Across America

Mandarin's moment
  • Macy's looks to appeal to more Chinese customers

    The presence of a China-themed float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time was perhaps symbolic of the rising importance of Chinese customers to one of the world's largest department stores.

  • Clearer view of Africa called for

    China and the US must step up their cultural awareness of Africa and see the continent as what it is - a collection of diverse nations, not a single country - to foster and bolster cooperation, say experts.

China

New recruits of frontier defense police
  • Visa change may boost tourism to the US

    Extended durations will enable Chinese travelers easier access to the United States, but could also result in a surge in wealthy nationals moving away for good.

  • Rescued babies find new life in adoption

    When Wang and his wife arrived at the charity house in Huizhou early in the morning on Tuesday, it was already crowded with other couples seeking to foster a baby.

  • Beijing subway: a commuter's story

    There's an old saying about Beijing that "It's a city where one has to force his way in." For Zeng Yuanpeng, the same goes for the Beijing Subway.

Business

Highlights at Los Angeles Auto Show
  • Wal-Mart axes senior jobs, stores

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc has dismissed around 20 mid- and senior-level executives and closed stores in China as part of a restructuring aimed at countering growing pressure from local rivals and online retail sales.

  • Visa change may boost tourism to the US

    Extended stays will enable Chinese travelers easier access to the US, but could also result in wealthy nationals moving away for good.

  • BlueFocus aims to acquire Canadian company

    China's leading marketing and advertising company is in talks to acquire a multinational Canadian advertising company.

Life

Takagism gains popularity in Shanghai
  • In the palm of her hand

    Yuan Lifu and Li Bingsheng's relationship has spanned more than half a century and survived remarkable hardship.

  • China, UN work to fight family violence

    Domestic violence continues to be a global pandemic, with up to 70 percent of women experiencing spouse and intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

  • US issues rules on menu calorie labeling to fight obesity

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued two final rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines as part of the country's efforts to fight obesity.

Food

Sweet start
  • Fresh twist on favorite flavors

    The competitive Yunnan cuisine market has a new player, Yun & Lanna, a restaurant that is blending the best of the region with a taste of Thailand.

  • Celebrities on chocolate bars

    Choc Stars appear in Shanghai, attracting a large group of customers who are seeking presents for Christmas.

  • Singaporean abroad

    The Lion City is well known for being a gourmet paradise that marries different ethnic influences into a delicious diet of dishes.

Culture

Rodin's sculptures on display in Beijing

Entertainment

Entertainment weekly photos: Nov 22 - 28

PLA opens bidding to lower costs

The People's Liberation Army is inviting private enterprises to bid on its training-related contracts, an unprecedented move to optimize the military budget and boost participation of the private sector.

Anti-doping agency says no cover-up of Sun's ban

Olympic and world champion swimmer Sun Yang's short ban for doping in May was "appropriate", said a senior Chinese anti-doping official.

Chinese Internet pop song wins at American Music Awards gala

The Chopsticks Brothers, whose Little Apple has been viewed more than 1 billion times on China's video websites, won the International Song Award at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday.

Beidou navigation system approved for operations at sea

China's independently developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System has taken a huge step toward going global as the International Maritime Organization approved its use in operations at sea.

Zou reveals softer side after bloody battle

Chinese boxer Zou Shiming’s left eye was swollen and needed four stitches after beating Thailand’s No 1-ranked Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym.

Reform promotes protection for pandas

Changes to China's forestry management laws are helping to safeguard one of the world's best-loved animals.

World Internet Conference

Drug abuse blamed for big increase in violence

Rampant smuggling of synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine from Southeast Asia has led to more violent crimes nationwide in China.

A commuter's last train

Stock Connect unites HK, Shanghai

Although the much-anticipated Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect program did not start with a bang on Monday, stock analysts in both cities have remained upbeat.

Air force plans to modify pilot selection process

The People's Liberation Army air force will upgrade its pilot selection procedure, adding individual psychological tests and flight simulation to the country's strictest recruitment process.

