China: Court upholds death verdicts in slashing attack

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A Chinese court has upheld the death sentence of three men convicted of organising the brutal knife attack that killed 31 people earlier this year outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming.

Ebola expert says China at risk

2014-10-30 14:25

A scientist who helped to discover the Ebola virus says he is concerned that the disease could spread to China given the large numbers of Chinese workers travelling to and from Africa.

Audi issues huge recall: SA A4 owners affected

2014-10-29 15:00

Audi will recall thousands of its A4 models, including its A4 Allroad, to repair an airbag software issue. More than 16 000 South African owners are affected.

9/10 Hong Kong activists will fight on for a year

2014-10-28 21:52

Nine out of 10 Hong Kong protesters say they are ready to stay on the streets for more than a year to push for full democracy to counter China's tightening grip on the city.

Hong Kong protesters suggest talks with Beijing

2014-10-28 16:57

Hong Kong students leading a month of street protests for democracy are suggesting direct negotiations as a way to end a standoff with the local government.

1 month into HK protests, defiance in streets

2014-10-28 08:23

A month into the mass pro-democracy protests gripping Hong Kong, the movement is under pressure to keep up momentum, but those on the streets say their vigil has already changed the city.

China to build Antarctic airfield

2014-10-27 14:32

China is to build its own airfield in Antarctica, media report, as Beijing continues to expand its footprint in the most remote corners of the globe.

US crude exports, China add to oil pessimism

2014-10-27 12:30

The glut in global oil markets is likely to persist and may even worsen as US lawmakers look set to approve exports of the country's booming crude production.

China coal mine accident kills 16

2014-10-26 12:38

Sixteen workers have been killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Hong Kong civil servants show support for protests

2014-10-23 09:19

Hong Kong civil servants have taken to Facebook to anonymously voice support for ongoing democracy protests on a public page.

Hong Kong protesters plan march after fruitless talks

2014-10-22 07:28

Protesters in Hong Kong have planned to march to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed.

US, China can tip climate balance

2014-10-21 17:29

The United States and China, the biggest greenhouse gas polluters, could reduce by a quarter the envisaged 2020 shortfall in emissions cuts required to curtail global warming.

China posts slowest growth since global crisis

2014-10-21 09:47

China's economic growth has slowed to its weakest since the global financial crisis as a slumping property market dragged on manufacturing and investment.

China best place to invest, say US execs

2014-10-21 09:07

China has the strongest foreign investment opportunities with Britain second and Germany third, according to a survey of US corporate executives.

Hong Kong protesters add helmets to their umbrellas

2014-10-21 07:39

When protestors first joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies they carried little more than a raincoat. But as police began wielding pepper spray and batons, the protestors are now wearing hard hats and body armour.

Aus to help China seize assets of corrupt officials

2014-10-20 10:01

Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, a report says.

Australia reluctant to tackle climate change

2014-10-17 15:00

Business and political leaders worldwide want action to avert the financial repercussions of climate change, but G20 host Australia remains a vocal sceptic.

Chinese villagers burn workers to death

2014-10-16 15:57

Local Chinese authorities say villagers engaged in a dispute with a property developer have detained several construction workers and burnt four to death.

China sends Ebola drug to Africa

2014-10-16 09:28

A Chinese drugmaker has sent an experimental Ebola drug to Africa for use by Chinese aid workers and is planning clinical trials there.

Police brutality at Hong Kong protest sparks outrage

2014-10-15 19:24

Hong Kong police have come under fire after plainclothes officers were filmed beating and kicking a handcuffed protester during mass pro-democracy rallies.

Decline in Chinese tourists hits Singapore

2014-10-15 13:45

International visitor arrivals to Singapore have fallen, hurt by a drop in tourists from China, official data shows.

Police, protesters in violent clashes in Hong Kong

2014-10-15 05:43

Hong Kong police and protesters have clashed in some of the most violent scenes since pro-democracy demonstrations began more than a fortnight ago.

Russia, China sign energy, finance deals

2014-10-13 19:43

Russia and China have signed a host of economic agreements to boost trade and investment between both countries.

US investment talks done in two years - China

2014-10-12 19:45

Negotiations to bring about a bilateral investment treaty between China and the United States could be concluded within two years.

HK leader: Democracy movement has 'almost zero chance'

2014-10-12 10:26

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters have an "almost zero chance" of changing Beijing's stance and securing free elections, the city's embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has said.


