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The prospective buyer for Ji's flat has now withdrawn, leaving her to find another buyer quickly or risk defaulting on her contract for the bigger home, and losing over half a million yuan in the deposit.

Porcelain plates baring images of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan are displayed with previous Chinese leaders below, from left, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, at a souvenir shop near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. China's ruling Communist Party concludes a key meeting this week aimed at shoring up internal discipline and asserting General Secretary Xi's authority. The gathering is also expected to lay the groundwork for next year's national congress that will decide major leadership positions and lay out the agenda for Xi's next five-year term. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

However, the militants still hold most of Syria's Euphrates basin, from al-Bab, 26 km southeast of Dabiq, through the group's capital of Raqqa and to the Iraqi border. (Additional reporting by Orhan Coskun in Ankara and Matt Spetalnick in Washington; Editing by Greg Mahlich and Sandra Maler)

Its defeat at Dabiq, long a mainstay of Islamic State's propaganda, underscores the group's declining fortunes this year as it suffered battlefield defeats in Syria and Iraq and lost a string of senior leaders in targeted air strikes.

Greg Bird, who won the Yankees' first base job in spring training, has been on the disabled list since May 2 because of a bone bruise in his right ankle, an injury that has limited him to 60 at-bats this season. The Yankees don't expect to get a prognosis until next week.

New York Yankees' Ji-Man Choi, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a fifth-inning, two-run, home run in his first day as a member of the Yankees in a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The meeting also highlights the underrepresentation of women in its higher echelons; no women sit on the all-powerful seven-member Politburo Standing Committee and just two are represented in the second highest 25-member body. While women play prominent roles in Chinese business and social life, China's political system emphasizes patronage and networking to a degree that usually weighs in favor of men.

China's elections are "not the same as the West", an elderly man proudly told reporters as he left the polling station in Xingfu Tuesday. "The government is under the leadership of the Communist Party."

However, it has appeared to back away from Dabiq's symbolism since advances by the FSA groups backed by Turkey had put it at risk of capture, saying in a more recent statement that this battle was not the one described in the prophecy.

The rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and warplanes, took Dabiq and neighbouring Soran after clashes on Sunday morning, said Ahmed Osman, head of the Sultan Murad group, one of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions involved in the fighting.

"Children in urban slums tend to be from families that are among the most vulnerable," Narayan said. "Families in urban slums might be more food insecure, but also live in environments which increase the risk of disease and infections."

He is considered lucky for being alive. Two of his brothers did not survive the Islamic State mortar attack three weeks ago on their family's home in Mosul. One boy died immediately, the other after reaching the emergency room.

There is no room for such dissent on the ballot: the Communist party has described multi-party democracy as an existential threat, and state media have savaged the circus atmosphere of this year's US presidential election.

DHAKA, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scampering up the wall of his tin shack in Bangladesh's capital, three-year-old Rozzob Ali has the same combination of mischief, charm and boisterous energy as many other boys.

"I never expected my daughters to support me," he said. "Instead, I dreamed they would continue their education." (Reporting by Abu Anas, Editing by Jo Griffin; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit website journey from rural Bangladesh shows sacrifices, dangers o...

"How can I feed the children? How can I pay the rent?" said Ali's mother, Taslima Begum, who spends her days picking up discarded plastic bottles in an upmarket neighbourhood to sell for recycling in the hope of making a dollar or two.

The rate of stunting in under-fives in Bangladesh has fallen to 36 percent from 45 percent in 2000, official figures show, partly due to a growing economy which has helped lift some 20 million people out of poverty over the last two decades.

With empty pockets, he and his family set off on the 18-hour trip by river to the capital, where he was taken on by a garment washing factory to carry clothes in a role that was a far cry from his old life paddy farming in his village.When Chinese voters go to the polls, it is only to pick local representatives to advise on mundane issues like rubbish collection and parking. But when Ye Jinghuan sought election in Beijing, she was treated like an enemy of the state.

BANGKOK, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Photographer Luke Duggleby recalled a meeting four years ago with Thai environmental activist Jintana Kaewkhao, who told him how she faced assassination attempts in her fight to block a coal-fired power plant along the coast in southern Thailand.

One soldier from the elite counter-terrorism force was shot in both legs last week. Another was hit by a bomb released from an Islamic State drone, a relatively new addition to the jihadists' improvised arsenal, which took him by surprise.

