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Vatican names China’s Hangzhou bishop via accord with Beijing

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has appointed Giuseppe Yang Yongqiang as bishop of Hangzhou, the capital of China’s eastern province of Zhejiang, Vatican said on Saturday as it strives to strengthen relations with Beijing. The prelate will be relocating from Zhoucun, in northern Shandong province, it added. The appointment follows a landmark accord the …

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U.S. East Asia envoy says South China Sea situation deeply concerning

HANOI (Reuters) – U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink on Saturday said the situation in the South China Sea is deeply concerning, and said China’s recent actions in the disputed waterway were “deeply destabilising”. Kritenbrink made the comments during a visit to Hanoi, amid rising tension between China …

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Sino-French satellite launched into orbit, China’s CCTV says

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – A satellite developed by China and France, the most powerful yet for studying the farthest explosion of stars, was launched into orbit on Saturday, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported. The satellite to study phenomena including gamma-ray bursts was lifted into orbit by a Chinese carrier rocket launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch …

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Six feared dead in landslides in China’s Fujian province, CCTV says

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Six people have been found with no signs of life after going missing a week ago during landslides caused by heavy rainfall in China’s southeastern province of Fujian, state television CCTV reported on Saturday. Rescue workers found them after extensive searches since losing contact with the victims on Sunday, CCTV said. Unusually …

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Thai PM Srettha defends frequent overseas travel

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin defended his frequent globe-trotting during his first 10 months as leader of the Southeast Asian nation, in remarks aired in a television broadcast on Saturday. A real estate tycoon and political newcomer who became prime minister in August last year, Srettha made 15 overseas visits and pledged …

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UN chief says Russia must uphold North Korea sanctions

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia must abide by United Nations sanctions on North Korea, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday after the two countries this week deepened ties and agreed to provide immediate military assistance if either faces armed aggression. The pact – signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North …

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