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The flash manufacturing purchasing managers’ index, a key measure of factory activity in China, posted at 48.2.
In the first week of June, outflow from emerging economies reached $9.3 billion – the highest rate in seven years.
Both Saudi Arabia and Turkey are staunch backers of the rebel groups fighting against President Assad.
The Ufa declaration of the 7th BRICS Summit earlier this month also denounces attempts to rewrite history but stops short of mentioning Japan.
The elections - slated for October 18 (first round) and November 22 (second round) - are designed to stabilize the country.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Taliban have been very active in Faryab province.
Closing date for applications: 11 August 2015 17:00
China's economy posted better-than-expected year-on-year growth of 7 percent in the second quarter of 2015.
Obama told President Xi Jinping in a phone call that he was looking forward to the Chinese president's September visit.
The Silk Road connected China and Europe from around 100 B.C.