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PARIS Nike Air Max 97 Off White Baratas , Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Monday believed that economic sanctions imposed on Russia over tensions of Ukrainian crisis should be lifted if Moscow would made progress in restoring stability in the region.

Speaking to the local radio France Inter, Hollande, who brokered the first ice-breaking meeting between Kiev and Moscow leaders last June, pledged to push ahead diplomatic efforts to promote dialogue and reach a lasting compromise to the crisis during the Astana gathering on Ukraine set for Jan. 15.

"Valdimir Putin has already paid a quite heavy price for the annexation of the Crimea," Hollande said referring to Russia's worsening economy and falling Rouble currency aggravated by falling oil prices and Western sanctions over its policies toward Ukraine.

As part of pressure to force Moscow to dialogue and forge a peace deal with Kiev, Hollande decided, last November, to postpone "until further notice" delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia.

The decision was based on a worsening situation in Ukraine despite diplomatic efforts to end peacefully the months-long crisis.

BEIJING Nike Air Max 97 Gold Baratas , Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police have arrested a group of nine drug trafficking suspects, seizing 774 kilograms of ephedrine, the nation's Narcotics Control Bureau said on Tuesday.

The police also captured 2.1 tons of ephedra herb, according to the bureau under the Ministry of Public Security.

Ephedrine is extracted from the ephedra herb, which is a major material for producing the methamphetamine, or "ice."

The suspects were arrested in Hubei, Fujian and Shandong provinces. Another two are still on the run, the bureau said.

St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai Nike Air Max 97 Ultra Baratas , in the city's Xujiahui area, is undergoing a lengthy renovation. The inside of the church (below) features stone columns and Gothic ceilings. (Photo: China DailyGao Erqiang)

St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai, once known as the grandest church in the Far East, is undergoing a major face-lift, displacing its parishioners during the upcoming celebration of Christmas.

Also called Xujiahui Cathedral, the landmark has a century-old history and is showing its age. It has literally been falling apart in recent years, even as it played host to thousands of worshiping Catholics and tourists.

The restoration, which will cost 30 million yuan ($4.65 million) Nike Air Max 97 Undefeated Baratas , is viewed as a form of respect and dedication to religion, while ensuring the safety of the congregation.

"After the opening-up and implementation of reform policies by former leader Deng Xiaoping (in 1978), religious freedom has been improving," said Shen Baozhi, 90, chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Shanghai. "My feeling is that we have a very positive environment for religions and the future is very bright."

Shanghai has about 150,000 Catholics, and there are other Catholic churches around the city to celebrate Christmas Mass. But Xujiahui Nike Air Max 97 Mujer Baratas , where the cathedral is located, is one of the city's most bustling areas.

Designed by English architect William Doyle, the cathedral was built by French Jesuits at the beginning of the 20th century. As a missionary center, the grounds once included a library, an orphanage, a college, a publishing house and a weather station.

The interior-with its altars, stone columns Nike Air Max 97 Rosa Baratas , Gothic ceilings, stained glass windows, and paintings of the Last Supper and Stations of the Cross-represents the city's living history of European architecture.

The condition of the building has been deteriorating for many years, and the problems include a leaking roof, worn-out drywall and a termite infestation.

Minor repairs in the past never completely fixed the problems. During a Mass in August, worshipers narrowly escaped being hit by crumbling ceiling segments.

The restoration will seek to retain the building's original character and feature the principle of "repairing the old as old", said Qiu Yun, technical director at Xufang Construction.

The roof will be dismantled in order to repair the leaks Nike Air Max 97 Rojas Baratas , and the large cross on the bell tower will be reinforced and repainted to ensure that it is resistant to decay and termites. Tiles will be replaced with shale slate, and the cathedral's interior facilities will be improved.

Before the work begins, the church will protect its historical relics.

"The church's valuable structures will be protected to preserve its original beauty," said Gu Zhangjun, a diocese priest. "The parts covered by wooden slate are important structures, and we will pay special attention to protecting them."

The cathedral, which attracts visitors from home and abroad, will be unavailable to worshipers and visitors until the final quarter of next year. Tourists are likely to miss the opportunity to walk its aisles.

"I have seen many churches Nike Air Max 97 Negras Baratas , but there is something special about this one," said Andres Cuevas, 19, from Mexico.

Yan Hongji, 60, a nearby resident, said the square in front of the church has become a popular place for newlyweds to take wedding photos. In addition to being a religious site, "young people regard it as a sacred place to celebrate their love" Nike Air Max 97 Blancas Baratas , he said.


JINAN, China, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former Brazil coach Mano Menezes, who officially took the helm of Chinese Super League (CSL) giants Shandong Luneng here on Saturday, vowed to help his side retake the CSL title.

Menezes, 53, replaced his countryman Cuca who had coached Shandong under a three-year deal from the end of 2013 but stepped down due to the team's disappointing performance.

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