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We bring you CCTV's Spring Festival Gala, one of the most watched variety shows in the world and certainly here in China, where it's become an integral part of Chinese New Year celebrations.

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Shaq, Yao and Iverson nominated for 2016 Hall of Fame class

The NBA is in the middle of its All-Star break. The game's current stars will take centre stage in Toronto this week. And while we wait for the annual exhibition this weekend, the game honored some of its past stars -- as Yao Ming, Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson have all been named as finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Firecracker sales drop amid smog concerns in Beijing

In Beijing, manufacturers are working to develop more environmentally friendly products for Spring Festival. Their purpose is to rejuvenate the market hurt by concerns over smog and governmental firework restrictions.

Russia to continue 'anti-terrorism' operations

After world powers agreed to push for a cessation of hostilities in Syria, much attention will be paid to Russia's role in the process. Moscow has been criticized by the West for air strikes in Syria in support of the government of Bashar al Assad. But the Kremlin insists it can have a positive influence.

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