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BRICS leaders ‘strongly deplore’ North Korea nuclear blast

XIAMEN, CHINA: Leaders of the BRICS grouping of emerging economies said on Monday they "strongly deplore" North Korea's latest nuclear test and hydrogen-bomb claim, which has overshadowed the five-nation group's annual summit. Their joint statement from the summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen added to world condemnation of North Korea, which announced Sunday it had detonated a powerful hydrogen bomb that it claims can fit on a long-range missile. "We strongly deplore the nuclear test conducted by the DPRK," BRICS…

Global economy in precarious state, Chinese President tells BRICS summit

GOA: China's President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that the global economy remained in a precarious condition as leaders of the BRICS group of nations tried to find ways to fire up growth in the troubled bloc. Speaking at a summit in the Indian state of Goa, Xi told his host Narendra Modi and the leaders of Russia, Brazil and South Africa that the club of emerging powers had been undermined by both domestic and international woes. But the leader of the world's second largest economy said the long-term forecast for BRICS…