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Hourly News 2014-12-14
   2014-12-15 10:17:52    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han

 

 

Chinese premier arrives in Kazakhstan for visit, SCO meeting

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Astana on Sunday for an official visit to Kazakhstan and the attendance of the 13th prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
During his stay, Li Keqiang will also hold the second regular meeting of the China-Kazakhstan heads of government with his Kazakh counterpart Karim Masimov.

UN climate conference strikes acceptable deal in Lima

The annual United Nations climate talks finally wrapped up in Lima, Peru, in wee hours of Sunday, reaching acceptable but not satisfying result and leaving unresolved issues to climate conference in Paris, in December next year.
As the final hours of the Lima conference ticked away and ran into overtime for over 30 hours, parties began to soften their hard lines to come to an agreement. Countries had strived very hard to reach a pact on the basis of a slimmed-down draft decision text which had been modified for several times.

Gas explosion at NE China coal mine traps 10

Ten people were trapped underground after a gas explosion at a coal mine in Jixi City in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province Sunday morning.
Rescuers rushed to the site in Jidong County, according to a statement from the provincial production safety supervision and administration bureau.
The explosion occurred at 10 a.m. at the Xingyun Colliery, according to the statement.


Voting in general election starts across Japan

Voting for Japan's House of Representatives, or the lower house in its bicameral parliament, has started in over 48,000 polling stations across the nation, with 1,191 candidates running for 475 seats in the powerful chamber.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the snap election last month due to his decision to delay the scheduled sales tax hike by another 2 percent next year and commented the poll is a referendum on his two-year rule and his economic policies dubbed "Abenomics."
Abe said his economic policies had brought sign of recovery in some areas, but some opposition parties, citing recent government data suggesting the country's economy has slipped into recession, said the "Abenomics" was a failure that served to widen the wealth gap.

Hundreds protest against police brutality in Houston

Hundreds of people gathered at a shopping mall in the U.S. city of Houston Saturday to protest against police brutality and the verdict over the Ferguson shooting.
Houston's protest was part of a national wave of demonstrations against the decisions by grand juries not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed African-Americans during arrests in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri.
Other cities, including Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco, also held similar protests.

Russia warns of retaliation if U.S. imposes new sanctions

A senior Russian diplomat says Moscow will definitely respond to new sanctions should the United States decide to impose them.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency that the Ukraine Freedom Support Act approved by both houses of the U.S. Congress testified to "the anti-Russian sentiments as well as attempts to impose decisions on Russia that are categorically unacceptable.
Under the act to be signed by U.S. President Barack Obama, Washington could provide lethal and non-lethal aid to Ukraine and impose additional sanctions against Russia.
The diplomat said Washington's ambition to impose its will on the world, using such ways as sanctions, is to meet "radical reaction" from Russia.

U.S. Senate passes temporary funding bill to avoid government shutdown

The U.S. Senate has approved a temporary extension of federal funding , saving the government from shutting down again.
The funding extension was approved by voice vote. It will maintain the operation of government through Wednesday and give lawmakers more time to resolve the fight on the spending bill which is worth 1.1 trillion U.S. dollars.
The spending bill will finance the federal government through September next year, except for the Department of Homeland Security, which would get an extension only through Feb. 27.


Cold front to hit China

A cold front will bring dropping temperatures to much of China in the next three days.
The National Meteorological Center says snow will hit Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Qinghai, Gansu, Guizhou and the western parts of northeast China on Sunday.
Blizzards hit parts of Tibet on Saturday and will continue on Sunday.
Temperatures will drop up to 10 degrees Celsius in parts of northwest China, Inner Mongolia, northeast China and regions along the Yangtze and Yellow rivers.
Temperatures in these regions will be up to 3 degrees Celsius lower than the average for the same period in previous years.

 

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