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  TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemMorethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemMorethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.

  Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.

  U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.

  VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemMorethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.

  StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemTheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemStartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.

  ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.

  TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemTheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemSocialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.

  ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.

  ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.

  TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.

  VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemStartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemSocialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.

  Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.

  Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.

  Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.

  U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemTheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.

  Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.

  Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.ThepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly,theRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesday."RussiadevelopscooperationwithVenezuelainstrictcompliancewiththecountry'sConstitutionandwithfullrespectforitslegislation,"theministrysaidinastatement.Theagreementbetweenthetwogovernmentsonmilitary-technicalcooperationwassignedinMay2001andratifiedbybothcountries,thestatementsaid,withoutprovidingfurtherdetailsaboutthespecialists.NoadditionalapprovalbytheVenezuelanNationalAssemblyisrequiredforthedevelopmentofbilateralmilitary-technicalcooperation,theministryadded.OnSaturday,twoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuela,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.VenezuelahasbeeninpoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.

  Morethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.

  U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonWednesdaythatRussiashouldpullbackitspresenceinVenezuela,adayafterRussiadefendeditspositiononthisissue."Russiahastogetout,"TrumptoldthepressintheOvalOfficewherehemetwithFabianaRosales,wifeofVenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaido.TrumpaddedthatRussiaunderstandsU.S.stance"verywell."EarlierWednesday,U.S.VicePresidentMikePencecalledonRussiatoceasetalkswithVenezuelanPresidentNicolasMaduroandsaidRussia'smilitarymovewas"anunwelcomeprovocation."TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonSaturday,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.TheRussianForeignMinistrysaidTuesdaythatthepresenceofRussianspecialistsinVenezuelaisinlinewithamilitary-technicalcooperationagreementbetweenthetwocountries,whichdoesnotneedtheapprovaloftheVenezuelanNationalAssembly.TrumpalsosaidthattheVenezuelangovernmentwasunder"plentyofpressurerightnow,"notingthat"otherthanmilitaryyoucan'tgetanymorepressurethantheyhave...alloptionsareopen."TheUnitedStateshasbeenpursuingapolicyofeconomicsanctionsanddiplomaticisolationagainsttheVenezuelangovernmentinsupportoftheoppositionleaderGuaido.MoscowhascondemnedWashington'sthreatsagainstthelegitimateVenezuelanleadership,callingthem"blatantinterference"inVenezuela'sinternalaffairsanda"flagrantviolation"ofinternationallaw.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintopoliticaltensionsinceJan.23whenoppositionleaderGuaidodeclaredhimselftheLatinAmericancountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemMorethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.Enditem

  VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.StartingMonday,China'syuan-denominatedbondswillbeaddedtotheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndex,anothermilestoneintheopeningupofthecountry'sfinancialmarketandaboonforglobalinvestors.Atotalof356governmentandpolicybankbondswillbeaddedintotheindexoverthenext20months,makingChinesebondsthefourthlargestcurrencycomponent,followingtheU.S.dollar,euroandJapaneseyen,aftertheirfullinclusion.Whenfullyimplemented,Chinawillbeapproximately6.06percentoftheindex,usingdataasofJanuary31thisyear,accordingtoSteveBerkley,headofindicesatBloomberg.TheinclusionmarksthelateststepinopeningChina'sfinancialmarkettoglobalinvestors.Lastyear,thecountry'syuan-denominatedA-shareswereincludedintheMSCIEmergingMarketsIndex,givingoverseasinvestorsgreateraccesstoitsequitymarket.ItalsolaunchedaBondConnectprogramin2017,whichenablesoverseasinvestorstoinvestintheChinesemainland'sinterbankbondmarketusingfinancialinstitutionsofthemainlandandHongKong.TheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexinclusion"representsanimportantmilestoneforChinaasitcontinuestostrengthenandliberalizeitscapitalmarketandlookstoattractmoreinternationalinvestors,"saidMarkLeung,CEOofJ.P.MorganChina.Valuedatover12trillionU.S.dollars,China'sdomesticbondmarketistheworld'sthirdlargestandsettobecomeevenlarger,Leungsaid.Despiteitsmassivesizeandpotential,thecountry'sbondmarketremainedrelativelylesspenetratedbyglobalinvestors,analystssay.This,however,hasbeguntochange.AccordingtothePeople'sBankofChina,thecentralbank,overseasholdingsofthecountry'sbondstotalednearly1.8trillionyuan(about267.86billionU.S.dollars)attheendof2018,equivalentto2percentoftotaloutstandingonshorebondsandsurging46percentfromayearearlier.AstheBloombergBarclaysGlobalAggregateIndexiswidelytrackedbyglobalassetmanagers,theinclusionwillleadtoaninflowofoverseasinvestmentintothemarket."Thatstepbothreflectstheimportanceofthosebondsinforeignportfoliosandwilllikelyencouragemorepurchasesofthosesecuritiesgoingforward,"saidChangyongRhee,IMF'sdirectoroftheAsiaandPacificdepartment.Moody'sforecaststhatafullinclusioncouldpotentiallyleadtoaninflowofabout2trilliondollarsoffunds.Accordingtothegovernmentworkreportdeliveredlastmonth,Chinawillfurtheropenupitsfinancialsectorandimprovepoliciestoopenthebondmarket.Asthecountryfurtheropensupitsbondmarket,othermajorglobalbondbenchmarksmayfollowsuit.ChinawasplacedonawatchlistfortheJ.P.MorganEmergingMarketsGovernmentBondIndexGlobalDiversifiedin2016.J.P.Morganwillsurveyinvestorsentimentforinclusionatitsannualindexgovernancemeetingthissummer.VenezuelanoppositionleaderJuanGuaidowillbebarredfromholdingpublicofficefor15yearsfollowinganinvestigationthatshowedirregularitiesinhisfinancialrecords,Venezuela'sComptrollerGeneralElvisAmorososaidonThursday."DisqualifyfromholdinganypublicofficethecitizenJuanGerardoAntonioGuaidoMarquez,"Amorososaid,followingtheinvestigationintohisdeclarationofassets.Thedecisionwillbe"forthemaximumperiodestablishedinthedecreewiththescope,courageandstrengthofthelawagainstcorruption,"Amorososaid.Thelaw"implementsthedisqualificationsanctionsoftheexecutionofpublicsanctionsforamaximumof15years"topublicservantsenvelopedinirregularities,accordingtoAmoroso.TheinvestigationbeganinFebruary,whenVenezuelanauthoritiesstartedanassetauditontheaccountsoftheoppositionleader.Theinquiriesbegan"becauseitwasbelievedhehidinformationfromhispersonalassetsdeclarationwhilealsoreceivingmoneyfromnationalandinternationalentitiesthatwerenotjustified,"Amorososaid.Headdedthattheywouldcontinuethe"proceduretoverifyassetsandtheadministrativefinesanctioningprocess"establishedintheanti-corruptionlaw.Atthesametime,thedocumentswillbesenttothepublicprosecutortobegincorrespondingactions,Amorososaid.AccordingtoVenezuela'sconstitution,membersoftheNationalAssemblyarerequiredtofulfilltheirdutiesexclusively.Guaido"hassystematicallyviolatedourMagnaCarta,"VenezuelanlawsandtherulesofprocedureanddebateinParliament,Amorososaid.AccordingtoAmoroso,Guaido"hasusurpedpublicfunctionsandcommittedactionswithforeigngovernmentsthathaveharmedtheVenezuelanpeople,publicassets,creatingharmtosocialpeace,democraticstabilityandtheconstitutionalorder."Amorososaidthatsince2015Guaidohasmade91foreigntripswithoutauthorizationfromtheNationalAssemblyatacostofmorethan"310millionbolivares(about94,000U.S.dollars)."TheoppositionleaderhasbeenoutofVenezuelaforatotalof248dayssincewinningaseatasfederallawmaker,accordingtothecomptroller.Self-proclaimed"interimpresident"JuanGuaidocalledAmoroso'sclaims"afarce."Inhisopinion,thenationalcomptroller"doesn'texist,"andassuch"nodisqualificationexists;theVenezuelanCongressistheonlyonewhocandesignateacomptroller."GuaidopointedoutthatthecomptrollerwasappointedbytheNationalConstituentAssemblyandnotbytheNationalAssemblyincontempt,whichisthegoverningbody.

