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Russia at odds with Chinese, U.S. push for fast approval of climate pact

BONN, Germany Russia set itself at odds with a drive by China and the United States for rapid ratification of a global agreement to slow climate change when a senior official said on Wednesday that Moscow first wanted a clear set of rules.

Russia at odds with Chinese, US push for fast approval of climate pact

BONN, Germany Russia set itself at odds with a drive by China and the United States for rapid ratification of a global agreement to slow climate change when a senior official said on Wednesday that Moscow first wanted a clear set of rules.

New Vietnam PM says won't pursue military buildup in S China Sea

HANOI Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Wednesday his country was not pursuing a military buildup over the South China Sea and would work with allies to seek peaceful solutions to disputes, with no use of force.

5:24pm IST

Tyson lands knockout blow against professionals at Rio

BEIJING Mike Tyson has branded the Amateur International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to let professional fighters take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics as "ridiculous" and "foolish".

5:09pm IST

Property loans, the glass chin of China banks

HONG KONG China's top banks are lending more to homebuyers and developers than at any time since at least the global financial crisis, making them vulnerable to a property market downturn as prices overheat and real-estate firms struggle with a growing debt burden.

3:52pm IST

REFILE-Property loans, the glass chin of China banks

* Big city home prices rising sharply, raising fears of bubble

3:46pm IST

Taiwan says it has no schedule for resuming China trade talks

TAIPEI Taiwan's new government has no schedule for re-starting trade talks with China, Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung said on Wednesday, adding that the pro-independence ruling party first wanted to pass a law governing oversight of negotiations with Beijing.

3:11pm IST

Telstra says $1.6 billion Autohome stake sale is being challenged by minority shareholders

SYDNEY Australia's Telstra Corp Ltd on Wednesday said its $1.6 billion sale of a controlling stake in Chinese website operator Autohome Inc to Ping An Insurance Group Co of China Ltd is being challenged by minority shareholders.

3:07pm IST

China to replace direct coal combustion with electricity in new plan

BEIJING China will reduce the amount of coal burned directly in industrial furnaces and residential heating systems in order to tackle a major source of smog, the country's energy regulator said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-China to encourage domestic airlines to go overseas - regulator

* Plans to promote reforms to air space management (Adds details)

2:00pm IST