Experts say more than three-quarters of new arrivals end up living in a bastee - owned by private landlords who provide some services - as squatter settlements on public land have disappeared amid demolitions and evictions by authorities.

The 35 photos - documenting 37 activists logu mazgāšana rīgā killed over the last 20 years - have been exhibited with support from the rights group Protection International at the United Nations in Geneva and European Parliament in Brussels.

The number of urban poor in Bangladesh rose to 8 million from 6 million between 1991 and 2010, the latest period for which data is available. In contrast, the number of rural poor went down in the same period, to 46 million from 55 million.

The village, at the foot of a small hill in the fertile plains of Syria's northwest about 14 km (9 miles) from the Turkish border and 33 km north of Aleppo, has little strategic significance in its own right.

Relatively peaceful Erbil, just an hour's drive from the frontline, lies in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Its own peshmerga forces have pushed back Islamic State across the north, expanding its territory and becoming a haven for evacuees.

"Euphrates Shield will continue until we are convinced that the border is completely secure, terrorist attacks against Turkish citizens out of the question and the people of Syria feel safe," Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said.

On Monday, property agents in Xiongxian county in neighbouring Hebei province shut up shop hours after Beijing ordered a ban on property sales in an effort to curb a sudden housing boom triggered by plans for a new special economic zone.

CORRECTS TO TWO RUN HOME RUN, NOT SOLO HOME RUN AS ORIGINALLY SENT - New York Yankees' Ji-Man Choi hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Toronto Blue Jays catcher Miguel Montero is behind the plate, left. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter also welcomed the retaking of Dabiq as both a military and symbolic blow to Islamic State and thanked Turkey for the role it played. "Its liberation gives the campaign to deliver ISIL a lasting defeat new momentum in Syria," Carter said, using an alternative name for the group. 

The number of new clients expressing interest to buy fell by nearly a third in the week following the latest curbs, and home viewings dropped 30.7 percent, according to data from Lianjia, Beijing's dominant real estate broker.

BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party concludes a key meeting this week aimed at shoring up internal discipline and asserting General Secretary Xi Jinping's authority. The gathering is also expected to lay the groundwork for next year's national congress that will decide major leadership positions and lay out the agenda for Xi's next five-year term.

Since early 2016 Islamic State's territorial possessions in Syria have been steadily eroded by the Syrian Democratic Forces, an umbrella group of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by the United States, which in August took the city of Manbij.

BEIRUT, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State on Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.

An elderly woman votes at a pooling station in Beijing on November 15, 2016, as Chinese voters elect local representatives, the only opportunity for the country's citizens to vote ©Nicolas Asfouri (AFP)

"He didn't have a great spring with us, but he's really got it going in Triple-A," Girardi said. "He's a guy that's expected to produce, and that's why he was signed by the Angels. He was a patient hitter, and that's why we went out and got him for some insurance purposes."

Poverty and a diet of mostly boiled rice or mashed potato are partly to blame for his stunting, which is caused by a lack of nutrients, protein, vitamins and minerals found in meat, fruit and vegetables.

"Cities have sources of income. You build infrastructure in cities; how can you expect rural people not to come to cities?" she said. "If rural areas had income sources and mills and factories, people wouldn't have come to Dhaka," she said.U.S. investigators questioned Salman within days of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A law enforcement source at the time told Reuters that Salman knew of Mateen's plans for the attack, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

She and Mateen, then 29, lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, until the shooting. She and her young son have since relocated three times. She said she often cannot get out of bed and depends on family to care for her son.

The Free Syrian Army is an umbrella group for rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions, dragging in regional and global powers and creating space for jihadists.

Plainclothes officers tailed the 64-year old retiree as she left her home on polling day Tuesday, and she faced constant harassment from police and government officials after announcing her run, she said.

An Islamic prophecy names Dabiq as the site of a battle between Muslims and infidels that will presage doomsday, a message Islamic State used extensively in its propaganda, going so far as to name its main publication after the village.

DHAKA, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For much of his early life on Bhola, an island in south-central Bangladesh, Mohammed Abul Kalam battled poverty and a hostile river that twice engulfed his homestead.

"This round of tightening is unprecedentedly harsh, and I'm very, very pessimistic about the market," Sun Hongbin, chairman of Sunac China Holdings told financial magazine Caixin on March 28. "The risks are very high in our industry mainly because property prices are now limited by the government. If we buy land at current price levels, we will no doubt lose money."

