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New Zealand prime minister announces surprise resignation

Today saw another resignation as New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key unexpectedly announced that he will be stepping down from his post. He cites family reasons among many others for leaving, and says it's the 'right time' to leave politics after more than eight years in power.

Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect officially starts

The landmark Shenzhen Hong Kong Connect scheme is now a reality, as trading starts today.

Studio interview: PM Renzi resigns after crushing referendum defeat

For more on the Italian referendum, we are now joined in the studio by Jiang Shixue... deputy chief of European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect kicks off

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Chief Executive Charles Li on Monday announced launch of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect.

Cubans mourn their long-time leader

Grieving Cubans have begun paying their respects at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago after Fidel Castro's ashes were encased in a large granite boulder. Music stopped, entertainment halted... the Cuban people are heading into a revolutionary future without Fidel for the first time.

Young Cubans hope for a better future

Many Cubans have their eyes set on the future. Young adults, between the ages of 20 and 34, are expressing hope that their nation will move forward.

Rising populism in the country

Italy's Five Star Movement, or M-5-S, is a populist, anti-establishment party, which has developed quickly in recent years. Some believe Sunday's referendum is a test for populist sentiment across the country. Such sentiment may even affect the European Union and the entire Western world.

Wall built to separate refugees in Munich

Germany has seen large numbers of refugees entering the country since September 2015, and Munich has seen the largest influx of any German city. Recently, a wall was erected in a suburb of the city to separate refugees from local residents.

PM Renzi resigns after crushing referendum defeat

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced his resignation. His decision comes as exit polls suggest a large defeat in the referendum on cabinet-backed constitutional reform, which was held on Sunday.

7 candidates vying for Ghana's top job

7 candidates vying for Ghana's top job

Forces plan to retake the ancient port of Qandala

Forces plan to retake the ancient port of Qandala

China marks 30th anniversary of UN declaration

Exactly 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared that all human beings have the right to development, which 'is an inalienable human right.' On Sunday, representatives from the government, academia and international organizations gathered in Beijing to discuss how this declaration is relevant today.

Heart of Asia conference adopts 'Amritsar Declaration'

The Sixth Ministerial Conference on Heart of Asia- Istanbul process of Afghanistan today adopted the Amritsar declaration, which puts focus on the concerned countries to address terrorism and enhancing regional economic cooperation.

24 bodies found after warehouse fire in Oakland

Officials in Oakland, California, said the death toll of an overnight fire in a warehouse rose to 24 as of Saturday morning.

A look at China-Cuba relations over the years

A look at China-Cuba relations over the years

Fidel Castro's ashes are interred in Santiago de Cuba

The remains of the Cuban revolutionary leader and former President Fidel Castro were buried Sunday morning at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba.

Parade held to mark 17th anniv. of Macao's return to China

The 'Parade through Macao, Latin City' is a cultural event that unfolds as a procession through the streets of Macao. It is held annually on December 20th to mark the anniversary of Macao's Handover to China.

Exit polls show 'No' group leading in Italy's constitutional referendum

Italians were expected to reject a proposed constitutional reform in a crucial referendum held on Sunday, exit polls showed.

Left-leaning Van Der Bellen leads Austrian presidential vote count

Green party-backed candidate Alexander Van der Bellen beat the right-wing candidate in the rerun of Austrian presidential election on Sunday, according to the projection by the SORA institute for broadcaster ORF.

US VP-elect Pence says Trump talk with Taiwan leader just a 'courtesy call'

President-elect Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan was 'nothing more than taking a courtesy call,' according to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Cubans continue to support Castro's ideals

Over the past week, Cubans have made their way to schools and other public buildings to sign an oath of loyalty for Castro's revolution.

Crossover: Fidel Castro's ashes arrive at final stop

For more, our colleague Sean Callebs joins us again from Santiago de Cuba.

Crossover: US not sending formal delegation to Castro's funeral

For more, let's cross live now to our correspondent Jessica Stone in Washington D.C.

Crossover: Memorials held for former Cuban leader

To find out more about what's happening in the Cuban capital of Havana, we are joined live by our correspondent Franc Contreras.

Studio interview: Castro's legacy will continue affecting Cuba's future

For more analysis, we are now joined in studio by Yang Zhimin, professor at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and David Ramirez Valdes, anchor at CCTV Spanish Channel.

Final tribute held for late Cuban leader

Fidel Castro's remains will soon be interred in a private ceremony at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery. Earlier in the day, the ashes of the late Cuban leader arrived in Santiago de Cuba. And people there have paid their final tributes.

