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OSLO -- "In order to ensure that our customers in the transition phase continue to receive a world-class mobile network, Telenor will use equipment from current supplier, Huawei, in the radio network to maintain the 4G network as well as to upgrade 5G coverage in certain locations in Norway," said Anders Krokan, communications director of Norway's largest mobile operator Telenor.

Telenor's top management told a press conference on Friday that the company's network is to modernize in the next four or five years, and Huawei will be involved the entire process.

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WASHINGTON -- "We need more U.S.-China trade, not less. We need more U.S.-China investment, not less, and we need more engagement with our Chinese counterparts," said Matthew Margulies, vice president of China operations for the U.S.-China Business Council.

U.S. experts and business people hailed the China-U.S. phase-one economic and trade agreement on Friday as a move to de-escalate trade tensions, benefit their respective and global economies, and lay a favorable groundwork for future negotiations.

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PYONGYANG -- "The research successes being registered by us in defence science one after another recently will be applied to further bolstering up the reliable strategic nuclear deterrent of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday.

The DPRK carried out "another crucial test" at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on Friday evening, the report said.

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KHARTOUM -- "For arrangements relating to those who surpass the age of 70, and accordingly, I rule two years of detention for al-Bashir at an administrative reform institution," said Al-Sadiq Abdelrahman, a judge at a Sudanese criminal court on Saturday.

The court convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of corruption, and possession of foreign currency and illicit wealth, sentencing him to two-year detention in a reform institution instead of in prison for exceeding age of 70. Enditem

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