New York Yankees' Ji-Man Choi celebrates with teammate Jacoby Ellsbury, left, after hitting a two-run, home run in a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Yankees third base coach Joe Espada (53) greets New York Yankees' Ji-Man Choi as Choi rouns the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Last week, the housing ministry said Beijing's tightening experience deserved to be studied by the rest of the country, state media reported. Beijing's housing bureau representative Xu Jianyun was reported as saying the authorities would unswervingly contain upward price pressure.

The Scottish Government said it had consistently implemented the recommendations of the UK's NHS Independent Pay Review body and had passed on recommended pay uplifts in full in Scotland, unlike other parts of the country.

Ankara launched the Euphrates Shield operation, bringing rebels backed by its own armour and air force into action against Islamic State, in August, aiming to clear the group from its border and stop Kurdish groups gaining ground in that area.

It may be too early to gauge the impact on prices, though. Fang.com data shows prices in Beijing's re-sale market grew 1.07 percent in March, slower than February's 3.3 percent increase. Official March home price data is due on April 18.

ERBIL, Iraq, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Seven-year-old Anas lies in a hospital bed in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, his little body wrapped in bandages following four surgeries to remove shrapnel that shredded his intestines.

They say more awareness needs to be raised about the link between early marriage and stunting, and the importance of allowing more time between pregnancies to give mothers a chance to regain their health.

The group, whose lightning advance through swathes of the two countries and declaration that it had established a new caliphate stunned world leaders in 2014, is now girding for an offensive against Iraq's Mosul, its most prized possession.

However, Cao Zhounan, CEO and chairman of property developer Greentown China Holdings Ltd, while predicting nationwide sales volumes will drop, says the market "will increasingly cater to genuine buyers who will actually live in the homes they buy."

Duggleby, who has been living in Thailand for a decade, is planning a short documentary on the struggle against a palm oil company and the government for land rights in Klong Sai Pattana, a community in southern Thailand where four activists have been killed.

Noor Salman, in her first extensive public comments since the June 12 shooting rampage that ended with police killing her husband, Omar Mateen, also said he physically abused her during their five-year marriage, even while she was pregnant.

"We know eggs and milk are good for babies but how can we buy them?" he said with a shrug. (Editing by Katie Nguyen. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights and climate change. Visit website to see more stories)"Ever since I met her, my views on everything changed. The type of work I wanted to cover changed," said Duggleby, a photographer with the New York-based photo agency Redux Pictures, ahead of his exhibition "For those who died trying" that opened on Tuesday in Bangkok.

His neighbours told him, "Go to Dhaka", suggesting that in order to pay to marry off two teenage daughters, he would have to leave his home in Madras, on Bhola, home to more than two million people, a third of whom live below the poverty line.

Nour, a little girl with blonde hair, sits in a wheelchair at the far end of a ward for women and children. Her left lower leg, concealed by a blanket, is held together by metal pins that stick out several centimetres.

But Dabiq and its surroundings, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State had brought 1,200 fighters in recent weeks, occupied a salient into territory captured by the Turkey-backed rebels.

And the definition of a second-home buyer has been broadened to include anyone who has a record of taking out a previous mortgage anywhere in China. Beijing has also curbed individuals buying new commercial property, and closed a loophole in buyers faking divorce to take advantage of first-home downpayment rates.

"Underpaid by this Scottish Government, which has the ability to do something about it. Underpaid by the Government which needs to recognise the impact that their austerity is having on the recruitment, retention and morale of Scotland's nurses."

Most of the children there never ventured more than a few kilometres from their village and talk about jihadist rule like a benign inconvenience, a couple of school years with an unlucky crop of teachers.

In emergency-911 calls placed by Mateen in the midst of the shooting spree, he professed allegiance to the head of Islamic State, the militant group that has seized vast swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and claimed responsibility for numerous bomb and gun attacks on civilians in Europe.

"There has been a reduction in the level of stunting in Bangladesh but it remains unacceptably high," Anuradha Narayan, nutrition chief at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Bangladesh, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

When elite army troops arrived in their districts and the jihadists beat a retreat, many residents fled towards the relative safety of camps outside the city. But a growing number of civilians, like Anas and his brothers, are being dragged back into violence at the moment of their supposed deliverance.

SHANGHAI, Nov 28 (Reuters) - China has approved a 247-billion-yuan ($36-billion) railway plan to improve transport links between the capital Beijing, the port city of Tianjin, and the neighbouring province of Hebei, part of plans to integrate the three areas into a mega-city.

