Across America

Maryland's new first lady thankful
  • Tencent-HBO deal can feed big appetite for content in China

    A content deal between Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd and Time Warner Inc's HBO is a move that could shake up the Internet video streaming market in China, according to an entertainment industry analyst.

  • Breast cancer study gets $1.5 million grant

    A team led by a Chinese professor at the University of Houston has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of a social support group on Chinese-American breast cancer survivors.

China

Trending: Chubby twins grow into handsome young scholars
  • Education, graft the hottest topics on Chinese Internet

    A survey finds that 23.8 percent and 22.9 percent of Internet users talk about education and anti-graft issues respectively, much higher than those concerned about environment and real estate.

  • WADA may seek longer ban for Sun

    Olympic swimming star Sun Yang could face additional sanctions after escaping with a lenient ban from the China Anti-Doping Agency following a failed dope test.

  • Men spending more on facial care

    A growing awareness of male grooming, a stressful urban lifestyle and environmental concerns are fueling the growth in the male personal care market.

Business

Huiyuan Juice eyes Australian farms
  • Amazon answers 'Nov 11' with Black Friday

    In a move seen as a response to Alibaba's hugely successful Single's Day sales, Amazon has announced plans to attract customers from China.

  • China rates cut not to plunge yuan

    The Chinese yuan will not drop significantly amid interest rate cuts, with impacts of declining yields offset by increasing trade surplus and dwindling worry over financial stability.

  • China eases market access for investment

    China will further ease market access to key industries in a bid to spur investment through innovating financing and investment regimes.

Life

A woman's efforts to lose weight
  • 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.

  • Chinese sign language video dictionary is a first

    A charity in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, recently made national headlines with its video dictionary of Chinese sign language, which is reported to be the first of its kind.

  • Winter warmers for pets

    As the cold weather approaches, pet owners must not forget the most vulnerable members at their family.

Food

Fresh twist on favorite flavors
  • 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.

  • Counting sheep to China

    Despite its distance from the world's largest market, New Zealand, with vast flocks of sheep, is poised to plug the rapidly growing demand for the high-protein red meat in China.

Culture

Photo masters featured in museum show

Entertainment

China's actors-turned directors
  • China's Tencent partners with HBO for TV show streaming

    Chinese Internet firm Tencent Holdings Ltd is partnering with Time Warner Inc's HBO network to stream its TV shows, which are known for their provocative content and may draw scrutiny from the country's authorities.

  • 'Interstellar' breaks director's China box office records

    "Interstellar" took 258 million yuan (42.04 million US dollars) in China in the week ending Nov 23, grossing a total of 527.5 million yuan and making it director Christopher Nolan's biggest grosser in the world's second-largest film market.

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.

Partnership with private firms fuels China's growth

China's top economic planner singled out seven areas for publicprivate partnerships to fuel the country's economic growth.

Microsoft reported to be facing $137 million bill for back taxes

China has levied about $137 million in back taxes on Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country.

Anti-corruption move gains traction

The strengthening of the anti-corruption campaign in China and the rule of law emphasized at the Fourth Plenum of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee last month has continued to draw an overall positive response from US experts.

Amazon answers China's 'Double 11' with Black Friday

In a move seen as a response to Alibaba's hugely successful Single's Day sales, Amazon has announced plans to attract customers from China.

Chinese Community Leaders

Samuel Mok: A true leader 'by reference'

China Hands

Penetrating China's remote interior
  • 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.

  • Levine finds joy working on US-China ties

    When Henry Levine went home in New York suburbs during the Christmas vacation in 1971, the Bucknell University senior had a chat with his high school pal Jeff Shultz, then a senior at Cornell University. They talked about what they were going to do after graduating from college.

China-US

Anti-corruption move gains traction

US

More troops deployed in Ferguson
  • US to leave more troops in Afghanistan

    The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations.

  • LA police on alert of Ferguson protest

    The Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday declared another citywide tactical alert in anticipation of more protests over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson.

  • Ferguson protests continue across US

    US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday anyone who destroys property in rioting against a Missouri grand jury's decision should be prosecuted, urging Americans upset by the court to work together to improve race relations.

World

Kate helps launch hospice campaign
  • Fernandez vows to fight hedge funds

    Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez returned to the public stage in fighting form on Tuesday after a three-week break due to an infection, declaring in a speech to businessmen she would not be held ransom by hedge funds suing the country.

  • EU extends sanctions relief on Iran

    The European Council on Tuesday said it has extended until June 30, 2015 the suspension of EU sanctions specified in last year's Joint Plan of Action agreed by P5+1 and Iran.

  • Turkey, US wide apart on how to battle IS

    The divergence between Turkey and the United States on the strategy to battle the Islamic State (IS) threat remains largely intact even after US Vice-President Joe Biden's two-day visit in the Turkish coastal city of Istanbul.

Sports

Barcelona beats APOEL 4-0, Messi sets record
  • Ferrari appoints Arrivabene as new team principal

    Maurizio Arrivabene has been appoinated as Ferrari's new team principal to replace Marco Mattiacci, the Italian Formula One team announced on Monday.

  • 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?

Iran nuclear talks
  • Promote Palace Museum with care

    The authorities should be careful not to go the extreme of just focusing on commercial promotion to make money and ignoring their social responsibility.

  • FTAs form base of regional integration

    China, the Republic of Korea and Japan are holding the sixth round of talks for a trilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in Tokyo.

  • Help parents who've lost only child

    Chinese authorities should provide special aid for elderly parents who have lost their only child and take care of them through welfare organizations.

Travel

Walk amid the gingko leaves