The agreements were signed on May 23 during a three-day visit to Sudan by a Chinese delegation led by Nur Bekri, head of the National Energy Administration and deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission.
Sun Qin, chairman of CNNC, says the company will work with Sudan's Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity.
Chai Guohan, chief engineer at the Ministry of Environmental Protection's Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center, says it is likely the Chinese-designed Hualong 1, a third-generation reactor, will be chosen for the Sudan plant.
With the world's largest number of reactors under construction, China plans to develop this experience into nuclear exports. CNNC has clinched deals with Argentina to build two nuclear reactors, while China General Nuclear Power Group has partnered with France's EDF to build three reactors in Britain.
Sudan has faced power shortages in recent years and is seeking to build two 600-mW pressurized water reactors to meet the growing demand for electricity, with construction on the first starting in 2021.
Finance Minister Badr-Eddin Mahmoud says the agreements with China reviewed all energy issues facing the country and predicts they will provide solutions for these and for new projects.
China National Nuclear corp will work with Sudan's Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity to develop nuclear power. Su Chengfen has spent all his life fishing in the reef-filled South China Sea, guided by a handwritten book more than 600 years old that depicts routes to various remote islands from Hainan province. The former fishing vessel captain, who lives in the town of Tanmen, cherishes the book, wrapping it in layers of paper even though at 81 it is impossible for him to return to the sea.
A book belonging to Chinese fisherman Su Chengfen depicts sailing routes from Tanmen county in Hainan province to Huangyan Island in the South China Sea. He has always known it is precious, as it contains detailed information handed down over the generations, but at first he had not realized its true significance. Specialists say the information the book contains is undeniable proof of China's sovereignty over Huangyan Island.
He wrote An Arcane Book About the South China Sea, the first book in China studying genglubu, a term used for various editions of ancient handwritten books recording sailing routes in the South China Sea. The book is not easy to understand or decipher, as it uses archaic words and ancient expressions for directions. Fu Shibao, an officer at the border police station in Tanmen, says there used to be at least 1,000 such books in the seafaring town.
He says the true value of the books was realized after friction between China and the Philippines over Huangyan Island escalated sharply in 2012. Zhou, who has studied genglubu for 26 years with his wife, says a book provided by former sea captain Peng Zhengkai records 17 routes to the Xisha Islands and more than 200 routes to the Nansha Islands. Fishermen in ancient times named 136 islands and reefs in the books for China, much earlier than their naming by other countries, he says.
He says the routes, along with China's historical documents, archaeological discoveries and accounts from old seafarers and fishermen, show "waters around the Dongsha, Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands had become fixed fishing grounds for Chinese fishermen in the Ming Dynasty". Accordingly, although China is the victim of the South China Sea issue, it has been firmly committed to resolving disputes peacefully through friendly consultations and negotiations with countries directly concerned. This sincerity and commitment by China has been a deciding factor for stability of the situation in the South China Sea. Especially since the late 1990s, China has been proactively engaged with some directly concerned parties of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to work out possible solutions of sovereignty disputes over islands and reefs in question through bilateral consultation, and with the ASEAN as a whole to build up confidence and to collectively maintain peace and stability in the region. I am proud to say that as head of the Chinese delegation taking part in the first few rounds of working group meeting on the draft of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, I contributed in a small measure to such a significant endeavor.
From my personal experience, working with the ASEAN and its member states, I should say that China and ASEAN members have the wisdom and every capability to resolve disputes peacefully and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea on their own.
Now, China is working with ASEAN members to implement the declaration, and we are speeding up the "code of conduct in the South China Sea" consultation.
With a view to securing common interests and common objectives of maintaining long-lasting peace and stability in the South China Sea, China has made a few proposals. First, the disputing parties must peacefully resolve their disputes through negotiation in accordance with the declaration. Second, pending eventual solutions, countries in the region, claimants or otherwise, that border the South China Sea must work together to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, and to uphold the freedom of navigation in accordance with international law.
Third, it is hoped that countries outside the region support the resolution of the disputes through negotiation between the directly concerned parties, and support the efforts of China and the ASEAN to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. So long as the above-mentioned points are put in place, peace and stability in the South China Sea will continue to be maintained. As pointed out by Fu Ying and Wu Shichun in their article contributed to the National Interest, South China Sea: How We Got to This Stage, "The future direction will very much depend on the perceptions and choices of the parties involved.
China and the European Union have shared strategic interests in maintaining the freedom and safety of navigation, and promoting stability and prosperity in the South China Sea.
Given this, we sincerely hope the EU will strictly abide by its political commitment to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and China's position on the South China Sea issue, and refrain from taking any action that constitutes interference in the South China Sea issue. French unions urged workers to step up a wave of industrial action on Friday against a controversial labor law, a day after clashes over the reform in Paris.
