Incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to win Sunday's presidential election as he got 75.91 percent of the vote after 70 percent of the ballots were counted, preliminary data from the Central Election Commission (CEC) showed.
In the past five years, China's central government alone has invested over 60 billion yuan (9.47 billion U.S. dollars) into air pollution treatment, Li Ganjie, minister of environmental protection, said in a press briefing Saturday.
Chinese property tycoon Sun Hongbin has resigned as chairman of Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp, the listed arm of Chinese internet company LeE-co, adding to the uncertainty surrounding the debt-laden company.
When Jia Zhangke made his directorial debut with The Pickpocket in 1997, annual box-office takings in China were about 1 billion yuan ($158 million). By last year, the figure had rocketed to nearly 56 billion yuan.