Australian gold output slumps 8 pct in Q1 due to cyclone, rain
SYDNEY, May 28 Heavy rains and a cyclone led to an 8 percent, or six-tonne drop in Australian gold production in the first quarter, a survey released on Sunday showed.
JERUSALEM, April 7 Israel Radio said on Monday that Israel has evidence backing Syrian opposition accusations that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in Damascus last month.
The report quoted an unidentified senior Israeli defence official as saying there were two attacks on March 27, using a non-lethal "neutralising chemical weapon", east of Damascus and at another location.
Israeli government officials, asked by Reuters about the report that coincided with a meeting between Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon and Israeli media, had no immediate comment.
(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Crispian Balmer)
BEIJING, May 27 China needs to shift away from over-reliance on heavy industries, large-scale and careless expansion, and the depletion of the country's natural resources, President Xi Jinping said on Saturday, according to state media.
BEIJING, May 27 China is determined to open its market and is positive about promoting talks on a China-EU investment agreement, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday ahead of Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Brussels for a summit with the European Union.