Xi stresses adherence to Constitution

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked to enhance public awareness of the Constitution and its implementation as the country observed the third Constitution Day on Sunday.

How will the extra yen in 2017 be spent?

The latest budget amounts to a 2 point 3 percent increase on the previous year's. Of the total 5.1 trillion yen requested, 105.6 billion yen will be used to upgrade PAC-3 surface-to-air missile systems to strengthen the country's missile defense capabilities.

Fatah's delayed congress votes for new central committee

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party has been holding its first congress in seven years. The congress was delayed for two years and the number of delegates cut by half amid opposition to Abbas's leadership.

Platform designed to place Afghanistan at center

Let's take a look at some of background of the meeting. The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was founded on November 2nd, 2011 in Istanbul.

Talks aims to improve Afghanistan's security and peace

Delegates from around 30 countries have begun talks at the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process in the northern Indian city of Amritsar.

Iranian FM to pay 2-day official visit to China

The Chinese foreign ministry has announced that Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, will arrive in China on Monday for an official two-day visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

Public receives free handbooks, consultations

China marks its third National Constitution Day on Sunday. Officials and legal experts have taken to the streets of Beijing to hand out information booklets and offer free consultations.

Italian Prime Minister Renzi votes in referendum

Italy's Matteo Renzi has joined his fellow Italians to vote in a constitutional referendum on which the reformist Prime Minister has staked his future.

Russians pay tribute to late Cuban leader

The Kremlin has added its voice to tributes still pouring in for Fidel Castro, referring to him as a ‘true friend’ and an ‘inspiring example’.

Orange alert of smog for Beijing, other northern areas

Several parts of northern China are likely to see another day of heavy smog. The national observatory has issued an orange alert for air pollution.

China speaks highly of Uzbekistan's preparatory work

Uzbeks are voting to elect a president to replace late strongman Islam Karimov. Observer delegations from various countries and international organizations have conducted an investigation on the preparatory work. China commends Uzbekistan's efforts.

'No' vote could send shockwaves through markets in Italy

A "no" vote could send financial markets in Europe into another tailspin and trigger a fresh banking crisis in Italy.

Full Text: Xi's congratulatory letter to symposium on UN development right declaration

President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to an international symposium that opened Sunday in Beijing on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations' "Declaration on the Right to Development."

Xi congratulates opening of symposium on UN development right declaration

President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to an international symposium that opened Sunday in Beijing on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations' "Declaration on the Right to Development."

Looking after injured wildlife

To go to southwest China's Sichuan Province, where a local family runs a special shelter for injured wildlife.

China tights its laws on animal protection

China has tightened its laws on the purchase, production and selling of endangered animals in a bid to crack down on the illegal trade. A revised Animal Law will take affect on January 1, 2017.

Studio interview: Four years since China's ruling party laid out rules of conduct for members

To discuss this, we are joined by Professor Liao Fan. He is the Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation, at the Institute of International Law, at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Welcome to our program, Professor Liao. Q1. What's been the impact of the Eight-point Regulation on the Communist Party of China during these past four years?

Nearly 200,000 disciplined in China for violation of document since 2012

It's been four years since the China's ruling Communist Party laid out rules for member conduct. The Eight-Point Regulation of the Center was approved by the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the CPC in December 2012.

Raul Castro delivers tribute to late former leader

Cuban President Raul Castro has just delivered a speech at Fidel Castro's farewell ceremony in Santiago de Cuba. He recalled the revolutionary leader's legacy and affirmed commitment to revolution.

Make Constitution a common belief

As China marks its third Constitution Day that falls on Sunday, it is prudent to remember that is not just a day for pomp and ceremony, but an opportunity for all Chinese to celebrate the rules that govern the nation.

Fire at California loft party kills at least nine

At least nine people have been killed, and about two dozen people are missing after a fire erupted during a dance party at a warehouse in Oakland, in Northern California late Friday night.

32 killed, 149 rescued after gas explosion in Northern China

At least 32 people are dead after a gas explosion at a coal mine in the city of Chifeng in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Saturday.

One-third of Italians still undecided

A survey shows that one-third of Italians are still undecided about whether to accept or reject government-proposed constitutional reforms.

Foreign Ministry summarizes diplomatic achievements

Foreign Minister Wang Yi has summarised China's diplomatic achievements for 2016, saying that the country has improved its global influence. The comments came in a speech at a symposium on international affairs and diplomacy in Beijing.

