China executes teacher who sexually abused 26 students

2015-05-29 13:24

A former Chinese elementary school teacher has been executed for sexually abusing 26 students, some as young as 4 years old.

China investigates second healthcare official

2015-05-29 09:05

China has launched an investigation into a top official who oversees the country's medical devices sector, the second healthcare official to be probed this week.

China fines company $12m for polluting, jails staff

2015-05-27 12:53

A court in eastern China has fined a pesticide manufacturer $12m and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors for discharging waste water that severely polluted local streams.

Chinese firefighters punished over on-the-job selfies

2015-05-26 19:14

Firefighters in southwestern China have taken heat for snapping photos of themselves while responding to an emergency, state media reports.

Fire at China nursing home kills 38

2015-05-26 12:51

Thirty-eight people have been killed in a fire at a home for senior citizens in China's central Henan province, state media say, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety.

Surgeon plans first head transplant

2015-05-26 09:07

An Italian surgeon claims he will be ready to undertake a head transplant in 2017, although colleagues elsewhere doubt the technical feasibility of the operation, quite apart from the ethical nightmare that will result if it goes wrong.

China takes officials to prison as warning

2015-05-25 14:50

Chinese officials have been sent on prison tours visiting inmates including former colleagues as a warning against corruption, provoking mockery online.

52 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus

2015-05-24 10:00

The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorised passenger load that plunged into a pond.

Tibetan father of four sets himself alight in China

2015-05-22 12:06

A Tibetan father-of-four set himself on fire in protest at China's rule over the Himalayan region, overseas media and rights groups said, adding it was unclear whether he survived.

Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence

2015-05-21 13:38

China's president has warned in a key policy speech that religions must be independent from foreign influence, as the government asks domestic religious groups to pledge loyalty to the state.


China destroys over 660 tons of smuggled ivory

2015-05-29 11:15

Chinese authorities have destroyed 662 tons of ivory that was seized after being smuggled in the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade.

China detains artist who posted humorous photo of president

2015-05-28 11:08

The wife of a Chinese artist says authorities have detained him after he posted a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping online.

Japan jails Chinese skipper over coral poaching

2015-05-27 08:14

A Japanese court has jailed a Chinese skipper for coral poaching in what was reportedly the first such punishment since the coastguard began reporting waves of illegal boats.

Battle for hearts and minds in Hong Kong ahead of key vote

2015-05-26 12:51

From open-top bus tours and neighbourhood rallies to bicycle protests and dance routines, campaigners in Hong Kong are employing a range of tactics to win hearts and minds ahead of a key vote on the city's political future.

China official sold car plates for millions - prosecutors

2015-05-26 11:50

A former head of Beijing's traffic management office has gone on trial for handing out coveted car number plates in return for nearly $4m in bribes.

China busts 181 'terror' gangs in year-long crackdown

2015-05-25 14:51

A "strike hard" campaign against what China calls terrorism in the largely Muslim region of Xinjiang and beyond has seen 181 gangs busted, a year after the controversial measures were launched.

China readies national carbon market

2015-05-24 20:19

China is preparing to launch a cutting-edge national carbon market to fight climate change and which, at the same time, could bring in millions of dollars a year for some companies.

UN chief calls for peaceful solution to sea disputes

2015-05-22 13:15

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbours.

China strongly concerned about US espionage case

2015-05-21 20:03

China is "strongly concerned" about a case in which six Chinese nationals were charged by the United States with economic espionage.

SA's growing Africa trade could buffer lesser Chinese demand

2015-05-20 19:16

SA’s growing trade links with sub-Saharan Africa should expand export markets, though there may be an impact from reduced Chinese demand, says a global group.

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