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LONDON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- A set of official postage stamps was issued Friday to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, one of the greatest disasters to hit Britain's capital city.


The set of six stamps have been designed in a comic-book style as a way of telling the story of the fire which started on Sept. 2, 1666 and raged across a large area of central London.


When the fire was finally extinguished on Sept. 5 it had destroyed more than 13,000 houses and burned down 87 churches in London and many iconic buildings. Over four days the fire destroyed what was the medieval walled City of London, home to 80,000 men, women and children. Over 70,000 of them were made homeless by the fire. Although the death toll is said to have been very low, even today nobody knows the exact number of people who died in the fire. Estimates are that 10 people died.


The fire was stopped from spreading to other parts of London, including the area where the King lived, thanks mainly to two factors -- strong east winds died down, and soldiers based at the Tower of London used gunpowder to create effective firebreaks to halt the fire from spreading.


Philip Parker, a spokesman for Royal Mail, said: ""The Great Fire of London is one of the most infamous events in the history of London. Despite the terrible devastation caused by the Great Fire, it provided the opportunity for the regeneration of large swathes of the city and shaped the London we know today.


""It was the catalyst of the building of iconic landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral and dozens of parish churches.


""It is fitting that we mark the anniversary of the fire with an innovative set of stamps that re-imagine the events.""


The fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane, a spot now marked by a commemorative monument that is on London's tourism trail.


Baker Thomas Farriner and his daughter saved their lives by climbing through a window, but their maid perished in the fire, the first victim of the Great Fire of London.


As the fire spread rapidly hundreds of people grabbed what possessions they could carry and ran to the River Thames to escape the flames and the heat.


One of the biggest casualties of the fire was St Paul's Cathedral, completely destroyed by the flames.


Within days of the fire being put out Sir Christopher Wren outlined plans to King Charles II to start the rebuilding of London, including the current St Paul's Cathedral which is now a dominant feature of the capital's skyline. Wren also designed the Great Fire monument in Pudding Lane.


The stamps were designed for Royal Mail by comic book artist John Higgins. Royal Mail said it is the first time they have used a graphic-novel style of design for official postage stamps.


One of the few remnants of the fire is a melted piece of pottery discovered by archaeologists many years later in Pudding Lane. Tests showed it had reached a temperature of 1,250 degrees Celsius. The pot is now exhibited in the Museum of London. An exhibition, ""Fire! Fire!"" is currently taking place at the museum to take visitors on a theatrical journey through the events of 1666.

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BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland dropped 1.2 percent year on year in the first seven months to 485.42 billion yuan (72.79 billion U.S. dollars), data from the Ministry of Commerce showed Tuesday.


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The trend of an influx of foreign investment into high-end sectors continued, data showed.


High-tech manufacturing saw FDI rise 8.3 percent to 37.39 billion yuan, while foreign investment in high-tech services surged 16.8 percent to 70.31 billion yuan.


Non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) by Chinese companies dropped 44.3 percent year on year in the first seven months to 57.2 billion U.S. dollars Luke Joeckel Jersey , mainly due to government measures to curb irrational investment.


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Meanwhile, outbound investment to countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative stood at 7.65 billion dollars, accounting for 13.4 percent of the total ODI Justin Coleman Jersey , up 5.7 percentage points from the same period in 2016.


While Chinese companies are going global, FDI still makes great sense for China today.


From research and development centers and technological spillover to the acquisition of world-class management skills, the impact of FDI in China is huge.


The Chinese leadership has promised to create "a stable Duane Brown Jersey , fair, transparent and predictable business environment" with a range of measures under way.


China has created 11 free trade zones where foreign firms can avoid red tape when applying for registration. It is shortening the list of sectors that are off-limits to foreign investors, as well as reducing market entry restrictions for industries such as transport and financial services.




NEW DELHI Frank Clark Jersey , Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were killed and 25 others injured Tuesday after a passenger bus they were travelling in fell into a canal in India's eastern state of West Bengal, police said.


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"Today a bus carrying passengers overturned and fell into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 25 others," a police official said.


Reports said the bus was speeding and its driver lost control resulting in the accident.


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