviction in the Oscar Pistorius case.
In October, Olympic medalist Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to five-years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
The double-amputee athlete is serving his sentence in a Pretoria prison, but he would be transferred to house arrest after 10 months under the current sentence.
A judge will make a decision on the appeal later today.

China Stocks Tumble over 5 pct in Sharpest Fall since Aug. 2009

Chinese stocks plunged on Tuesday in a break from a months-long boom.
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index plummeted more than five percent, the sharpest fall in more than five years.
The slump has ended strong rallies spanning five straight trading days since last Tuesday.
Tuesday's tumble also brought the index below the psychological threshold of 3-thousand, shortly after the index climbed over it on Monday for the first time since April 25, 2011.
Analysts say that the fall is an adjustment following weeks of strong rallies, reversing the bullish market trend.

China to Regulate Preferential Tax Policies

The Chinese government is looking to regulate preferential tax policies, forbidding local taxation authorities from making such policies.
The regulation bans any form of preferential tax policies without approval by the State Council, except for the tax administrative privilege set by laws.
The move aims to build a more orderly and open market and fight against regional protectionism.
A deadline has been set for local governments to give detailed reports on their regulation processes to the Ministry of Finance by the end of March next year.




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