How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

French cognac sales low as China exports drop

2014-08-20 11:30

Worldwide sales of cognac have fallen in 2013 to 2014 largely due to a drop in exports to China.

Octopus inspires new camouflage material

2014-08-19 22:49

The octopus's ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, US researchers said Tuesday.

China lead contamination scare hits Heinz

2014-08-19 09:48

US foodmaker HJ Heinz has recalled some infant food products in China after a report that they contained excessive levels of lead.

Heinz recalls batches of infant food in China

2014-08-18 16:45

Ketchup maker HJ Heinz has recalled some infant food in eastern China after it was found to contain lead in excess of the allowable limit.

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known animals

2014-08-18 09:44

Indian wildlife poachers have begun to think smaller. And activists say the country's lesser-known species are vanishing from the wild as a result.

Nigeria quits Youth Olympics over Ebola

2014-08-16 14:08

Nigeria has withdrawn from the Youth Olympics in the Chinese city of Nanjing, a report says, as four African nations battle the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in decades.

50 000 smart cars recalled in China

2014-08-15 14:00

A total of 50 144 Smart cars have been recalled in China due to a defective belt drive, Chinese authorities say.

Apple moves data storage onto Chinese soil

2014-08-15 11:34

Apple has begun storing personal data for some Chinese users on servers of China Telecom, the first time it has stored user data on mainland Chinese soil.

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2 000 years

2014-08-14 12:45

The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, has been warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper says.

China urges public to walk, ride bikes

2014-08-13 21:26

China has issued a behavioural standards guide to combat pollution and reduce environmental damage.

‘Sky-rocketing’ tiger trade blamed on Asian wealth

2014-08-13 11:47

A leading conservationist warns that the illegal trade in tiger parts for medicinal purposes is increasing, despite improved efforts to save the world's largest cat.

Meet world's 'first' surviving panda triplets

2014-08-12 09:23

A Chinese zoo has unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world's first known surviving trio, in what it hailed as a 'miracle' given the animal's low reproductive rate.

Firms to live with China antitrust raids

2014-08-11 10:15

US and European-style "dawn raids" have become a powerful weapon for China's increasingly aggressive antitrust enforcement agencies.

Nigerian in Hong Kong tests negative for Ebola

2014-08-10 20:41

A Nigerian man who was quarantined after he showed Ebola-like symptoms while travelling to Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly virus.

Chad ends Chinese permits over alleged violations

2014-08-10 18:00

Chad has decided to withdraw five exploration permits issued to Chinese oil giant CNPC and press charges over a $1.2bn fine for environmental violations.

China defends lighthouse on disputed islands

2014-08-09 14:30

China's foreign ministry has defended the government's decision to build lighthouses on disputed islands in the South China Sea.

China sentences GSK-linked investigators

2014-08-08 19:30

British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey and his American wife have been sentenced to 2 years in prison for illegally obtaining records on Chinese citizens.

UK-US investigative couple on trial in China

2014-08-08 08:19

A British man on trial with his American wife for illegally obtaining and selling private information about Chinese nationals says he buys such information from other companies.

Asia's most expensive home on sale

2014-08-07 16:15

Asia's most expensive home is set to go on sale in Hong Kong, which boasts some of the world's costliest properties despite efforts to curb skyrocketing prices.

China blocks message apps to curb terrorists

2014-08-07 12:03

China has confirmed its decision to block popular foreign messaging services like Kakao and Line as an anti-terrorist measure.

Death toll in southern China quake rises to 589

2014-08-06 11:00

The death toll in southern China's earthquake rose to 589 as search and rescue teams pushed into isolated mountain communities to clear debris from collapsed homes.

China probes Canadians for alleged spying

2014-08-05 11:41

Chinese authorities are investigating two Canadians for alleged espionage, state media reports, a week after Canada accused Beijing of "state-sponsored" hacking.

China detains execs over food scandal

2014-08-04 19:02

Six executives of Shanghai Husi, the meat supplier at the center of the country's latest food-safety scandal, have been taken into custody.

Rescuers search for survivors after China quake

2014-08-04 07:28

Rescuers have dug through shattered homes looking for survivors of a strong earthquake in southern China's Yunnan province that killed at least 381 people and injured more than 1 800.


