China and South Africa in $6.5bn worth of deals

China and South Africa have signed deals and loans valued at $6.5bn (£4.3bn), with the focus on building infrastructure in the African giant.

The deals were announced during a four-day visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to increase trade and investment between the two countries.

About 26 deals were signed on Wednesday, with $2.5bn going to South Africa’s state-owned rail operator.

China has given a series of loans to African countries for development.

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Putin: Turkey ‘will regret’ downing Russian bomber in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has castigated Turkey’s leaders, warning that they will regret shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria.

In a state of the nation speech, broadcast live on Russian television, he said that “if anyone thinks Russia’s reaction will be limited to trade sanctions, they are deeply mistaken”.

“We’ll remind them again what they did – they will regret it.”

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California killing: Female assailant was from Pakistan, CAIR claims

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SAN BERNARDINO: The female assailant gunned down following the shooting rampage in a banquet at a social services centre for the disabled in San Bernardino, California, was of Pakistani origin, claimed Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations).

The couple were married for two years and have a six-month-old baby girl, claimed Ayloush.

On Wednesday morning, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, dropped off their six-month-old baby with Farook’s mother, saying they were going to a doctor’s appointment.

Read: Suspects Syed Farook, Tashfeen Malik kill 14 in California shooting: authorities

By noon, according to police, the couple had donned assault clothing, armed themselves with rifles and stormed a holiday party attended by San Bernardino County employees, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others.

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San Bernardino shooting: Police kill two suspects after hunt

Police in California have named two suspects killed after a mass shooting which left 14 people dead at a social services centre.

The man and woman, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in an exchange of fire with police.

Farook had been a San Bernardino public health employee for five years, police chief Jarrod Burguan said.

The attack took place at an event on Wednesday for Farook’s colleagues. None of the victims has been identified.

No motive has been established, but the FBI is considering both workplace violence and terrorism, according to David Bowdich from the bureau’s Los Angeles office.

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