'Monks' among kaleidoscope of characters facing scrutiny in New York

That smiling man in the rust-colored robe handing you a medallion may not be upholding the precepts of the Buddha.

US military repeals ban on transgender members

The Pentagon ends its ban on openly transgender people serving in the US military, formally removing the risk to thousands of US troops who once could have been kicked out.

Ten photos from around China: June 24-30

In this week's ten photos from around China, we show you China's first domestically-produced regional jet taking its maiden flight, one of China's deadliest tornadoes for decades, the launch of China's new-generation Long March rocket and other interesting news.

Nubia launches flagship frameless smartphone

Nubia, ZTE Corp's upmarket smartphone brand, unveiled a 5.5-inch screen handset on Tuesday in Beijing, reinforcing its edge in the rimless smartphone market.

China's booming cyberstar economy might hit $8.7b in 2016

China's Internet celebrities are estimated to create a whopping 58 billion yuan ($8.7 billion) market in 2016, far surpassing the 44 billion yuan in box office sales generated last year.

Anthony, Durant lead USA Basketball Rio squad

USA Basketball named a 12-man squad for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics Games on Monday with Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant and New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony leading the team.

North American leaders meet in Ottawa

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico kicked off a summit Wednesday to explore opportunities for North America to become the world's most competitive player in a clean growth economy.

Ten books to take with you on summer vacation

Traveling, just like reading, is a refreshing journey, a temporary retreat from the bustling world. Here are 10 books we recommend that you take on your trip.

Food and Travel

Canada: A real mouthful

As the country observes its national day today, instead of sitting down with a hockey video, celebrate with an interesting wine and a great steak.

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Call for push on artificial intelligence

China should step up its efforts to adopt artificial intelligence in its industries to boost the country's economic transformation, according to French technology expert Marc Carrel-Billiard.

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