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China hotel fire kills at least 10: Xinhua

At least 10 people were killed in a huge fire at a hotel in eastern China, the official Xinhua news agency said Saturday.  The blaze broke out at the four-storey HNA Platinum Mix Hotel Saturday morning in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, and took nearly two hours to extinguish, …

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With Trump at helm, US takes seat at UN rights council

GENEVA: The United States will on Monday claim its seat at the UN Human Rights Council under the new presidency of Donald Trump, whose election has provoked deep concern over the body’s future. Over its 11-year history, the council has come in for criticism, including allegations that it has, at …

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Global art sales plummet, China biggest market

PARIS: Global art sales plunged in 2016 as the number of high-value works sold dropped by half, while China regained its status as the world’s top market, Artprice said in an annual report released Monday. Art auctions worldwide totalled $12.5 billion (11.8 billion euros) last year, down 22 percent from …

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Morocco explores new markets to boost stagnant tourism

RABAT: Morocco’s key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the coming years. While political turmoil and terrorist attacks have battered the sector in Egypt and Tunisia, Morocco registered 10 million visitors last year, according …

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