Iraqi security officials at the Erbil hospital where Anas is being treated say dozens of wounded people from the Mosul area arrive each day, and that the majority are civilians. A Kurdish medical official said military personnel make up the larger portion. Reuters could not verify either account but patients at the Emergency Medical Center hospital include both civilians and members of the armed forces.

The authorities' response to Ye indicates how China is tightening controls on even anodyne political expression, said Yaxue Cao of Chinachange.org, a US-based website advocating for increased democracy.

The real estate sector accounted for 6.5 percent of China's GDP growth last year, according to official data, but many say its overall contribution is much higher as the property market helps drive sectors from construction to banking and finance.

Iraqi authorities do not release statistics about those killed or wounded in the Mosul campaign in an apparent effort to maintain morale, but a month ago the United Nations warned that civilian casualties were overwhelming the capacity of the government and international aid groups operating in the area.

Visitors look at porcelain plates baring images of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan on display for sale at a souvenir shop near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. China's ruling Communist Party concludes a key meeting this week aimed at shoring up internal discipline and asserting General Secretary Xi's authority. The gathering is also expected to lay the groundwork for next year's national congress that will decide major leadership positions and lay out the agenda for Xi's next five-year term. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Beijing, home to about 22 million people, is on the frontline as China takes on speculators and tries to tame home prices. Chinese authorities fear surging prices are building up household debt, heightening banks' credit risks, and fanning resentment as home affordability fades.

"People say players tend to be (too) easy-going or divided into different factions but it's difficult to place the finger of blame on just one problem. Every little problem adds up to big trouble," the Korea Times quoted Manchester United veteran Park as saying."I'm worried no one wants to buy my 50 square metre apartment anymore," she says. "I'm not the only one affected by the new policies. I'm just one link in a long chain. If one person scraps the contract, the whole chain is likely to break."

A two-times Women´s British Open champion, South Korean Shin moved into the hunt for a third major title in a rare appearance in the United States, ending the day two strokes behind leaders Chella Choi and Danielle Kang at Olympia Fields.

Salman, a native of California, acknowledged that she was aware that Mateen, the U.S.-born son of immigrants from Afghanistan, was watching jihadist videos before the attack, according to the New York Times.

Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for major attacks including the 2002 Bali bombings, has regained strength in Indonesia and could spawn a new generation of extremists, a leading security think-tank warned Thursday.

(Reporting by Alisa Tang @alisatang, editing by Ros Russell. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit website captures deadly battle for land and environment in Tha...

Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) does not pose an immediate threat and its leadership has for some years rejected violence to achieve its goal of forming an Islamic state, said the report from Jakarta group the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC).

London watchdog Global Witness calls the fight for land and the environment "a new battleground for human rights", with more than three people a week killed in 2015 while struggling against governments, companies and gangs exploiting land for products like timber, minerals and palm oil.

Choi, who joined Clint Frazier in homering this year in his Yankees debut, comes at a relatively low price. He gets a $700,000 salary while in the major leagues and $225,000 while in the minors, plus he has the chance to earn $100,000 performance bonuses in the big leagues for 300, 400, 500 and 600 plate appearances.

The urbane Yang is a high-flying former Chinese ambassador to Washington with fluent English and a deep understanding of U.S. politics. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Louise Ireland and Andrew Heavens)

In a pyramidal system, the elected local representatives choose municipal delegates, who choose provincial legislators, who in turn select members of the national parliament -- which is widely expected to hand Communist party General Secretary Xi Jinping a second term as president in 2018.

Ye Jinghuan stands in front of a local legislature office in Beijing where she went to protest authorities' attempts to prevent her standing in local elections, on November 15, 2016 ©Ye Jinghuan (Ye Jinghuan/AFP)

The current population of the three areas is estimated at around 110 million, and by the time the plan is complete, the so-called Jing-Jin-Ji project will span 212,000 sq km (82,000 sq miles), or more than twice the size of South Korea.

In mid-March, the municipal government acted again - raising the minimum downpayment on a second home to 60 percent from 50 percent. On bigger homes, that minimum increases to 80 percent from 70 percent. They also suspended issuing individual mortgage loans of more than 25 years, effectively forcing borrowers to take on more expensive shorter loans. Buying a third property has already been banned.