With just two weeks to go before France hosts the Euro 2016 soccer championship, the country has been gripped by more than a week of strikes that have disrupted transport and sparked fuel shortages. The tug of war between unions and President Francois Hollande's deeply unpopular government showed little sign of ending, as union representatives urged workers to "multiply and support" the strikes. At the Tricastin nuclear plant in southern France, workers set fire to piles of tires on Thursday. Unions are furious about the legislation forced through Parliament aimed at reforming France's rigid labor laws by making it easier for companies to hire and fire workers. They said the government's response to the strikes was only "boosting the determination" of opponents to the legislation.
The call came a day after police fired tear gas at a small group of masked youths who smashed shop windows and parked cars in central Paris, in the latest outburst of anger at the controversial legislation. Nationwide protests on Thursday saw 153,000 people take to the streets overall, officials said, though union leaders put the number at 300,000. French authorities said 62 demonstrators were taken into custody across the country, 32 of them in the capital, while 15 security officers were injured in clashes.
Although some blockades on fuel depots and refineries in the north of the country were called off, many motorists were still stuck in long queues at petrol stations around France.
A man in his 50s had to be airlifted to hospital after a motorist rammed a roadblock outside a petrol refinery at Fos-sur-Mer.
Speaking in Japan after a summit with otherworld leaders, Hollande said France's economy was starting to pick up and should not be derailed by opponents of the reform.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year on Thursday night, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champions after a roller-coaster finish. Scripps made the bee tougher after two consecutive ties, forcing the last two spellers to get through three times as many words as in years past. In another change, bee organizers didn't stick to a predetermined list of "championship words" for the last two or three spellers. Because the best spellers become fluent in Latin and Greek roots, the bee went to words derived from trickier or more obscure languages, including Afrikaans, Danish, Irish Gaelic, Maori and Mayan.
Jairam's winning word was Feldenkrais, which is derived from a trademark and means a system of body movements intended to ease tension. Among the words they got right: Kjeldahl, Hohenzollern, juamave, groenedael, zindiq and euchologion. This was the 89th bee, and while Scripps' records from early years are incomplete, the youngest known champion was Wendy Guey, who won 20 years ago at age 12.
The producer behind an Australian television program's involvement in a mother's botched child-snatching operation in Lebanon has lost his job, as the show's founder on Friday dubbed the debacle "the gravest misadventure in the program's history". The comment by Australia's 60 Minutes founder Gerald Stone came amid the release of a damning internal review into the incident, in which the program paid a so-called child recovery agency to snatch an Australian woman's two children back from her estranged Lebanese husband. Sally Faulkner said her children's father, Ali al-Amin, took them from their home in Australia to Beirut on a holiday last year and never returned.
Stephen Rice, the producer of the story, will leave the company effective immediately, according to a statement by the program's network, Channel Nine. The review, conducted by current and former Nine executives, cited a series of failures, including violating company policy by directly paying the child recovery agency to snatch the children. US President Barack Obama paid moving tribute on Friday to victims of the world's first nuclear attack, during a historic visit to Hiroshima, but did not apologize for his country's use of the atomic bomb. In a soaring speech watched by survivors of the atomic blast, Obama said the bomb that rent the city on August 6, 1945 "demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself". Obama greeted aging survivors and embraced one elderly man who appeared overcome with emotion.
He also chatted with a smiling Sunao Tsuboi, 91, who had earlier said he wanted to tell the US president how grateful he was for his visit. Obama, wearing a dark suit, looked somber as he offered a wreath at the cenotaph, in the shadow of a wrecked building that stands in silent tribute to the dead. The president lowered his head and closed his eyes as he paused for a moment's contemplation, before withdrawing and watching Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe do the same.
There was some criticism of Obama as his visit could be interpreted as tantamount to an apology for the nuclear attacks on the two Japanese cities.
While Hiroshima commands the spotlight, Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday reminded the international community of the scars left by the massacre in Nanjing in 1937.
On Dec 13, 1937, Japanese troops captured Nanjing, then China's capital, and started a barbarous spree killing that lasted over a month. On Dec 13 every year since 2014, China marks National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims.
Motofumi Asai, former director of China and Mongolia division in Japan's foreign minister, called Obama's Hiroshima trip a showcase of celebration for a stronger Japan-US alliance. There is "zero possibility" of concrete initiatives on nuclear disarmament from the Obama administration that is due in months, Asai said.
US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on Friday. The protesters included labor union members and college students, as well as survivors and relatives of victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Hirotaka added that with the end of his last term in office approaching, Obama hoped to leave behind some political legacy.
The Abe Cabinet issued a statement this April saying that the Constitution does not necessarily ban Japan from possessing and using nuclear weapons even though domestic and international laws limit the use of nuclear weapons. Nagasaki resident Hashizato Kougo said the Nagasaki survivors of the atomic bomb might become involved in war again as the Abe administration has not reflected on the war of aggression and passed the recent war legislation.
