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Xi wants nurturing of ethnic minority talent

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BEIJING, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the education of talented individuals to contribute to the country’s unity and development. Xi was responding to 1,800 students from 50 ethnic groups in 24 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities on Oct. 1 after he received a letter from a middle school affiliated […]

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Xi meets Taiwan politician ahead of APEC gathering

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  Xi Jinping (R), general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, meets with Vincent Siew, honorary chairman of Taiwan-based Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, in Bali, Indonesia, Oct. 6, 2013. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)   BALI, Indonesia, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) — Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of […]

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Destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme begun, joint UN team confirms

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Following the historic decision by the Security Council on Syrian chemical weapons, an OPCW inspection team prepared to leave for Syria early Monday 30 September 2013. Photo: OPCW (file photo) 6 October 2013 – A joint team of United Nations and international inspectors today began to oversee the process of dismantling and destroying Syria’s chemical […]

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UN chief strongly condemns latest attacks in Central African Republic

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas 6 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned increasing attacks on religious groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) warning that these attacks have the potential to further escalate the crisis in the country. In a statement, his spokesperson said Mr. Ban is “very concerned” about the […]

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Iraq: UN envoy calls for collective action to end bloodshed

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The aftermath of a bombing attack in Iraq (file photo). Photo: IRIN 6 October 2013 – The top United Nations official in Iraq today called on political, religious and civil leaders to work together with security forces to halt the surge in violence, following a deadly attack in the northern part of the country. “It […]

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UN labour agency urges revision of migration policies after Lampedusa incident

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The Italian coastguard brings survivors of Thursday’s tragedy to the harbour in Lampedusa. AMSA/UNHCR 5 October 2013 – The head of the United Nations labour agency today called for a revision of labour migration and border policies in the aftermath of a boat carrying an estimated 500 migrants capsizing off the Italian island of Lampedusa. […]

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Happy 63rd Birthday to Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete 4th President of Tanzania born 7 Oct 1950

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Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (born 7 October 1950) is the 4th and current President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Prior to his election in 2005, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for ten years under his predecessor. He has also served as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2008/09 and the Chairman of […]

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PM announces support for enhanced security cooperation with Malaysia

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October 6, 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada and Malaysia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enhance security cooperation between the two countries and help address the threats of terrorism, human smuggling and organized crime in Southeast Asia and beyond. He also announced Canadian support for […]

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PM announces plan to update tax agreement with Malaysia

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October 6, 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Prime Minister Stephen Harper today witnessed the signing of a declaration of intent to conclude a new tax agreement with Malaysiathat will reduce tax barriers and encourage increased trade and investment between the two countries. “Canada is committed to enhancing its relationship with Malaysia by creating an environment that […]

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Happy 61st birthday to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin President of Russia born 7 Oct 1952

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин, IPA: [vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪr vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪt͡ɕ ˈputʲɪn] ( listen) born 7 October 1952) is the President of Russia, a position he has held since 7 May 2012. He previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. During […]

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