Xi Jinping

Talking points

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PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 3:18am


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President Xi Jinping arrives in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo on the last step of his first international tour. Xi's trip to the resource-rich nation is seen as further evidence of China's attempts to build partnerships in the developing world. Non-governmental organisation Global Witness said last year that Chinese demand was responsible for a huge increase in illegal logging in the nation.


Ocean Park dolphin makes a bow

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Deadline for Argentinian debt deal

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Musharraf faces court petition

A Karachi court hears a petition against Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf, in which he is accused of failing to provide adequate security to slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and being involved in the mysterious death of a tribal leader. Musharraf returned to Pakistan earlier this week after more than four years in exile, defying a Taliban death threat and vowing to "save" the country at the risk of his life. He was granted "protective bail" to facilitate his return in the face of the court action.