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CBA regular season second stage matches to be played in Changchun******
BEIJING, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- All second stage matches of the 2021-22 regular season of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league will be held in Changchun in northeast China's Jilin Province.。
These matches had been scheduled to take place in both Changchun and Zhuji in east China's Zhejiang Province on December 25.。
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the league's governing body said the revised decision was made in view of rising COVID-19 cases in Zhejiang Province and other regions of China.。
The statement also left room for minor adjustments to the kick-off times of the second stage matches based on local prevention and control measures, with any adjustments to the schedule to be announced in due course.。
After 13 rounds of matches in the league's first stage, the Liaoning Flying Leopards lead the 20-team table with a 12-1 record. They are followed by the Guangdong Southern Tigers, the Shenzhen Aviators and the Zhejiang Lions, all with a win-loss record of 11-2. Enditem。
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Erdogan, Putin agree to hold next round of Russia******
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Sunday agreed to hold the next round of Russia-Ukraine negotiations in Turkey's Istanbul city, the Turkish presidency said.
The two leaders had a phone conversation on Sunday and discussed the latest situation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the negotiation process, the Turkish presidency said in a statement.
The two leaders "agreed that the next meeting of the negotiation teams of Russia and Ukraine will be held in Istanbul," the statement said.
During the conversation, Erdogan told Putin that a ceasefire and peace between Russia and Ukraine must be achieved as soon as possible and the humanitarian situation in the region should be improved, adding that Turkey would continue to "contribute in every possible way during this process."
Earlier on Sunday, David Arakhamia, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, said the next round of peace talks between Ukraine and Russia will take place next week in Turkey.
"Today, at the video talks, it was decided to hold the next live round by two delegations in Turkey on March 28-30," Arakhamia wrote on Facebook.
Meanwhile, head of Russia's negotiation team Vladimir Medinsky said the face-to-face talks will take place on March 29-30.
Ukrainian and Russian delegations have held three rounds of peace talks in-person in Belarus since February 28, and the fourth one started on March 14 in a format of video conference.
Previously, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, met in a resort town of Turkey's southern province of Antalya on March 10.
The meeting, held on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum, was the first high-level talks between Moscow and Kiev since Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24.
During the meeting, the two sides failed to make progress on a ceasefire but agreed to continue negotiations over the conflict.