China agrees new UN resolution on DPRK, reiterates call for dialogue
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has emphasized the need for dialogue in addressing the North Korean nuclear issue.
He made the remarks at a press conference following talks with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing.
Wang Yi has reiterated Beijing's three principles on the issue -- realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and resolving it peacefully through dialogue.
He says China and the United States agree that a new UN resolution against North Korea is needed, but that it should not provoke new tensions or destabilize the Korean peninsula.
As part of a two-day stay in Beijing, John Kerry has also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
New thinking, supply-side reform stressed in agriculture modernization
Chinese authorities are vowing to achieve progress with reforms designed to modernize the agricultural sector by 2020.
The pledge comes as the country released a key policy paper on Wednesday.
The policy paper reports that total grain output increased 2.4 percent year on year to pver 620 million tons in 2015, the 12th straight year of growth.
It also highlights the supply-side structural reform in the agriculture sector, and pledges to improve the competitiveness of agricultural products through high-quality farmland.
Mainland warns cross-Straits relations undermined without 1992 Consensus
The Chinese mainland has warned that cross-Straits relations will face a serious setback if the 1992 Consensus is not the political foundation of mainland's relationship with Taiwan.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks in response to questions whether a new hotline between mainland and Taiwan chiefs of cross-Straits affairs.
The spokesman says if the two sides maintain this political foundation, progress is safe.
At the same time, the spokesman denies that the Chinese mainland has set a cap on the number of tourists who can visit Taiwan.
Campaign sees 857 fugitives returned to China
China seized more than 850 fugitives hiding overseas last year, in a campaign to net suspects implicated in economic crimes.
The fugitives, scattered across over 60 countries and regions, include 360 who turned themselves in to police as part of Fox Hunt 2015.
Over 210 were implicated in cases involving over 10 million yuan, 40 had been on the run for over a decade, and one had evaded the law for 21 years.
"Fox Hunt 2016" will be launched soon.
Fed keeps key interest rate unchanged
The Federal Reserve has decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent, pledging to keep the monetary policy accommodative to support economic growth.
The U.S. central bank said after its two-day monetary policy meeting that it is closely monitoring global economic and financial developments and is assessing the implications for the labor market and inflation.
The Fed's decision also caused the U.S. dollar to trade lower against some major currencies.
UN chief denounces political and religious ideologies on Holocaust remembrance day
The United Nations General Assembly has observed a moment of silence to remember the holocaust.
Speaking to the world body, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon paid his respects and called for defense against "a rising tide of anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of discrimination."
Ceremonies marking the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz were also held at the site of the former Nazi death camp in Poland.
Meanwhile, Germany's parliament also held an hour of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust on Wednesday.
Iranian President meets Fabius and businessmen
Iran's president has started his visit to France, the second stop of his European tour.
Hassan Rouhani's visits follows the EU lifting sanctions over Iran's nuclear deal.
Rouhani said on his arrival in Paris that his visit aims to strengthen bilateral ties and enhance relations with Europe.
Rouhani is also set to meet with French business leaders including the bosses of oil major Total and aircraft maker Airbus.
Ecuadorian president wants CELAC to replace OAS
Latin American and Caribbean heads of state met near Quito on Wednesday for a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
22 delegates from member countries will seek agreements to combat poverty while the region faces an economic crisis from the sharp fall of export commodities.
In his opening speech, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa insisted the bloc needs to take over the role currently occupied by the Organization of American States.
He accused the OAS of being incapable to defend the sovereign interests of its members.
5 Zika cases confirmed in Portugal
Portuguese authorities have confirmed five cases of the Zika virus were diagnosed on Wednesday.
Each person is said to have contracted the virus in Brazil.
The country's Health Minister is reassuring citizens the situation is under control and the risk is confined.
The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, but the virus cannot be transmitted from person to person.