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First rites: China's Orthodox Christians see Easter resurrection

Harbin - His red and gold vestments bathed in candlelight, the first mainland Chinese Orthodox priest ordained for six decades led an Easter service on Sunday -- one of the most surprising fruits of warming ties between Moscow and Beijing.

China manufacturing index expands at slower pace

Beijing - China's economic recovery stabilised in April, an official factory activity gauge showed Sunday, as the property market recovered and credit grew.

China wants 'cooperation, not confrontation' with Japan

Bejing - Beijing wants to establish a relationship with Japan based on "cooperation, not confrontation", China's foreign minister told his Japanese counterpart Saturday.

Toilets with free Wi-fi, ATMs soon to sprout across Beijing

At least 100 toilets with free Wi-fi access and automated teller machines will soon sprout across the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Xi move on faction suggests China elite struggle: Experts

Bejing - Allies of Chinese President Xi Jinping are moving against a Communist organisation that is the power base of Premier Li Keqiang, in what analysts say may be a sign of faction-fighting at the top of the ruling party.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

Halal: is it meat you're looking for? says China businessman

Qingtongxia - The wine-swilling co-founder of Sai Wai Xiang Halal Foodstuff Co enjoys his pork and does not follow Islam, but still sells more than $50 million-worth of food to Muslims across Asia and the Middle East.

China to build on disputed Scarborough Shoal this year: report

Bejing - Beijing will start construction on a South China Sea islet within the Philippines' claimed exclusive economic zone this year, as it seeks to project its power in the disputed waters, Hong Kong media reported Monday.

Former NBA star Stephon Marbury granted Chinese 'green card'

Beijing - Remember professional basketball player Stephon Marbury? The former NBA star is currently making waves in China as a top player in the Chinese Basketball Association.

China's President Xi stresses Communist leadership over religion

Bejing - Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches.

Is CRISPR technology set to change biological science?

Gene editing technology is seemingly the most important scientific method to emerge in recent years. The primary method is called CRISPR and it is transforming the field of biology.

China has declared it plans to ship cargo via Northwest Passage

Beijing - Chinese maritime authorities have published a guide giving detailed route guidance for cargo ships that takes them through the Northwest Passage, a route claimed by Canada. China claims an Atlantic to Pacific route will save companies time and money.

Explosions at chemical storage company in eastern China

Shanghai - A facility storing chemicals and fuel caught fire and was rocked by explosions in the Chinese city of Jingjiang on Friday, the government and reports said, but no casualties were reported.

Op-Ed: Brexit — A history of British exits does not bode well

London - Britain has a unique history of exiting from successes. The nation started the 20th century as a super power with a global empire, and wound up as a sort of irrelevant automatic teller machine. A Brexit could greatly enhance that role.

Chinese state media name Xi 'commander in chief' of battle centre

Bejing - Chinese state media unveiled a new title for President Xi Jinping calling him "commander in chief" of the country's new joint forces battle command centre, as he seeks to consolidate power over the military.

Does the month of birth affect ADHD likelihood?

Taiwan - New research suggests a seasonal pattern to ADHD. The youngest children in a school grade are more likely to be diagnosed with attention-defici t/hyperactivity disorder compared with the oldest children.

New Twitter China chief raises concerns over military past

Kathy Chen, Twitter's newly hired managing director in China, has raised eyebrows and ire across the Twitterverse over her past military work and her role in enabling government censorship of the Internet.

Chinese construction workers duke it out with bulldozers

Ever dream of suiting up in some mecha-robot armor and battling giant aliens akin to Pacific Rim? Or how about a tank duel? In China, rival construction firms tried to act out their anger (and fantasies?) battling it out in bulldozers.

China sets death penalty threshold in corruption cases

Bejing - Corruption cases involving three million yuan ($463,000) or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled Monday, signalling that officials could be executed for graft.

China lands first military plane on disputed reef

Bejing - Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, state media said Monday, in the first official confirmation of such a flight.
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