December 29th, 2013
11:33 PM ET

8 killed in China's Xinjiang region

Police shot and killed eight people who attacked a police station in Xinjiang, a restive region in northwestern China, authorities said Monday.
Nine people armed with knives threw explosives at the building and set fire to police vehicles, the Xinjiang government said on its website. One of the people was taken into custody, it said.
The violence took place in Yarkant County in Xinjiang and is under investigation, authorities said.

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December 27th, 2013
03:48 PM ET

Chinese icebreaker stalls en route to stranded ship

A Chinese icebreaker heading to free a polar expedition vessel trapped in an Antarctic ice floe got stopped by the ice and weather, its captain told CNN.

The Chinese government ship Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, was 6 nautical miles away from the stranded Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, Capt. Wang Jiangzhong said.

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Chinese court agrees to Bo Xilai appeal
October 9th, 2013
04:23 AM ET

Chinese court agrees to Bo Xilai appeal

A Chinese high court has agreed to hear an appeal from convicted former Communist party senior Bo Xilai, according to a statement released by Jinan Intermediate People's Court.

Bo Xilai was sentenced to life in prison for bribe-taking, as well as 15 years for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power after he was convicted in September.

He filed his appeal before an October 8 deadline. The court reviewed it and accepted, the Shandong Province Supreme People's Court said.

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September 25th, 2013
05:42 AM ET

Road rage baby killer sentenced to death

A Beijing man who snatched a baby from a pram and hurled it to its death in an argument over a parking space was Wednesday sentenced to death by a Beijing court, according to court documents.

Han Lei, 39, was charged with intentional homicide over the death of the two-year-old girl who died in hospital from brain damage 50 hours after being dashed to the pavement in the Daxing District of Beijing on July 23.

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September 8th, 2013
02:28 AM ET

Chinese journalist Shi Tao released

A Chinese journalist jailed for eight years for leaking government restrictions on reporting is now free.

Shi Tao's early release was announced by the writers' organization PEN International on Saturday - 15 months before he was scheduled to be freed.

Shi made headlines in 2004 when he sent the media restrictions to a human rights group - an act that China said amounted to "leaking state secrets," PEN said.

What's more: Internet giant Yahoo played a part in his conviction.

In a widely criticized move, Yahoo handed over Shi's e-mail account information, which the Chinese government used in the case against Shi.

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August 23rd, 2013
12:49 AM ET

Bo Xilai trial resumes after first-day drama

The trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai resumed Friday, a day after the charismatic former top official mounted an unexpectedly resolute defense against the prosecution's accusations of bribery.

Once a rising star in the upper echelons of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, Bo is now on trial on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

His dramatic downfall - laced with tales of murder, corruption and betrayal - set off the party's biggest political crisis in decades.

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August 18th, 2013
04:53 AM ET

Bo Xilai to go on trial this week

The trial of Bo Xilai, a former darling of the all-powerful Communist Party, will begin Thursday, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Authorities claim Bo abused his official state position to seek financial benefits, resulting in "huge losses to the nation and the people."

He is charged with bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power, the Jinan Intermediate People's Court said Sunday

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August 13th, 2013
04:49 AM ET

Northeast Asia suffers severe heat wave

For countries in Northeast Asia, this summer is becoming too hot to bear.
A Japanese city has experienced the highest temperature ever recorded in the country. The South Korean government is clamping down on the use of air-conditioning in an attempt to stave off power shortages.
And Shanghai has been sweltering under a record-setting run of baking hot days.

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August 5th, 2013
04:30 AM ET

China says no to New Zealand milk powder

China has halted imports of some New Zealand milk powders after a company disclosed that three batches of an ingredient used in sports drinks and baby formula tested positive for a strain of bacteria that causes botulism.

The New Zealand-based Fonterra Group said Saturday that three batches of its whey protein tested positive for the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Those batches weren't for use in Fonterra-branded products, but they said companies that used the whey protein in their products might issue recalls.

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, said it had warned companies that bought the whey protein about the problem. "As a result, these customers are urgently investigating whether any of the affected product, which contains a strain of Clostridium, is in their supply chains," the company said.

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August 1st, 2013
12:17 AM ET

People, crops, fish suffer in China heat wave

Record-breaking temperatures have been searing large swaths of China, resulting in dozens of heat-related deaths and prompting authorities to issue a national alert.

People are packing into swimming pools or even taking refuge in caves amid attempts to escape the fierce temperatures. Local governments are resorting to cloud-seeding technology to try to bring rain to millions of acres of parched farmland.

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June 3rd, 2013
07:19 AM ET

At least 112 killed in China plant fire

An early morning fire at a poultry processing plant in northeast China killed at least 112 people, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Another 54 workers were injured.

More than 300 workers were inside the plant in Jilin province when the fire broke out about 6 a.m., Xinhua said.

