DAMASCUS, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army captured on Monday the Jazal oil field west of the ancient city of Palmyra following battles with the Islamic State (IS) group, a military source told Xinhua.

The government forces backed by allied fighters wrested control over Jazal after battles with the IS, during which several weaponry have been used, said the source on condition of anonymity.

Jazal is one of several gas and oil fields located near Palmyra, in the eastern countryside of the central province of Homs.

The IS militants captured these energy fields during their second invasion to the city of Palmyra last December.

On Thursday, the army recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra and pushed forward to capture the energy plants in its surroundings.

The army forces reached Jazal on Sunday evening, before wresting full control over the facility on Monday.

Unfortunately, the IS set the wells on fire in the field prior to their withdrawal, said the source, adding that the IS militants regrouped in the nearby Mazrur oil field and the mountain of Jabal Jazal.

TOKYO, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The organizer of the eighth Asian Winter Games (AWG) in Sapporo said Tuesday it will not accommodate Chinese athletes in the APA Hotel & Resort during the games that begin later this month.

The organizing committee has made arrangement for athletes from China and South Korea to stay in the Sapporo Prince Hotel during the games at the request of top sports bodies of the two countries, Hisachika Yamazaki, an official of the committee, told Xinhua over telephone.

The eighth AWG will be held in Sapporo and Obihiro on Feb. 19-26.

To save costs, the organizing committee has chosen two local hotels as official designated hotels for the athletes, while the APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo is one of them.

However, the Japanese APA hotel chain has recently sparked fury among Chinese and South Koreans for placing history-distorting books in its guest rooms.

The books, authored by Seiji Fuji, the pen name of APA Group CEO Toshio Motoya, denied that the Nanjing Massacre and the forced recruitment of "comfort women" ever happened.

The Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) has urged the organizing committee of the eighth AWG to solve the issue swiftly and properly.

The COC said the APA Group's behavior violates the Olympic Charter which stresses that the athletes should compete "without being drawn into political controversies" and the competition should "provide a Games environment that lets athletes compete without distractions from divisive and emotional issues outside the world of sport."

South Korea's top sports body Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) has also demanded Japan not to accommodate its athletes in the right-wing Japanese hotel chain.

Post-Brexit exchange rate move brings chances for bargain-hunting

The City of London in June. Photo: IC

China Minsheng Investment Group adidas nmd xr4 for sale , the nation's largest private investment fund, is actively looking for opportunities in the property market in London, following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

The move is part of domestic enterprises' expansion into the global market, experts noted on Monday.

Since September adidas nmd city sock grey , Minsheng has acquired two offices for leading financial institutions in London in deals totaling HK$1.2 billion ($154.67 million), according to the filing of SRE Group, a subsidiary of China Minsheng, sent to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Monday.

The most recent was the takeover of a six-story office building adidas nmd city sock white womens , located at the center of the City of London, for 32.5 million pounds ($42.39 million), according to the filing.

The 34,000 square meter building is fully leased to global financial company Cazenove Capital Management for seven years at 1.5 million pounds per year adidas nmd city sock black for sale , the filing noted.

On September 2, SRE Group signed a sale and purchase agreement to buy the London headquarters of French Bank Societe Generale, which is also located in the City of London, according to the filing the company sent to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange the same day.

The deal is valued at 84.5 million pounds adidas nmd city sock for sale , -Minsheng's largest investment in London's real estate market following the UK'sBrexit vote, domestic news portal ifeng reported on Monday.

Brexit may hit the UK hard in the short term, but it also means promising investment opportunities for Minsheng, experts noted.

"In terms of the exchange rate adidas nmd xr1 olive womens , it is a good time for bargain-hunting in the UK since its currency has already depreciated more than 10 percent against the US dollar since the June 23 UK referendum to leave the EU," Wang Yumin, an expert from cross-border investment service provider CubeTech Global Asset, told the Global Times on Monday.

In the long term adidas nmd xr1 olive green for sale , Brexit will have much positive impact on the UK, which will be more independent in setting policies and decisions for the good of its economy, Wang said. Also, the EU will no longer be a drag on its economy adidas nmd xr1 pink for sale , Wang noted.

The UK economy is in good shape, having posted 0.6 percent growth in the second quarter of this year, accelerating from 0.4 percent growth in the first quarter, the Office for National Statistics said last month.

"The growth potential of asset values" was another reason why Minsheng Investment has made its acquisitions adidas nmd xr1 black for sale , experts noted.

The company's strategic move into London's real estate market also comes amid a trend of Chinese enterprises going global, said Li Junjie, a partner at the Zhong Lun Law Firm and deputy director of the Institute of International Acquisition and Investment at Renmin University of China.

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