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Opposition parties announced they would hold street protests demanding Zuma step down.
Leaders from Brazil and Russia are not attending the event.
South Africa Broadcasting Corporation COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said it was time for BRICS countries to find their "own voice".
The Communist Party of China will establish in the coming five years a family-oriented elderly care system.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index - measuring growth in 23 emerging economies - was up 2.3 per cent on Wednesday.
There have been a number of deadly bombings in Istanbul and the capital Ankara in recent months.
There were unconfirmed reports that the hijacker was wearing an explosives belt.
There will be no relaxation of China’s three-year campaign to stamp out graft and the government plans more measures to stamp out corruption including greater supervision of public finances, Premier Li Keqiang
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko also expressed his condolences for the loss of life in Pakistan.
An Islamist extremist group claimed responsibility for the suicide attack which claimed 70 lives.