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China to enshrine Xi’s thought into

China’s ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping’s political thought into the country’s constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution. FILE PHOTO: China’s...

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China opens new freight train service to Budapest

A new freight train service linking the east China port city of Xiamen with Budapest, capital of Hungary, started Friday, making it the newest China-Europe freight train route.  At about 10:45 a.m., a train with 35 containers left Haicang District station in Xiamen,...

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Putin takes dip in icy Russian lake on Epiphany

Russian President Vladimir Putin crosses himself as he bathes in an ice-cold water on Epiphany neat St. Nilus Stolobensky Monastery on Lake Seliger in Svetlitsa village, Russia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers will plunge into icy...

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Brazil considers lifting tariff on U.S. ethanol

Brazil is studying the removal of a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports from the United States, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Wednesday, in a decision that could depend on Washington lifting a ban on fresh beef exports from Brazil. Last year, Brazil...

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Smog continues to hit northern China

Smog will continue to affect parts of northern China from Monday to Wednesday, the national observatory forecast Monday. Moderate to heavy smog will sweep central and southern parts of northern China as well as parts of Huaihe river basin in the period, said the...

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BAT acquires Twisp

British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Twisp Proprietary Limited, a vapour company based in SA.  BAT said in a statement its aim is to grow the next generation products (NGP) category to offer consumers a choice of...

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Democrats target Russia, Trump on election meddling

Democratic U.S. lawmakers accused Russia on Wednesday of a “relentless assault” on democratic institutions worldwide, and called on President Donald Trump to treat election interference as a national crisis. FILE PHOTO: Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) speaks at a press...

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Brazil curbs soy farming deforestation in Amazon

Brazil all but stopped growth of soy farming in newly deforested parts of its Amazon rainforest during the 2016-2017 crop year after efforts to halt purchases of beans from such areas, official data showed on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows the Amazon...

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China warns Trump ahead of possible trade decision

China warned Washington on Thursday it will “resolutely safeguard” its interests ahead of a possible decision in an investigation into whether Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. The United States is disrupting the...

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Richest men in SA

Once one of the richest men in South Africa, Christo Wiese lost some of his wealth after the resignation of Steinhoff International Holdings CEO Markus Jooste. According to article in Business Tech, Wiese lost his billionaire status and his fortune decreased to $742...

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China, Asia leaders discuss Mekong dam projects

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Leaders of nations along Southeast Asia’s Mekong River gather Wednesday in the Cambodian capital amid a push by China to build more dams that are altering the water flow and have raised environmental concerns. The meeting is chaired by...

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