Death toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 207: police

The death toll in a series of eight blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to at least 207, with over 450 people wounded, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

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Vessels from 11 countries arrive in Qingdao for Chinese navy anniversary

A total of 16 vessels from 11 countries arrived in the port city of Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on Sunday to join multinational naval events commemorating the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy.

China-built water diversion project in Nepal sees breakthrough

A ceremony was held on Tuesday to celebrate the breakthrough of the tunnel of Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project (BBDMP) constructed by a Chinese contractor in western Nepal.

BRI in line with Tajikistan's development: President

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has voiced support for the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, saying it is of far-reaching historical significance.

China-constructed railway marks 1000th day of operation in Nigeria

Nigeria's Abuja-Kaduna railway is the first rail line in Africa that is constructed and supported by China with modern standard gauge.

Rescue work underway for 8 missing off south China coast

​Rescuers are searching for eight fishermen, including three from Macao, who have been missing off the Pearl River Estuary in south China for more than two days.

Japan's Abe sends ritual offering to notorious Yasukuni Shrine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday sent a ritual offering to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, local media reported.

Ukraine kicks off 2nd round of presidential election

Ukrainians began to cast their ballots on Sunday in a second round of the country's presidential election between actor Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

Bees on Notre Dame rooftop survive devastating fire

Some 180,000 bees in three hives installed on the rooftop of the Notre Dame Cathedral have survived Monday's infernal fire that destroyed most of the cathedral's roof and toppled its landmark spire.

DPRK official slams Bolton for "nonsense" views on summit

A senior DPRK diplomat slammed John Bolton, U.S. national security adviser, for his recent "dim-sighted" views on bilateral ties, official media reported Saturday.

Special envelopes to commemorate Chinese Navy's 70th anniversary

A series of special envelopes are being launched on Tuesday to mark the 70th birthday of the Chinese navy.

Volcano in Indonesia's Bali erupts, triggering rains of ashes

Mount Agung volcano in Bali resort Island of central Indonesia on Sunday spewed a column of ashes by up to two km onto the sky, leaving rains of ashes, a disaster agency official said.

Chinese sci-fi rise brings surprise to merchandising industry

The rise of domestic Chinese sci-fi has brought about a boom in related merchandise.

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