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Indonesia made final preparations Tuesday to execute eight foreigners by firing squad, as family members wailed in grief during last visits to their loved ones and ambulances carrying white coffins arrived at the drug convicts' prison. Relatives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking group, arrived at Nusakambangan prison calling for mercy for their loved ones, with Sukumaran's sister collapsing in grief, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Chan and Sukumaran are among nine prisoners -- eight of whom are foreign and one Indonesian -- facing death after authorities gave them final notice of their executions at the weekend.
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a trip to Australia in 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton lavished praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it the "gold standard" in efforts to create open and fair trade.
Chinese energy giant PetroChina said its net profit plunged 82 percent year-on-year in the first three months of the year, blaming the plunge in international oil prices. Net profit came in at 6.15 billion yuan ($1.01 billion) in the first quarter, down from 34.25 billion yuan for the same period in 2014, the company said late Monday in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, where it is listed. "International crude oil prices have significantly declined since the second half of 2014 and fluctuated at a low level in the first quarter of 2015,” PetroChina chairman Zhou Jiping said in the statement. Turnover of PetroChina slumped 22.4 percent year-on-year to 410.34 billion yuan in the first quarter, according to the statement.