Conservative MSP Donald Cameron said: "We all want our NHS staff to be properly paid but at this point in time, these benches cannot support an end to the cap, partly due to tight budgets and multiple rising budgetary pressures.

A worker places a porcelain plate baring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan on a display panel at a souvenir shop near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. China's ruling Communist Party concludes a key meeting this week aimed at shoring up internal discipline and asserting General Secretary Xi's authority. The gathering is also expected to lay the groundwork for next year's national congress that will decide major leadership positions and lay out the agenda for Xi's next five-year term. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Taeguk Warriors have reached eight World Cups on the trot, but are in danger of missing out on direct entry to Russia 2018 after a string of poor results, including defeats to China, Iran and Qatar.

"I'm showing my solidarity with the people of Aleppo, who are undergoing the same suffering as we have endured during the Israeli offensives," said the 20-year-old student, gazing at the elegant decor of the room, where staff in Ottoman dress serve diners.

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois, July 1 (Reuters) - Former world number one Shin Ji-yai proved that playing full-time in Japan had taken nothing away for her game after she carded a bogey-free seven-under-par 64 in the third round of the KPMG Women´s PGA Championship on Saturday.She said: "Nurses in Scotland are over £300 better off at the starting point of Band 5 than anywhere else in these islands, including in Labour-run Wales, and of course no-one stays on point one of their band.

"The current JI could give rise to a more militant splinter that could be more professional in its organisation, training and recruitment than anything Indonesian extremism has to offer today," said the report from IPAC, headed by veteran security analyst Sidney Jones.

Nov 1 (Reuters) - The wife of the gunman who shot 49 people to death at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, knew he had been watching jihadist videos but was unaware he planned to commit mass murder, she said in a New York Times interview published on Tuesday.

The doctors say Nour needs surgery abroad, but the cost is prohibitive so for now she subsists on painkillers. Her aunt was permitted to accompany her to the hospital, but her parents and siblings cannot visit because of restrictions on Arabs entering the Kurdish region, which has already accepted more than one million displaced people since Islamic State seized large swathes of the country's north and west in 2014.

From Aleppo, he managed to salvage a 500-year-old wooden panel inscribed with Koranic verses, which now stands in the middle of the small restaurant of the huge Nusseirat camp, where nearly 160,000 refugees live in overcrowded conditions.

The first one in the book was "how to sit cross-legged properly" and another was called "the seven stones game", which apparently aimed to prepare for the ritual "stoning of the devil", part of the hajj pilgrimage.

Shares of China Railway Construction Corp rose 5.5 percent and China Railway Group Ltd gained 4 percent. ($1=6.9018 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Brenda Goh, Ryan Woo and Yawen Chen; Editing by Michael Perry and Clarence Fernandez)

Today, he said, without the help of authorities and forced to increasingly rely on charitable associations, "the authorities in charge of the refugees must get us out of Gaza and relocate us elsewhere, because the situation is getting worse day by day."

AL-AHMADI, Kuwait, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Kuwait's finance minister and acting oil minister, Anas al-Saleh, said on Monday he was optimistic that an understanding on production "at least" would be reached between producers at an OPEC meeting in November.

The National Development and Reform Commission said in a online statement on Monday that the plan will span nine projects that total 1,100 km (683 miles) long. These projects will be built over the years to 2020, and are part of a wider plan that will stretch to 2030, it said.

Choi was brought up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, a day after the Yankees designated Chris Carter for assignment for the second time this season. Choi started at first base and went 1 for 4, with his homer cut the Yankees' deficit to 5-4 in the fifth inning.

In Iraq the army backed by Shi'ite Muslim militia groups has this year recaptured Falluja and is now poised for an offensive on Mosul, where Islamic State's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in 2014 declared himself heir to Islam's caliphs.

The current population of the three areas is estimated at around 110 million, and by the time it's complete, the so-called Jing-Jin-Ji project will span 212,000 sq km (82,000 sq miles), or more than twice the size of South Korea. ($1 = 6.9018 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Michael Perry)

BEIJING (AP) — The corruption investigation into a former Chinese deputy intelligence chief is proceeding, prosecutors said Monday, signaling President Xi Jinping's determination to continue targeting high-level officials as part of his sweeping anti-graft campaign.

More than three quarters of Gaza's population are registered as refugees with the United Nations, and UNRWA, the UN agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, is a vital source of aid. But it exclusively supports Palestinians.

