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China to step up efforts to protect rights of special groups

China pledged more efforts to prioritize the development of ethnic-minority areas and protect lawful rights and interests of ethnic minorities, according to an action plan released Thursday.

China to improve economic, social and cultural rights: action plan

China will make more efforts in eradicating poverty and improving public service system, said a government action plan released on Thursday.

China vows to advance int'l human rights exchanges, cooperation

China will actively propel international human rights exchanges and cooperation over the next five years, according to an action plan released on Thursday.

China publishes action plan on human rights

The Chinese government on Thursday published its third national action plan on human rights protection, addressing challenges and promising to improve people's standard of living and quality of life.

China to better protect people's civil and political rights: action plan

China will step up efforts to promote judicial protection of human rights and civil participation in political affairs over the next five years, according to an action plan released on Thursday.

Xi calls for reforms on global governance

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has called for closer cooperation to pursue reforms to the global governance system and advance the noble cause of peace and development for mankind.

Megi makes landfall in SE China's Fujian

Typhoon Megi, whose name means "catfish" in Korean, has made landfall in southeastern China's Fujian Province, bringing strong gales and torrential downpours. The National Meteorological Center has issued an orange storm alert, the second-highest level.

OPEC reaches "historical" output cut in Algiers meeting

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Wednesday reached a "historical" agreement to ceil oil output from 33.24 million barrels a day to 32.5 or 33 million barrels a day.

Auto industry moves to cut emissions

Germany’s auto industry trade group still believes diesel engines will be around in 20 years but the sector is already changing.

China's retail firms are closing stores

Retailers are closing department stores in China. Is it because of the competition from e-commerce? Or other deeper rooted problems in the retail sector?

Mobile payment faces security challenges

Going cashless is already a way of life in many Chinese metropolitans, and the huge market potential of mobile payment is alluring many tech giants to fight for a slice of the pie. But is the security of mobile payment guaranteed?

Sub-anchor: Reactions to oil production freeze

The oil market is at a critical junture as investors awaits the outcome of the OPEC meeting. Will there eventually be a production freeze?

Sub-anchor: Post-deal integration remains challenging

2016 is a big year for China's outbound investment. Total investment is expected to reach record high. Michelle Van den Bergh is in the studio to give us the numbers from the the first 8 months of this year and some of the trends we are seeing.

China commemorates former military leader Liu Huaqing

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for more efforts to promote the glorious tradition of revolutionary generation and learn from Liu Huaqing, the former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC).

27 missing after landslide in Zhejiang Province

Twenty-seven people are missing after a a landslide swept a village in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the provincial government said.

Congress rejects Obama's veto of Saudi Sep 11 bill

U.S. Congress voted on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

China Arbitration Summit focuses on 'Belt and Road' initiative

China is holding its second annual Trade Arbitration Summit in Beijing. The number of international trade disputes is on the rise and Chinese trade arbitrators have called on domestic enterprises to make better use of the arbitration mechanism when faced with trade frictions.

Wanda seeks controlling stake in Dick Clark Productions

Chinese property-to-entertainment conglomerate Wanda is seeking a controlling stake in Dick Clark Productions, the company behind the Golden Globes and the American Pageant.

Illegal operations cause gas explosion, 18 deaths

For an update on Tuesday's gas explosion in a coal mine in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. So far, the death toll stands at 18, with two people missing.

China's ODI soars to record high in H1 2016

According to Ernst & Young, overseas direct investment hit a record high in the first half of 2016, as the country looks outward in its drive to transform its growth model.

Sub-anchor: Postal Bank has widest coverage in China

For more on this, we are joined by CCTV's Jin Yingqiao.

Xi calls for reforms on global governance

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has called for more efforts to promote reforms on the global governance system and advance the cause of peace and development for mankind.

Recap of MH17 downing and impact

Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17th, 2014. It was flying from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board - most of them Dutch citizens - were killed.

China reiterates legality of 1992 Consensus

China's Taiwan Affairs Office says the 1992 Consensus -- which reflects the "One-China principle" -- is in line with the development of cross-Strait relations in both a legal and a practical sense.

Suspect of telecom fraud gives himself up in Fujian province

One of China's most-wanted telecom and cyber fraud suspects turned himself in to authorities in southeast China's Fujian province on Wednesday. Deng Chunping gave himself up to police in Zhangping city.

Xi: 'Chinese people have lost an old friend'

Former president of Israel, Shimon Peres, has died in Tel Aviv at the aged of 93. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have extended their condolences to the Israeli government and people and to Mr. Peres' famiy.

Unarmed black man shot dead in California

In the US, an unarmed black man died after being shot by a police officer in the city of El Cajon in southern California on Tuesday.

Government forces battle rebels in Aleppo

In Syria, government forces battled rebel fighters on several fronts in the northern city of Aleppo.

Philippine president signals warmer ties with China, Russia

The Philippine president has announced plans to visit China and Russia within the year, to chart an independent foreign policy and to open alliances with the two super-powers.

