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China approves two IPO applications******
BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's securities regulator has approved the initial public offering (IPO) applications of two companies.
Yongan Futures Co., Ltd. and Zhejiang Liming Intelligent Manufacturing Co., Ltd. will be listed on the A-share market, the China Securities Regulatory Commission said in a statement.
The commission did not specify the total funds to be raised.
The companies and their underwriters will confirm the dates of the IPOs and publish their prospectuses following discussions with the stock exchange. Enditem
Anadolu Efes beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in EuroLeague basketball******
JERUSALEM, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkish champions Anadolu Efes achieved a 92-78 away win against Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 16th round of basketball's EuroLeague on Thursday evening.。
The visitors achieved their eighth victory of the season, while the Israeli club remains with seven wins from 16 games after suffering a sixth consecutive loss.。
11,000 fans at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv saw Maccabi dominate the first quarter which ended 27-20, thanks to points by Ante Zizic and Scottie Wilbekin.。
The visitors opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run and then took the lead, on the way to lead 39-34 by the 25th minute and 50-47 at half-time, with an important contribution from Shane Larkin and Tibor Pleiss.。
Three consecutive three-pointers by the unstoppable Larkin set up a 67-59 lead for Efes in the 28th minute, before the third quarter ended 70-63.。
The home side cut the gap to 71-75 in the 35th minute, but a 9-0 run secured the victory for Anadolu.。
Larkin scored game-high 26 points, while Pleiss finished with 15 points.。
Zizic scored 23 for Maccabi, with James Nunnally adding 14 more for the losing team.。
Efes will play its next game at home against Red Star Belgrade on December 22, while Maccabi will face Zenit St Petersburg in Russia the following evening. Enditem。
Sudan coup as military detains PM, ministers******
Armed forces detained Sudan's prime minister over his refusal to support their "coup" yesterday, the information ministry said, after weeks of tensions between military and civilian figures who shared power since the ouster of autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
Civilian members of Sudan's ruling council and ministers in Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's transitional government were also detained by the joint military forces, the ministry said in a statement on Facebook.
Internet services were cut across the country and the main roads and bridges connecting with the capital Khartoum shuttered, it added.
Dozens of demonstrators set car tires on fire as they gathered on the streets of the capital to protest against the detentions, a witness said.
"Civilian members of the transitional sovereign council and a number of ministers from the transitional government have been detained by joint military forces," the information ministry said.
"They have been led to an unidentified location."
It added later that "after refusing to support the coup, an army force detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and took him to an unidentified location."
US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said "the US is deeply alarmed at reports of a military takeover of the transitional government."
"This would contravene the Constitutional Declaration (which outlines the transition) and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people," Feltman said on Twitter.
"Any changes to the transitional government by force puts at risk US assistance."
State television began broadcasting patriotic songs.
The Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella group of trade unions which was key in leading the 2019 anti-Bashir protests, denounced what it called a "military coup" and urged demonstrators "to fiercely resist" it.
The developments come just two days after a Sudanese faction calling for a transfer of power to civilian rule warned of a "creeping coup," at a news conference that an unidentified mob attacked had sought to prevent.
Sudan has been undergoing a precarious transition marred by political divisions and power struggles since the April 2019 ouster of Bashir.
Since August 2019, the country has been led by a civilian-military administration tasked with overseeing the transition to full civilian rule. But the main civilian bloc – the Forces for Freedom and Change – which led the anti-Bashir protests in 2019, has splintered into two opposing factions.
"The crisis at hand is engineered – and is in the shape of a creeping coup," mainstream FFC leader Yasser Arman told Saturday's press conference in Khartoum.
"We renew our confidence in the government, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and reforming transitional institutions – but without dictations or imposition," he added.
Sudan's doctors' union has declared "civil disobedience" and "their withdrawal" from all hospitals, including military ones.
Protesters took to the streets in several parts of Khartoum carrying the Sudanese flags.
"Civilian rule is the people's choice," and "No to military rule," some of them chanted.