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Chinese teachers flown in to improve maths in England

Chinese maths teachers are to be flown to England in a bid to boost the country's standards in the subject.

Up to 60 English-speaking teachers from cities such as Shanghai will be taking part in a new exchange programme Credit: PA

Up to 60 English-speaking teachers will take part in a new exchange programme that will also see English maths teachers working in schools in China, the Department for Education said.

Ministers have previously said that England can learn from Asian nations which have topped international league tables in key subjects.

Recent international tests put Shanghai, along with a number of other Asian nations, at the top for maths skills.

Chinese president calls for 'diplomatic solution' in Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping said the crisis in Ukraine needed to be solved via diplomacy.

In a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Xi said solution needed to be on the basis of international law, German government said in a statement.

Read: Pro-Ukraine and Russia rallies take place across Ukraine

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China urges Malaysia to 'vigorously push' search work

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang urged Malaysia to "quickly and vigorously push search and rescue work for missing Malaysian aircraft," state news agency reported.

Malaysia Airlines said at least 152 of the 227 passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight were Chinese.

Chinese state media and the relatives of passengers onboard the flight criticised the carrier's poor response.

Read: Malaysia Airlines plane goes missing with 239 on board

China 'will not permit chaos' on Korean peninsula

A North Korean soldier kicks a pole along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Credit: Reuters

China has declared a "red line" on the situation in North Korean and will not permit "chaos or war" on the Korean peninsula, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang said today.

"The Korean peninsula is right on China's doorstep. We have a red line, that is, we will not allow war or instability on the Korean peninsula," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of China's annual largely rubber-stamp parliament.

China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic supporter, though Beijing's patience with Pyongyang has been severely tested following three nuclear tests and numerous bouts of sabre rattling, including missile launches.

More: North Korea 'fires two short-range missiles into the sea'

Three held over station knife attack in China

Policemen check unclaimed luggage at a square outside the Kunming railway station after a knife attack. Credit: Reuters

A further three people suspected of involvement in a knife attack that killed 29 people at a Chinese railway station have been captured, authorities said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said a "terrorist gang" of eight members was responsible for the attack on Saturday evening in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.

Citing a statement from the Ministry of Public Security, Xinhua said police shot and killed four of the attackers and captured an injured female suspect at the scene.

Authorities have said the attack, which also wounded 143 people, was carried out by separatists from the far west region of Xinjiang.

Read: Police 'shoot dead four, arrest one' after China attack

33 dead after knife-men 'stabbed people madly' in China

A total of 33 people have been killed following a mass knife attack at a Chinese train station.

Militants have been blamed for the attack in the western region of Xinjiang in which witnesses described knife-wielding men "stabbing people madly".

Police officers patrol the streets of Xinjiang following the deadly knife attack. Credit: Reuters

A parking attendant, who was standing nearby, said he could not believe what was happening when he saw the attackers.

"I walked out and I saw a person with a knife this big," he said, spreading his arms wide.

"Then I saw five or six of them. They all had knives and they were stabbing people madly over by the first and second ticket offices," he said.

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Police 'shoot dead four, arrest one' after China attack

Police shot dead four attackers and arrested one after knife-wielding "terrorists" launched an attack at a crowded train station in Kunming, China's Yunnan province.

State news agency Xinhua reported that about five others were on the run, after one of the worst attacks of its kind in China in recent memory.

"This brutal attack on defenceless, innocent people by violent terrorists devoid of conscience exposes their inhuman and anti-social nature," Xinhua quoted security chief Meng Jianzhu as saying.

"They inevitably will face the severe punishment of the law. We must mobilize all resources and adopt all means to break this case," Meng said, echoing comments made by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Read: Xi Jinping calls for attackers to be 'punished lawfully'

UN chief condemns China attack 'in the strongest terms'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned "in the strongest terms" the attack on civilians at the railway station in Kunming, expressing his hope that "those responsible will be brought to justice", according to a statement issued by his spokesman.

The secretary-general notes that there is no justification for the killing of innocent civilians and hopes that those responsible will be brought to justice.

The UN chief also expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and wishes those wounded a speedy recovery.

– UN Spokesman

Xi Jinping calls for attackers to be 'punished lawfully'

President Xi Jinping Credit: PA

China's President Xi Jinping has called for "all-out efforts" after at least 33 people were killed in an attack in Kunming railway station, in China's Yunnan Province.

According to the South China Morning Post, the President called for the attackers to be punished "in accordance with the law".

"Understand the serious and complex nation of combating terrorism. Go all out to maintain social stability," the news agency quoted President Xi as saying.

At least '29 dead' after railway station attack in China

At least 29 people have been killed, and 130 injured after a group of unidentified armed men stormed into a railway station in Kunming, in China's Yunnan Province, state media agency Xinhua has reported.

Police stand near luggages left at the ticket office after a group of armed men attacked people at Kunming railway station Credit: Reuters
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