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Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

Bejing - The plight of an eight-year-old Chinese boy with HIV, reportedly ordered to leave his village by 200 petitioners, sparked intense online soul-searching Thursday in a country where discrimination against sufferers remains rife.

China official admits millions in jade bribes: Report

Bejing - A former senior Chinese provincial official told a court he took around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, state-run media reported Tuesday.

Hong Kong leader declares Occupy protest 'over' as last site cleared

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's leader declared an end to more than 11 weeks of sit-in protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police cleared the last remaining camp and arrested a handful of peaceful protesters Monday.

Executed Chinese teenager found innocent 18 years on

Bejing - A Chinese teenager executed after being convicted of murder and rape 18 years ago was declared innocent by a court Monday, in a rare overturning of a wrongful conviction.

Hong Kong left deeply polarised by protests: Analysts

Hong Kong - The demolition of the main protest camp ended a pro-democracy occupation that paralysed Hong Kong for two months, but the campaign has left the city deeply divided both politically and socially, analysts say.

China rules: Why the pope ducked meeting with Dalai Lama

- Pope Francis may be known for championing dialogue, but faced with the certainty of riling China, analysts say, he ducked out of a meeting with the Dalai Lama.

China's Xi says Nanjing Massacre undeniable on 77th anniversary

Nanjing - President Xi Jinping said Saturday that no one can deny the Nanjing Massacre, as China for the first time held a national day of remembrance for the Japanese military rampage that Beijing says killed 300,000 people.

No signs North Korea ready for nuclear talks: US envoy

Bejing - The US diplomat responsible for North Korea said Friday that Pyongyang is proceeding with its nuclear programme and showing no clear sign of steps that would permit the resumption of international talks on ending it.

Sacrifice of dying cancer mother sparks debate in China

Cheng - The fate of a Chinese television presenter who died of cancer after refusing chemotherapy to save her unborn son sparked intense online debate Friday.

Hong Kong 'business as usual' as activists vow to fight on

Hong Kong - Rush-hour traffic streamed through the heart of Hong Kong for the first time in more than two months Friday after police cleared the city's main pro-democracy protest camp with mass arrests -- but activists vowed that their struggle would go on.

The Dalai Lama not allowed to meet Pope Francis, was told 'No'

The Dalai Lama requested to meet Pope Francis but was refused the right to meet with him. The Dalai Lama was in Rome on Thursday for a Nobel Peace Prize winners' conference.

Capital of China's Xinjiang to ban burqas in public: Report

Bejing - Authorities in the capital of the mainly Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang voted to ban the wearing of burqas in public, media said Thursday, as China confronts unrest with tough measures that critics have labelled discriminatory.

Chinese police seek 100 Vietnamese runaway brides: Report

Bejing - Chinese police are seeking more than 100 Vietnamese brides who vanished after marrying bachelors from a poor rural area, with reports saying Thursday an "organised ring" could be behind the disappearance.

Hong Kong police arrest protesters, dismantle main rally site

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police dismantled the city's main pro-democracy protest site Thursday, clearing tents and barricades after more than two months of rallies and arresting more than 200 demonstrators, who vowed their struggle lives on.

Hong Kong protesters brace for police swoop

Hong Kong - Hundreds of protesters braced for a police swoop on Hong Kong's main pro-democracy site early Thursday, to end more than two months of rallies calling for free leadership elections.

Thousands protest in Nicaragua capital over planned canal

Managua - Thousands of small-scale farmers, youths and activists protested Wednesday in Nicaragua against a planned canal they say threatens to take their land and pollute Central America's largest freshwater lake.

China tells U.S. to 'correct its ways' after torture report

Bejing - China on Wednesday urged the United States to "correct its ways" after a damning U.S. Senate report detailed use of torture by the CIA."China has consistently opposed torture," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing.

Hong Kong protest leaders will 'stay to end' as police swoop looms

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's student protest leaders said Wednesday that they would "stay to the end" as police prepared to swoop on the city's main rally site after more than two months of mass pro-democracy demonstrations.

Top Chinese official gets life for $6m bribery: court

- A former top Chinese economic planning official was convicted of bribery Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison after a former lover went public with a litany of accusations against him.

China's need for ivory is killing off the world's elephants

Nairobi - On Tuesday, conservationists reported that the slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory taking place in China is "out of control'" If illegal killing continues, elephants in the wild will disappear within a generation, they say.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control" and could push wild elephants to extinction within a generation, conservationists said Tuesday.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control", conservationists said Tuesday, with wild elephants potentially disappearing within a generation.

Police prepare to clear Hong Kong protest sites

Hong Kong - The clearance of Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp will begin Thursday when bailiffs move in, authorities said, but some demonstrators vowed to stand their ground after more than two months of rallies.

China sentences eight to death for terror attacks in Xinjiang

Bejing - A Chinese court condemned eight people to death Monday for two deadly attacks in Xinjiang, as Beijing cracks down hard on violence in the homeland of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong calls off hunger strike

Hong Kong - Joshua Wong, the teenage face of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, said Saturday he has ended a four-day hunger strike designed to force the government into further talks on political reform.

Former Chinese security chief expelled from Party and arrested

Beijing - President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption has claimed the most senior victim yet with the arrest of former security chief Zhou Yongkang for a number of suspected crimes. Zhou was also expelled from the ruling Communist Party.

Op-Ed: U.S. economy booming a month after Obama party defeated

Denver - A month after America effectively rejected President Barack Obama’s party the nation’s economy was reported stronger Friday than it has been since the late 1990s.

Researchers discover 30 new spider species

A foray into a rainforest teeming with flora and fauna has already yielded big results — 30 new species of spiders — and that may be just the start.

China arrests ex-security chief Zhou over corruption, leaking secrets

Bejing - China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media said Saturday, paving the way for the prosecution of the highest-ranking Chinese figure in more than three decades.

Chinese 'House Uncle' accumulated 132 homes

Shanghai - A former Chinese village head accumulated 132 Shanghai residential properties, reports said, the latest "House Uncle" -- a nickname coined by netizens for male officials with multiple properties -- to be identified in a corruption crackdown.
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