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China

  • Blind date event attracts parents in Taiyuan

  • Tourists set to travel light overseas

    An increasing number of countries are modifying their visa-application procedures in the hope of attracting more visitors from China.

  • Bear bites off boy's arm at China zoo

    A bear in Central China's Henan province has bitten off the arm of a nine-year-old boy who tried to feed it through its cage.

  • Runners resort to face masks

    The Beijing Marathon kicked off Sunday despite the heavy smog, while competitors wearing masks triggered controversy. The organizers said they are considering changing the date of the event.

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Business

  • Internet culture expo opens in Beijing

  • Stock Connect delay worries investors

    Excitement has given way to impatience as investors in Shanghai are waiting for the green light that would signal the start of the much-hyped Stock Connect program.

  • Slower growth likely in 2015

    China will set an economic growth target of about 7% for 2015, the weakest expansion in a generation as the country's leaders tackle debt risks and imbalances.

  • Iron ore imports poised for 15% growth

    China's iron ore imports are set to rise to around 900 million metric tons this year.

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Life

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Food

  • Tracing the origins of rice

  • 'Customized' crustaceans

    Hairy crabs, or Chinese mitten crabs, are widely distributed along the estuarine deltas, inland lakes and waterways as far north as the Korean Peninsula and as far south as the river mouths in Fujian province of southeastern China.

  • Bringing the flavor of france to Beijing

    Situated on the bustling Chongwenmen West Street, Maxim's, 5 kilometers south of Tian'anmen Square, is where many Beijingers get their first taste of French food, long before setting foot in Paris.

  • Pret A Manger prepares for sandwich battle

    A battle is about to commence on Oct 16 at the back lobby in a Shanghai shopping mall, a battle not fought with guns and rifles but with Scottish salmon and egg mayonnaise.

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Entertainment

  • Xu Jinglei poses at Prague Square

  • 'Breakup Buddies' reaches 1 bln yuan milestone

    The road comedy "Breakup Buddies" by Ning Hao grossed 1 billion yuan ($163 million) by Thursday, the fourth movie to pass the 1 billion yuan mark at box office in Chinese movie history.

  • Starving to stay thin

    It's the dieting fad that is sweeping the world, and encourages fasting for two days of the week. But does it work?

  • Zhou Xun graces Cosmopolitan magazine

    Chinese actress Zhou Xun poses during a photo shoot for the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

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Culture

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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.

'Old newcomers'

Elderly people who leave home to take care of their grandchildren account for 10 percent of 144 million people aged 60 or older, according to a survey.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

Endangered species threatens livelihoods

Wild Asian elephants have been wreaking havoc in villages in Southwest China as their habitat is destroyed and they're forced to search for food.

China-Africa

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Africa

  • Feature: Ebola body collection team in Monrovia

  • China, France join hands to combat Ebola

    China and France agreed Sunday to join hands to combat the "unprecedented" spread of Ebola in western part of Africa.

  • Fund to fight Ebola has $100,000 in bank

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that a trust fund he launched to raise $1 billion to provide fast and flexible funding for the fight against Ebola has only $100,000 in the bank.

  • W Africa needs $200m to fight Ebola

    Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the three hardest-hit West African countries in the Ebola crisis, need $200 million to halt the Ebola outbreak.

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World

  • Yingluck attends Red Shirt leader's cremation

  • US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syria

    The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

  • Rope-jumpers pictured leaping into crater

    A member of the "Exit Point" amateur rope-jumping group takes a rope jump from a 120-meter (394 feet) high rock down to a man-made crater called "Tuimsky Proval" (Tuimsky cavity).

  • Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die

    Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week's snowstorms that killed at least 38 people, had to save new hikers who set out after the blizzards on the same deadly trails.

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Sports

  • Milan legends in Wuhan for challenge match

  • Ryder Cup reunion at BMW Masters in Shanghai

    The team spirit that recently brought Europe its eighth victory in 10 Ryder Cup matches at Gleneagles will be put on hold when the stars of the show set off in pursuit of the BMW Masters title at Lake Malaren, Shanghai, from Oct 28-Nov 2.

  • Work 'advanced' at Rio 2016 venues

    Construction work is "advanced" at three Rio 2016 venues as the city steps up its Olympic preparations, local organizers said Thursday.

  • Durant takes surgery on broken foot

    NBA Oklahoma City Thunder's star Kevin Durant had surgery on his broken right foot Thursday.

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Travel

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Odd News

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