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Lawyer who handled 'Hong Kong 12' case loses legal licence

Bejing - A human rights lawyer who handled the case of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists detained in China had his licence revoked Friday, he told AFP, a move he said was triggered by the sensitivity of the case for Beijing.

China puts 20,000 villagers in central quarantine over virus risk

Beijing - China has sent over 20,000 rural residents living in the epicentre of the country's latest virus outbreak to state-run quarantine facilities, as Beijing on Friday reported the worst nationwide figures since March.

China's 2020 GDP growth slowest in over four decades: AFP poll

Shanghai - China's economy grew last year at its slowest pace since transformative market reforms of the 1970s, according to an AFP poll of economists, but finished the year strongly on an accelerating coronavirus recovery.

Two Canadians detained in China allowed calls with relatives

Bejing - Two Canadians detained in China for over two years on spying charges were allowed to call their families out of "humanitarian considerations" over Christmas, Beijing said Thursday.

China logs first virus death in 8 months as WHO huddles on new strains

Wuhan - China recorded its first Covid-19 death in eight months on Thursday, as experts huddled to discuss worrying new strains of the coronavirus that are spreading rapidly around the globe.

WHO team arrives in Wuhan for virus investigation

Wuhan - A team of experts from the World Health Organization arrived in Wuhan Thursday to probe the origins of the coronavirus more than a year after it emerged, although two members were barred from boarding a flight in Singapore after testing positive for vi...

China reports first virus death in eight months

Bejing - China reported a death from Covid-19 on Thursday -- its first in eight months -- as the country battles to contain a resurgence in cases and prepares for the arrival of an expert team from the WHO.

Chinese province of 37m declares 'emergency' to control virus

Bejing - A Chinese province of more than 37 million declared an "emergency state" on Wednesday to snuff out a handful of Covid-19 cases, as the country moved decisively to contain infections.

The ex-cop behind China's largest gay dating app

Bejing - Browsing the internet as a young policeman in China, Ma Baoli recalls the sheer volume of web pages telling him he was a pervert, diseased and in need of treatment -- simply because he was gay.

China places 5 million more under lockdown to stamp out virus cluster

Beijing - Chinese authorities sealed off a city of almost five million people and imposed strict travel restrictions on several others on Tuesday as they worked to quash a number of Covid-19 clusters near Beijing.

China make-up ad pulled for 'victim-blaming'

Bejing - A Chinese advert for make-up wipes which linked a woman's appearance to the likelihood of assault has been taken down, and the company forced to apologise, after a backlash over "victim-blaming".

China says WHO coronavirus experts to visit from Thursday

Bejing - Ten World Health Organization scientists will visit China from Thursday to probe the origins of Covid-19, authorities said Monday, more than a year after the pandemic began and amid accusations Beijing has tried to thwart the investigation.

Year on from first Covid-19 death, Wuhan basks in recovery

Wuhan - One year ago, China announced the first death from a new virus in Wuhan -- 12 months later, Covid-19 has claimed 1.9 million lives in an unrelenting march across the world.

WHO to probe virus origins in China as nations struggle with surges

Bejing - A World Health Organization team will finally reach China this week to start probing the origins of the coronavirus, more than a year after the pandemic began and following accusations Beijing tried to block the investigation.

A year after first death in China, coronavirus source still a puzzle

Wuhan - It is the world's most pressing scientific puzzle, but experts warn there may never be conclusive answers over the source of the coronavirus, after an investigative effort marked from the start by disarray, Chinese secrecy and international rancour.

China enacts rules to counter 'unjustified' foreign laws

Bejing - China on Saturday introduced new rules to counter "unjustified" laws and measures that other countries might apply to its companies and citizens, as tensions with the United States worsen.

Two Chinese cities sealed off to squash virus outbreak

Bejing - China has sealed off two cities south of Beijing, cutting transport links and banning millions of residents from leaving, as authorities move to stem the country's largest Covid-19 outbreak in six months.

Op-Ed: Baidu scares auto sector with new smart EVs initiative

Sydney - Baidu intends to produce smart EVs using manufacturer Geely according to Reuters. This is major league level, and will hit the auto industry hard. Arguably worse is the fact that the buzz phrase “smart EV” will become unavoidable.

The ex-cop behind China's largest gay dating app

Bejing - Browsing the internet as a young policeman in China, Ma Baoli recalls the sheer volume of web pages telling him he was a pervert, diseased and in need of treatment -- simply because he was gay.

Beijing freezes as temperature hits five decade lows

Bejing - Temperatures in the Chinese capital plunged to their lowest for more than five decades on Thursday, as Beijing was hit by gale-force winds and bitter conditions.On Thursday morning the mercury dropped to minus 19.6 degrees Celsius (minus 3.
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