Xi highlights poverty relief, high-quality development

Chinese President Xi Jinping has underscored efforts to push forward poverty alleviation, promote high-quality development, enhance environmental protection, ensure and improve people's well-being.

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UK Prime Minister says Britain must leave EU on Oct. 31, deal or no deal

Visiting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson started talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday afternoon, with the thorny issue of Irish border plan of the Brexit deal on the top of agenda. 

Iran unveils indigenous surface-to-air missile system: report

Iran unveiled on Thursday a homemade defense missile system, Press TV reported. The surface-to-air missile system, named Bavar-373, has been designed and manufactured by the Iranian experts.

S. Korea to end military intelligence-sharing with Japan

South Korea's presidential Blue House said Thursday that it decided to scrap the military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid the trade spat between the two countries.

Turkey, U.S. agree to launch 1st phase of safe zone deal in Syria

​Turkey and the United States have agreed to immediately launch the first phase of the safe zone plan in Syria, following a phone conversation late Wednesday between their defense chiefs, state-run Anadolu agency reported.

Russia sends robot into space to test out new booster rocket

Russia has sent a humanoid robot to the International Space Station as part of tests on a new rocket that is expected to replace the current vehicle.

Suspects accused of killing Russian tourist abandon bail applications

Three men accused of stabbing Russian tourist Ivan Ivanov to death just off Chapman's Peak Drive on Table Mountain have abandoned their bail applications in the Wynberg magistrate's court.

Huawei peaks list of China's top 500 private firms

China on Thursday unveiled its latest rankings for 500 largest private enterprises, with tech giant Huawei atop the list amid sound development of the country's private business.

U.S. told to immediately stop Taiwan arms sales

A spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council on Thursday once again urged the United States to immediately cease arms sales to Taiwan and stop its support for "Taiwan independence" separatist forces.

China's satellite tests pulsar navigation for future deep space exploration

Chinese scientists have conducted experiments on pulsar navigation with an X-ray space telescope, and the technology could be used in future deep space exploration and interplanetary or interstellar travel.

Netflix launches Obamas' first film "American Factory"

"American Factory," the first film from former U.S. First Couple Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions, premiered Wednesday on Netflix.

U.S. Congressman: Space Command's initial home will be Colorado

The initial headquarters for the Pentagon's new Space Command will be at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, a congressman said Wednesday.

Lakers to play two preseason games in China

The Los Angeles Lakers released its 2019-20 NBA preseason schedule on Wednesday, with two games to be staged in China.

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