China

Grannies turn streets into strange dance floors
  • Military consolidates corruption oversight

    Authorities will step up supervision in order to identify and prevent corruption through stricter auditing procedures under a newly issued regulation.

  • 11 dead in kindergarten bus accident

    All 11 people, including eight kindergarten children, died after a minivan fell into a pond Thursday in Central China's Hunan province.

  • Second-child policy having limited effect

    Qualified couples have been reluctant to take advantage of looser restrictions on China's one-child policy, with experts expecting the number of second babies to increase in the next two years.

Business

Alibaba updates prospectus to expand board of directors
  • Lenders told to firewall risks of WMPs

    China's banks must set up special departments to run wealth management products and establish separate accounting systems for those departments.

  • Realty heading for market consolidation

    The property market in China is likely to consolidate in the second half of the year, as strong demand and limited supplies will offset the chances of an imminent market collapse.

  • Tech firms big players at World Cup

    Starting from Yingli Solar, the sponsor in both South Africa and Brazil World Cups, Chinese high-tech firms are trying to make a splash in global market.

Life

Out of the box

Food

A kiss of rome

Culture

A glass act with a clear message
  • Touch of brilliance

    China is not short of painters, both real and self-acclaimed. But Wu Qiming has shown his true talent by blazing a trail with innovative use of ink and wash.

  • Dinosaur skeletons return to Mongolia

    US officials on Thursday turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum.

  • Passions of three continents infuse art show

    Li Nanfeng (Reagan Lee)'s passionate and wild paintings combine Chinese ink art, African primitive art and New Zealand's indigenous art.

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.

Berlin expels top US spy from Germany

Germany has told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country after officials unearthed two suspected US spies.

Israelis hint at invasion of Gaza

As of Thursday afternoon, the Israeli Air Force struck down about 800 targets in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 80 Palestinians, including 22 children.

Market to 'decide' yuan rate

China will reduce its intervention in the foreign exchange market through a step-by-step process as it gradually pushes for foreign exchange reform.

Lotteries win big on World Cup

Apart from watching games and drinking beer with friends at midnight, fans found another way to participate in the soccer carnival: buying lottery tickets.

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

Highlights of San Fermin festival
  • Berlin expels US spy official

    Germany has told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country after officials unearthed two suspected US spies.

  • 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.

World

Prisoners' version of World Cup ends
  • Israelis hint at invasion of Gaza

    Israel's military made no comment on what would be the deadliest strike since it began its assault on Tuesday. The defence minister spoke of "long days of fighting ahead".

  • Obama names new envoy to Russia

    US President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated a career diplomat with a good knowledge of European and Eurasian affairs as his new ambassador to Russia, as bilateral relationship has slipped to a new low.

  • 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.

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.

Apology for Hitler tweet
  • Mutual trust tried and tested

    Strategic and Economic Dialogue lays solid foundation for the development of Sino-US relations, including military ties.

  • Accident a call for action to protect kids

    If lack of enough funds prevents the government from allocating resources equally to rural and urban schools, it should at least consider providing public shuttle services for pupils in rural areas.

  • Chinese cuisine packs a soft power punch

    Perhaps when another eminent Westerner visits China, he/she will try one of my favorite dishes: fried duck's tongue, a premium dish in many upscale Sichuan restaurants, or even duck's brain, which tastes as good as foie gras.

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