The new laws, marking Japan's biggest legislative postwar security shift and reversing seven decades of pacifism, will permit Japanese forces to engage in combat missions overseas in a move that has drawn the ire of Japan's neighbors and the international community for threatening to destabilize security and peace in the Asia-Pacific region. Okinawa University student Akamine Chiaki said that criminal cases involving US soldiers repeatedly happened in Okinawa. On Wednesday, more than 4,000 Japanese rallied around the US Kadena Air Base in Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa angry at the murder of a local woman.
Obama extended "sincerest condolences and deepest regrets" over the murder late on Wednesday at a meeting with Abe ahead of the G7 summit. US President Barack Obama and CNN celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain were seen squeezing around a small table, enjoying cold local beer and grilled pork patties served in a bowl of fish sauce, along with vermicelli noodles, herbs and lettuce on the side. By the time Obama was leaving the eatery, he was surrounded by crowds of Vietnamese greeting the president of a nation that was once Vietnam's bitter enemy.
On the same day, Obama, with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang standing at his side, unexpectedly announced the lifting of a longstanding arms embargo on Vietnam. The news has been widely interpreted by Western media as a move to lure Vietnam from China into the US sphere or a move to counter the influence of a rising China, especially regarding maritime disputes in the South China Sea. Obama said the decision to lift the arms ban was not based on China or any other considerations. His words were met with suspicion from many Chinese experts studying China-US relations, who see any visit by Obama to the region as move to undermine China's interests.
Su Hao, a professor of Asia-Pacific studies at China Foreign Affairs University, told China Daily that it is obvious that the US aims to contain China by taking advantage of Hanoi's territorial disputes with Beijing. Kurt Campbell, chairman of the Asia Group and assistant-secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs from 2009 to 2013, had accompanied Obama on several Asian trips. It was Obama's first trip to Vietnam and to Hiroshima, where the US military dropped its first atomic bomb on Aug 6, 1945. While about 58,000 US military personnel died during the Vietnam War, the death toll of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians was estimated at 3 million. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese over three generations are still living with the effects of exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange, SkyNews quoted Vietnamese authorities as saying.
Obama became the first sitting US president to pay a brief visit on Friday to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome.
In surveys, most Japanese have not demanded an apology from Obama, citing that Japan started the war. Inside the US, veterans and military historians insisted that Obama should not apologize because dropping the bombs was necessary to shorten the war and forestall an invasion of the Japanese island of Kyushu, which could have led to many more US casualties.
With a triumphant pile of delegates in hand, Republican Donald Trump on Thursday claimed support from "almost everybody" in his party and turned his attention to his likely Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, who is still locked in a divisive primary contest. Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature is investigating 89 alleged cases of corruption involving current and former government officials amounting to $69 billion dollars, lawmaker Freddy Guevara said on Thursday. Russian aircraft have delivered about 40 tons of UN food products to Syria's eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, which is besieged by Islamic State militants, said the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria on Thursday. A sixth man was charged on Friday in connection to Australia's so-called "tinnie terror" case in which a group of young men allegedly hoped to travel overseas on a small boat to join jihadists. A patrol boat and a fishing boat from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea returned to the north after crossing the maritime border with the Republic of Korea after the ROK military fired warning shots. Three tourists are confirmed dead and one is still missing after a speedboat packed with foreign tourists capsized on its way to the tourist island of Koh Samui in Southern Thailand on Thursday. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has conveyed his best wishes to both Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the Chinese people as this auspicious date approaches, and as Austria's ambassador to China, I would like to join him in expressing my warmest regards.
I feel privileged to serve in Beijing as China continues to open up and introduce more international initiatives, guided by President Xi Jinping's vision of the "Chinese Dream". During the state visit of Austrian President Heinz Fischer to Beijing in March 2015, he and Xi conferred about the revival of the Silk Road - the Belt and Road Initiative - and Fischer confirmed Austria's great interest in forging a deeper partnership with China.
Austria's longstanding relations with and involvement in countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, as well as those in Central Asia, give Austrian companies and institutions solid foundations for third-country cooperation with China. The Bank of China opened its first Austrian branch in our capital, Vienna, on March 8, and this highlighted the relevance of Austria and its capital as a market place and financial center.
China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) offers many opportunities for further deepening the existing bilateral trade and investment ties between our countries.
According to a recent poll by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Austrian companies are confident that China's "Made in China 2025" initiative will likely lead to higher value inputs from Austrian companies to industrial processes, thus opening up opportunities for extended cooperation. In the context of China's increasing level of private consumption, Austrian companies' presence in the highend consumer goods and lifestyle sectors in China is set to increase with products ranging from specialty food items such as cheese and chocolates to winter sports equipment.

Environmental issues and the move to greater resource and energy efficiency, which are major focus areas of the 13th Five-Year Plan, could also yield many opportunities for cooperation. There are also an increasing number of city-to-city cooperation initiatives around the smart city concept, including cultural projects and major events, as well as tourism know-how and training.
