Across America

Across America over the week (Aug 21-27)

China

Soaring tides in Qiantang River
  • Fewer crimes to be subject to death penalty

    An amendment to the Criminal Law has been adopted removing the death penalty for nine crimes and limiting the ability of those convicted of corruption from continually seeking reduced sentences.

  • Road, subway restrictions listed online

    Some areas of Beijing, including several subway stations, will be restricted this week ahead of Thursday's big parade marking war victory.

  • 6 killed in E China boat collision

    Six fishermen have been confirmed dead and one remains missing after their vessel collided with a merchant ship in the East China Sea on Wednesday, local authorities said on Sunday.

Business

Funeral service puts deceased pets to rest with style

Life

The children's maestro
  • Top tips for earthquake safety

    Here are some tips that may help save your life.

  • In a hive of solutions

    Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom confront how to feed the world's population in the three countries' pavilions at Expo Milano 2015.

  • Babies in swimming contest

    An infant swimming competition was held in Changsha Window of the World, central China's Hunan province on July 2, 2015. Many parents and their babies participated in the contest.

Food

Once upon a starry night
  • Tempting diners to good health with good food

    The "energy balls" and "super-food mocha" from Sprout Lifestyle Cafe in Shanghai have won a place in the hearts of patrons of the city's cafes and food boutiques.

  • The sweet smell of food & flowers

    You do not have to go far to stumble on a coffee shop whose main accoutrement is flowers or to come across a banquet decked with beautiful bunches of the best that nature has to offer.

  • Pizza Hut's new offerings

    Pizza Hut, a popular Western chain, has introduced 20 new dishes in China in June. The most common is "Artisan Pizza", which comes in three flavors — Parma ham, smoked salmon and spicy beef. The latest pizzas use handmade crusts topped with a selection of meat, vegetables and fruits, the company said.

Culture

Birthday boy Harry Potter still magic in China

Entertainment

Young designer inspired by his powerful mother

Seventh China-US strategic dialogue

Premier Li embarks on Latin America visit

What do we know about AIIB

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is expected to be established by the end of this year.

Full coverage of Boao Forum for Asia

The 2015 Boao Forum for Asia annual conference will be held from March 26 to 29 in South China's Hainan province.

Annual legislative and political advisory sessions

The plenary sessions of the National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People' s Political Consultative Conference kick off.

Spring Festival trends reflect a changing China

Spring Festival is an annual celebration in China. This year's celebration, which lasts from Feb 18 to Feb 25, is marked by the following features.

Patent applications lead the world

China recorded 928,000 invention patent applications in 2014, of them about 663,000 inventions having high quality and market value.

BC lures Chinese tourists

As the Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb 19, draws close, the scramble to attract Chinese travelers is growing intense.

Festival Special: Apps that make holiday shopping easier

With the increase in sales of nianhuo, the special goods bought to celebrate the Spring Festival, the rising purchasing power of Chinese consumers is on full display.

Alibaba places China smartphone business bet with $590m Meizu deal

Alibaba is taking a $590 million stake in an obscure domestic smartphone maker.

China, US vow to deepen military relations

Vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong met with Michael Vickers, visiting US under secretary of defense for intelligence.

Premier Li attends Davos Forum

China plans to withstand downward pressure and continue with its strategic focus in 2015, Premier Li Keqiang said at the Davos Forum.

Chinese athletes win 9 medals at Beijing world championships

The underdog in track and field restated the country's challenge to world powers by winning nine medals in all, including one gold and seven silvers.

Houston physicist invited to view V-Day parade in Beijing

Dr Paul Chin-wu Chu is one of the five overseas Chinese and the only one from the US who has been invited to attend the military parade on Sept 3.

It's a boy! DC panda thriving

The surviving and thriving giant panda cub twin born Aug 22 to Mei Xiang at the Smithsonian's National Zoo is male and his father is Tian Tian.

