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Pope Francis to visit Chinese community in Florence

- Pope Francis will visit one of Italy's largest Chinese communities in November, at a time when the Vatican is engaged in negotiations to normalise relations with Beijing, the Holy See said on Friday.

China offers Sri Lanka olive branch and warnings

Bejing - President Xi Jinping worked to mend relations with Sri Lanka on Thursday as Chinese state-run media warned the island nation's new government against shutting off billions in investments from Beijing.

'No blacks' Chinese restaurant shut down in Kenya

Nairobi - A Chinese restaurant in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has been shut down and its owners summoned by authorities after it emerged it was barring black patrons, reports said Wednesday.

China executes Uighur separatists convicted in mass stabbing

Kunming - China has executed three people for their part in a mass stabbing that claimed the lives of 31 people and left more than 140 injured. The attack occurred at a Kunming railway station in southwestern Yunnan province on March 1, 2014.

Op-Ed: Inside China’s silent onslaught on Washington

International institutions are one of the most enduring legacies of the post- World War II US-sponsored American world order.

Ancient Chinese super-crossbow discovered

Xi'an - Archaeologists have discovered an extraordinarily powerful crossbow at Xian, the site of the famous terracotta warriors of the First Emperor, Chin Shi Huang Di.

China executes three for Kunming attack

Bejing - China executed three people on Tuesday for a mass stabbing in Kunming that killed 31 people last year, the country's top court said, with authorities blaming the attack on separatists from mainly Muslim Xinjiang.

Op-Ed: Chinese dissident criticizes Obama, praises Hillary Clinton

In a Voice of America interview, a blind Chinese dissident blamed the Obama White House for trying to force him out of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he had sought refuge in 2012, but praised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her help.

Top China weather expert warns on climate change

Bejing - China's top weather official has issued a stark warning on climate change, saying that rising temperatures could have "huge impacts" on the world's most populous country, state media reported Sunday.

China, Japan, South Korea vow to hold leadership summit

Seoul - The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan pledged to set up a trilateral leadership summit at "the earliest" opportunity as they met in Seoul on Saturday for the first time in nearly three years.

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

Seoul - The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan met for the first time in nearly three years in Seoul on Saturday, in an effort to calm regional tensions rooted in territorial and historical disputes.

Hangover for Bordeaux wines as Chinese demand dries up

Bordeaux - Sales of France's famous Bordeaux wines fell sharply last year, winemakers said on Thursday, blaming a poor harvest in 2013 and rapidly slowing demand in China, its main export market.

Taiwan protesters rally to mark 'Sunflower Movement' anniversary

Taipei - Taiwan protesters Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the student-led "Sunflower Movement", which saw the occupation of parliament for more than three weeks over a trade pact with China.

Myanmar border conflict riles heavyweight neighbour China

Yangon - Bloody conflict in a remote corner of northern Myanmar has spilled violently across the border with China, risking a rift with the mighty neighbour and threatening peace efforts with an array of rebels.

'Pathetic, shameful, corrupt' Chinese general Xu Caihou dies

Bejing - The highest-ranking Chinese military officer to fall victim to President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive has died of cancer, official media reported Monday, heaping opprobrium on his memory.

China considering one-child policy changes: Premier

Bejing - China is considering further changes to its family planning laws, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, after a relaxation in the "one child policy" failed to see significantly more babies being born.

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: premier

Bejing - China is falling short of its people's expectations in battling smog, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, one week after authorities blocked a scathing documentary on the country's air pollution problem.

Former Tibetan nun recalls 'jail torture' at Paris march

Paris - Gyaltsen Drolkar spent 12 years in a Chinese jail where she says she was relentlessly tortured, escaping after her release in an arduous trek across the Himalayas to Nepal and then onto Belgium where she now lives.

Exiled Tibet leader compares China to N.Korea, apartheid S.Africa

Paris - The leader of Tibet's exiled government on Thursday compared China to the regimes of North Korea and apartheid South Africa when it came to Beijing's iron-fisted control over Tibetans.

China wants a say in the Dalai Lama's reincarnation

China and the Dalai Lama have historically never seen eye-to-eye on most issues, and a gathering in Beijing now reveals one more thing the two sides can't agree on — the Dalai Lama's reincarnation.

Saudi Arabia becomes the leading importer of arms

According to a recent report, Saudi Arabia surpassed India as the leading importer of arms in 2014. The U.S. kept its spot as the top exporter of arms, bolstered by exports to Middle Eastern countries concerned about increased instability in the region.

Doubts over China prisoner organ harvesting ban

Bejing - China has banned the harvesting of transplant organs from executed prisoners, a senior official said, but international medical practitioners warn that inmates' body parts may simply be reclassified as "donations" instead.

Global fears grow with building of nuclear reactor in Karachi

Karachi - China has reportedly signed an agreement with Pakistan to supply two nuclear reactors to the energy-starved country, despite an international ban on supplying nuclear technology to the country.

Colombia puts Chinese ship captain under house arrest

Estanzuela - A judge has ordered house arrest for the Chinese captain of a freighter Colombia stopped in port for carrying unregistered Cuba-bound weapons and materiel, a prosecutor said Sunday.

China's wind farms produce more energy than all U.S. nuclear plants

China now has enough wind farms to produce more energy renewably than all that is made by America's nuclear plants as the growing nation expands its power generation to fuel its new mega-cities.

Q&A on the MH370 mystery

Kuala Lumpur - A year on, there remains no evidence to indicate what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to vanish or where it ended up, despite the most expensive search operation in history.

Tears for MH370 as mystery persists on anniversary

Kuala Lumpur - Emotional families marked the first anniversary of the disappearance of flight MH370 Sunday as a new report said the battery on its black box locator beacon had expired, but shed no new light on the cause of the disaster.

Chinese MH370 relatives mark anniversary under police gaze

Bejing - Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing flight MH370 gathered under a heavy police presence Sunday to mark one year since the plane disappeared.

'Back to drawing board' if MH370 search fails, Malaysia says

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's transport minister said Saturday the hunt for MH370 would be sent "back to the drawing board" if the search now under way comes up empty, but insisted his government remained committed to finding the plane.

Smog documentary blocked by China after becoming viral hit

Bejing - A hard-hitting video investigation into China's grave air pollution problem has been pulled from mainstream video sites, days after it garnered more than 150 million hits online.
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