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China's crude oil output picks up in September******
BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's crude oil production rose 3.2 percent year on year to 16.61 million tonnes in September, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The growth rate was up by 0.9 percentage points from the previous month, and the country's daily average output of crude oil came in at 554,000 tonnes.
In the first nine months of the year, China's crude oil output totaled 149.84 million tonnes, up 2.5 percent from a year ago, the NBS data showed.
Imports of crude oil dropped 15.3 percent year on year to 41.05 million tonnes in September, while during the January-September period the imports totaled 387.4 million tonnes, a 6.8-percent decline from a year ago. Enditem
Fund run by Biden's son involved in financing biolabs in Ukraine: Russian Defense Ministry******
The investment fund Rosemont Seneca, currently managed by Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, funded the Pentagon's military biological program in Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
The fund has resources in the amount of at least US$2.4 billion, said Igor Kirillov, chief of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Forces of the Russian Armed Forces.
The US Agency for International Development, the George Soros Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were also involved in the funding and development of these programs, he added.
"The incoming documents have allowed us to trace patterns of interaction between US government agencies and Ukrainian biological facilities," he said.
The official added that the defense ministry has official documentation proving that 30 Ukrainian laboratories were involved in military biological activities.
According to Kirillov, 16,000 biological samples have been exported to the United States and its allies from Ukraine.
For example, he said, 4,000 blood samples were taken from servicemen in Lviv, Kharkov, Odessa and Kiev to study the prevalence of antibodies to hantavirus.
"This large-scale screening of the natural immunity of the populations was probably carried out to select the most dangerous biological agents for populations in certain regions," he explained.
He added that dangerous pathogens and their transporters were also exported from Ukraine.
The US government has not made any response to the claim yet.