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|BEIJING Ronnie Stanley Ravens Jersey , Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB) announced Tuesday that its board of governors had approved the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Belarus and Ecuador to join the Bank.
The addition brings AIIB's total approved membership to 84.
"The steady expansion of our membership represents a vote of confidence in AIIB by the international community," said AIIB President Jin Liqun.
The four prospective members will officially join AIIB once they complete the required domestic processes and deposit the first installment of capital with the Bank. The shares allocated to the new prospective members come from AIIB's existing pool of unallocated shares.
Since its launch in January 2016, AIIB's approved membership has risen from 57 to 84, expanding reach within Asia and across the world.
"As we start our third year of operations Nico Siragusa Ravens Jersey , we look forward to further expanding our membership and strengthening our role in the international financial community," said Sir Danny Alexander, AIIB vice president and corporate secretary.
Headquartered in Beijing, the AIIB is a multilateral development bank focused on infrastructure investment, with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia and beyond.
Earlier this month, the AIIB approved a 250-million-U.S. dollar loan for a natural gas project in China and a 335-million-U.S. dollar loan for an electric metro project in Bangalore Tim Williams Ravens Jersey , India.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's reported move to ban words including "fetus," "diversity" and "transgender" in documents triggered outrage, astonishment and calls for the decision to be reversed Saturday.
The Washington Post reported Friday that policy analysts were told at a meeting of the forbidden terms, which one analyst said also included "science-based," "evidence-based," "vulnerable" and "entitlement."
Faced with a growing backlash Chris Wormley Ravens Jersey , the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, termed the reported ban on use of the words a "complete mischaracterization."
"Among the words forbidden to be used in @CDCgov budget documents are 'evidence-based' and 'science-based.' Here's a word that's still allowed: ridiculous," the American Association for the Advancement of Science wrote on its Twitter account.
Michael Halpern, the deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy, said "effectively tackling public health challenges means being honest and open about risks and who faces these risks."
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The March for Science, which saw thousands of people protest in Washington and elsewhere earlier this year, called for the reported decision to be reversed.
The logo of Alibaba Group is seen inside the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province early November 11, 2014. [PhotoAgencies]
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The response came after Kering SA, owner of a group of luxury brands, including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, filed a lawsuit against Alibaba Group, alleging that it had conspired to manufacture, sell and traffic in counterfeit products bearing their trademarks without permission.
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"Alibaba Group has been working in partnership with numerous brands to help them protect their intellectual property, and has a strong track record of doing so. Unfortunately, Kering Group chose litigation one-sidedly instead of resolving the matter through constructive cooperation," said the company in a statement.
"The accusation has no basis and we reserve rights to subsequent legal action," added the statement.
It is the second time in 12 months that Kering has brought the case after the luxury brand owner withdrew the last one under an agreement to work together on the issue.
Concerns over fake goods on Alibaba's platforms Women's Michael Pierce Jersey , including Taobao, have plagued the company for years, as the e-commerce giant announced in January that it had created a special task force of 300 to fight counterfeit products.
The company had spent more than 1 billion yuan ($160.7 million) fighting against knockoffs in the past two year, said Alibaba in an earlier statement, adding that it had worked with brand holders and tackled six million web links containing infringing items, assisting in more than 1 Women's Austin Howard Jersey ,000 cases and the arrest of nearly 400 suspects.
Alibaba Group earlier reported better-than-expected first-quarter results. Gross merchandise value on China retail marketplaces jumped 40 percent to $97 billion, with revenue rising 45 percent to $2.81 billion.
The company is poised to overtake Walmart later this year as the world's biggest retail platform, said Daniel Zhang Yong, Alibaba's new chief executive officer, on May 14 during an internal meeting. It aims at achieving more than $1 trillion gross merchandise value in five years.
HOUSTON - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday challenged Congress to raise the government's debt limit in order to free up relief spending for Hurricane Harvey, a disaster that the governor of Texas said had caused up to $180 billion in damage.
Harvey Women's Ryan Jensen Jersey , which came ashore on Aug. 25 as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, has killed an estimated 50 people, displaced more than 1 million and damaged some 200,000.