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Luggage piece found on French island near possible MH370 debris

Rivi - Part of a bag was found Thursday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion not far from plane debris which has fuelled speculation it may be from missing flight MH370.

'A weird thing on the shore' sparks MH370 speculation

Rivi - Johnny Begue had no idea as he wandered along the shore looking for a pebble to grind up chillies that he would stumble across a piece of plane wreckage which would draw the eyes of the world to his tiny island home.

Hong Kong woman jailed for attacking police with breast

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months in jail Thursday after a court found her guilty of using her breast to bump into a police officer during a chaotic protest.

Plane debris 'very likely' from a Boeing 777: Malaysian PM

Kuala Lumpur - Plane wreckage found in an Indian Ocean island is "very likely from a Boeing 777", Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday, as speculation mounted that it could be debris from missing flight MH370.

MH370 relatives' emotional rollercoaster after wreckage find

Sydney - Relatives of passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines MH370 spoke of their emotional turmoil and agonising wait for news Thursday after reports emerged that a piece of the missing jet may have been found.

China artist Ai Weiwei says Britain restricted his visa

Bejing - Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa and restricted him to a three-week trip because he did not declare a "criminal conviction" in his application, he cited an embassy official as saying Thursday.

Investigators scramble to analyse wreckage for MH370 link

Rivi - Investigators scrambled Thursday to study plane wreckage that washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island, fuelling hopes that one of aviation's greatest enigmas could finally be solved: the mystery of missing flight MH370.

Investigators probe plane wreckage for link to missing MH370

Rivi - A mysterious piece of plane debris washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion on Wednesday, prompting teams of international investigators to examine whether it could be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Turkey's Erdogan in China for talks amid Uighur strains

Bejing - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Chinese leaders for talks in Beijing on Wednesday, a day after securing NATO's backing for Ankara's fight against Islamic State militants.

Nuclear weapons not a toy, says North Korea's China envoy

Bejing - North Korea's nuclear weapons are "not a plaything" and their future is not up for negotiation, Pyongyang's ambassador to China said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by a US envoy.

Op-Ed: The hidden risks behind China’s stock market crash

Remember Japan? In the 1980s, thanks to its spectacular economic growth, Japanophobia and Japan bashing were the most popular pastimes in the U.S.

China shows off victory over Japan logo

Bejing - China on Monday unveiled its official logo for the forthcoming commemorations of victory over Japan 70 years ago, invoking both peace in the form of doves and robust nationalism with Communist colours and imagery of the Great Wall.

After 15 years, game consoles are officially legal in China again

China has officially relaxed its formal ban on video game consoles which has been in place since 2000 and has prevented the sale of dedicated gaming devices. It was feared playing games could be detrimental to the development of children.

China artist Ai Weiwei given German visa

Bejing - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has been given a visa to travel to Germany, he told AFP on Monday, just days after police handed him back his passport following a four year confiscation.

China escalator swallows toddler's mother: Report

Bejing - A woman was killed after she plunged through flooring over an escalator in a Chinese department store, reports said Monday, thrusting her toddler to safety as she fell to her death.

China sentences 14 'Almighty God' members to jail: Xinhua

Bejing - A total of 14 members of a Chinese religious cult have been jailed for up to three years, state media said Sunday, the latest sentences after two members were executed this year for killing a woman.

Passenger subdued after arson attempt on Chinese plane: Reports

Bejing - A man who tried to set fire to the cabin of a plane with more than 100 people aboard as it was landing in southern China early Sunday was overpowered by fellow passengers and crew, reports said.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about the red panda

Scampering around in the trees from Nepal to northern Myanmar is an animal that is so cute, it looks like a creature from a child's dream. Perhaps it is, but it's also actually real. Red pandas can also be found in the mountains of southwestern China.

Hard lives of China's 'left behind' children

- Deep in the Chinese countryside, the lives of Liang Yuxiu and her brother Zhaolu epitomise the cost of decades of breakneck economic growth.

Collector's fury as Chinese antiques returned from Paris

Bejing - More than 30 ancient gold ornaments went on show in a Chinese museum this week after Paris quietly insisted a billionaire collector and France's top antique dealer return them on the grounds they were stolen.

China ire as Myanmar jails scores for illegal logging

Beijing on Thursday hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours.

US team beats Iranians in Robocup football final

Bejing - A team of American humanoid robots defeated foes from Iran on Wednesday in the final of an annual football tournament for intelligent sporting machines held in China.

China artist Ai Weiwei says passport returned after four years

Bejing - Police handed Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei back his passport on Wednesday four years after it was confiscated, he told AFP, hailing the move with a smiley emoticon.

Chinese librarian replaced artworks with own fakes

Bejing - A Chinese librarian stole 143 artworks from his own gallery and replaced them with his own fakes, he told a court -- only to find his works being substituted by other fraudsters.

Hong Kong 'bomb' suspects denied bail

Hong Kong - Four suspects charged over an alleged bomb plot in Hong Kong were denied bail Wednesday in a case which has been met with scepticism by pro-democracy campaigners.

Top China Communist's fall a political move: analysts

Bejing - The Chinese Communist Party's expulsion of a former top aide to ex-president Hu Jintao for corruption is a political move reinforcing Xi Jinping's power, analysts said Tuesday.

Japan defence paper slams China's 'coercive' maritime demands

Toukyo - Japan on Tuesday slammed Beijing's bid to reclaim land in the South China Sea as a "coercive attempt" to force sweeping maritime claims, in a defence paper that comes as Tokyo is expanding the role of its own military.

Philippines in record defence spending plan amid China tensions

Manila - The Philippines is planning a 25 percent hike in its defence budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday.

Man kills two, including himself, in China bombing: Xinhua

Bejing - An unemployed Chinese man set off an explosion, killing himself, another person and wounding 24, state media reported Tuesday, in apparently the latest deadly action by a disgruntled citizen.

Manila to base jets, frigates near China-claimed waters

Manila - The Philippines plans to station fighter jets and frigates on a former US naval base facing the South China Sea, where it is engaged in a maritime row with China, a defence official said Monday.
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