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China Unveils Bold Urbanification Plan

The plan foresees 60% of the country living in cities by 2020. “China has announced a sweeping plan to manage the flow of rural residents into cities, promising to promote urbanization but also to solve some of the drastic side effects of this great uprooting. The plan — the country’s first attempt at broadly coordinating one of the greatest migrations in history — foresees 100 million more people moving to China’s cities by 2020, while providing better access to schools and hospitals for 100 million former farmers already living in cities but currently denied many basic services. Underpinning these projections would be government spending to build roads, railways, hospitals, schools and housing.” (NYT  http://nyti.ms/...)

Peacekeepers in CAR Find Large Weapons Cache

The origin of the weapons is unclear. “African peacekeepers on Monday announced the seizure of a large weapons cache near Bangui airport in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic. “This is an important arsenal that would be enough to keep a large part of Bangui under siege,” said a source in the MISCA force who asked to remain anonymous. He said Chadian soldiers found the weapons during an operation lasting several hours late last Thursday, acting on a tipoff from local residents. The haul included more than 10,000 rounds of 12.7 mm bullets, two anti-air missiles, three rocket-propelled grenades, six mortars, around 50 assault rifles and a score of anti-personnel mines.” (AFP http://bit.ly/...)

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