Merkel shortens holiday to defend response to attacks

Chancellor Merkel defended her leadership style after she remained on vacation this week following Islamist attacks in Germany that critics blamed on her open-door refugee policy.

France hunting second church attacker after tipoff

Police had been hunting the second teenager who killed a priest in a church in France after a foreign intelligence tip off that a suspected jihadist might be preparing an attack.

Drunk driving blamed for Taiwan bus accident

Driver of the bus that caught fire in Taiwan on July 19 killing 26 people, has been confirmed to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

EU may lure UK's yuan business

EU financial centers could gain a growing share of offshore renminbi activities after the UK's decision to leave the EU has triggered uncertainty regarding London's role, analysts say.

Philippines to host Miss Universe pageant next year

The Philippines will host the Miss Universe pageant in January next year, Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo announced Thursday.

Olympic ban upheld, Isinbayeva mourns 'funeral of athletics'

Russian President Vladimir Putin pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva speak during a meeting with the Russian Olympic team at the Kremlin.

Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic presidential nomination

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination for the Nov 8 election.

Chinese female artists picture Egypt in their paintings

An exhibition featuring six Chinese women painters's works was held in the Egyptian Embassy in China on July 27. Ink paintings showcased their inspiration from the experience in Egypt.

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Offer of extra time off work sparks a travel rush

A seven-day paid holiday order from Hangzhou municipal government brought a rush of travel arrangements by local residents and increased competition among tourist spots.

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Chinese consortium eyes Leeds United

A Chinese consortium could be set to launch a bid for Leeds United, one of the Britain's top football clubs.

China's green commitment needs support from other countries

China's commitment to building green generating capacity is real but it needs the support of technologically mature economies to make sure that it invests in the right projects and that the most advanced solutions are rolled out, a leading UK industrial expert says.

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