Raul Castro delivers speech for late former leader

Cuban President Raul Castro has just delivered a speech in front of huge crowds in Santiago de Cuba. They are now gathering for the revolutionary leader's farewell ceremony.

China lodges representations to U.S. over Trump's call with Taiwan leader

China has lodged solemn representations with the United States, urging the latter to honor its commitment to the one-China policy, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Saturday.

Ashes of Fidel Castro arrive in Santiago de Cuba

The ashes of Fidel Castro have arrived in the city of Santiago de Cuba. That's where the former Cuban leader will be interred on Sunday

Syrian gov't forces seize 60 percent of Aleppo

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Icebreaker Xuelong arrives in Antarctic

China's icebreaker Xuelong has arrived in the Antarctic ice zone, after the research vessel launched its 33rd Antarctic expedition on November 2nd. The 256-member team has overcome various complex weather conditions during their 27-day trip, and reached the designated area three days ahead of schedule.

Studio interview: Government measures for the disabled

For more on this topic, we are joined here by Mr. Liu Huawen, the executive director of the Center for Human Rights Studies at the China Academy of Social Sciences. Q1. What measures or plans does the government have to help the disabled in China?

Over 75 mln disabled get rehabilitation services

Saturday is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day celebrated annually around the world since 1992. According to the China Disabled Person's Federation, there were about 85 million people with disabilities in China by 2010, with approximately 29 percent having a physical disability, 24 percent having hearing disabilities, and 15 percent having visual impairments.

Authorities step up supervision of real-estate agencies

Irregularities in China's real-estate agency market are a major source of customer complaints. Chinese authorities have announced that they are now taking measures to strengthen regulations and standardize the industry.

China's GDP expected to hit target, yuan to weaken

Economists at the 7th Caixin Summit in Beijing have peered through their crystal balls to see where the Chinese economy is headed in 2017.

China plans to stamp out poverty by 2020

The State Council has released a poverty alleviation plan for the 13th Five-Year Plan period from 2016 to 2020. During the last five years, China's poverty rate fell from around 17 percent to around 6 percent.

Studio interview: 'One-China Policy': cornerstone of Sino-US relations

For more on China-US ties and China's diplomatic achievements in 2016, we are joined in the studio by Mr. Zhong Houtao, research fellow from the Institute of Taiwan Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Mr. Ye Hailin from the National Institute of International Strategy at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Q1. Will the call between Trump and Tsai affect China-US ties?

Foreign Ministers attend news conference in Moscow

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have attended a press conference following talks in Moscow. During his two-day visit to Russia, Kishida told Lavrov about threats from US missile defence systems located in the Asia Pacific region. Lavrov said difficult to close gap in positions in solving peace treaty issue with Japan. Earlier, Kishida met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg. The meeting comes just weeks before Putin is expected to visit Japan.

17 killed in Inner Mongolia Autonous Region

Seventeen people have been confirmed dead following an explosion at a coal mine in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Major consensus between China and US over Taiwan

The Taiwan issue has played a major role in the understanding China and the US have enjoyed over the years. "The Shanghai Communiqué" -- issued in 1972, during President Richard Nixon's visit to China -- acknowledged that there is only One China.

China urges US to abide by One China policy

The Chinese Foreign Ministry says China has urged the US to abide by the One China policy and the principle of the three China-US joint communiques to avoid unnecessary disruption to bilateral ties. During a speech reviewing China's foreign policies in 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed the call as a "petty action" by Taiwan. The phone call was an unprecedented break with the US' policy with China established in 1979.

Xi calls for smaller but more capable army

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed further military reform by downsizing the army while improving its combat capabilities and optimizing the structure.

Chinese dream is a dream for all

Just four years after the concept first took shape, the Chinese dream is widening its appeal in and beyond China.

Fidel Castro to be interred in private ceremony

In Cuba, the convoy carrying the ashes of former leader Fidel Castro will end a nationwide journey in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Saturday.

Protesters continue demanding Park to step down

Tens of thousands of South Koreans continue to rally in central Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square, demanding President Park Geun-hye to step down.

Exclusive interview with President of Sierra Leone

President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koromo says his visit to China, looks to seek investment from Chinese companies. During his visit he expressed and extended his sincere gratitude to China for its support in the fight against Ebola.

Studio interview: Chinese FM says call a 'petty trick' by Taiwan

We have Victor Gao, our current affairs commentator in the studio to discuss this.

Chinese FM: Trump-Tsai call won't change One-China policy

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said the phone call between US president-elect and Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen was a "petty action" by Taiwan, and will not change the One-China framework already formed by the international community.