Austrian companies, many of them world leaders in their fields, have successfully showcased their goods and services for years at the annual ISPO Beijing winter sports fair and are forging collaborations in their various fields of expertise with Chinese partners.
Universities in China and Austria are cooperating more on winter sports and the Olympic committees of both countries are in regular communication. Building on longstanding agreements and excellent relations within the Eurasia Pacific Uninet framework, there has been increasing cooperation in science and technology over the past few years, with many joint projects carried out by Austrian and Chinese advanced research institutions. Legal cooperation between our countries will benefit from the impending conclusion of a bilateral treaty on legal assistance, which will hopefully assist in solving a number of serious fraud cases that have been detrimental to both countries. As one of the events to commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations, a dialogue was held between Austrian and Chinese scholars on the Tao Te Ching's messages regarding state craft in Vienna in mid-May. Tourism is booming: More and more Chinese tourists - more than half a million annual - are discovering Austria and they are deciding to spend more time in the country - joining outdoor and sports activities, as well as visiting the traditional cultural must-sees in Vienna, Salzburg or Innsbruck. Austrian Airlines, with its cooperation partner Air China, currently operates direct flights between Vienna and Beijing, Shanghai and - as of September 2016 - also Hong Kong, making travel more convenient. Bilateral visits and people-to-people exchanges are intensifying, thanks to the bilateral Young Leaders Program and global Austrian Leadership Program, initiated in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Numerous partnerships between Chinese and Austrian entities on various levels, from the regional to city level, together with friendship associations, also demonstrate the strong people-to-people contact between our two countries.
Austria's relations with China are solidly embedded within the EUChina strategic partnership.
As an observer within the "16+1" process, Austria welcomes the positive engagement from the EU to enhance connectivity between China's Belt and Road Initiative and existing EU infrastructure development programs. Let me conclude by expressing my deep personal gratitude to the many Chinese counterparts, officials and businesspeople, artists and journalists, and the many Chinese citizens whom I have been privileged to meet during more than four years of service in Beijing. My husband Reinhard and I have often been deeply impressed by their commitment, professionalism and dedication, and the love they profess for their great country.
As early as 1956, official economic relations were established with the signing of the first non-governmental trading agreement. With the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1971, bilateral trade and economic relations improved further.
The economic, legal and international framework for doing business in China has evolved dramatically over the last few years. As far as Austrian imports from China are concerned, labor-intensive and low-tech products are increasingly being replaced by highervalue items such as mobile phones, machines for data processing, optical apparatus and medical instruments.
Austrian environmental technologies have for many years made inroads into the Chinese market for water treatment, industrial air purification and renewable energy products. Consumer goods and services related to lifestyle are rapidly growing in popularity among sophisticated clients. An annual survey conducted among Austrian companies in China by Austria's official trade promotion organization, Advantage Austria, shows that cooperation between Austrian and Chinese firms now extends beyond the borders of both countries. By utilizing existing contacts and synergies from their business in China, Austrian companies are starting to position themselves as strategic partners as well as potential suppliers for Chinese companies in international projects.
Despite uncertainties relating to the restructuring of the Chinese economy, the overwhelming majority of Austrian companies remain positive about the Chinese market.
Advantage Austria is committed to helping Austrian companies tap the huge potential of the changing Chinese market. Advantage Austria is affiliated to the Austrian Economic Chamber and represents the interests of Austrian companies abroad.
The writer is the head of Advantage Austria Beijing and commercial counselor at the Austrian embassy.
China became Austria's fifth-largest trade partner in 2015, with a bilateral trade volume roughly 300 times the figure in 1971, and there were 18 pairs of sister provinces or cities in the two countries.
China has opened two Confucius Institutes in Austria and more than 3,000 Chinese students are studying in the country. The two countries are facing new historic opportunities in relations as China and Europe are dedicated to promoting a full strategic partnership, implementing the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the 16+1 cooperation. Austria's location at the heart of Europe, its history, tradition and economy have made the country a pioneer capable of playing an important role in Sino-EU cooperation. According to a Chinese saying, "It's easy for people to meet but it's more precious to know each other and even become heartfelt friends".
Our two countries are different in economic size, social systems, histories and cultures, but as long as we seek common ground while maintaining our differences, and promote exchanges and cooperation at different levels on the basis of mutual respect, equality, and the win-win principle, we will see greater development in our relations as well as benefits to our countries and peoples. An Austrian orchestra performs in Shanghai this month during a visit to the East China metropolis.
So China had put out a position paper in December, 2014, saying, "We unmistakably did not want this arbitration. The court turned on its head, and said, "Ah, the position paper is going to be a plea" because they have the authority to decide each case whether they have jurisdiction or not. Everyone in the Western press believes China is really being the bad guy, and they are only getting half of the story. China never said, but they should say this: Nine Dash Line, among other things, indicate a broad sea area which there are features that are subject to the historic title claims.
You should not say historic rights or reasons, the magic word in the (UN) Convention is historic title.
