Across America

Xi visits old friend Fidel Castro at home

China

Critics busy as giant toad floats into Beijing
  • Five on trial for fatal beating

    Five people who were arrested on suspicion of fatally beating a woman in a McDonald's restaurant in Shandong province were prosecuted by the Yantai People's Procuratorate on Monday.

  • Top court to 'enrich' green tribunals

    China's top court is considering including more professionals with backgrounds in law and the environment, as well as related training.

  • Villagers' detention reignites elephants row

    The detention of six villagers for killing a wild elephant in Yunnan province has brought the conflict between residents and the elephants into the spotlight again.

Business

NDRC confirms Qualcomm's monopoly
  • China, US agree on infrastructure deals

    China and the United States agreed Wednesday to strengthen cooperation on infrastructure while calling for an acceleration of talks on a bilateral investment treaty.

  • China shares surge Thursday

    China shares rose sharply on Thursday as investors plowed into blue chips, cheered by the progress of a trading plan that will soon make it much easier for foreigners to buy Shanghai stocks.

  • Haikou lifts limit on buying property

    Haikou, capital of South China's Hainan province, has become the 27th city to lift restrictions on property acquisitions.

Life

Battle for the big screen

Food

A feast from nose to tail

Culture

Street snap: A fashion trend in Beijing
  • Book fair addresses high-tech demand

    With one simple scan, teacher Gladys Lau fed into her handset information about an exhibition featuring Hong Kong's literature and writers at the Hong Kong Book Fair, which was held from July 16 to 22.

  • Star power publishing

    When celebrities dip their toes in the world of publishing, they can harness thousands of fans into an energetic promotional force. Liu Zhihua reports.

Entertainment

A career transformed
  • Zhang Yimou sues film company for 15 mln RMB

    Renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou has filed a lawsuit against Hong Kong-based New Pictures Film Company, claiming he is owed 15 million yuan, or some $2.4 million.

  • Battle for the big screen

    As the competition for summer box-office dominance heats up, Wang Kaihao looks at the innovative online marketing techniques being used by domestic filmmakers.

Xi attends BRICS summit

China helps fight international war on drugs

Crackdown on terrorist attacks

While China is knitting an anti-terrorist security network, the nation still needs to prepare its people to fight the war on terror, thereby mobilizing its most powerful weapon.

My China Story: Meeting the master

Adventures can happen to you anywhere: when you are away from home, when you are walking on the street, or they can come with a curious encounter, in my case, for example.

Tongues tied around tatu-bola

Chinese soccer fans turn their attention to gathering facts about the mascot for the world's biggest soccer tournament, and some claim it is related to Chinese pangolin.

A market that's not such a hot property

A recent decline in housing prices is being exacerbated by tightened credit conditions and a surge in the supply of subsidized State housing.

Tough regime cranks out test winners

High school's intense training program yields many high-score students, but stifles creativity, report Hou Liqiang and Zhang Yu inHengshui, Hebei province

Some lab animals get reprieve from testing

China's cosmetics industry will enter uncharted waters at the end of June when the rules requiring live animal testing will be relaxed for certain products.

Racing to a new prosperity

When 20 vehicles set off on the first-ever Kolkata-to-Kunming car rally in 2013, the event wasn't simply a sporting contest, it was a harbinger of things to come.

Fishermen on the frontline of dispute

Rising tension in the South China Sea is having repercussions back on land, Peng Yining reports from Tanmen, Hainan province.

Turning Africa's resources into rewards

Richard Attias is an eternal optimist who believes Chinese entrepreneurs will play a big role in transforming Africa into an economic engine.

Long march to end employment bias

This special sheds light on employment discrimination in China, including how job ads specify gender and age preferences and recent discrimination cases in China.

France: Air Algerie plane 'probably' crashed

An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali and "probably crashed,'' according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.

China, UC-Davis set up food safety center

On the heels of a food safety scandal that has rocked the fast food industry in China, officials from China's Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University and the University of California-Davis signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday in Yingchuan, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Tainted food scandal now focuses on supply chain

Shanghai Husi Food Co was suspected of using expired meat and was shut down by local regulators in China. The long-time McDonald's meat supplier was also cut by other fast food chains it supplied.

Chinese firms eye huge methanol plant for Texas

Chinese firms are looking into building a $4.5 billion methanol production and deep-port export facility in Shoal Point, Texas City, Texas. If completed, it will be one of the largest plants of its kind in the world.

Chinese Community Leaders

Gigi Li: Representing the under-represented
  • Gene Wu: Changing the stereotypes

    Like many Asians, Gene Wu started his life on a science track, majoring in environmental science in college. A decade and half later, however, he won a seat as a Texas State Representative after working as a prosecutor for three years in a District Attorney Office.

  • Professors earn highly cited researchers distinction

    Six professors from the University of Science and Technology of China were named as Highly Cited Researchers, a yearly distinction released by Thomson Reuters.

China-US

Panda cub Bao Bao turns one
  • Chinese still seek Beckel termination

    Chinese communities around the world signed a petition this week demanding Fox News dismiss TV host Bob Beckel immediately and apologize to Chinese Americans. More than 150 representatives from more than 30 countries signed the statement.

  • NY Wheel reels in Chinese EB-5 investors

    The New York Wheel, an observation Ferris wheel planned for Staten Island that will be the tallest of its kind in the world, has so far received $150 million from foreign investors, the vast majority from China in exchange for green cards.

  • Chinese firms eye huge methanol plant for Texas

    Chinese firms are looking into building a $4.5 billion methanol production and deep-port export facility in Shoal Point, Texas City, Texas. If completed, it will be one of the largest plants of its kind in the world.

US

Comic-Con International Convention heats San Diego

World

18 children, 1 man die in train-bus crash in India
  • UN requests Japan to redress 'comfort women'

    The United Nations Human Rights Committee raised its concerns on Thursday over the issue of "comfort women" and requested Japan to make immediate and effective efforts to redress this issue.

  • New DPRK economic zones to benefit investors

    Six new economic zones designated by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea mean opportunities for Chinese investors, but challenges like poor infrastructure remain.

  • Historical underwater park in Mali Losinj

    The park features 11 different exponents, placed between 5 and 15 metres deep in the water, which testify the rich history of Losinj island and its region.

Sports

DPRK hopes for better inter-Korean ties through Asian Games
  • Calls to cancel Russia's World Cup

    The Dutch soccer association (KNVB) wants to postpone discussion over participation in the next World Cup in Russia as an angry country on Wednesday mourned victims of the Malaysian airliner allegedly shot down over Ukraine by armed separatists on a flight from Amsterdam last week.

  • United poised to open vault

    Manchester United is prepared to break transfer records in order to give new manager Louis van Gaal the players he wants, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Gaza crisis
  • BRICS bank vis-a-vis IMF

    For any other economies that run into trouble financing external obligations, the IMF is likely to remain the prime multilateral source of support.

  • Best way to fight cyber threat

    Instead of desperately distracting attention from the NSA's espionage by accusing China, the US should seek cooperation.

  • The right time to study abroad

    The decision of when to study abroad requires the understanding of what a student wants from his/her overseas education. That self-reflection is the critical first step toward a meaningful and rewarding experience of studying abroad.

Travel

Breathtaking scenery of Mount Siguniang in SW China