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Head of Sudan's Transitional Military Council sworn in as chief of new Sovereign Council

KHARTOUM, Aug 21 -- The outgoing head of the Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC), Abdel Fattah Burhan, was sworn in on Wednesday as the chief of the freshly formed Sovereign Council (SC), Sputnik news agency reported.

Netherlands shares experience in preventing African swine fever in Vietnam

HANOI, Aug 21 -- Veterinary experts from the Netherlands shared experience in preventing African swine fever during a roundtable discussion held in Hanoi today, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Three killed as chopper carrying relief material crashes in north India

NEW DELHI, Aug 21 -- At least three people, including a pilot and a co-pilot, died in a chopper crash in India's northern hilly state of Uttarakhand on Wednesday, a state government Information officer told Xinhua over phone.

Lebanon asks US to support Syrian refugees' social programmes

BEIRUT, Aug 21 -- Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs Richard Kuyumjian on Wednesday called upon the United States to support social programmes for local communities hosting Syrian refugees, Xinhua news agency reported.

Sri Lanka declares China-funded Port City as urban development area

COLOMBO, Aug 21 -- The Sri Lankan government has declared a mega China-funded Port City as an urban development area under the state-owned Urban Development Authority (UDA), Xinhua news agency reported, quoting a statement by the country’s information department.

Beijing expresses protest to US over its approval of US$8 billion arms sales to Taiwan

BEIJING, Aug 21  -- China expresses protest to the United States (US) over its decision to approve a US$8 billion military sale of 66 F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan and intends to impose sanctions on US companies that will be selling the weapons, Sputnik news agency reported, quoting the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Geng Shuang on Wednesday.

Beijing confirms UK consulate in Hong Kong staffer is under administrative detention

BEIJING, Aug 21 -- A staffer of the UK Consulate in Hong Kong, who is a Chinese citizen, has been detained by Shenzhen police and placed under administrative detention for 15 days, Sputnik news agency reported, quoting the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Geng Shuang on Wednesday.