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  • Hong Kong activists regroup; police chief warns safety at risk 6 days ago

    Hong Kong: Hong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone from police early on Saturday after hours of turmoil that the city's police chief warned undermined order and jeopardised public safety. Dozens of people were injured in the skirmishes, including 18 police, which raged through the night as...
  • China to launch world's largest exhibition complex in 2015 6 days ago

    Beijing: China is building a $2.4 billion exhibition complex in Shanghai which is expected to be the world's largest upon completion next year. The National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, expected to be completed in March 2015, is set to host it's first exhibition as a trial run from...
  • Hong Kong protests at crossroads as traffic, frustration pile up October 7, 2014

    Hong Kong: Hong Kong's dwindling pro-democracy protesters relaxed blockades of key places on Tuesday, allowing some business supplies in and out, although traffic was still largely snarled and talks with the government offered little hope of a quick solution. Hundreds of protesters in the second week of their campaign for greater...
  • Eight killed in China vehicle pileup October 5, 2014

    Beijing: A vehicle pileup in China's Guangdong province left eight people killed, authorities said on Sunday. The accident occurred Saturday afternoon in Zijin County when a truck collided with a car and a minibus. Eight people in the minibus, including the driver, died in the accident, Xinhua quoted public security authorities...
  • China's Buddhist temple receives holy relic from Thailand September 24, 2014

    Beijing: More than 100 Buddhist monks arrived at China's oldest Buddhist temple to present a precious sarira gifted by Thailand, authorities said. The sarira, a bead-shaped object said to be collected from the ashes of the Buddha, will be placed in a Thai-style garden at the 1,946-year-old Baima temple in Luyong...
  • 'Xi's visit to India shows China's neighbourhood diplomacy' September 21, 2014

    Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India and three other countries highlighted China's sincerity and determination in advancing its neighbourhood diplomacy, official media said on Sunday. India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Tajikistan which Xi visited are emerging countries struggling for prosperity, a commentary by staterun Xinhua news agency said....
  • China backs India's bid for full membership of SCO September 18, 2014

    Beijing: China on Thursday backed India's bid for full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a Beijingdominated security grouping. "China backs India and Pakistan becoming members of the SCO as the group has agreed to expand its membership," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement. "Beijing believes...
  • 69th session of UN General Assembly begins September 17, 2014

    United Nations: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) started its 69th session at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Uganda's foreign minister who was elected President of the 69th UNGA session June 11, said in his opening remarks that the coming year will be a momentous...
  • India will oust China as top cotton producer this year: USDA September 14, 2014

    Beijing/Washington: India is all set to beat China and become the top cotton producer this year, ousting the communist nation from the number 1 position for the first time in over 30 years, the US has said in a report. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data suggest that India will...
  • China urges central Asian neighbours to step up extremism fight September 13, 2014

    Beijing: China's President Xi Jinping urged Central Asian states to step up the fight against religious extremism and cyber terrorism, state media said, as Beijing reaches for help across its borders in addressing security concerns in its restive Xinjiang region. Beijing says separatist groups in the far western region of Xinjiang,...
  • Flight MH370 mystery: Still no answers September 7, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Six months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people on board disappeared in the Indian Ocean, aviation experts are still clueless over the world's greatest aviation mystery. Australia, which is responsible for search and rescue operations, is set to launch a new phase of the multimillion dollar...
  • Hyderabad sends most Indian students to US for higher studies: report August 31, 2014

    While foreign destinations continue to be favoured by Indian students for higher studies, a recent study by the Brookings Institute in Washington DC has revealed that Hyderabad tops the list of the cities from which Indians go to the United States. The study reveals that 94 foreign cities together accounted for...
  • China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival August 24, 2014

    Beiing: Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls. Li Xianting, a film critic and founder of the Li Xianting Film Fund, the...
  • Death toll in China's factory blast goes up to 71 August 3, 2014

    Beijing: The death toll from the deadly explosion at a metal factory in east China's Jiangsu Province rose to 71 on Sunday as doctors battled to save the lives of 187 injured workers. Initial investigations indicated that sparks had ignited dust on Saturday at the car wheel polishing plant in Kunshan,...
  • US spying allegations are serious, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel July 7, 2014

    Beijing: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for US intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear contradiction of what cooperation between partners is supposed to be about. The case risks further straining ties with Washington, which have been...
  • Chinese pet dog is a smoking addict July 1, 2014