I mean, Taiping (the only island occupied and inhabited by Taiwan people), is a historic title claim. Does it make sense to you to say that Xisha and Nansha belong to China since ancient times? Now the Filipinos are having such fun of making faces at China, hiding behind the US military, thinking they are really doing something wonderful. But it engages in this sleight of hand tricks, such as what I described in respect to jurisdiction. US officials such as Assistant Secretary Danny Russel always said this tribunal ruling is going to be binding? In my view, it's an abuse of the process, where these five Europeans (judges) are passing judgment Chinese opted out of.
Group of Seven leaders voiced concern about emerging economies at a summit in Japan on Thursday as their host, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made a pointed comparison to the 2008 global financial crisis but not all his G7 partners appeared to agree. The G7 leaders did agree on the need for flexible spending to spur world growth but the timing and amount depended on each country, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko said, adding some countries saw no need for such spending.
Abe presented data showing global commodities prices fell 55 percent from June 2014 to January 2016, the same margin as from July 2008 to February 2009, after the collapse of the global financial services firm Lehman Brothers. Lehman had been Wall Street's fourth-largest investment bank when it filed for Chapter 11 protection on Sept 15, 2008, making its bankruptcy by far the biggest in US history. Abe hopes, some political insiders say, to use a G7 statement on the global economy as cover for a domestic fiscal package including the possible delay of a rise in the nation's sales tax to 10 percent from 8 percent planned for next April. G7 leaders were rattled by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, US President Barack Obama said, adding Trump's statements displayed ignorance and were aimed at getting headlines, not what was needed to keep the US safe and the world on an even keel.
Summit pageantry began when Abe escorted G7 leaders to the Shinto religion's holiest site, the Ise Grand Shrine in central Japan, dedicated to sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, mythical ancestress of the emperor.
Abe has said he hopes the shrine visit will provide an insight to the heart of Japanese culture. On Wednesday night, Abe met Obama for talks dominated by the arrest of a US military base civilian worker in connection with the killing of a young woman on Japan's southern Okinawa island, reluctant host to the bulk of the US military in Japan. Obama opened his trip to Japan with much intrigue about his upcoming stop in the city where the United States dropped the first atomic bomb. Obama's comments on Hiroshima after meeting with Abe offered a preview of the approach he will try to take at the site of the US attack on Aug 6, 1945, that killed 140,000 people.
The Japanese government frequently uses Hiroshima to pose itself as a victim of the war but seldom mention its wartime atrocities in its invasion against Asian neighbors.
The surprise attack by the Japanese military on Dec 7, 1941, killed more than 2,400 people, wounded scores and led Washington's entry into World War II. As union activists disrupted fuel supplies, trains and nuclear plants during a day of demonstrations around the country, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls opened the door to possible changes but said the government would not abandon the bill, which would make the country's 35-hour workweek more flexible, among other provisions. The draft law, aimed at boosting hiring after a decade of nearly 10 percent unemployment and slow but corrosive economic decline, has escalated into the toughest challenge yet to President Francois Hollande and his Socialist government. After vacating the bridge, which typically carries about 12 million vehicles a year, union activists spread the disruption to Le Havre, driving slowly through town or briefly blocking roads on foot as cars around them honked repeatedly. Then the dock workers stormed the main square in front of City Hall, setting off multicolor smoke bombs and throwing some in fountains, kicking up plumes of water.
Fabien Gloaguen, an activist with the militant Worker's Force movement, said the government would have to back down. Valls insisted the bill is "good for workers" and small businesses, and argued that many of its critics are ill-informed of its contents.
In addition to loosening rules about the 35-hour workweek, the bill makes it easier to fire workers in times of economic downturn, and weakens the power of unions to set working conditions across an entire sector. Two months of protests escalated over the past week as unions targeted the sensitive oil industry, blocking fuel depots and refineries. An explosion at a chemical factory in western India on Thursday killed at least two people and injured more than 120, officials said.
Police say 11 people were injured in a third consecutive night of clashes with protesters supporting squatters in Spain's northeastern city of Barcelona. A Catalonia police spokesman said dozens of demonstrators burned several trash containers and vandalized shop and bank branch fronts in disturbances that dragged on into the early hours of Thursday in the city's Gracia district.
A truck transporting garment factory workers crashed into a motorbike in southeastern Cambodia's Svay Rieng province on Wednesday evening, leaving two motorists dead and 69 garment workers injured, the Ministry of Labor said in a statement on Thursday.
The first South Korean gay couple to seek legal status for their same-sex marriage said on Thursday they would appeal a court decision rejecting their claim and urged other couples to join their struggle. Movie director Kim JhoGwang-soo and his longtime partner Kim Seung-hwan, held a wedding ceremony in Seoul in September 2013 and submitted their marriage registration form to their local authority only for it to be rejected. Three new pieces of debris thought to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have been found washed up on Indian Ocean beaches and will be examined in Australia, the transport minister said on Thursday.
