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  • Supreme Court ruling mixed news for SCA-5

    The US Supreme Court's ruling that backed a Michigan ban on the use of affirmative action in admissions to the state's public universities means that a similar ban in California "is here to stay", says a University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) political science professor.

  • US Commerce chief vows trade growth

    United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said Thursday that the United States is committed to the Asia-Pacific region and "rebalancing" toward the region will remain a cornerstone" of US policy.

China

Reserve stops farmers from harvesting bamboo shoots
  • Wuhan water plants cleared to reopen

    More than 300,000 people in Wuhan, Hubei province, have been struggling to find sufficient safe water, even though three water plants that were closed resumed supplying water on Thursday.

  • Qinghai official probed

    Mao Xiaobing, Party chief of Xining, capital city of Qinghai province, is under investigation for suspected serious violations of discipline and law.

  • Efforts to end attacks on doctors

    Five agencies including the Supreme People's Court has launched a new initiative to emphasize that attacks on doctors will bring severe punishment.

Business

Journey of tea leaves
  • Jobless rate 5.17% in march, survey says

    China's polled unemployment rate in March was 5.17 percent, slightly lower than in February, said Li Pumin, secretary-general of the National Development and Reform Commission.

  • 3-D printing adds new dimension to startups

    China's 3-D printing sector has gained incredible momentum thanks to media exposure, strengthened public awareness and a favorable development environment.

  • China's Yingli eyes French PV market

    A leading photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer in China will cooperate with a French PV module manufacturer to satisfy the demands of the French national tender program.

Life

Celebrities show up at Dior runway show
  • The tangled web of cultural niceties

    A few years ago when I was traveling across the Pacific Ocean on a United Airlines flight, I was thrown into the perfect storm of cultural collisions.

  • Chiung Yao slams copycat writer

    Taiwan novelist and screenwriter Chiung Yao claims screenwriter Yu Zheng from Chinese mainland plagiarizes one of her works.

  • New push to take care of stray pets

    A giant dog and a cat flanked the sidewalk of Beijing's Shimao International Shopping Center on Saturday afternoon. The enormous stuffed animals were not an invasion but an effort to raise awareness about stray animals.

Food

Iconic meals from literary classics

Culture

Rare duplicate of Chinese classic opens to public
  • Zhuang drama art week opens

    People of Zhuang ethnic group perform a musical dance during the opening of the Zhuang drama art week in Tianlin county, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region,

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez and China

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez was probably the most-read contemporary foreign writer in China for more than three decades.

Entertainment

Ann Hui has mixed feelings about 'Golden Era'

Beijing integrates with Tianjin, Hebei

Beijing has launched an initiative to integrate with neighboring Tianjin municipality and Hebei province.

Enemies share eternity together

Burial site in Jiangsu province holds the bodies of 73 Chinese and 13 Japanese soldiers killed in 1942, the only known cemetary of its kind in China.

Expats flee big, smoggy cities

As pollution lowers quality of life for many foreigners, smaller or coastal cities are becoming a magnet thanks to a good environment, reports Zhang Yuchen

Life after an only child dies

Project explores ways to provide care and support for parents whose child has predeceased them.

Parents put kindergartens to the test

Nomads change for education

Answering the call to prayer

President Xi visits western Europe

'Model husband' shatters image of love

Reforms set to boost NGOs

New rules relating to registration and donations are expected to see social organizations play a greater role in the provision of services.

Malaysia Airlines plane 'ended' in sea

A Malaysia Airlines jetliner disappeared on March 8, about an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Sex education for children in China

This special coverage sheds light on sex education in China and how other countries' experiences might be helpful to China's practice.

Obama's Diaoyu Islands vow 'may backfire'

US President Barack Obama's promise of military cover for Japan's claim on the Diaoyu Islands faces the potential of backfiring, observers said.

US, Japan fail to reach TPP deal

The United States and Japan failed to reach a breakthrough in their trade talks over the Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) as US President Barack Obama is wrapping up a visit to Japan on Friday.

1 killed in Houston nightclub shootout

One person was killed and three others injured early Thursday during a shooting at a nightclub in the US city of Houston, local media reported.

5 killed in Ukraine 'anti-terror' sting

At least five people were killed and one wounded during an "anti-terror" operation in an eastern Ukrainian city.

Chinese Community Leaders

Debbie Liu: Encouraging others to serve
  • Hsing Kung: Giving to community has rewards

    On March 17, the City of Cupertino honored Kung as Citizen of the Year for his community service and also for serving as president of the Cupertino Rotary Club in 2013.

  • Steven Lewis: A career of studying China

    Because of his extensive knowledge of China, Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at Rice University's Bake Institute, has been invited before Congress numerous times to help lawmakers better understand China.

China-US

Celebrated sculptor seeks to establish art museum
  • MOCA to open Chinese ink show

    Ink has long been a widely used medium in Chinese art, especially in calligraphy or poetry, but an exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is putting the focus squarely on Chinese ink paintings.

  • BlackRock to invest further in China

    Chinese authorities have given the world's biggest asset manager, BlackRock Inc, a renminbi qualified foreign institutional investor license, which means the firm can invest directly on the mainland using offshore yuan.

  • Sellers make clear profits on Google Glass

    As Google's Android operating system enters China's smartphone market, its second-generation Google Glass is attracting interest from Chinese consumers.

US

Obama starts Japan visit
  • US sends troops to Poland for exercises

    A contingent of US Army paratroopers arrived in Poland on Wednesday and within next few days additional army companies will arrive in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

  • Michael Jackson's doctor denied appeal

    The California Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal by Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death.

  • Another US warship enters Black Sea

    Another US warship has entered the Black Sea amid mounting tension in Ukraine, the Russian Navy said Wednesday.

World

Childhood photos of Prince William and Kate
  • Bieber says sorry for Shrine visit

    Pop singer Justin Bieber apologized on Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni Shrine this week, saying he was misled into believing it is only a place of prayer.

  • S.Korean ferry toll rises to 171

    Death toll in South Korea's ferry sinking disaster continued to rise to 171 on Thursday.

  • Ukraine rebels prepare for new assault

    Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced on Wednesday for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to the region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis.

Sports

Rio - City of sand, sun, samba and soccer
  • Seoul advances in Asian Champions League

    FC Seoul beat Beijing Guoan 2-1 to advance to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday, ensuring both last season's finalists reached the second round.

  • Phelps' latest plunge fraught with risk

    Michael Phelps has been swimming against the tide all his life. Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong, setting the standard for Olympic achievement with his 18 gold medals.

US-Japan security treaty
  • Obama's loss of balance

    US president barack obama may have congratulated himself in private for apparently pulling off a difficult balancing act, but if so, he is being a little too hasty.

  • Petitioning progresses toward its end

    We should be alert to people placing obstacles in the way of petition system reform, as the ultimate goal should be to abolish the petition system eventually.

  • US key to DPRK nuclear issue

    Moreover, the US can fully make use of the DPRK’s nuclear threat to strengthen US-Japan-ROK trilateral cooperation, and eventually form a “mini NATO” in Asia to contain China and Russia.

Travel

Singapore hospitality in Chengdu