China lifted an average of 13.9 million people out of poverty each year from 2012 to 2016, and the annual per capita income in impoverished rural areas has grown 10.7 percent every year, according to a report from the State Council.
Newly discovered rock art in France suggests the origins pointillism, the painting technique made popular by Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh, can be traced back more than 35,000 years to the Upper Paleolithic.
Iran says it will stop gasoline imports during the next Persian calendar of 1396 (starting March 21, 2017) in an announcement that could mean the country will soon stand on its own feet in producing the crucial fuel.
A global agreement on cutting the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — potent greenhouse gases used in aerosols, refrigerants and air conditioning — seems within grasp, delegates said after ten days of talks on climate change in Vienna.
The world is on track for its hottest year on record and levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached new highs, further fuelling global warming, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said.