In its annual budget, the government forecasts that rising fiscal surpluses in coming years will allow it to begin paying down its public debt. The government plans to hike tobacco taxes by 46 percent over the next four years as it continues an ambitious campaign to eliminate smoking from the South Pacific nation by 2025.
The indigenous Maori have relatively high smoking rates, and the tax plan was pushed by the Maori Party.
An estimated 4,500 to 5,000 New Zealanders died from smoking-related illnesses each year and 15 percent of adults - or 550,000 people - smoked daily. A subsidy for polluting businesses that was introduced to help them out after the 2008 global financial crisis will be eliminated by 2019. Thirteen-year-old Siti Maryam says she suffers headaches and nausea after harvesting tobacco leaves with her bare hands during four years of working on her family's farm in Indonesia.
Maryam, who is among the thousands of children a rights group says work in hazardous conditions on farms in the world's fifth-biggest producer of tobacco, spoke to Reuters in a field near the east Java city of Probolinggo.
Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing markets for tobacco products, with about $16 billion worth of cigarettes sold last year in the country of 250 million, an increase of 13 percent from 2014, says market research firm Euromonitor International. But a lack of information leaves families oblivious to the risks their children face while working on tobacco farms, said Margaret Wurth, a researcher for New York-based rights group.
Several big companies lack procedures to screen out tobacco that involves the effort of children working in hazardous conditions, the group said in a report on Wednesday. The group interviewed 227 people, among them 132 children aged between 8 and 17, who said they worked on tobacco farms in four Indonesian provinces.
But the report risks generalizing the whole of Indonesia and some children do work in nonhazardous conditions on tobacco farms, said Soeseno, chairman of the Indonesian tobacco farmers' association. Parents getting children to help is in line with cultural norms in some areas, said Soeseno, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. Customers do not normally ask whether child labor is involved, said Suradi, a trader who buys tobacco from farmers in Probolinggo for resale.
A rights organization said it contacted some of the biggest companies operating in Indonesia, such as Philip Morris International Inc, Djarum Group and PT Gudang Garam Tbk. Philip Morris welcomed the report, said sustainability officer Miguel Coleta, adding that the company sourced almost 70 percent of its tobacco through direct contracts with Indonesian farmers, versus about 10 percent four years ago. But change requires many stakeholders to cooperate, including the Indonesian government, he added.
Indonesian tobacco firms Djarum and Gudang Garam did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment. The research, led by scientists at Britain's Imperial College London, looked at attitudes to and use of e-cigarettes across Europe between 2012 and 2014.
Using data from more than 53,000 people across Europe - with at least 1,000 from each country - the study also found the proportion of people across Europe who consider e-cigarettes dangerous nearly doubled to 51 percent from 27 percent.
E-cigarettes are metal tubes that heat liquids typically laced with nicotine and deliver vapor when inhaled. Experts fiercely debate whether the devices can help people give up smoking and whether they are safe - with some studies raising concerns about the toxicity of some of the ingredients. Most people who reported trying e-cigarettes were former or current smokers, although the number who had never smoked tobacco but had tried them also rose. Bill Cosby's lawyers gave a blistering preview of the questions the actor's accuser will face at trial, as a judge refused to dismiss the sex-assault case at a preliminary hearing. Constand did not testify, a decision meant to spare her from being cross-examined before trial. The defense objected to Constand's absence during the half-day hearing, which marked the first time that police statements from either Constand or Cosby, 78, have been aired in public. No trial date has been set, and lawyers are expected to spend months arguing over what evidence can be used - most notably, whether other accusers can testify and whether Cosby's deposition from Constand's lawsuit can be used. Several women have accused Cosby of drugging them and sexual assault while they were drugged. McMonagle on Tuesday suggested that Constand was having a relationship with a married man and that the pair had engaged in "petting" during a few earlier visits to his home. On the night in question, she said that Cosby urged her to take three blue pills "to take the edge off" her stress and to wash them down with wine he had poured.
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Compiled by reporters Li Xiaokun, Zhang Yunbi and Liu Xiaoli, the articles cover a range of topics and provide an insight into what life is like on South China Sea islands.
It clearly proves that generations of Chinese fishermen have worked on the island," says Zhou Weimin, a retired professor with Hainan University. This book also contains many other details, including the weather conditions and ocean currents for every month. The Paracel Islands, for example, are named from a Portuguese word meaning "stone reef", which originally comes from the Chinese.
Zhou says the ancient Chinese did not name the others because many of them are submerged or partly submerged banks. That is to safeguard national territorial integrity and maintain regional peace and tranquility. Article 4 of the declaration makes it crystal clear that the dispute must be resolved by the directly concerned states. Yet China and the EU are not disputing parties, and the South China Sea issue is not an issue between the two. We also hope the EU will play a constructive role by supporting the resolution of the disputes through negotiation between the directly concerned parties, and support the efforts of China and the ASEAN to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.
