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China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Jul 30, 2014

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name has graced the pages of the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper more frequently than any other leader since founding father Mao Zedong, according to researchers. The report by the University of Hong Kong’s China Media Project comes amid a much-publicized ...

China puts former security chief under investigation

Jul 30, 2014

China puts former security chief under investigation

China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a long-standing taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the ...

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

Jul 28, 2014

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semi-autonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial center by activists fighting Beijing’s desire to limit democratic reforms. In a letter posted ...

China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

Jul 28, 2014

China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

On China’s southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coast guard should he run into ...

Jul 27, 2014

Pakistani boy loses arms after row with landowner over cows: police

Pakistani police have arrested the son of a landowner for an assault on a 10-year-old boy that resulted in his injured arms being amputated, the latest case highlighting harsh treatment of villagers by so-called feudal families. A tiny number of families own huge tracts ...

Foreign experts inspect Taiwan plane crash site

Jul 26, 2014

Foreign experts inspect Taiwan plane crash site

International experts were examining the site of the fatal TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan on Saturday as new evidence surfaced that the plane may have collided with nearby trees before plunging to the ground. Seven French and one Canadian expert representing France’s Bureau of ...

Jul 26, 2014

Retired Chinese military officers told to 'return houses' in crackdown

China has told retired military officers to return nonessential public housing after an investigation found “irregularities,” state media said Sunday, as Beijing steps up efforts to stamp out official corruption and excess. Abnormalities were revealed in an inspection into “housing and infrastructure construction” that ...

Jul 26, 2014

Booze ban for U.S. airmen in S. Korea

U.S. airmen assigned to South Korea are banned from buying or drinking alcohol during their first 30 days in the country under a new rule underscoring the “serious mission” the troops face, officials said Friday. The program is meant to promote “mission readiness” as ...