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NEW YORK , June 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks closed mixed onWednesday as energy stocks declined broadly amid falling oilprices.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 57.11 points, or 0.27percent, to 21,410.03. The S&P 500 lost 1.42 points, or 0.06percent, to 2 ,435.61. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 45.92points, or 0.74 percent, to 6,233.95.

Oil prices declined over 2 percent on Wednesday on risingconcerns about global oversupply. The stocks market was underpressure as the energy sector dropped over 1.6 percent.

On the economic front, total existing home sales climbed 1.1percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.62 million in Mayfrom a downwardly revised 5.56 million in April, beating marketconsensus , according to the National Association of Realtors onWednesday.

Meanwhile, investors were still digesting the latest FederalReserve officials' remarks.

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said on Tuesday the currentlow-rate environment was likely to remain for some time, addingthat low rates handicap the central bank's ability to "offsetnegative shocks."

Meanwhile, Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer said that while theU.S. and other nations have taken actions to strengthen theirhousing finance systems, more needs to be done to prevent a futurecrisis, according to CNBC.

The officials' words came in less than a week after the Fedraised its interest rates for the fourth time since December2015.

Investors are overall skeptical the central bank will raiserates again in September. Market expectations for a September-hikeare just 13 percent , according to the CME Group's FedWatch tool.Enditem

Chinese PresidentXi Jinpingholds a welcome ceremony for visiting Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom before their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 7, 2017. (XinhuaLiu Weibing)

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- China and the Maldives on Thursday agreed to jointly promote the Belt and Road Initiative to inject new impetus into bilateral ties.

The consensus was reached during talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

BEIJING, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Premier Li Keqiang Friday pledged full support for law-based governance by the governments of Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions (SARs) when meeting with the leaders of the two regions.

  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ® meets with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in Beijing , capital of China, Dec. 15, 2017. Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is in Beijing to report the work of the Hong Kong SAR government to the central government. (XinhuaXie Huanchi)

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Hong Kong SAR chief executive, and Chui Sai On, Macao SAR chief executive , were in Beijing to report the work of the SAR governments to the central government.

Premier Li said that the central government will continue to uphold "one country, two systems" and the principles of "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong," and "Macao people administering Macao" with a high degree of autonomy.

Under the leadership of Carrie Lam, the new Hong Kong SAR government has worked in union to fulfill its promises, connect with the nation's development strategies, address issues of concern to Hong Kong people , and maintain the region's economic growth momentum, Li said, adding that the central government "fully endorses the work of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the new SAR government."

The premier expressed his hope that the Hong Kong SAR government and Hong Kong people will foster emerging industries and new growth engines, and promote sustainable development while guarding against various risks.

When separately meeting with Chui, the premier praised the Macao SAR government for propelling public administration reforms, improving the Macao economy and the people's livelihood , and maintaining a stable and harmonious society.

The central government fully endorses the work of Chief Executive Chui and the Macao SAR government, he said.

  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ® meets with Macao Special Administrative Region Chief Executive Chui Sai On in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 15, 2017. Chui is in Beijing to report the work of the Macao SAR government to the central government. (XinhuaXie Huanchi)

Premier Li said Macao should pursue diversified economic development, intensify talent training and introduction , and step up support for young people in innovative and entrepreneurship.

He also encouraged the two SAR governments to proactively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative and the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Lam said Hong Kong's development had benefited from the development of the country and the support of the central government. She vowed to bring Hong Kong into deeper integration with the nation's development and vigorously promote the development of the financial sector, innovative technology and the innovation industry.

Chui also thanked the central government for its support of Macao's economic and social development, and pledged to synergize Macao's development with national development strategies and pursue appropriate diversification of Macao's economy.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has upstaged Neymar by winning the Samba d'Or award for the best Brazilian footballer in Europe in 2016.

Coutinho received 32.13% of the votes to finish ahead of Barcelona forward Neymar (27.88%) and Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro (13.35%).

Despite an ankle injury that sidelined him for all of December, Coutinho scored 13 goals for Liverpool in 2016 as Jurgen Klopp's team challenge for the club's first top-flight title sin.
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