Duterte blames US for 'undermining' Philippine peso

President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has accused the United States of "undermining" the Philippine economy, as its currency peso dropped to a seven-year low against the US dollar this week.

Rebels: Government forces prepare ground attacks

In Syria, government forces continue their advance on the northern city of Aleppo, in an attempt to retake rebel-held districts. A medical organization said air raids hit and shut down two of the city's largest hospitals early on Wednesday.

World leaders express both grief and praise

World leaders have expressed their grief over the passing of Shimon Peres. The Chinese foreign ministry commended him as a founder of the peace process in the Middle East.

Tel Aviv residents mourn former president

Much of Tel Aviv is mourning the former Israeli president, but they are also praising him as "a man of peace".

Revisiting 2013 CCTV interview with Peres

Three years ago, CCTV correspondent Stephanie Freid spoke to Shimon Peres. He spoke about the then peace process, Israel's relationship with China and his future plans.

Israeli PM and President grieve Peres' passing

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin have expressed their grief at the death of Shimon Peres, and have spoken highly of his contributions. 

Dutch-led team to release initial findings of MH17 investigation

A Dutch-led international team of criminal investigators is set to release initial findings on Wednesday into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Japan's relaxed visa rule for China starts Oct. 17

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that a previously announced plan to relax visa regulations for Chinese visitors will take effect on Oct. 17.

Studio interview: How to improve PSBC's performance?

For more insights on the China PSBC IPO , joining us in the studio is Liu Zhiqin, a senior fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China.

HKEx becomes biggest bourse for IPOs in 2016

Financial firm Delloitte says Hong Kong has become the biggest global market for IPOs this year ahead of New York and Shanghai.

G20 Digital Economy Development and Cooperation Initiative delivered at 2016 Hangzhou Summit renews impetus to global economy

In order to cope with the slowing growth and flagging recovery of the global economy and boost global market confidence, during China's presidency in 2016, digital economy was put high on the agenda for the first time, as part of the G20 Blueprint on Innovative Growth.

Bumps through PSBC's journey to go public

The Postal Savings Bank of China is the last state-owned bank to go public. How many bumps has it gone through? Guan Xin is by the board.

Postal Savings Bank of China listed in HK

The Postal Savings Bank of China listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Wednesday in the world’s biggest IPO in two years.

1992 Consensus not an additional premise: spokesperson

A Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday that the 1992 Consensus, which reflects the one-China principle, is in line with the development of cross-Strait relations in both a legal and practical sense.

Chinese premier returns to Beijing

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang returned to Beijing on Wednesday afternoon after attending the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and official visits to Canada and Cuba.

Rousseff impeachment hits her party hard

Moving on to Brazil. The country's Workers Party suffered the worst hit of its history with the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. Now the party is struggling to show strength in this year's municipal elections. A weak showing is expected.

China ranks 28th in Global Competitiveness Report, front of emerging economies

China ranks 28th in the World Economic Forum's latest Global Competitiveness Report for 2016-17 that was released Wednesday.

Melting Greenland ice could expose Cold War waste

A snow-covered former US army base in Greenland could leak nuclear waste into the environment as the climate changes.

La Nina the main cause of Typhoon Megi: expert

Experts say Typhoon Megi is caused by the La Nina weather phenomemon. La Nina is characterised by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Crossover: Former Israeli President Peres passes away at 93

For more, our correspondent Stephanie Freid joins us live from Tel Aviv.

Former Israeli president passes away at 93

Former Israeli president and the country's eldest statesman, Shimon Peres, has passed away in Tel Aviv at the age of 93. His son Chemi made the announcement.

Key advantages of Postal Bank IPO

The Postal Bank of China IPO has several advantages compared with others. PSBS has raised 7.4 billion US dollars with the listing. It is the biggest since Chinese internet giant Alibaba floated in New York in 2014, raising 25 billion US dollars.

Half a million widows struggling in Nepal

The earthquake that shook Nepal in 2015 devastated the lives of thousands of women. Many lost their husbands and were left to fend for themselves.Widows in the country are stigmatized and shunned. But a few NGOs are working to change this. Shweta Bajaj went to the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, for this report.

Postal Savings Bank of China begins trading in HK

The Postal Savings Bank of China, or PSBC, has started trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Death toll from capsized migrant boat rises to 177

A week has passed since a boat carrying around 600 migrants rank off Egypt's coastline. And dozens of friends and families are still waiting for their relatives' remains. Authorities confirmed the boat has been recovered but said some people are still unaccounted for.

'Nowhere to hide' in the city of in Aleppo

The head of a volunteer group in Syria has described the dire situation for residents of Aleppo. He said the besieged city has been frequently hit by banned weapons.

Crossover: Megi slams into Taiwan, causing damage

Before landing on the Chinese mainland, Super Typhoon Megi caused widespread damage in Taiwan. It brought violent winds and heavy rain, forcing schools and offices to close. Thousands evacuated their homes. For more on this, our correspondent Andy Lee joins us on the phone from Taipei.

Zhejiang takes precautions ahead of Megi

Authorities in Zhejiang Province have taken similar precaution measures to prepare for Typhoon Megi.