    Beijing: A twoyearold dog owned by a smoker in China has picked up his master's habit and become so addicted to smoking that it must have a cigarette before going to sleep. The husky in Anda, Heilongjiang province began smoking last year, when it was adopted, according to its owner,...
  • Malaysia jet passengers likely suffocated: Australia June 27, 2014

    Sydney: The passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 most likely died from suffocation and coasted lifelessly into the ocean on autopilot, a new report released by Australian officials on Thursday said. In a 55page report, the Australian Transport Safety Board outlined how investigators had arrived at this...
  • Search for Malaysia Airlines jet shifts south June 26, 2014

    Sydney: The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will shift further south in the Indian Ocean, Australian authorities said on Thursday, ushering in yet another new phase of the long, costly and so far fruitless search. The Boeing 777, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on March 8 shortly after...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha's take on Pratibha Patel's visit to China June 22, 2014

    Cyrus Broacha's take on former President Pratibha Patel's visit to Beijing. She visited Beijing to meet the President of China. The meeting was high on ceremony and light on policies. ...
  • Blast in apartment in China kills three June 9, 2014

    Beijing: Three people were killed and four others were injured in a blast in an apartment in southwest China's Yunnan province on Monday. The blast, which occurred at around 2:30 am (local time), ripped through the fourth floor apartment on Ziyun Street in Chuxiong City, staterun Xinhua news agency reported....
  • China keen on working with the Narendra Modi government: MEA June 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The threehour long meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and China in New Delhi was useful, cordial and productive, said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. Stating that it was a new productive beginning between the Indian and Chinese governments, Akbaruddin said that the latter supported...
  • 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown: 'Tankman' and other iconic photos from June 4, 1989 June 4, 2014

    China on Wednesday imposed smothering security in central Beijing on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, a bloody watershed in history that remains a taboo topic in the communist nation. The United States demanded the release of scores of people detained in the runup to the anniversary, as...
  • Eyewitness: Tiananmen, the night dreams became nightmares June 4, 2014

    Beijing: "They're shooting!" The cry spreads through the Beijing crowd at 11:30 pm, as the first clicks from the army's AK47s ring out into the darkness. On the Avenue of Eternal Peace, the wide street running north of Tiananmen Square, one protester refuses to believe it. "No, no, they wouldn't shoot," he...
  • Security tight in Beijing on Tiananmen anniversary June 4, 2014

    Beijing: Authorities in Beijing blanketed the city center with heavy security on Wednesday on the 25th anniversary of the bloody military suppression of prodemocracy protests centered on Tiananmen Square. Police and paramilitary officers patrolled the vast plaza and surrounding streets, stopping vehicles seeking to enter the area and demanding identification from...
  • MH370: Relatives of passengers accuse Malaysia of withholding data May 28, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Families of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 on Wednesday accused Malaysia of withholding crucial satellite data, saying a longawaited report is incomplete and does not prove the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean. Authorities on Tuesday released a 47page summary of communication logs from the Malaysia Airlines plane recorded...
  • Father beats daughter to death for copying homework in China May 21, 2014

    Beijing: An 11yearold Chinese girl was beaten to death by her father for copying her classmate's homework, media reports said on Wednesday. The father, surnamed Zhang, ordered the girl to kneel down, tied her hands and beat her at about 8:30 pm on Monday when he discovered she had copied...
  • Richie Mehta's 'Siddharth' wins Tiantan award at Beijing film festival April 25, 2014

    Beijing: Director Richie Mehta's IndoCanadian film 'Siddharth' won the Tiantan award for best feature film at the 4th Beijing international film festival. Mehta, a Canadian director of Indian origin, got inspired to make the film after meeting a man on the streets of Delhi who was searching for his missing son. Rajesh...
  • Beijing artist, tired of his city's choking pollution, puts up glass jar of clean air from south of France for sale April 10, 2014

    Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air. He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors late...
  • 'Chindia' still vibrant idea: Jairam Ramesh March 27, 2014

    Beijing: 'Chindia', an idea projecting the joint rise of China and India remains a vibrant concept, but it can only be a reality if both nations can overcome suspicions and establish reciprocal partnerships, says Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, who coined the phrase. "Ten years ago, when I proposed the concept...
  • Suspected debris of missing Malaysian plane may have sunk: Australia March 21, 2014

    The international team hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean has not turned up anything so far, and Australia's Deputy Prime Minister said the suspected debris may have sunk. Aircraft and ships have renewed a search in the Andaman Sea between India and Thailand, going over...