Chinese top leaders pledge stable economic growth
China's top policymakers have pledged "stable and healthy" economic development next year.
The three-day Central Economic Work Conference, which is held every year to set out the guidelines for the goverment's economic strategies for the coming 12 months, says the economic policy for next year will be "proactive, stable, prudent and flexible".
The conference has also resolved to manage inflation expectations in an "active and stable way."
The consumer price index has risen to faster-than-expected 5.1 percent year-on-year in November, as food costs continue to soar. Last month's CPI came in at 4.4 percent.
Chinese Premier Wen to visit India, Pakistan
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is set to make an official visit to both India and Pakistan.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry says the premier is scheduled to meet with his counterparts of India and Pakistan later this week, as part of a five-day visit to the two countries.
Wen Jiabao is expected to mark the 60th anniversary of China-India diplomatic ties, and is scheduled to attend a China-Pakistan business summit.
China to make more effort to start six-party emergency consultations
China says it is to increase efforts to try to get the stalled 6-party talks restarted.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is stressing the 'importance' of the talks as a way of advancing the denuclearization process on the peninsula and maintaining peace and stability in northeast Asia.
Tensions remain high on the Peninsula after an exchange of artillery fire last month between the two sides left four South Korean's dead.
The Chinese government has been proposing emergency consultations among the chief negotiators to the 6-party talks as a way of trying to ease the tensions.
4 Killed after S. Korean fishing vessel sinks in Antarctic Ocean
A South Korean fishing vessel has sunk in the Antarctic Ocean, leaving four people dead and 18 others missing.
South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says 8 of the 42 people aboard the ship were South Koreans. Chinese, Indonesian and Vietnamese sailors also were aboard.
20 people have been rescued.
Police probe Stockholm blasts as act of terrorism
Police in Sweden say they are treating bomb blasts in Stockholm as an act of terrorism by a lone attacker.
A car explosion in a busy shopping area in the capital was followed minutes later by a second explosion nearby, killing the suspected bomber and wounding two others.
Anders Thornberg, director of operations with Swedish Security, says this is the first suicide bombing in the country.
"We raised the threat level on October 1 from low to more extent (increase) and that was another reason. This is the first time a thing like this has happened, if it's a suicide bomber, it's the first time it's happened in Sweden. So this is very serious if that is the case."
An audio threat before the explosions were sent to a Swedish news agency shortly before the explosions, made reference to Sweden's presence in Afghanistan and the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed drawn by a Swedish cartoonist.
Kosovo PM claims election victory
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has claimed victory in the country's first parliamentary vote since declaring unilateral independence from Serbia.
Thaci addressed supporters hours after an exit poll gave his Democratic Party of Kosovo 31% of the vote.
His challenger, the ex-coalition partner, The Democratic League of Kosovo garnered 25 percent support.
Over 1.6 million people are eligible to cast their votes for 100 seats of the Kosovo Assembly.
New York mayor Bloomberg rules out 2012 presidential bid
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that he will not run for president in 2012, capping recent speculation that he might launch a bid as an independent.
Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," the registered independent says he already has a great job, and says he's going to stick with it.
There have been reports in recent days that the billionaire founder of the Bloomberg financial news and information services media empire, is taking a serious look at the possibility of running for president in 2012.
Society More than 30 shipwrecks off country's coast
More than 30 archaeological shipwreck sites have been discovered off China's shoreline.
They were discovered during a research project called 908, according to China News Service which quoted an unidentified official with the State Oceanic Administration as saying.
Ancient merchants shipped vast stores of goods, including ceramics and bronze-wares, along the Maritime Silk Road, which linked Quanzhou in modern Fujian province to India and the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.
40 million foreigners learning Chinese
More than 40 million foreigners around the world are learning Chinese, according to the Confucius Institute Headquarters,
It was learned from the organization's fifth annual conference that this year, 40 new Confucius Institutes and 97 Confucius Classrooms opened worldwide, while eight countries also joined the program.
Confucius Institutes are affiliated with the Ministry of Education and are committed to educating people worldwide about Chinese language and culture.