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UNITED NATIONS Women's Joe Thuney Jersey , Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday met with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, with the two sides agreeing to enhance bilateral cooperation.

Wang once again extended condolences to Cuba over the damage it has suffered from Hurricane Irma, and expressed the belief that Cubans will be able to overcome the difficulties and restore normal life under the leadership of the Cuban Communist Party and the government.

In face of the complex and changeable international situation, China and Cuba should enhance communication and coordination and deepen their strategic cooperative partnership, said Wang.

China will continue to put Cuba at a special place in its foreign policy and will as always support Cuba's legitimate fight for sovereignty and its endeavors against the U.S. embargo, he said.

Latin America is an important region with a concentration of developing countries, said Wang. The development and revitalization of the region is an important part of the endeavors to revitalize the emerging markets and developing countries as a whole.

China-Latin America comprehensive cooperation is facing new opportunities, he noted.

Rodriguez thanked China for its assistance over Hurricane Irma, saying Cuba-China relations have seen a sound development with the continuous advancement of practical cooperation and good consultation over international affairs.

The Cuban Communist Party, the government and people appreciate China's support for Cuba's righteous cause and congratulate China on its enormous achievements in political, economic and diplomatic fields, he said.

Cuba is willing to strengthen exchanges with China on state governance and is looking forward to the successful holding of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

The two ministers also exchanged views on Venezuela. They agreed that the internal affairs of Venezuela should be handled by the government and people through inclusive dialogues and consultations toward a proper solution within the legal framework, and the international community should play a constructive role in this regard.

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LUSAKA, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Zambians marched along the streets of Lusaka, the country's capital, to denounce violence that has marred the run-up to next month's general elections and to promote peaceful campaigns.

The march, organized by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), an association of lawyers, saw people from different walks of life gather at the Peace Embassy, a burial place for the country's presidents and then march to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

The march, held under the theme "Peace and Unity in Diversity" was characterized by songs denouncing violence and promoting peace with the marchers clad in black and white, with black symbolizing people who have been victims of violence and white symbolizing peace.

Linda Kasonde, the association's president said the association was concerned over the continued use of the police as a tool of political oppression and stifling of divergent views.

She told the marchers that the country was experiencing levels of political intolerance and violence which threatens the existence of the country's record as a beacon of peace on the continent and in the world.

"Violence has no place in our society. The violence must end and it must end now," she said.

Eddie Mwitwa, the association's vice-president told Xinhua in an interview that the association decided to organize the march in order to send a strong message to political leaders to ensure that they uphold peace.

Violence has marred campaigns ahead of the August 11 polls. On July 9, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) imposed a 10-day suspension of campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala district south of the country due to violence. Enditem

SYDNEY, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Aussie stocks have edged higher onMonday as the search for yield in equities continues in safe havenand defensive stocks following a U.S. lead.

At the open on Monday, the benchmark S&P ASX200 index was27.4 points, or 0.50 percent, at 5,525.6 while the broader AllOrdinaries index was up 26.4 points, or 0.47 percent, at5,600.7

Aussie stocks have had a stellar run over the past two-weeks astraders speculatively price in potential monetary and fiscalstimulus over the next couple of months, though with key Bank ofEngland and European Central Bank meetings giving no guidance,market participants are getting nervous.

"The spike in safe haven sectors underscores a growing feelingthat the massive run up in equities over the past few weeks mayhave run out of steam," IG market analyst Angus Nicholson said,though Asian stocks should fare better with the strong lead fromthe U.S. in Friday's offshore session.

"The real winners in this scenario appears to be the US marketsand the US dollar," Nicholson said as solid U.S. flash Markit PMI'sat the weekend is providing momentum in U.S. economic activity,increasing chances of a Fed hike towards the end of the year.

However a stronger U.S. dollar is having effects on thecommodities complex will all major industrials falling, as well asbenchmark crude due to an fears of an oversupply in refinedpetroleum products.

"The materials and energy space look like they may be in for abit of trouble today.