China nets 180 fraud suspects in massive hunt

2014-10-31 10:50

China says it has captured 180 people suspected of committing economic crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign targeting suspects who have fled abroad.

Major hacking attack in US looms - poll

2014-10-30 05:10

Cyber attacks might be taking a toll now, but just wait: a survey of experts says things are likely to get even worse in the US over the next decade.

Umbrella ultra marathon supports Hong Kong protest

2014-10-29 11:42

Two Hong Kong expats have set off on an ultra marathon course in the shape of a giant umbrella to support ongoing pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city.

SA turns to China for business deals

2014-10-28 19:39

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina has invited Chinese companies to partner with local firms, especially in the manufacturing sector.

E-waste inferno burning brighter in China

2014-10-28 11:05

Business is booming in the Chinese town of Guiyu, where the world's electronic waste ends up for recycling, and is set to get even better. But the industry has a heavy environmental cost.

Heavy smog expected ahead of Beijing summit

2014-10-27 20:48

China's capital is expected to face more heavy smog as it battles to try to guarantee air quality ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.

New Afghan president heads to China

2014-10-27 14:09

The new Afghan president will travel to China, signalling the role he hopes Beijing will play in Afghanistan's future, not only economically but also strategically.

China considers abolishing death penalty for 9 crimes

2014-10-27 10:43

China is considering trimming nine crimes from the list of offences punishable by death, a report says, as the ruling Communist Party considers broader reforms to the country’s legal system.

China to shut factories during summit to curb pollution

2014-10-25 12:34

The Chinese government has ordered a temporary shutdown of factories to ensure air quality during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing in November.

China, Boeing turn cooking oil into jet fuel

2014-10-22 17:21

Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel.

Hong Kong leader indicates possible concession

2014-10-21 19:06

The panel chosen to pick candidates for Hong Kong's 2017 election could be made 'more democratic', the territory's leader says, and the first indication of a possible concession to pro-democracy protesters.

China executed 2 400 last year - rights group

2014-10-21 11:17

The world's top executioner China put 2 400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group says, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing considers a state secret.

Gold steady near one-month high

2014-10-21 09:23

Gold has clung to overnight gains to trade near a one-month high as worries persisted over a slowdown in the global economy after China's growth eased.

Popular flagship: 100 000 S-Class units sold

2014-10-21 08:28

Despite retailing from R1.2-million, Mercedes-Benz's new S-Class has proved incredibly popular since its launch late in 2013 with more than 100 000 units sold. Incredibly, for many Chinese customers, the luxury sedan is their first car!

China slated for not doing enough for Ebola

2014-10-20 11:16

China has lagged behind in contributions to fighting West Africa's Ebola epidemic despite being the largest investor in the region, says the World Food Programme.

Bear bites boy's arm off in Chinese zoo

2014-10-19 18:01

A bear in central China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through its cage, state media and a doctor said.

Top China engineer sentenced for $8m bribes

2014-10-17 11:00

The engineer who designed China's high-speed rail network has received a suspended death sentence after being found guilty of taking $7.8m in bribes.

US calls for probe into Hong Kong brutality

2014-10-16 10:32

The United States has called for a "swift and transparent" investigation into the beating of a handcuffed Hong Kong democracy protester.

Hong Kong police use pepper spray on protesters

2014-10-16 07:37

Hong Kong police have used pepper spray to stop pro-democracy protesters from blocking a major road near the office of the city's embattled leader amid public anger over the police.

China blocks BBC website amid Hong Kong protests

2014-10-15 14:40

The BBC's website has been blocked in China, one day after a video of Hong Kong police beating and kicking a pro-democracy protester began circulating online.

Putin's tiger attacked henhouse – China media

2014-10-15 12:03

Chinese media say a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked a henhouse in northeastern China, raising concerns that farmers may hunt it down.

SABMiller beer sale trend worsens

2014-10-14 13:15

Poor weather in China has hit SABMiller's lager sales in the second quarter, though higher prices and a jump in soft drink sales have helped boost revenues.

Hong Kong police remove barricades at protest sites

2014-10-13 07:26

Hundreds of Hong Kong police have begun removing some barricades from protest sites early, as pro-democracy demonstrations enter into their third week.

China's central bank sees low risk of hard landing

2014-10-12 13:45

The chance of a hard landing for China's economy is small despite worries about the real-estate sector, says the chief economist of the People's Bank of China.

Airbus-China partnership keeps growing

2014-10-10 17:00

Airbus and its Chinese partners have re-confirmed their intention to set up an A330 completion and delivery centre in Tianjin, China.

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