Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a truce in Syria is on the whole being observed, as he welcomed his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow, adding that he is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of a deal to end the six-year Syrian conflict.

On March 5, 2017, the Fifth Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) opened at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. 

In the government work report delivered at the meeting, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pointed out that the world economy would continue to experience sluggish growth, and that instability and uncertainty are growing significantly amid an exacerbating tendency toward protectionism and the mood of anti-globalization. There is also an increased possibility that such conservative mentality in general and trade policies in particular of major economies could create spillover effects.

South Korean court dismisses president

Saturday, 11 March 2017 03:33 Written by

South Korea's Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country's conglomerates, sparking protests from her supporters two of whom were killed in clashes with police.

Several US states have said they will move forward with legal challenges to President Donald Trump's revised executive order that targets citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and refugees.

Beijing’s Fight against Smog

Saturday, 11 March 2017 03:31 Written by

The word “smog” was first seen in the Report on the Work of the Government in 2014. This year’s report by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attaches greater importance on cleaning up the air than last year’s and details many measures. It also vows to “make our skies blue again”.

First proposed in 2014, the “Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Integrated Development” project has now entered its third year. As a national strategy to synergize the development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province, the ambitious project has made enviable progress and received widespread acknowledgement. 

US deploys heavily armed Marines to Syria

Thursday, 09 March 2017 18:55 Written by

A couple hundred Marines have deployed into Syria with heavy artillery guns, as part of the ongoing preparation for the fight to push ISIL out of its self-declared headquarters of Raqqa, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed.

Myanmar looks set to escape an international investigation into alleged atrocities against its Rohingya minority, after the European Union decided not to seek one at the UN Human Rights Council, a draft resolution seen by Reuters news agency showed.

WikiLeaks exposes alleged CIA hacking program

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:16 Written by

The CIA can turn your TV into a listening device, bypass popular encryption apps, and possibly control your car, according to thousands of documents published by WikiLeaks, an anti-surveillance group.

Baghdadi abandons Mosul fight to field commanders

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:15 Written by

U.S. and Iraqi officials believe the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival.