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Namibia

Chinese firms create 6,000 jobs

Chinese companies operating in Namibia have created more than 6,000 jobs for local people, Chinese ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang said. In an interview with Xinhua, Xin said that trade between the two countries has been mutually beneficial with Chinese investment contributing to the development of Namibian industry while Namibia has helped China expand its overseas market.

Turkey

Five migrants drown off coast

At least five people drowned off the Turkish coast early on Tuesday as they tried to reach the Greek islands, underscoring the deadly risks taken by migrants making even short crossings to Europe in overcrowded smugglers’ boats. Turkish coast guards unloaded five body bags in Bodrum in western Turkey as rescued migrants – one man clutching his head – sat on the wharf.

Cote D’ivoire

High security vowed for polls

Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have promised to ensure maximum security during the forthcoming presidential elections, an official source said on Monday. Defense Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said, “Everything had been done to guarantee a peaceful electoral environment.”

Myanmar

Parliament meets for final session

Myanmar’s Parliament reopened on Tuesday for its final session before national elections in November, with the spotlight on the influential speaker, who was ousted just days ago as head of the ruling party. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi criticized the manner in which Shwe Mann was removed.

Sri Lanka

Premier claims election victory

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election was too close to call on Tuesday, with final results still to be announced, but the prime minister declared victory over the country’s former leader who was seeking a political comeback eight months after losing a presidential vote. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a statement that the majority of the people had endorsed what he called his government’s good governance and consensual politics.

Pakistan

Lawmaker hurt in shooting

A Pakistani opposition lawmaker was shot and wounded and his driver killed on Tuesday in the port city of Karachi, police said, as sensitive political negotiations involving the lawmaker’s party began. Abdul Rashid Godil, a member of the city’s powerful Muttahida Qaumi Movement, was attacked in his car, Munir Shaikh, a deputy police inspector, said.

AP – Xinhua – Reuters

(China Daily 08/19/2015 page12)