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Obama introduces new team of financial regulators
US President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled a new team of financial regulators under his incoming administration.
- Fleet to depart for pirate crackdown mission
Two Chinese naval destroyers and a supply ship will depart for the waters off the Somali coast after the upcoming Christmas Day to take part in an international campaign to crack down on rampant piracy there.
Chinese ship rescued from pirates attack
Somalia welcomes Chinese naval ships
- OPEC makes deepest-ever output cut
OPEC on Wednesday agreed on a deepest-ever net cut of 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) as of Jan. 1, bringing the total output cut in 2008 to 4.2 million bpd, in another attempt to bolster sagging oil prices under the global economic slowdown.
- British troops to leave Iraq in first half 2009
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki and his visiting British counterpart said that the British troops will end its mission in Iraq in the first half of next year, a joint statement said.
- UN encourages two-state solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict
The UN Security Council Tuesday adopted a resolution to encourage the successful implementation of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which means a Palestinian state can enjoy peace alongside a secure Israel.
- FM: Sarkozy's 'European values' unacceptable
China on Tuesday said it doesn't accept the French leader Nicholas Sarkozy using "European values" as a pretext to defend its act that hurts fundamental interests of other countries.
- Vejjajiva elected as Thailand's new PM
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva was elected as Thailand's new prime minister at a special voting session in the House of Representatives on Monday.
- Iraqi reporter throws shoes at Bush
An Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at visiting US President George W. Bush and called him a "dog" in Arabic during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Sunday.
- Saakashvili: Georgia ready for talks with Russia
Georgia hopes to establish good relations with Russia on the basis of respect for Georgia's territorial integrity, President Mikhail Saakashvili said Friday.
- China, Japan, S Korea sign statement on partnership relations
Leaders of China, Japan and South Korea signed a joint statement on trilateral partnership relations in Japan's Fukuoka Saturday.
- China, India hold joint anti-terror military training
Chinese and Indian troops continued their anti-terror military drill Friday as the soldiers began to cordon and search for the "terrorists" in villages after marching to the target area overnight.
- 47 killed in Kirkuk suicide bombing
The death toll from suicide bomb attack at a restaurant in northern city of Kirkuk on Thursday rose to 47 and some 93 others injured, a local police source said.
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