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China journalist, 71, to serve five years in jail: Lawyer

Beijing - A Chinese court on Thursday reduced the seven-year jail sentence given to a 71-year-old Chinese journalist convicted of "leaking state secrets" by two years, her lawyer said after an appeal in a case condemned by free speech advocates.

Chinese media says birth discrimination must end

Bejing - Chinese state-run media called Wednesday for children born outside the country's one-child policy to be given crucial household registration documents, an issue that has left as many as 13 million in legal limbo.

China says Communist Party officials among Xinjiang attackers

Bejing - Officials from China's ruling Communist Party have supported violent attacks in restive Xinjiang, a top regional official said in remarks highlighting internal opposition to tough local policies.

Xi to bring no new concessions to Paris climate summit

Bejing - China's President Xi Jinping will bring no new concessions to the negotiating table when he attends key UN climate change talks in Paris next week, a senior Chinese diplomat said Thursday.

Chinese lesbian takes government to court over textbooks

Bejing - A Chinese lesbian on Tuesday took the government to court over textbooks describing homosexuality as a "psychological disorder", a landmark case in a country where discrimination remains common.

Almost all donated organs unused in China: Report

Bejing - Almost all human organs donated for transplant in China go unused, state-run media said, after years of controversy about the use of body parts from executed prisoners.

Chinese journalist, 71, appeals seven year jailing

Bejing - A 71-year-old Chinese journalist appealed Tuesday against her seven year jail sentence for "leaking state secrets", a conviction condemned by free speech advocates worldwide.

China offers funds in search for missing MH370 plane

Shanghai - China on Saturday pledged Aus$20 million ($14.5 million) to help fund the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the government said in a statement, after the plane vanished in 2014.

Coal mine fire in northeast China kills 21: State media

Shanghai - At least 21 people died in a fire at a mine operated by northeast China's biggest state-owned coal company, state media reported on Saturday, the latest accident in the country's trouble-plagued resources sector.

Chinese police shoot dead 28 from 'terrorist group'

Bejing - Chinese police have killed 28 members of a "terrorist group" in the mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, authorities announced Friday, in the bloodiest such operation in months and as Beijing denounces Western "double standards" in the wake of the Paris atta...

China landslide deaths rise to 25

Bejing - The death toll from a landslide triggered by flooding in China has risen to 25, with 12 more people missing, state-run media reported Monday.

Flood-sparked landslide kills 16 in China

Bejing - A landslide that engulfed homes in China killed at least 16 people, with 21 still missing, as heavy rains brought misery across a swathe of the country.

Op-Ed: U.S. to consider smoking ban in public housing nationwide

Washington D.c. - The U.S. government is considering legislation that would ban smoking on public housing land nationwide, and this includes homes, communal areas, and administrative offices within these areas. The ban could affect about one million homes.

Police torture rife in China despite reforms: Amnesty

Bejing - Torture of suspects in police detention is widespread in China, Amnesty International said Thursday, citing interviews with nearly 40 lawyers, some of whom said they themselves had been beaten while attempting to protect their clients.

Beijing's Communist Party deputy chief probed for graft

Bejing - China's ruling Communist Party has launched a probe into its deputy Beijing chief, it said Wednesday, with reports calling her the most senior woman to fall in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive.

Shanghai free trade zone director under investigation

Shanghai - Chinese authorities said Tuesday that a director of the Shanghai free trade zone (FTZ) had been put under investigation for "severe disciplinary violations", a phrase which typically refers to corruption.

Smog in north-eastern China reach apocalyptic levels

Shenyang - In Liaoning province's Shenyang, in north-eastern China, air pollution levels of PM2.5 reached 1,157 micrograms per cubic meter on Sunday, the highest level ever recorded in the country.

China smog reaches 50 times WHO recommendations

Bejing - A swathe of China was blanketed with acrid smog Monday after levels of dangerous particulates reached around 50 times World Health Organization maximums, in what environmental campaigners said were the highest figures ever recorded in the country.

Bindi Irwin must prove father's death via contract with DWTS

A judge in the L.A. Superior Court has ruled Bindi Irwin will not be paid for appearing on the show Dancing with the Stars until proof is provided of her father's death. Steve Irwin was best known as the Crocodile Hunter on Animal Planet.

China's Li: Beijing has 'duty to humanity' to boost green growth

Bejing - China has used up too much energy and too many resources in its quest for growth, Premier Li Keqiang told visiting French President Francois Hollande Tuesday, adding it has a "duty to humanity" to clean itself up.
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