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   2016-02-13 11:59:27   CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Luo Bin




Deployment of THAAD in South Korea Damages Regional Stability: Chinese FM


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the joint deployment of a missile defence system by South Korea and the United States is harmful to regional stability.

Wang Yi made the remark while meeting with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry at the sideline of the Munich meeting on Syrian crisis.

Wang Yi said the deployment of the so-called THAAD system in South Korea is poised to further complicate the security situation in the region and damage China's security interests.

Seoul and Washington are set to discuss the deployment as early as next week.



Chinese FM calls for implementation of hard-won agreement at Munich Syria talks


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on all sides involved to make efforts to implement the agreements reached in Munich.

The comment comes as top diplomats attending the meeting have agreed on a nationwide cessation of hostilities in the war-torn Middle East country.

The delegation also called for an early resumption of peace talks, after the UN-mediated Geneva negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups within Syria were suspended earlier this month.

Wang Yi says that the next step is ensuring that the agreement will be implemented.

He urges all parties concerned to abide by the UN resolution and stick to political solutions.




U.S. House of Representatives Passes North Korea Sanctions Bill


The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Friday broadening sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear program.

The package includes sanctions targeting North Korea and those who do business with it.

[House Republicans and Democrats joined together on this vote, passing the measure by a vote of 408-2 and sending it to U.S. President Barack Obama to sign into law.

The Obama administration has said it is not opposed to the bill, but officials declined to say whether or when Obama would sign it.

The legislation also appropriates 50 million US dollars to transmit radio broadcasts into North Korea, purchase communications equipment and support humanitarian assistance programs.



Taiwan quake death toll rises to 106


The death toll from last week's earthquake in Taiwan has risen to 106.

Rescuers have been continuing looking for 9 others at the collapsed Wei Guan building in Tainan city, where most of the victims were found.

Memorials have been held on Friday, the seventh day of the earth quake.

Leading political figures including Ma Ying-jeou and Tsai Ing-wen attended the ceremony.



Pope Francis in historic meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba


Pope Francis is reported to be in a three-hour landmark meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Havana.

Francis was welcomed at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport by President Raul Castro, before being led to the Protocol Room to hold the historical meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

The two religious leaders will discuss relations between the two churches, the international situation and the protection of Christians under the threat of persecution and genocide in the Middle East and North Africa.

A joint statement will be issued after the meeting.

This is the first meeting between the two churches since Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split nearly 1,000 years ago.



German Chancellor expresses confidence of Britain-EU deal


German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she is confident that a deal to keep Britain in the European Union will be reached, but warned more compromises may be needed from both sides.


Speaking at a dinner in the German city of Hamburg with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Merkel said issues such as changes to social security systems need to be placed in a European context, not only a British one.


Cameron has defended Britain's desire to protect its sovereignty, appealing for understanding from the European Union in his talks for better membership terms that could be decided next week.


British and EU negotiators agreed to most of a reform package on Thursday.



Over 80,000 people arrive in Europe in first six weeks of 2016: UN agency


The UN Refugee Agency says that more than 80-thousand refugees and migrants have arrived by boat in Europe during the first six weeks of this year.

More than 400 others died during their journies.

UNHCR calls on EU member states to implement at a faster pace all of the EU-wide measures agreed upon last year.

These measures include the implementation of hotspots and the relocation process for 160-thousand people already in Greece and Italy.



Facebook Can be Sued in Painting Case


Facebook has lost a crucial legal battle as a Paris court upheld a ruling that the social network can be sued in France.

The ruling by the Paris court could set a legal precedent in France, as US-based Facebook previously only allowed its users to sue in California.

The legal battle on Facebook comes after its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.




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