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BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Sunday exchanged congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the two countries' diplomatic ties.

In his congratulatory message, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said that on behalf of the CPC, the Chinese government and the Chinese people, he extends warm congratulations to Kim, and via Kim to the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), the DPRK government and the DPRK people.

The establishment of China-DPRK diplomatic ties 70 years ago bore epoch-making significance in the history of the two parties' and the two countries' relations, Xi said.

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STOCKHOLM -- The latest working-level talks held here Saturday between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States broke down with no agreement.

"The negotiations did not live up to our expectations and were canceled. I am very disappointed," DPRK's chief negotiator Kim Myong Gil told the South Korean news agency Yonhap after the talks.

The first DPRK-U.S. talks in more than seven months were held in Lidingo, a suburb of Sweden's capital Stockholm, and lasted eight and a half hours.

"It is now up to the U.S. to resume the dialogue," Kim was quoted by the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter as saying.

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CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday that the Egyptian state, with all its institutions, is committed to protecting the Egyptian rights in the Nile waters.

In a post on his official Facebook account, President Sisi stressed that Egypt "continues to take necessary measures at the political level and within the limits of international law to protect these rights."

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HELSINKI -- Answering a phone call from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday, Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne told his counterpart that it would be important to find a solution on Brexit within a week.

According to a press release from the Finnish government, the two prime ministers talked about Brexit situation and the ongoing negotiations between the UK and European Union (EU) on the subject.

Rinne said a solution replacing the previously negotiated agreement is needed within a week "so that the matter can be dealt with properly at the October European Council."

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DAR ES SALAAM -- Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Saturday the whole of Tanzania's population will be connected to electricity by 2025, said a statement by the Prime Minister's Office.

The statement said Majaliwa made the assurance shortly after he had launched a 400 kilovolt power distribution station in Tanzania's central region of Singida.

The premier said between 2018 and Sept. 2019 about 8,100 villages out of the country's 12,268 villages have already been connected to electricity under the rural electrification program, said the statement.

"The target of the government is to ensure that all villages are connected to electricity by 2025. This will enable people to engage in development activities as well as attracting more investors," said Majaliwa. Enditem

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