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Tencent reports 13 pct revenue growth in Q3******
SHENZHEN, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese internet giant Tencent raked in approximately 142.4 billion yuan (about 22.27 billion U.S. dollars) in total revenue during the third quarter of 2021, up 13 percent year on year, according to a company financial statement released on Wednesday.。
The company's net profit, calculated on a non-IFRS basis in order to reflect its core earnings by excluding certain one-time or non-cash items, dropped 2 percent year on year to approximately 31.75 billion yuan during the same period.。
Notably, the company's revenues from the fintech and business services sectors increased 30 percent to approximately 43.3 billion yuan in the third quarter, accounting for nearly one-third of its total revenue.。
The company also disclosed data regarding its underage game players in its latest financial statement. On Sept. 1, Tencent began implementing a series of measures to comply with China's latest regulations on restricting the gaming time of its underage citizens.。
In September, the time minors spent gaming dropped to 0.7 percent of the company's total domestic gaming time recorded, a significant decline from the 6.4 percent recorded in September 2020.。
Minors accounted for 1.1 percent of Tencent's total domestic gaming income in September, a sharp decrease from the 4.8 percent recorded in September 2020. Enditem。
Chelsea, Liverpool stroll, while Man Utd crash again in Premier League******
LONDON, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chelsea remain clear leaders of the Premier League after a convincing win away to Leicester City on Saturday lunchtime.。
Thomas Tuchel's side produced a clinical performance against Leicester and had the game all but wrapped up inside the first half hour thanks to goals from Antonio Rudiger and N'Golo Kante.。
Former Leicester defender Ben Chilwell had already shot against his old team's crossbar before Rudiger headed in his 14th minute corner, and Kante, another former Leicester player, doubled Chelsea's lead in the 28th minute with a powerful left-foot shot.。
Christian Pulisic made it 3-0 on 71 minutes, with the only disappointment for Chelsea being an injury to key midfielder Jorginho, who was replaced with 13 minutes left to play.。
Liverpool remain three points behind in second place after giving Arsenal a reality check and ending the recovery of Mikel Arteta's side with a 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal.。
Jurgen Klopp's men dominated virtually from start to finish, with Sadio Mane opening the scoring in the 37th minute after a cross from Trent Alexander Arnold.。
Diogo Jota scored an excellent individual goal in the 52nd minute as Liverpool upped the pressure and their dominance led to further goals from Mohamed Salah, after good work from Mane, and Minamino who finished the tout in the 77th minute, just moments after coming on as a substitute.。
Things got worse for Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his side were beaten 4-1 away to struggling Watford, to give Claudio Ranieri his second win since taking over at Vicarage Road.。
It started to go wrong for Solskjaer before kick-off when Mason Greenwood was ruled out with Covid-19 and they could have been down in the opening minutes only to be saved by David de Gea, who twice blocked Josh King's twice-taken penalty.。
King put Watford ahead from close range in the 28th minute and Sarr doubled Watford's lead on the stroke of halftime.。
Donny Van de Beek pulled a goal back for United in the 50th minute, but Harry Maguire's sending off made things harder for them and Watford completed Solskjaer's misery with two goals in injury time from Pedro and Emmanuel Bonaventura to again put Solskjaer on the brink.。
Steven Gerrard got off to a winning start at Aston Villa as his side won 2-0 at home to Brighton to end a five-game losing streak.。
Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings scored the goals in a much-improved Villa performance, although the fans were made to wait with the goals coming in the 84th and 89th minutes.。
Gerrard's predecessor at Villa Park, Dean Smith also got off to a winning start at bottom of the table Norwich as his new side beat Southampton 2-1.。
It was defeat to Southampton a fortnight ago that cost Smith his job at Aston Villa, but goals from Teemu Pukki and Grant Hanley turned the game around for Norwich and gave Smith some revenge after Che Adams had put Southampton ahead.。
Raul Jimenez 56th minute goal decided a tight game between Wolves and West Ham United, who pressed hard after falling behind, but failed to create enough clear chances.。
Burnley and Crystal Palace shared six goals in a topsy-turvy game at Turf Moor, where the lead swapped hands twice before both sides settled for a point. Christian Benteke netted twice for Palace along with Marc Guehi, while Ben Mee, Chris Wood and the impressive Cornet hitting the target for the home team.。
There was no winning start at Newcastle for Eddie Howe, whose side were held to a 3-3 draw by Brentford.。
Howe missed his first game in charge after testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday and it was another chaotic and entertaining affair with Jamaal Lascelles putting Newcastle ahead in the 10th minute, only for Ivan Toney to equalize a minute later.。
Rico Henry then gave Brentford the lead, only for a rare Joelington strike to bring Newcastle level. An own goal from Lascelles then put Brentford back in front, but Allan Saint Maximin saved a point with 15 minutes left to play, although Newcastle are now bottom and remain without a win all season. Enditem。
All Russia's security concerns must be taken into account for settlement in Ukraine: Putin******
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the National Space Centre construction site in Moscow on February 27, 2022.
All Moscow's security concerns must be taken into account for settlement in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday during a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Putin reiterated that a settlement would only be possible if Russia's security concerns were taken into account, including "Russia's sovereignty over Crimea," as well as the country's commitment to solving the tasks of Ukraine's demilitarization and denazification, and the issue of Ukraine's neutral status, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Putin said Russia is open to negotiations with Ukraine and expressed hope they would lead to the desired result.
"The French side expressed its well-known views on Russia's special military operation... and expressed hope for a quick settlement of the conflict through dialogue," the Kremlin said.
Putin said that Russia's armed forces are not striking civilian objects, and do not pose a threat to civilians.
"Ukrainian nationalists, who have been using their civilian population 'as a human shield,' are a threat," Putin said.
According to the Elysee, Macron asked Russia to respect international law and protect the civil population.
"The French President reaffirmed the necessity to implement an immediate ceasefire," the Elysee said.
Putin and Macron agreed to hold further contacts.