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China

  • A meaty proposal

  • New emergency smog plan for capital

    If heavy smog continues for more than three days, Beijing will restrict half of private vehicles on the road based on their license plates.

  • Double-faced official tells decadent life

    While acting as a strong advocate of discipline, rule of law and anti-corruption, Wang Min, a former senior official in Shandong Province, indulged in his personal life and colluded with businesses to gain profit for his family.

  • China asks UK for help in extraditing corrupt officials

    An anonymous official authority said the Chinese government had already asked the UK to offer help repatriating approximately 50 corrupt officials.

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Business

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Life

  • Lisbon Fashion Week fall/winter

  • Stars at AIDS fund-raising gala

    Celebrities including Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, Chinese model Du Juan and US actress Gwyneth Paltrow pose at the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) inaugural fundraising gala in Hong Kong.

  • Pilots follow their impulse

    Swiss aviators' dream is to change the way the world flies and support growth of clean energy.

  • Nurturing creativity, and even rockers

    New-approach music schools help children find their own voice.

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Food

  • Festival family fare

  • Guts go for new glory

    Chopped-up pig intestines with wheat bread may sound repulsive - or like a very humble pie. But it's a traditional local delicacy in Beijing: luzhu.

  • Dipping into a French melting pot

    When is Paris not just Paris? When it's a window onto Dakar, Senegal; or Morocco; or Mumbai, India; or Moscow.

  • Eel wizard

    Tucked in a quiet street in the north of Beijing's embassy area, a small Japanese restaurant called Missi Missi has recently climbed onto local foodies' bucket lists.

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Entertainment

  • Italian creations presented at China Fashion Week

  • Williams' wife, children head to court in estate fight

    Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children are headed to court in their battle over the late comedian's estate.

  • Chinese teenagers take helm of United Nations

    An educational and academic summit, in which Chinese middle school students took part in a model United Nations, was held in Beijing on March 29 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the UN.

  • Strictly square dancing

    China's elderly are grooving their way across the nation, but the dance phenomenon has not been without controversy.

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Culture

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Annual legislative and political advisory sessions

The plenary sessions of the National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People' s Political Consultative Conference kick off.

Spring Festival trends reflect a changing China

Spring Festival is an annual celebration in China. This year's celebration, which lasts from Feb 18 to Feb 25, is marked by the following features.

Alibaba head meets with regulators

The head of China's quality watchdog met with Alibaba chairman Jack Ma on Monday to discuss the crackdown on fake and shoddy products.

Merger helps nuclear power grow globally

The approved merger of China's two industrial giants in the nuclear power field will strengthen the country's industrial competitiveness when going abroad.

Anti-graft watchdog learns from military tactics

China's venerable strategists may find their mantle inherited by the Central Committee of Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the Party’s disciplinary watchdog.

Rich Chinese pick Apple as gifts choice

Apple overtook Hermes as the most favored brand for giving by China's richest men, followed by Louis Vuitton. Hermes fell to seventh.

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.

China-Africa

  • Flying the flag in foreign fields

  • Uganda thrives on China ties

    Ambassador of Uganda to China says more tourism infrastructure will fuel sustainable economic growth.

  • Paving the way for a brighter future

    Residents of five counties in western Kenya are looking forward to the potential economic growth of the region once modernization work on a major highway is completed in the next 12 months.

  • Politician seeks investment for Kenya

    Former Kenyan Prime Minister and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga is in China for an eight-day visit.

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World

  • Crash pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

  • Chinese evacuees arrive in Djibouti

    More than 500 Chinese evacuees from conflict-ridden Yemen have arrived at the Djibouti port as the situation continues to deteriorate in Yemen.

  • Heavy rains trigger flood fears in Kashmir

    Heavy rains and a landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed 17 people as Indian authorities continued working to rescue stranded villagers.

  • Japan says not to join AIIB by deadline

    Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said Japan will not join the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank by the deadline of March 31.

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Sports

  • Chelsea extends contract one year for captain Terry

  • Legends get ready for the sevens at HK stadium

    Brian O’Driscoll, joined fellow HSBC Ambassadors - Waisale Serevi, George Gregan, Jonathan Davies and Gavin Hastings today at the iconic Hong Kong Stadium ahead of this weekend's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

  • Ex-NBA player now Columbia student

    Andrew Keh of the New York Times recently caught up with the 6'11" Murphy, who is now a full-time student at Columbia University nearing a degree in sociology.

  • Shanghai hosts figure skating worlds

    Shanghai opened China's first ever world figure skating championships on Wednesday.

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Travel

  • Enjoy blooming sakura in Tokyo

  • Royal Caribbean liner set to sail to Tianjin

    Royal Caribbean International's third Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas, will be based in Tianjin after it is completed next month. The Miami-based cruise company recently made the announcement in Beijing.

  • Biggest night market opens in Shenyang

    Reputed to be Asia’s biggest night market, the 1.8 kilometer-long bazaar is in the city’s Tiexi district and features areas for food, clothing, groceries and entertainment.

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