China

Child gymnasts all the rage in E China

Business

High-end residential projects still popular in Beijing

Life

Who takes care of the children? Answers from around the world
  • Green mountain revitalized

    Blue skies dotted with white powder-puff clouds and fresh air carrying the scent of pine trees and wildflowers greet visitors to the Daqing Mountain range in Hohhot, capital of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

  • Top 10 WAGs of 2014 World Cup

    Professional soccer players show their excellent skills on the football field while their gorgeous wives and girlfriends (WAGs) attract huge attention with their unique charm.

  • What's new

    Yu Kewei releases new album.

Food

Barbecue or bust
  • Finding your 'cue

    Although open-air barbecue grilling is banned in Beijing, it is still possible to try some very tasty barbecue foods.

  • Relaxed Italian fare in bustling Wan Chai

    In the last few years, we have seen dining options in Wan Chai increase.

  • Eat easy

    Go down a narrow dark alley and then up a flight of stairs in an old building in Lan Kwai Fong - a popular area for eating and drinking in Hong Kong - and you'll find Fa Zu Jie, or French Concession, a private kitchen serving innovative Shanghainese in French-style cuisine.

Culture

Maverick director steals the show

Entertainment

Graceful Zhang Ziyi attends Dior show

China helps fight international war on drugs

Crackdown on terrorist attacks

While China is knitting an anti-terrorist security network, the nation still needs to prepare its people to fight the war on terror, thereby mobilizing its most powerful weapon.

My China Story: Meeting the master

Adventures can happen to you anywhere: when you are away from home, when you are walking on the street, or they can come with a curious encounter, in my case, for example.

Long march to end employment bias

This special sheds light on employment discrimination in China, including how job ads specify gender and age preferences and recent discrimination cases in China.

Variety is the spice of academic life

Documents prove the truth can't be buried

Newly deciphered Japanese wartime archives offer fresh evidence of atrocities committed by Japanese troops during the invasion of China.

Race to remember story of resistance

As next year's 70th anniversary of China's victory in the war against the Japanese approaches, historians and local residents are rediscovering the history of the shadowy group whose members were Hong Kong's only defenders during the occupation.

Strait talking: From enemy to friend

For almost 40 years, a succession of rival "frontier broadcasters" fought for dominance of the airways across the Taiwan Straits. Later, some of the main players became firm friends. Peng Yining reports from Xiamen, Fujian province.

Welcome to the world’s largest garbage dump

Rubbish at sea not only threatens shipping and marine life, but has the potential to cause severe harm to people.

The latest word on books: Keep those pages coming

Reading is becoming a fashionable, multiplatform social activity in China, reports Sun Ye in Beijing.

Uygurs learn what's in a name

Businesspeople from the Uygur ethnic group are beginning to understand the importance of effective branding in the battle to win customers.

Unwilling guests of the Emperor

During World War II, the Japanese army held thousands of Allied POWs in northeastern China at a camp where brutality was commonplace.

Van Gaal: I taught Romero how to stop penalties

Louis van Gaal took some credit for showing Argentina's Sergio Romero how to stop penalties, advice that cost the Netherlands coach dearly.

Snowden files asylum extension

Former employee of the US National Security Agency Edward Snowden has asked to extend refugee status in Russia, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena says.

Israel steps up offensive, 53 die

Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes on Wednesday, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare.

Leading lady a true legend

Spanning two continents, Lisa Lu's career is the legacy of an icon. In A Dream Like a Dream, she will bring to the stage a lifetime of savoir faire.

China-Europe

Cooking for the Premier and the PM
  • Words gain international wings

    Competitive labor costs in China attracted a publishing services business in Huddersfield, northern England, to relocate a large part of its business to Beijing 15 years ago.

  • Minnow flourishes in Chinese waters

    Venturing into China can be a daunting proposition for a small or medium-sized business. A British semiconductor designer faced the challenge head on six years ago, and its move has transformed the company.

  • The highest hurdle of them all

    Chinese President Xi Jinping was given a valuable gift by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov when they met in Beijing in May.

Europe

Scuba diving with a prince
  • Germans probe 2nd spy case involving US

    German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries.

  • Russia, Ukraine to talks with rebels

    The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine agreed in Berlin on Wednesday to hold three-way talks involving separatist rebels by Saturday to pave the way for a new cease-fire, despite continued fighting and a rising death toll in eastern regions.

  • Graft charges cloud future for Sarkozy

    France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption and influence peddling, French prosecutors said on Wednesday.

World

Whale stranded on Gold Coast
  • 53 dead in Israeli air strike in Gaza

    Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes on Wednesday, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare.

  • Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia

    Former employee of the US National Security Agency Edward Snowden has asked to extend refugee status in Russia, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said Wednesday.

  • Iraq: Terrorists seized nuke materials

    Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."

Sports

Social media buzz on Brazil's loss
  • Van Gaal taught Romero how to stop penalties

    Louis van Gaal took some credit for showing Argentina's Sergio Romero how to stop penalties, advice that cost the Netherlands coach dearly on Wednesday. All about World Cup

  • Argentina into World Cup final

    Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties to reach the World Cup final after a dire two hours of defence-dominated football failed to provide a semi-final goal for the first time in the tournament's history on Wednesday.

World Cup humiliation
  • Dispelling distrust across the Pacific

    S&ED will boost economic collaboration, but China and the US should also strive for results from their talks on strategic issues.

  • Abe should open his eyes to reality

    It was really a clumsy decision for Australia to move toward a de-facto military alliance with Japan after the latter violated its pacifist constitution.

  • Let them dance to the right tune

    Similar groups can also be seen in many Chinese cities, where guangchangwu, which can be translated as "square dancing" is an activity engaged in by mostly groups of middle aged and elderly people, a majority of whom are women.

Travel

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