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China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown: Lawyer

Bejing - Two prominent Chinese political activists went on trial Friday for helping to organise small-scale protests against censorship, their lawyer said, the latest prosecution in a deepening government crackdown on dissent.

China says in talks with Russia over 2015 military drills

Bejing - China's defence ministry said Thursday that it was in talks with Russian counterparts about joint military exercises next year, after Moscow announced drills were planned for the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean.

China coal mine explosion kills 11: Xinhua

Bejing - Eleven people died Thursday in a coal mine explosion in China, state media reported, in the second deadly accident in two days in the country's notoriously dangerous mining industry.

China media blame 'Putin's tiger' for goat slaughter spree

Bejing - An endangered tiger set free in Russia has killed 18 Chinese goats after crossing the frontier, with Beijing's state media saying on Wednesday that the feline felon had been freed by President Vladimir Putin.

China drafts first domestic violence law

Bejing - China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, with activists hailing it Wednesday as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.

Hong Kong police reopen main road after clearing protest camp

Hong Kong - Hundreds of Hong Kong police Wednesday cleared a pro-democracy protest camp, arresting Joshua Wong and another student leader and reopening a main road blocked for almost two months.

Coal mine fire kills 24 in China: Xinhua

Bejing - A fire at a Chinese coal mine killed 24 workers early Wednesday, state media reported, the latest fatal incident to hit the accident-prone industry.

Hong Kong police say 80 arrests at pro-democracy protest site

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police said they arrested 80 people after moving in Tuesday to clear a city street blocked by pro-democracy protesters for nearly two months.

Exploding excrement topples building in China, 15 injured

Yongding - A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building, state-run media reported.

China's nuclear power plants — Thinking on a grand scale

China President Xi Jinping's agreement with U.S. President Obama last week to bring greenhouse gas emissions to a peak by 2030 is a daunting task. It will require a major economic and environmental program aimed at reducing China's dependence on coal.

World's longest train journey — China to Spain opens

China has inaugurated the world's longest train journey, traversing the whole of Central Asia and Europe. Dubbed the new Silk Road, it is expected to give a major economic boost to trade between China and the EU.

Death toll rises to four after China earthquake: Xinhua

Bejing - The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to four on Sunday, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued.

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Suva - Chinese President Xi Jinping injected a further 70 million yuan (US$11.4 million) of aid money into Fiji as he wrapped up a round of talks in the Pacific nation Sunday aimed at strengthening ties in the region.

5.9 magnitude quake hits China's Sichuan province: USGS

Bejing - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck China's southwestern province of Sichuan on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with Chinese state media reporting one fatality.

Hong Kong democracy movement split in protest-weary city

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters are at a crossroads -- as public support fades after nearly two months of mass sit-ins and gridlocked traffic, activists are split on whether to retreat or ramp up their campaign.

China rejects Uighur scholar's appeal against life sentence

Bejing - A Chinese court on Friday rejected an appeal against a life sentence handed to a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, as a 70-year-old journalist stood trial in a deepening crackdown on dissent.

Trade on agenda as China's Xi visits New Zealand

Wellington - China and New Zealand agreed to expand their burgeoning trade relationship during a state visit by President Xi Jinping Thursday, including a deal to allow television co-productions to be aired on Chinese media.

Mexico's government seeks to quell mansion uproar

- Mexico's beleaguered President Enrique Pena Nieto, already struggling with protests over a student massacre, sought Wednesday to quell a controversy over a mansion his wife bought from a government contractor.

Clashes as Hong Kong protesters attempt to break into parliament

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police clashed with pro-democracy demonstrators on Wednesday after a small group tried to break into the city's legislature, as splits emerged within the movement before the expected clearance of protest camps.

Irate Mexico president on defensive over mansion

- Mexico's under-fire President Enrique Pena Nieto defended on Tuesday his wife's controversial purchase of a mansion owned by a government contractor, saying the former soap opera star would provide her own public explanation.

Hong Kong authorities begin clearing main protest camp

Hong Kong - Authorities on Tuesday cleared part of Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp, facing no resistance as they launched the first of several planned evictions to reopen roads blocked for nearly two months.

Lost languages leave a mark on the brain

Washington - Babies adopted across international borders may not remember the language they heard in their first days, but the words leave a lasting mark on their minds, scientists said Monday.

Fire at factory in eastern China 'kills 18'

Bejing - Eighteen people died in a fire at a food packaging plant in China, state media said Monday, the latest accident in a country blighted by poor industrial safety standards.

Hong Kong prepares to evict some pro-democracy protesters

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police will move Tuesday to evict some of the pro-democracy protesters who have been blocking main roads for more than seven weeks, a statement said.

China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi

Sydney - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed always to use peaceful means in pursuit of Beijing's goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.

Nobel summit moved to Rome after Dalai Lama visa row

Johanesburg - A summit of Nobel peace laureates scheduled to be held in Cape Town has been moved to Rome after the South African government failed to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama, organisers said Sunday.

Hong Kong protest leaders prevented from flying to Beijing

Hong Kong - Three Hong Kong democracy protest leaders were Saturday denied permission to board a flight to Beijing, where they had hoped to bring their demand for free elections directly to Chinese authorities.

Obama warns Asian territorial rows could 'spiral into confrontation'

Brisbane - US President Barack Obama on Saturday warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia, as China squares off against rival claimants over disputed territories, but vowed that Washington would remain anchored in the region.

Man buys 99 iPhones to propose to girlfriend, gets rejected

A Chinese man went all out this week on his girlfriend, buying 99 iPhone 6 units and arranging them publicly in a heart shape before proposing to her. Unfortunately, the gesture didn't achieve its intended affect and she rejected him.

U.S., China climate deal boosts hopes of global pact

Inya - A surprise deal between the United States and China on Wednesday could be a breakthrough moment in decades-long efforts to secure a global climate change pact, environment experts said.
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A fierce lion statue in the Imperial Garden
A fierce lion statue in the Imperial Garden
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This painting inside the art gallery shows beloved wives and children
This painting inside the art gallery shows beloved wives and children
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A Chinese soldier among the crowds in Tiananmen Squire, Beijing
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Taken in Urumqi China in September 2012
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My first, predawn view of Tiananmen Square
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600 cats where rescued in Putuo, Shanghai, when they were being taken to be killed for fur and meat
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Hangzhou, China, Temple
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Inside the Hall of Preserved Harmony
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Inside Beijing's Forbidden City
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The traditional Peking Opera, undergoing a renaissance, is strikingly different from western opera. It is two hours (traditionally five to six!) of incredible song, music (gongs, cymbals, string and wind instruments), acrobatics, mime and fantastic costumes! (June 2001)
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Visitors take pictures of a prototype model of a lunar rover at the 15th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, November 5, 2013. China will land its first probe on the moon in early December
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Gate to the bridge that leads to the royal docks
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President Barack Obama talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao following their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada
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Chinese shoplifter Yu Chung stripped of her top after being caught by an angry shop owner.
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The main Jilin Songhua bridge looks colorful at night
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Another view of the hotel's lobby
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This balcony could have been a scene from "Dream of Red Mansions"
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83-year-old passenger attacks a bus driver in Tianjin, China causing a 9 vehicle pile up.
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