Foreign doctors deem ill Chinese Nobel laureate OK to travel

In this image taken from a Jan 6, 2008, video footage by AP Video, Liu Xiaobo looks at documents in his home in Beijing, China. According to a statement Friday, July 7, 2017, on the website of the First Hospital of China Medical University, the Chinese medical team charged with treating imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has stopped using cancer-fighting drugs so as not to overwhelm his severely weakened liver, raising concerns that China’s most prominent political prisoner is critically ill. (Photo from an AP Video via AP) BEIJING…

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China eases post-study work for foreign graduates

The move is the latest in China’s strategy to position itself as a study destination and attract talent to help globalise its labour force. Under the new regulations announced on January 6 by the Ministries of Human Resources and Social Security, Foreign Affairs, and Education, foreign graduates with a master’s degree or above from a university in China are immediately eligible to apply for work visas within one year of graduation. Similarly, Chinese nationals with a master’s degree or above from “well-known universities overseas” can return to China to seek graduate…

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NAFSA selects foreign policy expert to be CEO

Brimmer, who is currently a professor of practice of international affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, will succeed Marlene Johnson, who has been the association’s executive director and CEO since 1998. Brimmer also serves as a senior advisor at McLarty Associates and as a senior fellow for international institutions at the Council on Foreign Relations. “I am deeply honoured to be selected by the Board to be the next executive director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators,” she said. “I look forward to working with…

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Army of 6,000 foreign and Syrian fighters plan attack on east Aleppo

As the most intensive air bombardment of the war has rained down on opposition-held east Aleppo this week, an army of some 6,000 pro-government fighters has gathered on its outskirts for what they plan will be an imminent, decisive advance. Among those poised to attack are hundreds of Syrian troops who have eyed the city from distant fixed positions since it was seized by Syrian rebels in mid-2012. But in far greater numbers are an estimated 5,000 foreign fighters who will play a defining role in the battle – and…

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Foreign HEIs exempt from China’s NGO law

Hao Yunhong, deputy director general of the NGO management office at MPS, told the Chamber in Beijing that a foreign university coming to China to recruit students will not be required to comply with the law, which comes into effect on 1 January 2017. “These activities are not subject to the NGO law, as they are subject to MOE regulations” “Foreign universities may engage in recruiting activities in China through overseas study agencies that have a license from the Ministry of Education,” said Hao. “These activities are not subject to…

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U.N. peace envoy to meet Syrian foreign minister – government official

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will hold talks with Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday during a surprise visit to Damascus, a Syrian government official told Reuters. The official said the talks were a follow-up to the Munich meeting in which world powers agreed to a cessation of hostilities that would let humanitarian aid be delivered in Syria. The talks will include discussion of the resumption of peace talks set for Geneva on Feb. 25, including “procedural issues”, the official said on condition of anonymity.   [SOURCE:- Reauters]

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