ST. PETERSBURG — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived here Sunday for the 21st China-Russia Prime Ministers’ Regular Meeting and an official visit to the northern neighbor.
During the trip, Li and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, will discuss issues of common concern, and the two sides are expected to sign cooperation agreements in such areas as trade, energy, customs and education. (Russia-China-Visit)
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MOSCOW — A natural gas explosion in western Russia killed at least one person and caused the missing of another five on Sunday, local media reported.
The accident happened in a residential house in Russia’s city of Ivanovo on Sunday, and the house was partly destructed, a spokesman for Ivanovo’s emergencies service was cited as saying by reports. (Russia-explosion-Ivanovo)
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LOS ANGELES — U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was rushed off stage by security Saturday night during a disturbance at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada, but returned to the stage after a few minutes and finished his speech.
Some kind of disturbance occurred in the front of the room where Trump was giving speech. As Trump put up a hand above his eyes to peer out into the crowd, two security officials rushed to his side and escorted him off stage. (US-Trump)
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DAMASCUS — At least six children were reportedly killed Sunday, when shells fired by the Syrian government forces slammed a kindergarten in a rebel-held suburb near the capital Damascus, a monitor group reported.
The shells slammed while the children were reportedly playing in the yard of the kindergarten in the rebel-held suburb of Harasta in northeastern Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Shell)
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DAMASCUS — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced Sunday the beginning of a military campaign against Syria’s northern city of al-Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group.
“We in the general command of the Syrian Democratic Forces are breaking the good news to you about the beginning of our major military campaign to liberate the city of al-Raqqa and its countryside from the clutches of the forces of darkness represented by Daesh (IS),” an SDF statement read. (Syria-IS) Enditem