But unions are demanding the reforms be scrapped altogether, arguing they favor business at the expense of workers' rights and are unlikely to bring down high unemployment.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for a probe into the incident that led to the man's injuries.
No one will know whether the bee had harder words in reserve, but former spellers said Jairam and Nihar nailed the toughest words in recent memory. In April, Faulkner and a 60 Minutes crew covering her story went to Beirut in a bid to get back the children. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of the atom requires a moral revolution as well. Many in the United States believe bombings were necessary to bring an earlier end to World War II and save thousands of lives. He said that while Hiroshima is worthy of attention, Nanjing should not be forgotten and deserves even more attention. More than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers who had laid down their arms were murdered and over 20,000 women were raped. For the two allies, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Pearl Harbor have been the thorns in their relations. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a historical revisionist and always tries to justify the war of aggression.
He said the murder was a "tragedy" and "inexcusable", and pledged to continue to cooperate fully with the investigation to ensure that justice is done under the Japanese justice system. And we hope this will be conducive to regional peace, stability and development," spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday. He interpreted the trip to Vietnam and Hiroshima as not about China, but more about reconciliation with nations of two major wars. In his remarks at Hiroshima, he will continue to promote his 2009 vision of a nuclear free world. The center said the aid was delivered via parachutes, and a few tons of humanitarian aid have also been delivered to the Al-Kabu area in the central province of Homs and the Azizia area in the northern province of Aleppo.
Australian Federal Police said a 25-year-old Melbourne man was charged on suspicion of preparing to enter a foreign country to engage in hostile activities. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday that the DPRK patrol and fishing boats were some 640 meters south of the Northern Limit Line in the west sea at 7:30 am.
Two of the three victims are respectively from the United Kingdom and Germany, while a newly found female corpse remains to be confirmed whether she is the former reported missing tourist from Hong Kong. Austria has since joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member and our trade organization Advantage Austria cooperates with other interested chambers of commerce on a Silk Road Platform. It is timely, therefore, that the embassy's team has been strengthened by the addition of an attachi??i?? for agriculture and environment issues.
Chengdu and Vienna are both developing major new urban developments: the Tianfu New Area in Chengdu and the Aspern Seestadt Initiative in Vienna. As China prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympics there is also a drive to broaden the appeal of winter sports to the wider Chinese public. Austria has successfully hosted the Olympic Winter Games twice, the Youth Olympic Winter Games once, and is an annual host of major world-cup races and world championship events in winter sports.
At Shanghai's Fudan University, the Austrian Center recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and Technical University of Graz recently opened a liaison office at Shanghai's Tongji University.
Many Austrian orchestras perform regularly in China, artworks, from both the past and present are showcased in China and Austrian artists hold many successful exhibitions.
Viennese balls - which in the past have been successfully held in Beijing and Shanghai - combine the pleasures of good music with elegant entertainment and delicious cuisine. Visa application procedures have become more customer-friendly since the Chinese government has authorized Austria to operate visa application centers in 15 locations in China earlier this year. A new Austrian current affairs television program is broadcast live from Beijing several times a year and will contribute to increasing mutual knowledge. Austria actively contributes to the shaping of this partnership, in particular in the areas of the China-Europe Water Platform, where Austria, together with the International Center for Small Hydro Power, leads on small hydro power; or on issues of the rights of women, children and persons with disabilities. The EU-China Summit, which will be held in July will undoubtedly further enhance the quality and intensity of the strategic partnership to which Austria continues to be fully committed. Let me also pay tribute to and thank every member of the team at the Austrian embassy in Beijing for their superb service. In 1964, the Austrian Economic Chamber and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade laid the foundation for a very fruitful cooperation. Several agreements - on investment protection, technical and scientific cooperation, and double taxation - were signed. With slower economic growth and a shift toward the manufacturing of more technologically advanced products, competition has intensified considerably. In 2015, according to Austrian statistics, it passed the 11-billion-euro ($12.35 billion) threshold, making China Austria's fifth-largest trading partner worldwide. Austrian exports to China are dominated by automotive products, specialized machines, electric and electronic devices and chemicals to satisfy the demand created by China's industrial modernization. Recently, China's plans for rural development have created a niche market for Austria's unique know-how and technologies in the fields of forestry and agriculture. China's new enthusiasm for winter sports is perfectly matched by Austria's expertise in the manufacturing of equipment in this sector. Austria's interest in China's Belt and Road Initiative and its membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank have to be seen in this context. With the growing purchasing power of its people and the intended upgrading of many industrial sectors, China remains an exciting and very attractive market. Austria's official trade promotion organization operates in over 70 countries with more than 110 offices, including seven in China. Over the past 45 years, the two countries' relations have been fruitful and benefited both Austrian and Chinese people.
Travel is becoming easier with Air China and Austrian Airlines flights to Vienna from both Beijing and Shanghai. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. And so they took what was an all-right "we don't want to play this game" decision by China in writing and they said, this will be a plea.
