China, Kazakhstan sign deals
China and Kazakhstan have signed deals ranging from nuclear energy to infrastructure construction, as the two countries move to expand their cooperation beyond oil and gas development.
The deals, reportedly worth more than 14 billion US dollars, were inked during Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Astana, where he will also attend a prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Under the deals, the two sides will upgrade a joint venture logistics base and enhance connectivity with highways, railways, ports, air routes, and oil and gas pipelines.
Kazakhstan is Premier Li's first stop on his three-nation tour, which will also take him to Serbia and Thailand.
Gas explosion at NE China coal mine kills 10
All ten miners trapped underground after a gas explosion at a coal mine in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province have died.
The local safety watchdog says rescuers have retrieved all 10 bodies from the Xingyun Colliery in Jidong County.
The explosion occurred on Sunday morning. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
11 Chinese injured in a bus accident in Thailand
11 Chinese tourists and 2 Thai guides have been injured after a tour bus overturned in south Thailand's Phang Nga province.
The accident occurred on a rain-slicked road.
Five of the injured Chinese are being treated, mostly for bone fractures, in two hospitals in Phuket, where the bus began its trip.
The other six suffered slight injuries, and are currently helping with the police investigation.
Collapse kills 13, injures 12 in Chinese hydroelectric plant in Ecuador
A tunnel collapse at a Chinese hydroelectric plant in Ecuador's Amazonian region has left 13 workers dead.
Among the dead were 3 Chinese and 10 Ecuadorians. 12 others have been injured.
Local authorities say the collapse affected the high-pressure pipes inside the engine room.
The hydroelectric plant is under construction by Chinese firm Sinohydro in the northeastern province of Sucumbios, some 150 km east of the capital Quito.
Xi to attend gathering celebrating 15th anniversary of Macao's return
Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Macao on Dec. 19 and 20 for the 15th anniversary of Macao's return to China.
Xi Jinping will be present at the inauguration ceremony of the SAR's fourth-term government.
Experts believe the president's tour is expected to enhance cooperation between Macao and the mainland.
Difficult Lima talks reach deal on climate change
The annual United Nations climate talks have wrapped up in Lima, Peru, after delegates from more than 190 countries reached a compromise deal that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year.
Under the deal, governments will submit national plans for reining in greenhouse gas emissions by an informal deadline of March 31, 2015 to form the basis of a global agreement due at the Paris summit.
The UN climate change body is to report back on the national pledges in November 2015.
Differences over the draft text caused the two-week talks to overrun by two days, mainly due to divisions between rich and poor countries over how to spread the burden of pledges to cut carbon emissions.
Japan's LDP-Komeito coalition wins 325 seats in election
Japan's ruling coalition has won a new two-thirds majority in the country's latest parliamentary elections.
An overwhelming majority in the powerful chamber means Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc can approve bills rejected by the upper house.
It also makes it possible to propose amending the country's pacifist constitution.
Abe called the snap vote to secure support for his "Abenomics" economic reforms.
IS militants execute 19 policemen in western Iraq
Islamic State militants have executed 19 local policemen in Iraq's western province of Anbar.
The killings happened on Sunday, one day after the militants seized the al-Wafaa area southwest of the provincial capital, Ramadi.
Areas around the provincial capital have seen sporadic but heavy fighting.
Meantime, fighting in the central province of Salahudin has resulted in the deaths of at least seven IS militants.
There are reports of renewed fighting near the Baiji oil refinery, which is about 200km north of Baghdad.
Many dead after ferry sinks in Katanga, Congo
At least 129 bodies have been recovered from a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a ferry capsized on Friday.
Officials in Katanga province are blaming strong winds and overloading for the boat sinking.
The number of survivors stands at 232.
The search for survivors is continuing in Lake Tanganyika.
Such accidents are fairly common in the region as ferries are often overloaded.
Haitian Prime Minister resigns after 31 months in office
Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has announced his resignation, citing domestic and international pressure.
Earlier, president Michel Martelly accepted the recommendations of a special commission that called for Lamothe's resignation as part of an effort to resolve a long-running political dispute over long overdue legislative and municipal elections.
Lamothe has been facing allegations he was straining the budget to boost his own presidential ambitions.
Critics also say his handling of funds from a fuel program with Venezuela lacks transparency.