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China pledges to expand financial market opening as U.S. trade delegation arrives

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China will sharply expand market access for foreign banks and securities and insurance companies, especially in its financial services sector, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, as senior U.S. officials arrived in Beijing for more trade talks. The government will also work on more favorable policies for foreign investors to…

Greater Bay Area to bolster Guangxi

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The Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region will pick up strong momentum to spur high-quality development from opportunities found through integrating with the neighboring Greater Bay Area, the thriving engine for regional growth, said Lu Xinshe, the region’s Party secretary. “Integration into the Greater Bay Area will facilitate Guangxi’s overall development and…

Public Security head decries failure to enact stricter gun control in Costa Rica

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Minister of Public Security Michael Soto decried Costa Rica’s failure to enact stricter gun-control legislation this week, arguing that the inaction would prevent Costa Rica from further reducing its homicide rate this year. Among other measures, the Security and Drug Trafficking Commission on Monday approved a motion to continue allowing…

Al Houthis vow to retain control over Hodeida

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Dubai: A senior Al Houthi rebel leader in Yemen has said that his group will not give up the key port city of Hodeida, the focus of months of UN-brokered talks with the government. ### Mohammed Ali Al Houthi, the head of the rebels’ Supreme Revolutionary Committees, told AP that…

China to expand circuit procuratorial inspection on prisons

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BEIJING – A pilot project of circuit procuratorial inspection on prisons will be expanded nationwide in July, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP). Wang Shouan, head of the fifth procuratorial division of the SPP, revealed the information during an online interview Saturday. Covering 12 provincial regions, a year-long pilot…

Schwartz scores hat trick as Blues throttle Oilers

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Goals have been hard to come by this season for St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz. That all changed Tuesday night against Edmonton. Schwartz had three goals and an assist, David Perron added two goals and two assists, and the Blues cruised to a 7-2 rout of the Oilers….

Costa Rica concerned over Nicaraguan action at Isla Portillos

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Costa Rica on Thursday expressed its reservations in regards to a Nicaraguan project to create a wildlife refuge within the border territory of Isla Portillos, which has been the center of a dispute between the two countries. The concern is in response to a bill sent to Nicaragua’s Legislative Assembly…

Tokyo court raises sentence to 12 years for man who kept teenage girl captive for two years

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The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for abducting a teenage girl and keeping her in captivity for two years, rejecting his appeal and nullifying a lower court ruling that had given him a nine-year jail term. Prosecutors had said the earlier decision…

Rahul Gandhi vows ‘surgical strikes on poverty’

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Vijayawada: The leader of India’s opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, on Sunday assured his party would provide special category status to Andhra Pradesh if voted into power in the general elections and would carry out “surgical strike” on poverty. ### Launching his party’s campaign in Andhra Pradesh, which goes to…

Former provincial legislator under investigation

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BEIJING – Zhang Maocai, a former vice chairman of the Standing Committee of Shanxi Provincial People’s Congress, is being investigated for suspected serious violations of Party disciplinary rules and laws, according to the country’s top anti-graft body Saturday. Zhang is being investigated by the Communist Party of China Central Commission…