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China

  • Disabled woman uses her feet to care for husband

  • High abortion rate triggers fears for young women

    China's high abortion rate has triggered public concerns over sex education for young people, with experts calling for cooperation from health departments and parents to protect young women.

  • Blocking VPN is for Internet safety

    The moves to block virtual private network services are for the "healthy development" of the Internet, said a top official from the industry watchdog.

  • How graft accused met investigators

    As the anti-graft campaign expands, it may become difficult for officials involved in illegal activities not to picture the day the investigators would come knocking on their door.

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Business

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Life

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Food

  • Yakitori you can bank on

  • An embrace of Spain

    If you are hunting for good Spanish food with a Chinese feel in Beijing, it is the place where diners take the trouble to find.

  • Guts, Glory - and Haggis

    Just before 5 in the morning, the slender streets of little Dingwall, a town in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, were completely silent.

  • Hotpot with a twist

    Sukiyaki, Japan's version of hotpot, is a seasonal offer at one of Beijing's coziest and most authentic outposts of Japanese cuisine.

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Entertainment

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Culture

  • Musicians take part in Gala Concert to celebrate Chinese New Year in Chile

  • Taste of nostalgia

    In He's mind, these old items are not only the things that marked his childhood, but also evoke his family's legacy of Shanghai style.

  • Nantong museum designs blue calico sheep mascots

    As the Year of the Sheep draws near, the Blueprint Cloth Museum in Nantong in Jiangsu province has released a series of vivid sheep mascots made of blueprint cloth.

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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.

China-Africa

  • Drive to improve vocational education

  • Building roads between China and Ghana

    It took Su Yuehua awhile to figure it out, but he learned the secret to business success in the West Africa.

  • Hurdles mount for major ring

    A Chinese company contracted by the Kenya National Highways Authority in July 2012 to construct a ring of roads in Nairobi says work on the last phase of the controversial project is 70% complete.

  • Nairobi's flourishing training grounds

    With help from Chinese machinery makers, low-income Kenyan students are learning new job skills.

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Africa

  • Egypt museum admits King Tut's beard broke off

  • Zambia votes for new president

    Zambians lined up at polling stations on Tuesday to vote for a successor to President Michael Sata, who died in October after a long illness.

  • At least 4 killed in clashes in Congo

    At least four people have been killed on Monday in clashes between police and protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa prompted by a demonstration against the amendment of constitution, witnesses said.

  • FM's Africa visit strengthens ties

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up his week-long Africa tour on Friday, which has taken him to Kenya, Sudan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

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World

  • The faded Nazi concentration camp never fades in memory

  • EP leaders react to Syriza victory

    EP President Martin Schulz gave a guarded welcome to the swearing in of Alexis Tsipras as Greek new prime minister, calling it an "historic victory for his party."

  • Greek leftist Tsipras sworn in as PM

    Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in on Monday as the prime minister of a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures.

  • Study abroad programs weighed

    American student Brennan Murray completely reframed his view of China after his experience in Shanghai last year.

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Sports

  • NBA stars to pay tribute to Chinese New Year

  • South Korean star Park in doping shock

    South Korean Olympic swimming star and national icon Park Tae-Hwan fought to clear his name on Tuesday as he reeled from the shock news that he failed a doping test.

  • LeBron scores 34, Cavs win 6th straight, 108-98 over Thunder

    LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

  • NBA should dump fan voting for All-Star game

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggests the NBA should eliminate fan balloting for the All-Star game, saying the leading total of 1.5 million votes for Golden State's Stephen Curry was so low it was "embarrassing."

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Travel

  • Ice lanterns bring chills for capital crowds

  • Shopping mall rises on sweets factory in Moscow

    Established in the mid-19th century as a candy factory, Red October is an industrial complex of red brick buildings spread out on an island on the Moscow River across from the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

  • View from the top of Shanghai's tallest tower

    Standing at a height of 632 meters (121 floors above ground and five underground), Shanghai Tower, a new landmark in Shanghai's financial hub, Lujiazui, alongside the Huangpu River, is expected to open in mid-2015.

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