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China's gender imbalance back in the headlines

Jinan - In November 2013, China relaxed its one-child policy. Since that time, there has remained a disparity in the ratio of male to female births in China, rising to as high as 117:100 in 2014.

Chinese students explain failure of billion-dollar education push

Two years ago, The New York Times reported that China is pouring $250 billion a year into higher education, with a goal of producing 195 million college graduates by 2020.

Op-Ed: Everything changes once opponent feels Pacquiao's speed and power

Now that everything appears to have been worked out minus the official announcement for the world's biggest boxing event featuring Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, it is time to find out who between them would prevail in the ring on May 2.

Chinese police at lunch allegedly eat endangered giant salamander

Shenzhen - A banquet for Chinese officials turned violent last week when journalists photographed them eating a critically endangered giant salamander, media reports say. The diners included senior police officials who appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.

Over 2,300 people being monitored for bird flu in Taiwan

Taiwan - On Saturday, a four-day ban on the killing of chickens, ducks and geese in slaughterhouses went into effect across Taiwan because the current outbreak of the avian flu virus is continuing to spread. Over 2,300 poultry farm employees are being monitored.

Apple agrees to let Chinese government inspect iPhones

Apple has agreed to let the Chinese government inspect iPhones, Macs, and iPads over fears of backdoor government surveillance, IT World reports.

Chinese city bans the smoking of bacon because of air pollution

Chongqing - It may seem odd to hear that smoking bacon would cause a rise in air pollution, but if everybody and his neighbor is doing it, then maybe there is some substance to the story of one Chinese city where smoking bacon has been banned.

H7N9 strain mutated from chicken flu virus

Beijing - Scientists have demonstrated how changes in a flu virus common to Chinese poultry farms triggered the rise of the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened hundreds of people since 2013.

New study shows global warming science based on 'serious errors'

A major peer-reviewed paper on climate physics is rocking the very foundations of climate change science tonight. The paper exposes major errors in the general-circulation models the UN's IPPC climate panel relied on to formulate their predictions.

Good News: Tiger population increases by 30 percent in India

Delhi - In a bit of good news, a study shows tiger numbers have risen sharply in India during the last seven years, from just 1,411 to 2,226, and for wildlife officials, that's something to celebrate. The country is now home to 70 percent of the world's tigers.

China has mountain to climb with 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Jianchang - High on a barren mountainside, a red flag marks the spot where China hopes ski jumpers will launch themselves to glory at the 2022 Winter Olympics. But hosting the Games would require a giant leap of its own.

China sacks four officials over Shanghai stampede

Shanghai - Four local officials in Shanghai have been sacked over a New Year's Eve crush on the waterfront Bund that killed 36 people, the city government announced Wednesday, saying the carnage could have been avoided.

Tugboat sinks in China killing 22 including eight foreigners

Bejing - Twenty-two people including eight foreigners have been confirmed dead after a tugboat sank on a trial voyage on the Yangtze, China's longest river, state media reported Saturday.

Foreigners among 22 missing after boat sinks in China

Shanghai - More than 20 people, including four Singaporeans, were missing Friday after a tugboat sank on a trial voyage on the Yangtze, China's longest river, state media and authorities said.

Pollution soars in Chinese winter smog

Bejing - Pollution levels soared in Beijing on Thursday to readings more than 20 times WHO recommended limits, as an annual bout of intense smog returned to haunt the Chinese capital despite government vows to address the plague.Levels of PM2.

5-year-old girl in China got HIV through blood transfusion: report

Bejing - A five-year-old girl in China contracted HIV through a blood transfusion, state media reported, the latest case to shine a light on an issue that has long bedevilled the country.

Civilization in ancient China may be older than we thought

When we in the West talk of the "ancient" world, we immediately think of Egypt and Ancient Greece. One could now include the early civilizations of Central and South America, such as the Mayans in our "historical horizons."

2015 'Silk Road Tourism Year' starts in China's Shaanxi Province

Inspired by the Ancient Silk Road, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) each year promotes a Western province focusing on their tourism appeal and rich cultural traditions. This year northwest China's Shaanxi Province is in the spotlight.

China denies retaliation against Uighur journalist's family

Bejing - Beijing on Friday denied seeking to retaliate against relatives of a US-based journalist from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, one day after Washington voiced alarm about the case.

Jackie Chan's son gets 6 months for China drugs offence: court

Bejing - The son of kung fu star Jackie Chan admitted drugs offences on Friday and was sentenced to six months in prison, a Beijing court said.
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