China presses South Sudan over new violence

2014-08-20 12:39

China's foreign minister has pressed his South Sudan counterpart over renewed violence in the state, demanding an immediate ceasefire and dialogue in the country which is reliant on Chinese investment.

New Zealand bans shark finning

2014-08-20 10:33

New Zealand is banning the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts says is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.

Foreign direct investment in China falls

2014-08-18 18:15

China has recorded a drop in foreign direct investment, but the state says there was no link between the dip and measures against alleged retailers of imports.

Volvo makes eyes at Chinese rich

2014-08-18 10:30

With headlights shaped like Thor's hammer and space for a humidity-controlled cigar case, Volvo's new cars are sporting luxury features.

China fishes for growth with massive aquarium

2014-08-18 08:09

The world's largest aquarium, in China is being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at encouraging domestic consumption as the driver of economic growth.

China to issue new property rules

2014-08-15 16:30

China has published a draft of long-awaited property registration rules, a move expected to stabilise the real-estate market and help crack down on corruption.

9 workers rescued from trapped China mine

2014-08-15 11:58

Rescuers have pulled out nine of 25 workers trapped in a flooded coal mine in north-eastern Heilongjiang province in China, a report says.

Rich Chinese eyes property in Australia

2014-08-14 15:45

More wealthy Chinese are moving their money out of China to invest in Australia's property market amid a corruption crackdown.

Chinese police open fire on Tibetan protesters

2014-08-14 10:08

Chinese police have opened fire on Tibetan demonstrators in southwestern China, wounding 10 people, after the Tibetans protested against the detention of a respected village leader.

China's economic data points to further softness

2014-08-13 14:30

China's economy has shown further signs of softening in July despite a burst of government stimulus measures, suggesting more policy support may be needed.

China bank loans plunge, says central bank

2014-08-13 09:37

China's bank lendings have slumped in June, as demand weakened amid struggles in the property sector, key to the world’s second-largest economy.

New Zealand lawmaker in hot water after race joke

2014-08-11 11:06

A New Zealand lawmaker has been accused of racism after making what he called a 'joke' at the expense of Asians as he railed against Chinese investment in the country.

Forget water - it's Chinese headlight torture

2014-08-11 07:41

We've all heard of 'Chinese water torture' - mythical or not - but now a police force in that country has come up with 'flashing headlights' torture.

China rebuffs US efforts on S China Sea tensions

2014-08-10 18:45

China has appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea.

Hong Kong tests Nigerian man for Ebola

2014-08-10 17:02

A Nigerian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Hong Kong, amid global fears over the potential spread of a disease.

McDonald's warns of sales drop over food scare

2014-08-08 20:00

McDonald's says its global sales forecast is at risk after a China food scandal that drove away diners.

China charges GSK-linked investigators

2014-08-08 15:00

Chinese prosecutors have charged an investigator and his wife with illegally obtaining information in a case seen as key to a bribery probe against GlaxoSmithKline.

China earthquake death toll rises to 615

2014-08-07 16:21

The death toll from an earthquake in south-western China has risen to 615, with 3 100 people believed to be injured.

China probes revive protectionism concerns

2014-08-07 14:30

China's recent probes into Microsoft and car companies including Audi and Chrysler have rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law.

China quake volunteers told to stay away

2014-08-06 16:22

The death toll from an earthquake that devastated a remote region of China has jumped, as volunteer rescuers were warned away.

China city bans beards & Muslim clothing from buses

2014-08-06 09:56

A city in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has banned people with large beards or Islamic clothing from travelling on public buses, prompting outrage from an overseas rights group.

China food scandal hurts McDonald's results

2014-08-05 09:30

McDonald's says its business has been affected by China's latest food scare, which forced restaurants in the region to temporarily pull meat items from menus.

Rescuers battle to clear bodies after China quake

2014-08-04 16:34

Rescuers laid out bodies in the streets after at least 398 people were killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation.

Xinhua: China earthquake death toll rises to 367

2014-08-03 20:52

China's official Xinhua News Agency says the death toll from a strong earthquake in southern Yunnan province has risen to 367.

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