Hebei province will halt a series of polluting projects and take other measures to improve air quality during the upcoming APEC conference.
Efforts must be promoted in caring for those with the disease, in fighting discrimination, in giving patients access to medical care and in ensuring social justice, first lady Peng Liyuan said.
A ban on performances by circus animals at China's State-owned zoos has won praise from activists, but could spell ruin for a traditional industry.
More than 70,000 Shaolin students lined up along a 15km road to perform kungfu or martial arts to mark the opening of the festival. Over 1,800 athletes from 63 countries and regions take part in the festival, which runs through to October 29. Most of them will compete in martial arts events and some will be aiming for a Wushu grade.
Beijing has praised the "strong" determination that both China and India showed in handling border problems, after the neighbors agreed to establish hotlines and hold regular military meetings.
A Long March-4C carrier rocket carrying the Yaogan-22 remote sensing satellite blasts off from the launch pad at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan.
Visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi has reaffirmed that the affairs of Hong Kong fall within China's domestic affairs, in which no countries have the right to interfere.
A Filipino-American, who gave up a software job in the US, finds his punch in Beijing with a club that offers training in combat sports.