Journalist, securities regulatory official held for stock market violation

Authorities detain several people, including four senior executives of a major securities dealer, over stock market violations.

People

'Women need to be on development bullet train'

Chinese Community Leaders

Grassroots judge carries dream on road
  • New leader at China's Chamber

    With Chinese investment in the United States increasingly rising, an organization that represents Chinese companies' common interests is refining its services.

  • Queens native takes the helm at MOCA

    Taking a leadership role at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York's Chinatown might seem daunting, but Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA's president, said it's a move that has roots in her childhood.

China-US

Film depicts Chinese students abroad
  • Yellow River to be played in NYC

    To celebrate the 45th anniversary of theYellow River Piano Concerto, one of the most popular Chinese piano compositions, the work is going to be performed in New York by one of its composers and world premiere pianist Yin Chengzong, accompanied by the Manhattan Symphonie.

  • Mississippi gets Chinese investment

    Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA Inc plans to invest $50 million to open its first American factory in the Jackson, Mississippi, area.

  • Food producer COFCO looks to expand global reach

    With two major acquisitions closed in October 2014, COFCO is building across five continents.

US

Festival to bring Chinese culture to Northwest
  • Xi's US visit will have big impact

    President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States next month is expected to be a milestone in building a new type of major country relationship, said Su Ge, president of the China Institute of International Studies.

  • Stiffer gun control unlikely, experts say

    With mass shootings all too common, it appears that no place in the United States is safe from carnage - not churches, not schools, not even the morning newscast.

  • US hopes Xi's visit to be a 'milestone'

    Washington hopes to see President Xi Jinping's upcoming visit to the United States become "a milestone" in relations, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice said during a Beijing trip in preparation for Xi's visit.

World

Gostra - Traditional Maltese game of running up a greasy pole
  • Egypt sets Oct election date

    Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting on Oct. 18-19, the election commission said on Sunday, the final step in a process to bring back democracy that critics say has been tainted by widespread repression.

  • Mothers, students join protests over security bills

    Mothers holding their children's hands stood in the sprinkling rain, holding up anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies to the beat of a drum.

  • Philippines needs help from China

    Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada on Thursday said the Philippines needs China's help to modernize the country, and expressed his hope that Sino-Philippines relations will improve in the near future.

Sports

Kenya makes history, reigns supreme at Beijing World Championships
  • Maria Sharapova withdraws from US Open

    Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew from the US Open on Sunday due to a leg injury.

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt sprints past doping questions

    Usain Bolt, the 28-year-old sprint great from Jamaica, artfully dodged questions about doping in track and field and his rivalry with twice-suspended US runner Justin Gatlin during a meeting with a select band of journalists in Beijing on Thursday.

SOS
  • China's V-Day parade not a threat to world

    And since the Chinese leadership under President Xi Jinping has chosen the path toward a "global community of shared destiny", Western worries over the parade are not only unnecessary, but also ridiculous.

  • Automation, productivity and growth

    Organizations, businesses and people all have to adapt to the technologically driven shifts in our economies' structure.

  • Western leaders missed rare chance to build peace

    The Western leaders who have decided to stay away from the Beijing parade will meet their counterparts from the rest of the world at the UN headquarters in New York, the G20 summit in Turkey and the UN climate change conference in Paris.

Travel

Where you can see thousands of dinosaur fossils
  • Snapshot of authenticity

    Built in 314 BC, Langzhong Ancient Town has held onto its original name and flavor, including a layout that harkens back to the Feng Shui principles of the Tang Dynasty

  • Rally call of nature

    They came from far and wide in the pursuit of adventure, and the competitors in the annual 5,500-kilometer Taklimakan Rally got that and a lot more besides, not the least of which was the exquisite beauty of the ever-changing landscape of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

  • Spectacular waterfall at Xiaolangdi Reservoir

    Visitors watch the spectacular scene of water-sediment regulation at Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River in Luoyang, Central China’s Henan province on the evening of July 4, 2015.