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Wednesday briefing: Parents reunited with long-lost daughter after 24 years of searching in China

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News of the miracle reunion has swept across China

Anna Freeman

04 Abril 2018 15:30

Photo credit: Reuters

Hello, this is Anna getting you caught up on today's news.

Miracles do happen - An incredible story about a Chinese couple reuniting with their daughter nearly 24 years after she went missing is sweeping across the word. Wang Mingqing and his wife Liu Dengying's daughter disappeared in 1994, when the couple was selling fruit in the city of Chengdu. Wang and Liu searched tirelessly for their daughter, with Wang even becoming a taxi driver and handing out more than 10,000 leaflets to find her. Their hard work came to fruition when he and Liu met their daughter, who they named Qifeng but was renamed Kang Ying by her adoptive parents. Kang Ying, now in her late twenties, travelled with her husband and children to Chengdu Tuesday, where she was greeted by her long-lost family. The family cried, with Kang telling his daughter, ‘daddy loves you.’

Spy poisoning - The European Union has said during an emergency session with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that Russia must cooperate with the global chemical weapons watchdog’s investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury. ‘It is imperative that the Russian Federation responds to the British government’s legitimate questions, begins to cooperate with the OPCW secretariat, and provides full and complete disclosure to the OPCW,’ it said.

Further strains - Donald Trump’s snap announcement about the withdrawal of US troops from Syria has raised alarm among officials involved in the war against Islamic State, who say at least 2,200 fighters remain entrenched in the east. Donald Trump’s surprise announcement last week that US troops would be ‘coming out of Syria … very soon’ has placed further stress on ties between Washington and a Kurdish-led force it had assembled to push Isis from north-east Syria.

A rare apology - North Korea has issued a rare apology to a group of South Korean journalists over access to a K-pop concert attended by Kim Jong-un. The reporters had travelled to Pyongyang to cover a K-pop performance when they were blocked from attending Sunday’s show, after which the South Korean government lodged an official protest. Kim Yong-chol, a North Korean general and former spymaster, then went to their hotel to apologise. ‘It was wrong to hinder the free media coverage and filming,’ South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported him as saying. ‘We’re obliged to help reporters from the South side engage in free coverage and convenient filming.’

No coalition - Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has ruled out joining a coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, a day before formal government consultations begin.

Actor in hospital - Austin Powers star Verne Troyer has been admitted to hospital in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Fire Department was called to the actor's Hollywood home on Monday evening. The 49-year-old's team posted on Instagram to assure fans Troye was well and recovering, but the cause has not yet been disclosed.

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