Koalas steal the show at G20 in Brisbane

Australia’s cutest animal stole much of the limelight at the G20 summit over the weekend in subtropical Brisbane, when the host country launched a behind-the-scenes diplomatic offensive.

China, US fight terror on the Internet

Counterterrorism work between China and the United States has helped authorities track down and delete a number of violent, terrorist video and audio programs stored on US servers.

China, US diverge on approaches to nuclear energy

China and the US are taking different approaches to nuclear energy, as both nations map out a strategy for their recent agreement to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

China's local govt debt in spotlight

While the huge amount of local government debt in China has been making headlines for several years, some have questioned the legal guarantee for those debts to be paid off.

Macy's looks to appeal to more Chinese customers

The presence of a China-themed float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time was perhaps symbolic of the rising importance of Chinese customers to one of the world's largest department stores.

Chinese Community Leaders

Bill Chong: Helping NYC's youths
  • Samuel Mok: A true leader 'by reference'

    The gentleman dressed elegantly in a suit, riding the elevator five floors down at lunchtime, emerging from an office building in central Washington, and greeting potential business partners he meets in cafes frequented by politicians and executives, could be any man of heart-felt confidence in the US capital.

  • Gordan Quan: Expanding everyone's political horizons

    Even though he is no longer an elected official, Gordon Quan, co-chairman of Foster Quan, LLP and vice-chairman of Asia Society Texas Center, stays actively involved in politics and his community.

China Hands

Building bridges from Michigan to China
  • Penetrating China's remote interior

    For Marilyn Beach, an environmental specialist with extensive experience in China, her most memorable project there was the 18 months she spent traversing rugged terrain in remote areas of the west to research the West-East Gas Pipeline Project.

  • A long resume and early ties with China

    Nathaniel Ahrens has a long resume for a 40-year-old, covering more than a dozen companies and institutions in the business and academic world, all related to China.

China-US

China joins Thanksgiving parade fun in NY
  • Chinese investors zeroing in on LA

    Chinese investors in Los Angeles have a positive outlook for business next year, and about 90 percent of business owners polled are looking forward to expanding their businesses in 2015, according to a report released by China Trust Bank USA (CTBC) in Shanghai Tuesday.

  • How to give is focus of philanthropy forum

    More than 10 experts, foundation leaders and businesspeople from the United States gathered in Beijing on Tuesday for the 2014 China Philanthropy Forum.

  • China, US diverge on approaches to nuclear energy

    China and the US are taking different approaches to nuclear energy, as both nations map out a strategy for their recent agreement to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

US

Protesters target Black Friday sales in Ferguson

World

Queen Elizabeth II receives inaugural FEI Lifetime Achievement award
  • Volcano in Japan erupts, disrupting flights

    A volcano in southern Japan is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.

  • Storm cuts power, lifts roofs in Brisbane

    Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, was lashed by its worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people.

  • Daredevil dancer conquers mountain

    Daredevil dancer Agathe Petrini has been snapped pulling off death-defying stunts on top of the French mountain by adventure photographer Alex Buisse.

Sports

Cricketing world mourns Hughes' death
  • Soccer great Pele in intensive care

    Retired Brazilian soccer great Pele is in the intensive care unit in a Sao Paulo hospital where he is being treated for a urinary tract infection.

  • Sports moments of the week: Nov 17-23

    FC Barcelona doesn't have a record when it comes to keeping its iconic players. Ronaldinho and Pep Guardiola are among many football stars that left the Catalan club for another. Will Lionel Messi follow in their path?

Oil industry
  • Get HKSAR back on track

    Hong Kong police finally took long anticipated action over the past couple of days to clear illegal blockades set up by "Occupy Central" protesters.

  • From talking shop to action

    The 'APEC effect' shows China is playing a key role in propelling greater regional cooperation and global economic development.

  • A scapegoat for a lame duck president

    US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has resigned, becoming the first victim of the Democrats' loss in the mid-term election.

Travel

Let it fall