Wen's India visit to see billions trade deal
China's Ministry of Commerce says it expects both China and India to sign a series of economic and trade agreements during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's trip to the country.
The deals are expected to cover trade, renewable energy, infrastructure and finance.
Indian reports are suggesting the bilateral deals will reach a value of around 20 billion U.S. dollars, a number the Ministry of Commerce is unwilling to confirm.
During the three-day visit, Premier Wen is set to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, on top of taking part in the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
Hu Zhengyue is China's Assistant Foreign Minister.
"China and India are important neighbors to each other and are both emerging economies. Leaders of our two countries have agreed that there is enough space in the world for China and India to develop together and there are enough areas for China and India to cooperate with each other."
China is India's largest trade partner, with the bilateral trade volume expected to reach 60 billion U.S. dollars this year.
Iranian FM sacked
The President of Iran has sacked the countries Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, has been named as his interim replacement.
There had been no indication that Mottaki, a key figure in Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West, was about to lose his job.
No official reason has been given for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision.
Mottaki, who is currently in Senegal on an official visit, had been Iran's foreign minister since 2005.
Nanjing paid respects to massacre victims
Thousands of people have taken time to pay their respects to the victims of the Nanjing Massacre during the Second World War who were killed by invading Japanese troops 73 years ago.
Participants in the ceremony stood in silent tribute, offered wreaths and bowed in front of the Memorial Hall, with sirens wailing.
Also Buddhist monks from China and Japan held a religious service.
The Nanjing Massacre took place when Japanese troops occupied Nanjing during the height of the invasion when the city was the-then the capital of China.
Stockholm bomber 'aimed to kill many people'
Sweden's chief prosecutor says the man who blew himself up in Stockholm was carrying three explosive devices and intended to kill as many people as possible.
Chief prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand says police are "98% sure" that the man is Iraq-born Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly.
Abdaly is believed to have been killed minutes after setting off a car bombs in a busy shopping area in central Stockholm. Two people were hurt in the blasts.
The man had lived in Britain for the past 10 years and was only in Sweden to celebrate his father's birthday.
Company managers punished for gas blast in illegally operated coal mine killing 26 in central China
Seven coal mine company executives have been suspended from duty, after the death of 26 miners in central China.
The miners were killed in a gas explosion in an illegally operating coal mine on the 7th of December in Henan.
The explosion happened while the company was going through a merger with another larger mine.
Managers of the Juyuan Coal Mine in the city of Sanmenxia are being accused of ignoring an order to stop production while the merger was taking place.
The suspended executives may face further sanctions.
EU to Impose Sanctions on Cote d'Ivoire
European foreign ministers have agreed to impose sanctions on Cote d'Ivoire, including a visa ban and an asset freeze for incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters.
The European Union is trying to put pressure on Gbagbo to relinquish power after the disputed presidential election.
Gbagbo is claiming victory in the November 28th vote over challenger Alassane Ouattara, despite Ouattara being declared the winner by the country's electoral commission.
World leaders and regional bodies have also recognised Ouattara as the president, and the African Union has already suspended Cote d'Ivoire's membership until Gbagbo quits.
Chinese gov't focuses on getting pay to migrant workers before holidays
Chinese officials have ordered local government departments to focus on making sure migrant workers are paid on time before the upcoming new year holiday and spring festival.
Officials say strict payment-related inspections should be made to ensure salaries are not delayed.
Traditionally during the spring festival, millions of migrant workers use their salaries to return home with new clothes and gifts for their families.
Berlusconi plea ahead of key vote
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has called on legislators not to jeopardize the government out of narrow political interests, as he faces a key confidence vote.
Berlusconi says there will be early elections if he loses the vote later today.
The Italian Prime Minister says he is willing to welcome rebel centre-right deputies back to his government if he survives the vote.