All the world thought China was being really bad because they refuse to honor this arbitration. But what I don't agree with is whereafter they (China) have not done a good job of explaining their position.
By the way, if the US ever became a party of this agreement, we would have opted out as the Chinese did. Critics said he's catering to a conservative base that wants to put religion back in politics and revive traditional values. But that first visit by a sitting US president was caught up over the recent arrest of a former Marine in connection with the murder of a Japanese woman in Okinawa. Obama said the US would support having the suspect prosecuted through Japan's legal system.
Some have called for such a trip as a sign of Japan's acknowledgment of its wartime actions. He didn't elaborate on what might be changed, and insisted that the "heart" of the bill - a measure weakening the power of unions over workplace rules - should remain. Many remain angry that the government forced the bill through the lower house of parliament without a vote because of division in the Socialist majority. Well were hardening our tone too!" an organizer shouted into a loudspeaker at the Normandy Bridge, where some 200 to 300 trade unionists and other protesters gathered to block traffic in one of many disruptions to roads around the country on Thursday. The powerful explosion, caused by a malfunction in the factory's boiler, shattered windows in buildings near the factory in Dombivli in Maharashtra state. The accident took place when the truck hit the motorbike head-on, the statement said, adding that the truck overturned in the collision, ejecting the workers.
The couple challenged the decision with a lawsuit filed in July last year, but a Seoul district court ruled on Wednesday that there was no legal basis for the challenge. Once the taxes are in place, a pack of 20 cigarettes will cost about 30 NZ dollars, about US $20, one of the highest prices in the world. Te Ururoa Flavell, the party's co-leader, said it was the right thing to do, even if cost his constituents more money. But opponents say the measure amounts to a tax hike on businesses, and consumers will end up paying more. Children work in hazardous conditions in the tobacco industry, according to international rights groups.
Under a recent state law, prosecutors can instead have witness statements read into the record.
Sriram also got a word wrong during his bee, but his eventual co-champion, Ansun Sujoe, flubbed his chance at the solo title. But after agents hired by 60 Minutes grabbed the children off a Beirut street, the four-member TV crew, Faulkner, two agents from the Britain-based Child Abduction Recovery International company and two Lebanese men were jailed on kidnapping charges. The Japanese government is portraying Japan as a victim country through Obama's Hiroshima visit and diminishing the facts of Japan's invasion in the past," said Hiroshima student Morita Hirotaka.
Works by Chinese artists whose theme is the denunciation of violence against women is currently on display in the Austrian residence. I am both humbled and proud to have the opportunity to make my own small contribution to the further unfolding of bilateral relations between Austria and China for the shared benefit of our peoples. In addition, partnerships between provinces and cities in both countries were established and direct flights between Austria and China were introduced.
Industrial sectors which had turned out quick profits only a few years ago are now suffering due to overcapacity.
Chinese investments in Austria are also on the rise, profiting from Austria's geographic location and highly developed industry and services sectors. Given Austria's successful track record as the host of two Winter Olympic Games, many joint activities have been initiated in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and Zhangjiakou. He spent more than 30 years on maritime law studies, including being editor-in-chief of a seven-volume commentary on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. I can say with some authority that the big item on dispute was there were those who want to subject everything to dispute settlement. But I don't think the top bracket of the Philippines government really knew what the endgame was, because all they have done now is create bad will with China. China said: they (the Philippines) are doing this because they want to get an advantage on maritime delimitation.
What happened is that journalists think they (China) claim it's internal waters or something. I think part of the reason is that people that are being paid by a lot of money by the Filipinos are taking advantage of the ignorance of people about this very complicated area. Abe said he had no plans to reciprocate Obama's gesture by paying his own visit to Pearl Harbor.
Government spokesman Anirudh Ashtaputre said a fire at the site was contained by early evening. The minister, Darren Chester, said in a statement all three items would be investigated in connection with the disappearance of the aircraft. New Zealand is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
All this helped to boost and secure the development of trade and investment between the two countries. At the same time, Austrian companies are finding many new and exciting opportunities in a variety of sectors. Chen Weihua, deputy editor of China Daily USA talked with Nordquist in a telephone interview regarding the South China Sea arbitration case initiated by the Philippines. They think somehow they are going to stop China from building this low-tide elevation stuff.
Anyway, there is only one side of the story because the Chinese have said, "Hey, we aren't going to be in this game.
If you really obey the rule of the law, you never would have said that it didn't involve the sovereignty of island or maritime delimitation and historic title. I don't think they have won the public relations fight, at least here, maybe at home, I don't know. Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. You can't have them subject to compulsory jurisdiction if the problem is the maritime delimitation or if it is sovereignty. If any of those three exists, and sure all three exist, then China should never be there in that arbitration. Still, China and other ASEAN members are doing our best to implement Article 4 of the declaration.
And under Article 298, a state can opt out if it does not want a settlement on sovereignty, China did opt out.
And there were these five Europeans, who want to get their hands on this, they were eager to pass on their judgment on the case.

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