Chinese miners rescued after 36-day ordeal underground
Four miners have been rescued from a collapsed mine in east China's Shandong Province after being trapped underground for over a month.
To extract the workers, the rescue team drilled two access shafts, using a large-diameter drill head.
This is the first time that such a rescue procedure has been applied in China.
The rescue team have been using the tunnels drilled after the accident to supply the four miners with food and clean clothing.
The gypsum mine collapsed on December 25, last year in Pingyi County, when 29 miners were working underground.
Eleven miners were saved immediately after the accident.
One miner was killed, and 13 others are still missing.
Chinese ship to join search for MH370
A Chinese vessel is set to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 off Australia's west coast.
The Donghaijiu 101 will leave Singapore on Sunday.
It's going to join 3 other ships taking part in the search the wreckage of MH370, which has been taking place for close to 2-years.
The Chinese vessel is equipped with so-called Synthetic Aperture Sonar.
It's said to be more accurate than the side-scanng sonar which is being used in the search for the missing airliner.
MH370 disappeared in the early-morning hours of March 8th, 2014 while on a flight from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing.
Around two-thirds of the 239 passengers and the crew on board are Chinese nationals.
U.S. tops China's outbound portfolio investment list
Latest official data shows that the United States has become the top destination for China's outbound portfolio investment.
The data released by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange shows China made 116.7 billion U.S. dollars of portfolio investment in the U.S. by the end of June last year.
This accounts for nearly 41 percent of the total amount of 286.8 billion U.S. dollars in the same period.
Hong Kong was in second place, attracting 49.5 billion dollars, followed by the Cayman Islands with 16.3 billion dollars.
It is the first time the administration has published country-specific figures on outbound portfolio investment, and comes after China formally joined a global survey conducted by the International Monetary Fund at the end of last year.
Tibet gets tougher in environment protection
Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China has rolled out stricter environment protection plans for the next five years.
Under the plans, Tibetan officials will be audited in natural resource management and those whose decisions lead to environmental damage will be punished.
Currently, about 70 percent of the land in the region is excluded from any form of exploitation or is subject to restrictions on development.
For several years, new iron and steel, chemical and paper-making industries have been banned in Tibet.
Meanwhile, it is boosting the growth of ecological tourism and cultural development.
Intra-Syrian talks kick off in Geneva, Syrian opposition confirms participation
The UN-brokered Syria peace talks aimed at resolving the country's 5-year conflict have now started at the headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva.
The UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has met with the Syrian government delegation after they arrived in Geneva Friday evening.
Syria's main opposition group, the Higher Negotiating Committee, has also agreed to enter the peace talks.
The UN-brokered meetings are due to take place over the next six months with a view to finding a lasting peace for Syria.
Two previous rounds of talks failed to bring the various factions together to make an agreement.
The meetings are part of a process outlined in a U.N. resolution last month that envisages an 18-month timetable for a political transition in Syria, including the drafting of a new constitution and elections.
Austria to provide 60 mln euros in aid to Syria: chancellor
Austria is said to be planning to provide almost 60 million euros or 65 million U.S. dollars in aid to Syria this year.
The funding will primarily go to the EU's Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Food Programme.
The news comes ahead of Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann's expected attendance at a Syria donors' conference in London next week.
The chancellor is going to address the issue of the migrant crisis in Europe at the conference.
Faymann is also due to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Weak consumer spending bites into U.S. economy in Q4 of 2015
The U.S. economy sharply slowed in the fourth quarter of last year as consumers were tightening their wallets despite the ultra-low petrol prices.
Data released by the U.S. Commerce Department shows gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter.
Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the U.S. economy, added 2.2 percent, a sharp brake from a growth of 3 percent in the third quarter.
Exports decreased 2.5 percent, compared with a growth of 0.7 percent in the third quarter.
Fixed investment was up 0.2 percent, compared with an increase of 3.7 percent in the previous quarter.
Real GDP increased 2.4 percent last year, the same rate as in 2014.