首页 > >
Chinese shares close higher Friday******
BEIJING, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese stocks closed higher on Friday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.18 percent, at 3,539.1 points.。
The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.04 percent higher at 14,705.37 points. Enditem。
Russian delegation ready to talk with Ukrainian side on Wednesday afternoon: Kremlin******
The Russian delegation will wait for the Ukrainian side at the place of negotiations on Wednesday afternoon, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.
"This afternoon, probably in the evening, our delegation will be on the spot waiting for Ukrainian negotiators. Our delegation will be ready to continue the conversation tonight," Peskov said, according to Russia's RIA Novosti news agency.
Peskov didn't specify the place of the negotiations, but expressed the hope that the Ukrainian side will come to the talks.
Russia and Ukraine concluded their first round of negotiations in Belarus on Monday with no clear breakthrough.
After the talks, Russian Presidential Aide Vladimir Medinsky, the head of the Russian delegation, said that the next round of peace talks will take place on the Belarus-Poland border.
China sets up alliance of sci******
BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese alliance of venues for popular science education and cultural venues was launched in Beijing on Monday.。
The first 16 members of the alliance include the Palace Museum, the National Museum of China, the National Art Museum of China, the Geological Museum of China, the China Science and Technology Museum, the Dunhuang Academy, and the China Alliance for Science Literacy.。
This alliance is aimed at pushing forward the cooperation and integrated development of the exhibition venues, social organizations, and research institutions, to help improve the science literacy of the Chinese people.。
The alliance will integrate sci-tech education and cultural resources, launch public service products, promote international exchanges and cooperation, and accelerate the digitalization and sharing of venue services. Enditem。
Desmond Tutu, South Africa's moral compass******
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died yesterday at the age of 90, was the moral compass of his beloved "Rainbow Nation," never afraid to speak truth to power, whatever its creed or color.。
A tireless activist, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for combatting white minority rule in his country.。
"The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation's farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa," President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement.。
Famously outspoken, even after the fall of the racist apartheid regime, Tutu never shied away from confronting South Africa's shortcomings or injustices.。
"It's a great privilege, it's a great honor that people think that maybe your name can make a small difference," he said shortly before his 80th birthday in 2011.。
Whether taking on his church over gay rights, lobbying for Palestinian statehood or calling out South Africa's ruling African National Congress on corruption, his high-profile campaigns were thorny and often unwelcome.。
None at the top were spared – not even his close friend, late president Nelson Mandela, with whom Tutu sparred in 1994 over what he called the ANC's "gravy train mentality."
Yet "the Arch" brought an exuberant playfulness to all his endeavours.。
Quick to crack jokes – often at his own expense – he was always ready to dance and laugh uproariously with an infectious cackle that became his trademark.。
It was Tutu who coined and popularized the term "Rainbow Nation" to describe South Africa when Mandela became president. At the time, Tutu was serving as the first black Anglican archbishop of Cape Town.。
Ordained at 30 and appointed archbishop in 1986, he used his position to advocate for international sanctions against apartheid, and later to lobby for rights globally.。
Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 and underwent repeated treatment. He had retired a year earlier to lead a harrowing journey into South Africa's brutal past, as head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.。
For 30 months, the commission lifted the lid on the horrors of apartheid. Tutu, with his instinctive humanity, broke down and sobbed at one of its first hearings.。
Born in the small town of Klerksdorp, west of Johannesburg, on October 7, 1931, Tutu was the son of a domestic worker and a school teacher.。
Following in his father's footsteps, he trained as a teacher before the inferior education system set up for black children prompted him to become a priest.。
He lived for a while in Britain, where, he recalled, he would needlessly ask for directions just to be called "Sir" by a white policeman.。
Tutu believed firmly in the reconciliation of black and white South Africans.。
"I am walking on clouds. It is an incredible feeling, like falling in love. We South Africans are going to be the Rainbow People of the world," he said in 1994.。
But post-apartheid South Africa increasingly became a source of his despair, as the high hopes of the early days of democracy gave way to disillusionment, violence, inequality and graft.。