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Fifty Chinese couples marry in mass ceremony in Sri Lanka


COLOMBO Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital on Sunday in a mass wedding ceremony, conducted in the island's Buddhist traditions, as the island aims to woo more tourists.

China unveils 2017-2021 winter clean heating plan: media

BEIJING China announced on Sunday a five-year plan to convert northern Chinese cities to clean heating during the winter through to 2021, state media reported, amid a deepening heating crisis.

Second prototype of China's C919 jet conducts test flight: state TV

BEIJING A second prototype of China's home-built C919 passenger jet took off for a test flight in Shanghai on Sunday, state television reported, another step forward in the country's ambitions to muscle in to the global jet market.

World, 12:36am EST

Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town

GWADAR, Pakistan China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy.

World, Dec 16 2017

Factbox: Airbnb, Spotify among unicorns likely to list in 2018

The 2018 U.S. IPO market is expected to see the debut of some of the most anticipated unicorns — companies that have reached $1 billion in valuation without tapping the stock markets.

Dec 15 2017

Friday Morning Briefing

The FCC rescinds U.S. net neutrality rules, more senators are wavering as the Republican tax vote nears and a shake up at Airbus ends weeks of succession speculation.

China raises market rates to fend off financial risks, growth cools

BEIJING/SHANGHAI China's central bank on Thursday nudged up money market rates as authorities sought to defuse financial risks without imperilling the economy, a balancing act that they have managed successfully so far this year as activity remained broadly steady.

Dec 15 2017

China November property investment growth slows, sales pick up

BEIJING Growth in China's property investment cooled in November as an official crackdown on riskier lending and stiffer regulation of the real estate market took effect.

Dec 15 2017

China raises short- and medium- term interest rates after Fed

SHANGHAI China's central bank nudged money market interest rates upward on Thursday just hours after the Federal Reserve raised the U.S. benchmark, as Beijing seeks to prevent destabilizing capital outflows without hurting economic growth.

Dec 15 2017

Beijing spared as smog triggers curbs on factories across northern China

BEIJING Smog warnings across northern China have forced authorities to order factories to reduce output, construction sites to slow work, and the enforcement of limits on the use of diesel-fueled vehicles on Thursday.

Environment, Dec 15 2017