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China says military no threat, but refuses to reveal budget

China says military no threat, but refuses to reveal budget

The report says defense spending this year will amount to 1.11 trillion yuan, or 175 billion dollars. Last year's budget called for an increase of 7.1 percent, the slowest pace since at least 1991. The figure, an 8% increase on a year ago, was announced as the annual meeting of parliament got under way in Beijing . Chinese Navy also expanded its global reach with flotilla ships sailing through the far-off oceans to expand Chinas influence.


Three daycare workers arrested for lacing gummy bears with sleep aids

Three daycare workers arrested for lacing gummy bears with sleep aids

Three teachers at a daycare in Des Plaines , Illinois have been charged with endangering the life or health of a child after giving kids gummy bears containing melatonin. Mierzwa said the day care's management cooperated with the investigation. The Des Plaines Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TIME.


Actions to tackle exploitation and abuse agreed with United Kingdom charities

Actions to tackle exploitation and abuse agreed with United Kingdom charities

NGOs and charities in attendance will sign a joint statement setting out the key principles they will adhere to, and agree a set of practical actions to take forward in an effort to improve standards and restore trust in the sector. "The recent accounts of sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector are deeply distressing". 'Organisations should not bid for new funding unless they are prepared to meet these tough new standards.


Delhi Diary: BJP Makes Inroads Into India's Northeast Region

Delhi Diary: BJP Makes Inroads Into India's Northeast Region

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today accused the BJP of "usurping" power through proxy in Meghalaya and using "big money" to create an "opportunistic alliance" in the state. Joshi, who is in charge of party affairs in the states in that part of the country. "So let us not lose perspective: there is no Modi wave here", he tweeted.