  TheRussianForeignMinistryonSaturdaywarnedtheUnitedStatesagainstfurtherinterferinginVenezuela'sdomesticaffairsandstirringupspeculationsaboutRussiaconductingmilitaryoperationsintheSouthAmericancountry."WerecommendthattheUnitedStatesstopthreateningVenezuela,stranglingitseconomyandpushingittowardscivilwar,whichisinopenviolationofinternationallaw,"theministry'sspokeswomanMariaZakharovasaidinastatement.ShereiteratedthatRussiaisnotintentionallybuildingupitsmilitarypresenceinVenezuela,despitesuchaccusationsbytheWestincludingWashington.TwoRussianairforceplaneslandedinVenezuelaonMarch23,carryingnearly100troopsand35tonsofmaterials,accordingtomediareports.MoscowhasrepeatedlysaidthattheexistenceofRussiantroopsinVenezuelaisinlinewiththebilateralagreementonmilitary-technicalcooperation."Thespeculationsabouttheconductofcertain'militaryoperations'byRussiainVenezuelaareabsolutelygroundless,"Zakharovasaid.Meanwhile,thediplomatsaidthatU.S.attemptstoscareRussiawithsanctionsforitslegitimatecooperationwithVenezuelalookridiculous.SheascribedU.S."nervousness"aboutRussianpresenceinVenezuelatoWashington'sfailuretoimpeachincumbentPresidentNicolasMaduro.Nevertheless,RussiawillmakeeffortstofacilitateadialoguebetweentheVenezuelangovernmentandtheopposition,Zakharovaadded."WecallonallVenezuelanpoliticalforces,whichplacetheinterestsoftheirhomelandabovetheirownambitions,toengageindialogue.Wearereadytopromoteitineverypossibleway,"shesaid.VenezuelahasbeenplungedintoapoliticalcrisissincelateJanuarywhentheoppositionleaderJuanGuaidodeclaredhimselfthecountry'sinterimpresidentandwasrecognizedbytheUnitedStatesandsomeothercountries.EnditemMorethan6,000peoplehavebeenbattlingaforestfirethatbrokeoutFridayinQinyuanCounty,northernChina'sShanxiProvince,localauthoritiessaidSaturday.Amongthemare1,000professionalfirefightersand2,600factoryworkersfromShanxi,1,300professionalfirefightersdispatchedbytheMinistryofEmergencyManagement,aswellas1,150soldiersandarmedpolicetroops.Theywillcontinuetoquenchtheblazefrom3a.m.to9a.m.onSundaywhenthetemperaturegetslowerandthewindsabate,accordingtotherescueheadquarters.Nocasualtieshavebeenreportedsofar.Tenhelicoptersand28firetrucksweremobilizedtobattlethefireonSaturday.Asof7a.m.Saturday,morethan3,800localshadbeenevacuated,accordingtotheMinistryofEmergencyManagement.Socialbenefitscreatedbystate-ownedtroupeswillbeassessedbyauthorities,ofwhichtheresultswillserveasanessentialbasisfortroupestoapplyforfundingandsubsidiesaswellasamajorindicatoroftroupeexecutives'performance,accordingtotheMinistryofCultureandTourism(MCT).TheassessmentwillgoonatrialruninTianjin,Jiangsu,Hunan,Jiangxi,Sichuan,andYunnanin2019,beforebeingextendednationwidein2020,theMCTsays.AccordingtoaplanjointlyissuedbythePublicityDepartmentoftheCommunistPartyofChinaCentralCommitteeandthreeministriesincludingtheMCT,theassessmentindexsystemwillconsistofmajorindicatorsonstageartcreation,performanceandpopularization.TheassessmentofthesocialbenefitscreatedbyatroupewillbeconductedbyaspecificcommitteecomprisedofthepublicitydepartmentofthelocalcommitteeoftheCommunistPartyofChinaandthelocalgovernment'sdepartmentsofcultureandtourism,financeaswellashumanresourcesandsocialsecurity,theMCTsaysinastatement.

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