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Nine dead in China building collapse, dozens rescued: Xinhua

Bejing - Nine people died when a shoe factory collapsed in eastern China, state media reported Sunday, with more than 40 workers hospitalised after being rescued.

Dalai Lama to celebrate 80th birthday in California

Los Angeles - The Dalai Lama launches three days of celebrations Sunday in California for his 80th birthday at what is billed as a Global Compassion Summit but which is expected to draw protests.

Turks protesting against China attack Koreans 'by mistake'

Istanbul - Turkish nationalists protesting China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims attacked a group of Korean tourists in the heart of Istanbul's old city on Saturday, mistaking them for Chinese nationals.

China airstrip nears completion on disputed Spratly islands

Washington - A new 10,000-foot airstrip being built by China in the Spratly islands near The Philippines is nearly complete, suggesting the start of new aggressiveness in the region by the world's most populous country.

Veterans gather as Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat

Hsinchu - War veterans gathered Saturday for Taiwan's first military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, as the island vies with China over the history of the conflict.

China steps up on 'war' against pollution with more punishments

Beijing - Beijing officials have declared a war on pollution, vowing to abandon its previous economic model of growth at the expense of China's natural resources.

Samsung, Oppo sued in China over intrusive smartphone bloatware

Smartphone manufacturers Samsung and Oppo have found themselves faced with a lawsuit from their customers in China. The consumer commission is fed up with the massive amounts of bloatware apps installed out of the box, some of which may be intrusive.

Communist millions for China's official Christians

Tianjin - Chinese priest Lin Xiuqiang is pleased with his new Catholic church, its tall tower topped with a cross -- and grateful to the Communist officials who paid $19 million to build it.

China firm to punish 'unscheduled' pregnancies: Report

Bejing - A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday.

France woos Chinese investors as PM wraps up fruitful trip

Toulouse - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls promised Chinese investors "the best welcome in all of Europe" as his Beijing counterpart wrapped up a visit in which he signed billions of euros in accords with France.

China targets web control with new national security law

Bejing - China passed a wide-ranging new national security law Wednesday, expanding its legal reach over the Internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights.

Democracy camp seeks new direction at Hong Kong protest march

Hong Kong - Tens of thousands joined a pro-democracy march Wednesday on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China, in what organisers described as an opportunity to work out the movement's next step as momentum wanes.

China PM kicks off France visit with climate pledge, Airbus deal

Paris - China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang made a long-awaited pledge to curb carbon emissions during a trip to France Tuesday in which a Chinese company also inked an $18 billion (16.1 billion euros) deal with Airbus.

A Chinese AI program just beat humans in an IQ test

Science just took us a small step closer to HAL 9000. A new artificial intelligence (AI) program designed by Chinese researchers has beat humans on a verbal IQ test.

China's Great Wall 'is disappearing'

Bejing - Around 30 percent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported.

Hong Kong student leader Wong in 'chilling' assault

Hong Kong - Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong, the teenage face of the city's pro-democracy protests, was assaulted in the street with his girlfriend in an attack he said Monday sent a "chill to my heart".

China's UN climate pledges 'expected': State media

Bejing - China is expected to unveil its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, a state-run newspaper said Monday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Belgium and France ahead of a Paris climate summit.

China criticizes United States' human rights record

According to a report from China, racial discrimination and police abuses are rife in the United States. The report counters U.S. criticisms of China's human rights record.

Vietnam frees high-profile dissident lawyer

Hanoi - One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents vowed to continue his anti-China activism after being released from prison on Saturday after serving two and a half years on tax evasion charges.

Chinese who buy abducted children to be prosecuted: Report

Bejing - Buyers of abducted children in China will face criminal punishment under proposed laws that would remove an exemption from prosecution, reports said Thursday, as authorities clamp down on the flourishing child trafficking industry.

Japan may consider South China Sea patrols

Toukyo - Japan's military may join US forces on patrol in the South China Sea, the nation's top uniformed officer said in an interview published Thursday, as Tokyo seeks a greater security role.

Obama urges China to take 'concrete steps' to ease tensions

Washington - President Barack Obama urged Beijing to take "concrete steps" to ease tensions over cyber hacking and its wide-ranging maritime claims, as the United States and China ended three days of candid talks.

New China-U.S. bid to protect world's oceans

Washington - China and the United States launched a joint initiative Wednesday to protect the oceans, highlighting such cooperation as proof the two nations can work together despite stubborn disagreements.

Japan, Philippines make second flight near disputed waters

Puerto Princesa - Japan and the Philippines flew patrol planes near disputed South China Sea waters for a second straight day on Wednesday, despite Chinese criticism of this week's air and sea exercises.

Last remnants of Hong Kong pro-democracy camp cleared

Hong Kong - The last remnants of the tent city that once blocked a major highway through Hong Kong during mass pro-democracy protests was cleared away by city authorities Wednesday.

Decades-old frozen meat seized in China food scandal: Report

Bejing - Almost half a billion dollars worth of smuggled frozen meat -- some of it rotting and more than 40 years old -- has been seized in China, reports said Wednesday.

U.S. cyber attack may be 4 times larger than original reports

An estimated 18 million people may have been affected by recent hack of U.S. government data — a number far greater than what is publicly acknowledged. A Chinese group is suspected to be responsible for the theft of data over several months.

US, China expose faultlines but vow cooperation

Washington - The United States and China candidly laid bare their differences Tuesday including on ensuring freedom of the seas and cyber hacking, but insisted they will work together to avoid confrontation.

U.S., China hold 'frank' talks on hacking, maritime row

Washington - Top US and Chinese officials were set to join "candid" talks Tuesday on the "complicated but consequential" ties between the world's two leading economies, with maritime disputes and cyber hacking high on the agenda.

Two men try to surf on a whale shark, anger conservationists

A video showing two men attempting to surf on the back of a rare whale shark has sparked the ire of conservationists who say the men should be prosecuted for their actions.
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