Prosecutors say Ma, who was in charge of counterespionage, is suspected of having taken bribes in return for favors and abusing his position to help his relatives' businesses. He's also accused of interfering with law enforcement and judicial activities, secreting away money and property relating to his case, and arranging for exit permits for his family members.

While Xi has asserted himself as the most powerful leader in decades, the 6th plenary's theme indicates that he still faces challenges keeping rank and file party members in line with his signature anti-corruption campaign and other programs aimed at keeping the party at the heart of Chinese political life.

The story of how he swapped rural farming for survival in one of Dhaka's burgeoning slums on privately-owned land reflects the precarious situation of up to half a million Bangladeshis estimated to migrate to the capital each year.

In just two weeks, at least 50 cities have emulated the capital, says Yan Yuejin, an analyst with E-House China R&D Institute, which tracks China's housing policy. Those include smaller and less developed cities that had benefited from a speculator-driven boom, such as Zhuozhou and Langfang.High-level officials such as former Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang have received sentences of up to life in prison as President Xi seeks to purge the ruling party of corrupt officials seen as diminishing its standing among the public and weakening its mandate to rule.

State Councillor Yang, who outranks the foreign minister, told Flynn that the two countries have broad common interests and great potential for cooperation, China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement after their telephone call. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Louise Ireland)

State Councillor Yang, who outranks the foreign minister, told Flynn that the two countries have broad common interests and great potential for cooperation, China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement after their telephone call.

If Bangladesh is to achieve its target of becoming a middle-income country by 2021, "investing in child nutrition and their cognitive development is among the most cost-effective development actions," Fan said.

AL-AHMADI, Kuwait, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Kuwait's finance minister and acting oil minister, Anas al-Saleh, said on Monday he was optimistic that an understanding on production "at least" would be reached between producers at an OPEC meeting in November.

A worker takes a porcelain plate bearing an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping for a customer which on display together with previous leaders Jiang Zemin, left, and Hu Jintao, second left, at a souvenir shop near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. China's ruling Communist Party concludes a key meeting this week aimed at shoring up internal discipline and asserting General Secretary Xi Jinping's authority. The gathering is also expected to lay the groundwork for next year's national congress that will decide major leadership positions and lay out the agenda for Xi's next five-year term. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Red banners around Beijing proclaim that the local elections are the "foundation" of China's system of governance, but the weeks leading up to the polls saw no rallies, no eager candidates glad-handing voters or campaign posters.

The term can refer to arrest, detention, bail pending trial or house arrest. The proceedings in such investigations are shrouded in secrecy and Ma is believed to have already been under initial investigation for about two years.

But it is also building a clandestine military wing in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, and there is a risk a more militant faction could emerge from the wider organisation as it steps up recruitment, it said.

Once when she was pregnant, he punched her hard enough on the shoulder to leave a bruise, and later threatened to seize custody of their son if she divorced him, Salman said. According to her account, Mateen taunted her by saying she would never be able to prove his abuse of her. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Julia Harte in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

The military part of the organisation is not intended to be used in terror attacks. It is preparation for a potential future confrontation, but those who receive training will likely "be impatient to test their skills", said the think-tank.

"For example, in the mathematics class, they would learn what is a bullet plus a bullet, or a rocket plus a rocket," said Salem Abdel Mohsen, another father who did not send his children to school under IS.

The FBI, after questioning Mateen in 2013 and 2014 for suspected ties to Islamist militants, concluded he did not pose a threat. Salman told the New York Times she was not particularly alarmed about Mateen watching the videos because the FBI appeared to have cleared him.

"It's hard. It just hasn't worked out," Girardi said. "He's had opportunities. He gave a good effort. Every day he came to work and tried to get better. It just didn't work out. So we felt it was probably time to go in another direction."

In the small enclave where the unemployment rate is 45 percent and inflation continues to climb, the Syrians "have no way to pay their rent, to care for themselves or pay their children's university expenses," he added.

"The market will freeze under the new measures," said Yi Xianrong, a professor at Qingdao University and former researcher at state think-tank the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. "Sales may drop 90 percent."

Trump upset China in December by taking a phone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. China considers Taiwan a wayward province and inherent Chinese territory, with no right to formal diplomatic relations with any other country.

He told MSPs at Holyrood: "Nursing staff want to do their very best for patients but their best efforts are often coming up against the reality of pressures on the workforce. In short, too few nurses doing too much work for too little reward - under-resourced, understaffed and under pressure, and clearly underpaid.

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