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China

  • The secret life of gay Chinese

  • Praise for sexologist's admission shows growing acceptance

    Li Yinhe, a celebrity sexologist who revealed she has a transsexual life partner got online support, showing China's more open attitude to LGBT groups.

  • Nuns in a Tibet temple

    Qingpu Mountain lies in Shannan prefecture, south of Lhasa. In the mountain, several nuns find an escape from the madding crowd and a spiritual home in Qingpu temple.

  • Meteorite madness in an alien landscape

    As the market grows in China, a dedicated band of professionals are risking life and limb searching for extraterrestrial material in the deserts of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

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Business

  • Moscow's woes spark closer links

  • China's high-speed rail traffic to grow

    By focusing on passenger needs, and efficient operations, China's high-speed rail (HSR) traffic is expected to continue rapid growth over the coming two decades.

  • Alibaba's plot for box office success

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd showed interest in partnering with Sony Corp on movie franchises including Ghostbusters when billionaire Jack Ma met with Hollywood executives in October, e-mails revealed by hackers show.

  • US hails results of trade talks with China

    A senior US trade official said Friday that the latest round of the US-China high-level talks on trade and commerce produced concrete results.

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Life

  • Entertainment weekly photos: Dec 13 - 19

  • Censor's role not one for mere mortals

    Expurgating unsavory content from movies comes with good intentions but often ends up with unintended real-life black humor.

  • The popular but risky practice of Daigou

    When it comes to haitao, another frequently mentioned term will pop up - daigou, which means "buying on behalf of someone else".

  • The new Shanghainese

    Shanghai is a global financial hub filled with iconic skyscrapers. It is also home to people from all over China and the world.

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Food

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Culture

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National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims

A state memorial ceremony is held in Nanjing for China's first National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims.

Corrupt female officials spark debate

Downfall of two female officials in Shanxi province has drawn attention to the lifestyles of corrupt high-ranking women.

1st Shanghai-Kathmandu route

China Eastern Airlines will launch the first route from Shanghai to Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Dec 2.

Cold comfort for former sex slaves

Many women abused inmilitary brothels by the Japanese army during WorldWar II are now neglected by society and living in desperate conditions.

Fishing for solutions

Businesses bank on Chinese palates to help rid US of invasive Asian carp, which are making their way up the Mississippi River and its tributaries and threatening rivers and lakes.

Growing success from the grassroots

A lack of grassroots participation and unprofessional league systems has taken a toll on the development of big-ball sports in China.

Having babies from abroad

An increasing number of Chinese couples turn to foreign surrogacy services for babies, but risks remain as rules on surrogacy vary from country to country.

Slim pickings

More people are needed to help rising number of patients suffering from eating disorders.

Pepping up prevention

More are calling for HIV-prevention procedure amid rising infections among gay men, Shan Juan reports.

High alert

Chinese troops keep close tabs on terrorist threats at the Wakhan Corridor mountain border area in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Northwest China.

Sea change

120 years after its naval defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War, the country looks to stronger maritime power, Peng Yining reports in Weihai, Shandong province.

India adds spice to Chinese investor

An increasing number of Chinese businesses are riding on growing economic and trade ties between China and India in recent years.

Fugitive ends life on the lam

Another Chinese 'fox' returns home to face consequences of financial scandal.

  • China revises 2013 GDP up by 3.4%

    China's statistics authority on Friday revised its 2013 GDP figure up by 3.4 percent, based on results from the latest economic census.
  • Volcano erupts in eastern Indonesia

    Mount Gamalama in Indonesia's eastern North Maluku province erupted on Thursday night, spewing a two-kilometer ash column, official said here Friday.
  • More anti-terror raids in Sydney

    Australian police confirmed that they raided five Sydney homes which were linked to a man's alleged plot to execute a random member of the public.
  • New observation system to boost maritime power

    China will set up an offshore observation network to cope with disasters, guarantee development of the coastal economy and protect its maritime interests.

China-Africa

  • 'Made in China' spells success for Kenyan

  • Continental divide gone in artistic swoop

    Chinese who love African culture and arts may soon find that artifacts made in Africa that they would love to get their hands on are just a few finger tips away.

  • In step with expansion in Africa

    Chinese direct investment in Africa has greatly expanded in the last few years, exceeding $25 billion by the end of 2013, compared with just $9.33 billion in 2009.

  • Private investors flock to Africa

    Most of China's outbound investments in Africa have centered on the metals and energy sectors that accounted for more than 80 percent of China's outbound investment in the region.

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Africa

  • S. Africa marks first anniv. of Mandela's death

  • Sierra Leone's leading doctor dies of Ebola

    Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him.

  • Mali: last known Ebola case cured

    The last Ebola patient being treated in Mali has survived the disease and been released, leaving no known cases in the West African country.

  • Forum on China-Africa cooperation fruitful

    Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming said that the 10th Senior Officials' Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which was held in South Africa's Pretoria delivered fruitful results across the African continent.

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World

  • Yearend review 2014: Capturing the best vision

  • Volcano erupts in eastern Indonesia

    Mount Gamalama in Indonesia's eastern North Maluku province erupted on Thursday night, spewing a two-kilometer ash column, official said here Friday.

  • New broom ends EU summit a day early

    In a striking symbol of changed leadership, European Union leaders wrapped up their last summit of the year a day early after agreeing to launch an investment fund and maintain sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.

  • Japan, US delay defense guideline revision

    Japan and the United States announced Friday that they will delay the revision of their defense guidelines planned in the end of this year until the first half of 2015 so as to keep in step with Japan's legislation over the right to collective self-defense.

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Sports

  • French Open unveils 2015 poster designed by Chinese artist

  • Woeful Knicks on slow learning curve under Jackson regime

    In a season full of hope in the first full campaign under club president Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks are struggling with a new offense, a rookie coach and a frustrated star in Carmelo Anthony.

  • WADA not to appeal against Sun Yang's doping ban

    The World Anti-Doping Agency told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday that it will not appeal against a three-month ban imposed on Chinese Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang.

  • US will bid to host 2024 Summer Games

    The United States will bid for the 2024 Olympics, seeking to host the Summer Games for the first time since 1996, the country's Olympic committee said on Tuesday.

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  • Peace constitution under threat

  • Cigar aroma rises above an embargo era

    Obama's gesture toward Cuba, whose people and economy absurdly have been trapped in Cold War politics long after that dark chapter of history has been closed, means two neighbors with a natural affinity will learn to be friends again.

  • Can Abe last his 4-year term?

    Given Japan's sagging economy and mounting doubts, incumbent PM must play by the rules and improve ties with neighbors to succeed.

  • Let us end soil pollution cases harming villagers

    There were turning points in the environmental protection histories of many developed countries in the last century.

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  • Why foreigners come to China

    The question is always asked of foreigners "why did you come to China" and there is a perception that our countries are infinitely superior to China.

  • Failing to be free

    Today I had a pleasant visit with a former student, Susan. She's had her trials but now she is doing well and is in love!

  • Is love all you need?

    When Tim Cook announced sexuality publicly, the news was a heavy hit. Many people admired his courage to come out, and reviews have been generally positive.

  • Mutafire Miss Barbara Colin Speakman
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