China strongly urges restraint on Korean Peninsula
The Chinese government is now calling for restraint from both North and South Korea, following yesterday's live-fire exercises by the South near the disputed maritime border between the two countries.
Chinese Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Wang Min.
"China strongly urges both sides of the peninsula to keep calm and restraint, solve differences through peaceful dialogue and engagement. China will continue to make every effort towards this end."
The UN ambassador has also revealed that China's foreign ministry has met with the ambassadors of both the north and south over the past few days in Beijing.
Tensions linger on the peninsula after the South conducted a 90-minute live-fire artillery drill near Yeonpyong Island yesterday.
This time, the North Korean military says it doesn't "feel any need" to react.
Bill Richardson leaves Pyongyang, says satisfied with visit
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson is now on his way to Beijing, after finishing his trip to North Korea.
Richardson had been visiting North Korean officials in Pyongyang in an unofficial capasity, on the invitation of the North's top nuclear negotiator.
Richardson now says that North Korea is now set to allow International Atomic Energy Agency officials to resume their inspections of the North's nuclear facilites.
The IAEA was kicked out of North Korea in the summer of 2009.
Ahead of leaving Pyongyang, Richardson says he's "satisfied" with the results of his trip.
At least seven killed, hundreds injured in Iran quake
At least seven people are dead, after an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rocked Iran's southeastern region.
Esmail Najjar, governor of Kerman province, says hundreds have also been injured and many are still trapped under the rubbles.
The deadliest earthquake to hit Iran in recent years happened in 2003, when a 6.6 magnitude quake struck the city of Bam and surrounding areas, leaving more than 26-thousand people dead and some 30-thousand others hurt.
China supports EU measures for financial stability, says vice premier
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan says China has taken concrete action to help some European Union members to combat the sovereign debt crisis.
Speaking at the start of the Third EU-China High-Level Economic & Trade Dialogue in Beijing, the vice premier says China supports the measures taken by the EU and the International Monetary Fund to create financial stability.
EU officials in attendance include Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia and Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.
Trade between China and the EU has reached more than 430 billion U.S. dollars in the first eleven months of this year, up 33 percent year on year.
Mainland, Taiwan negotiators hold new round of talks in Taipei
The mainland's chief negotiator on cross-Strait ties, Chen Yunlin, has now started his talks with his Taiwan counterpart Chiang Pin-kung this morning in Taipei.
It is the sixth round of talks between the two since the mainland and the island resumed negotiations in June 2008, after a nine-year suspension.
The two sides are expected to sign medical agreements after today's talks.
The agreements are expected to touch issues including the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, research and development of drugs, as well as the research and safety management of traditional Chinese medicine.
Israeli war jets strike Gaza Strip, two injured
Israeli warplanes have now struck two targets in southern and northern Gaza Strip, leaving at least two militants injured.
Witnesses and local security sources say Israeli F-16 war jets fired a missile at a military base belonging to the armed wing of Hamas, west of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis.
Meanwhile, witnesses are reporting hearing a huge explosion in the northern Gaza Strip, which they say is another airstrike.
Israeli airstrikes generally come as retaliation to earlier attacks by militants from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
The Guangzhou auto show opens in Guangzhou
The Guangzhou auto show has now opened in Guangdong's provincial capital, showcasing new car designs by both foreign and domestic car makers in China.
China is the world's largest vehicle market, overtaking the United States last year, with sales surging 45 percent to 13.6 million vehicles.
Residents return to apartments after deadly blaze in Shanghai
The people who live in the buildings next to the site of the deadly fire in Shanghai in mid-november are now moving back to their homes.
The government had been putting them up in hotels for some 35-days after the blaze, while crews inspected the remains of the gutted building they live next to, to try to ensure they wouldn't be in any danger if they were allowed to return to their neigboring buildings.
The November 15th fire in Shanghai killed 58 people.