Disabled still face limits on rights

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day celebrated annually around the world since 1992. Currently around 10 percent of the total world's population, or roughly 650 million people, live with a disability.

NDRC, Alibaba to build credit system for SMEs

China’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission has teamed up with the country's leading online shopping platform Alibaba to build a national credit system for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Southern coastal city gains new growth momentum

The city of Zhanjiang in south China's Guangdong province is poised to play an active role in turning the country into a major maritime power. The city is a key stop in the country's Belt and Road Initiative and an important gateway to Southeast Asia. Zhanjiang has made significant strides in its economic relations with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Candidate Mamma Kandeh: Result very accurate

In an exclusive interview with CCTV, one of the candidates from the presidential election shares his thoughts about this election result.

Crossover: Polls: Taiwan leader's approval rate continues to drop

For reaction in Taiwan, we are joined by Joanna Lei. She's Managing Director of Azul Management.

Crossover: First call between Taipei and Washington since 1979

For more, let's turn to our reporter Wang Hui in Beijing.

Chinese premier eyes more cooperation with Sierra Leone

Premier Li Keqiang met with Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday, calling on both countries to enhance cooperation in infrastructure development and production capacity.

21 killed, 1 remains trapped in Qitaihe mine accident

21 miners have been killed, and one remains trapped underground, after an explosion hit a private coal mine on Tuesday in Qitaihe, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.

S. Korea to stage anti-Park rally

The anti-Park sentiment continues to build up. Korean media has reported that protesters will keep up with their weekly rally in Seoul this weekend.

Art program helps children with mental disabilities

Today marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. And in China's southwestern city of Chengdu, one school helps children with intellectual disabilities find passion and purpose in life through art.

Europe warns of ISIL attacks

The European Union police agency Europol has warned that Islamic State is likely to launch more attacks in Europe, with several dozen militants already in place.

Putin meets Japanese FM in St. Petersburg

Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg. The meeting comes just weeks before Vladimir Putin visits Japan. Kishida will also meet his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, during his two-day visit.

Crossover: China opposes official contact between Washington, Taipei

For more on this we are now joined by our Washington DC correspondent Daniel Ryntjes.

S. Korean lawmakers file president impeachment bill

In South Korea, three major opposition parties have filed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-hye. It will be put to a vote in the National Assembly on December ninth.

Chinese FM: China opposes any move to separate the country

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has reiterated China opposes any move to separate the country. But he did not mention the phone call between Tsai and Trump.

S. Sudan President denies UN allegations of ethnic cleansing

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El Comandante to be laid to rest in birthplace of revolution

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Executed man proven innocent two decades later

In 1995, a 21-year old man was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a woman in north China's Hebei Province. The Second Circuit Court of the Supreme People's Court, announced his acquittal this morning, saying there wasn't enough evidence to prove him guilty.

Streaming creates stardom and chaos

China's online streaming industry has seen exponential growth. It's created stars out of ordinary people, but it's also been a breeding ground for fraud and the dissemination of inappropriate content. CCTV's Jin Yingqiao looks at the positive influence and the dark side of this burgeoning market.

3 bln trips expected for Spring Festival period

The largest human migration for the 2017 Chinese New Year will kick off on January the 13th and will last forty days. Transporation authorities says a large portion of the population is set to be on the move as usual, making an expected 3 billion passenger trips in total.

China asks the US to fulfill WTO obligations

In response to the United States saying that "It's still not the right time to grant China market economy status", China claims that the status has no relation to the ending of the surrogate country system.

Connector to enhance financial activity in HK

The clock is ticking as Shenzhen-Hong Kong stock connect will have a final round of system tests on Saturday before formally launching next Monday.

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China marks 30th anniversary of UN declaration

Exactly 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared that all human beings have the right to development, which 'is an inalienable human right.' On Sunday, representatives from the government, academia and international organizations gathered in Beijing to discuss how this declaration is relevant today.

PM Renzi resigns after crushing referendum defeat

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced his resignation. His decision comes as exit polls suggest a large defeat in the referendum on cabinet-backed constitutional reform, which was held on Sunday.

New Zealand prime minister announces surprise resignation

Today saw another resignation as New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key unexpectedly announced that he will be stepping down from his post. He cites family reasons among many others for leaving, and says it's the 'right time' to leave politics after more than eight years in power.

Wall built to separate refugees in Munich

Germany has seen large numbers of refugees entering the country since September 2015, and Munich has seen the largest influx of any German city. Recently, a wall was erected in a suburb of the city to separate refugees from local residents.

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