Iran rejects Saudi oil output offer

Iran has rejected an offer from Saudi Arabia to limit its oil output in exchange for its supply cut.

World’s largest oil producers to meet in Algeria, hopes for deal remain low

OPEC and other major oil producing nations are set to hold an informal meeting in Algeria on Wednesday to discuss a possible production freeze.

At least 18 killed in illegal mine in Ningxia

18 people have been killed, and another two remain missing after an explosion occurred in a coal mine in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Crossover: Former Israeli President Peres passed away

For more on the death of Shimon Peres, CCTV correspondent Stephanie Freid is joining us on the phone from Tel Aviv. Hello, Stephanie.

Backgrounder: Life and political career of Shimon Peres

Israel's elder statesmen - and former president - Shimon Peres has died at 93 years old. Let's take a look back at his life and political career.

Increased police presence after two bombs detonated in Dresden mosques

Police in the German city of Dresden have increased security outside mosques after a twin bomb attack.

WHO calls for humanitarian routes for Aleppo evacuation

In Syria, the World Health Organization is calling for medical evacuations in the embattled eastern part of Aleppo. The organisation says at least 250,000 people need treatment, and the number of injured is increasing.

Syrian army retakes district in central part

A major development in central Aleppo -- as Syria's army has regained control of a rebel-held district, after days of heavy air strikes.

More than 120,000 fishermen evacuated in Fujian

Local governments in coastal areas of east China's Fujian province have already taken precautions measures for Typhoon Megi.

This year's 17th typhoon Megi makes landfall in east China

In China where Typhoon Megi, the 17th typhoon to hit the region this year, has made landfall. It struck Quanzhou city, in east China's Fujian Province, at 4:40 a.m. Megi brings winds of up to one-hundred-and-eighteen kilometers per hour.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres passes away at 93

Israeli media reports say former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres has passed away at the age of 93.

Firefighters in California use drones to aid rescues

Firefighters in California use drones to aid rescues

China opposes to U.S. charges against Chinese companies

China opposes any country using domestic laws to carry out "long arm jurisdiction" against Chinese entities or individuals, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.

Highlights from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visits to UN headquarters, Canada, Cuba

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is set to land in Beijing on Wednesday after a fruitful foreign trip, during which he attended the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and paid official visits to Canada and Cuba.

Polling suggests most voters think Clinton won first debate

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump attend their first presidential debate in Hempstead of New York, the United States, Sept. 26, 2016. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday held their first presidential debate in Hempstead.

China to introduce new foreign work permit system

China is set to streamline its nationwide work permit system for foreign employees. Authorities in several regions will launch a pilot program in just over a month.

China becomes hot topic during US presidential debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton held their first presidential debate - or better said, a war of words -- on Monday at Hofstra University in New York. China became a hot topic during the heated back-and-forth talks.

China issues new law enforcement guidelines

China has issued new law enforcement guidelines to ensure fairer prosecution standards and strengthen supervision over law enforcement personnel.

CPC to convene plenum from Oct. 24 to 27

The Communist Party of China is preparing to hold its 18th-CPC-Central-Committee sixth-plenary-session from October 24th to 27th in Beijing.

Construction on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is close to completion

To south China's Pearl River Delta, where builders have just linked the decks of the world's longest sea-crossing bridge together. At 55 kilometers in length, the Guardian is calling the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge "one of the seven wonders of the modern world".

Insurance firms turning to stocks

China's insurance companies have become more active in the stock markets in recent months. Dairy giant Yili halted trade last week after Sunshine Insurance lifted its stake in the company. That's just the latest in a series of moves by insurers to bolster equity holdings. Why the sudden enthusiasm?

US election updates

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump says he's satisfied with his performance against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in their first televised debate.

WTO cuts 2016 world trade growth forecast

The World Trade Organization cut its forecast for global trade growth this year by more than a third on Tuesday. The WTO says the cut reflects a slowdown in China and falling levels of imports into the United States.

Belt and Road Initiative applauded by international community

Foreign guests at an international seminar on the Belt and Road Initiative that closed Tuesday praised the China-proposed initiative.

China congratulates Colombia on historic peace deal

China on Tuesday congratulated Colombia on signing a historic peace deal that ends 52 year of armed conflict in the South American country.

Three blasts kill at least 17 in Iraqi capital

A series of explosions in Baghdad killed at least 17 civilians. About 50 others are injured in Iraq.

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27 missing after landslide in Zhejiang Province

Twenty-seven people are missing after a a landslide swept a village in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the provincial government said.

Congress rejects Obama's veto of Saudi Sep 11 bill

U.S. Congress voted on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

InnoTech Expo 2016 in Hong Kong to introduce latest breakthroughs

A science exhibition, InnoTech Expo 2016, is underway in Hong Kong. It showcases Chinese mainland and Hong Kong science and technology achievements, in aviation, deep sea diving, energy, information technology and health.

Russia denies its missile brought down plane

Russia denies its missile brought down plane

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