About 100 of them were able to escape - and told Xinhua that the gates to the plant were locked.

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Baby saved from toilet is out of hospital
The tiny face of a newborn baby boy is revealed as rescuers cut apart a sewage pipe at a hospital in Jinhua, China, on Saturday.
May 30th, 2013
02:12 PM ET

Baby saved from toilet is out of hospital

A newborn baby boy who was found alive inside a toilet pipe in Jinhua, China, has been released from a hospital and taken home by his maternal grandparents, police said.

The child's mother is still being treated at the hospital, but has been cooperating with the investigation, Xiang Jiangsong, a police official, said Thursday.

The police are labeling the case an "accident" at this time, and no charges have been filed against the mother.

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Egyptian tomb defaced
The graffiti was etched across the torso of the figure in the sculpture.
May 27th, 2013
07:49 AM ET

Egyptian tomb defaced

Parents of a 15-year-old Chinese tourist have apologized after the teenager defaced a stone sculpture in an ancient Egyptian temple with graffiti.

The act drew ire in both Egypt and China generating a massive online backlash amongst China's unforgiving netizens.

The vandal carved 'Ding Jinhao was here' in Chinese in the 3,500 year old Luxor Temple.

This was photographed by an embarrassed Chinese traveler and shared on weibo, China's micro-blogging site on May 24.

"The saddest moment in Egypt. I'm so embarrassed that I want to hide myself. I said to the Egyptian tour guide,'I'm really sorry,'" that traveler wrote on the original weibo post.

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April 24th, 2013
06:39 AM ET

WHO: H7N9 virus 'one of the most lethal so far'

As the death toll from China's bird flu outbreak rose to 22 with news of another victim in eastern Zhejiang Province, the World Health Organization warned the H7N9 virus was one of the most lethal that doctors and medical investigators had faced in recent years.

"This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans," Keiji Fukuda, WHO's assistant director-general for health, security and the environment told a news conference in Beijing Wednesday.

"We think this virus is more easily transmitted from poultry to humans than H5N1," he added, referring to the bird flu outbreak between 2004 and 2007 that claimed 332 lives.

"This is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses that we have seen so far."

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April 23rd, 2013
01:25 AM ET

Chinese ships around disputed islands, Japan says

Japan said Tuesday that eight Chinese government ships had entered waters around a group of islands in the East China Sea that lie at the heart of a territorial dispute between the two countries.

The Japanese Coast Guard said the number of Chinese ships around the uninhabited islands known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese was the largest since tensions surrounding the dispute increased last year.

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April 5th, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Report: 20K birds killed in China flu probe

[Updated at 7:40 a.m. ET] Chinese authorities have killed more than 20,000 birds from a live-poultry trading zone in Shanghai after an unusual strain of bird flu that has so far killed six people in the country was found in pigeons on sale in the city, state-run media Xinhua reported Friday.

Details of the slaughter of chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons come as the city prepares to temporarily close all its live poultry markets. It wasn't clear how long the market closures announced Friday on the Shanghai Municipal Government's microblog account would last.

[Posted at 1:27 a.m. ET] A sixth person in eastern China has died from an unusual strain of bird flu, Chinese health authorities said Friday.

A 64-year-old man died Thursday night in Huzhou, Zhejiang province, the provincial health bureau said Friday. He died hours after doctors had confirmed he had been infected with the H7N9 virus, it said.

The H7N9 strain of bird flu had not been detected in humans before the recent Chinese cases, which authorities began reporting on Sunday.

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April 4th, 2013
03:39 PM ET

Report: China's bird flu death toll rises to 5

Two more people in China have died from the H7N9 bird flu virus, raising the country's death toll to five, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Thursday, citing Shanghai health officials.

H7N9 is a strain of avian flu not detected in humans before China's recent cases, which the country began reporting on Sunday.

Fourteen human cases of H7N9 all in eastern China have now been reported, according to Xinhua.

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March 29th, 2013
09:27 PM ET

Report: China coal mine blast kills 28

A gas explosion at a northeastern Chinese coal mine killed 28 people, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.

Thirteen people were rescued following the incident, which happened Friday, according to Xinhua.

The blast occurred in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin.

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March 29th, 2013
02:38 PM ET

Tibet landslide buries 83 workers

A landslide buried 83 workers in a mining area in the Tibet Autonomous Region on Friday morning, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing local authorities.

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March 22nd, 2013
05:01 AM ET

S. Korea says hacking not from China address

The suspected cyberattack that struck South Korean banks and media companies this week didn't originate from a Chinese IP address, South Korean officials said Friday, contradicting their previous claim.

The Korea Communications Commission, a South Korean regulator, said that after "detailed analysis," the IP address that was thought to be from China was determined to be an internal IP address from one of the banks that was infected by the malicious code.

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