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Last Updated: June 27, 2016

China to Build Railway Linking East Africa

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Leaders agree $3.8bn project to link Kenya's port of Mombasa to neighboring Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan...

Film Director Zhang Yimou Pays 7.5 Million Yuan Fine Over Children

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Zhang admits he has two sons and a daughter with his current wife and a daughter with a previous wife.

Apple Blocks Anti-Censorship ‘FreeWeibo’ App in China

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U.S. technology giant Apple has removed the FreeWeibo application intended to allow users to read sensitive postings on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, from its Chinese app store on orders from Beijing. 

Japan, S.Korea Hold Joint Sea Drill in China Air Zone

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The navies of Japan and South Korea, two Asian democracies, carried out a joint maritime rescue drill in international waters covered by China's new air defence identification zone (ADIZ).  ...

China Refuses to Blame Assad for Syria Gas Attack

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Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei refused to say whether a United Nations report into a sarin gas attack in Syria showed that government forces had used the banned weapons.    

China Dismisses N.Y.T.'s Pulitzer-Winning Report On Wen

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The article provoked anger from authorities in China, who said it was part of a “smear” by “voices” opposed to the country’s development. The Times’ Chinese and English websites were subsequently blocked in China and remain inaccessible as...

Jail For Rare China Cultural Revolution Murder Case

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Chinese media said Qiu had been arrested last July. But it was unclear why his case went ahead several decades after the Cultural Revolution, a violent period that the government has sought to move beyond. 

China’s People’s Daily Rejects Hacking Allegations by U.S. Media

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The official mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party roundly rejected claims of hacking attacks from China by American media outlets, hinting instead at ulterior motives by the U.S.

China Dismisses Nobel Demands for Liu's Release

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China rejected a call from 134 Nobel laureates for the release from prison of dissident 2010 Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. 

China Crackdown Fuels Tibet Immolations Group

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A crackdown in China's Tibetan areas has fuelled dozens of self-immolations in protest at Beijijng rule, says the International Campaign for Tibet...

China's Top Censor's New Leadership Role Raises Fears

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Chinese propaganda boss Liu Yunshan has risen to the country’s top leadership in what could be a perilous sign for online debate.

Seven Tibetan Self-Immolations Hit China in One Week

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Two Tibetans set themselves on fire protesting Beijing's hardline rule, a rights group said...

Parents Reject China’s Classrooms for Home Schooling

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Giving up his successful career as the head of a medical research firm to spend his days at home reading from children's story books was a tough choice for Chinese father Zhang Qiaofeng. But Zhang, one of a small but growing number of Chinese...

China Pulls Paper Over Flood Story: Rights Group

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China has pulled a Beijing newspaper from the newsstands after it criticised the official handling of the July floods and said the government had underreported the death toll, a rights group said Tuesday. Authorities in China's capital...

South China Morning Post Editor Under Fire

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The first China-born editor of Hong Kong's flagship English-language paper admits he made a "bad call" in cutting coverage of a mainland dissident's death, but denies he is a stooge for Beijing. The South China Morning Post'...