Across America

Gene to fight Parkinson's discovered at UCLA labs
  • Labor Day a time for China and US to reflect

    It's a surprise for many Chinese to find out that Americans celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September, instead of on May 1 as China and most nations in the world do.

  • Firm oversees $60m renovation of hotel

    A Pasadena, California landmark, the historic Hotel Constance, will have a grand opening in September under a new name DusitD2 Constance Hotel following a $60 million renovation project.

China

Emergency drill held at shopping mall in Hefei
  • Beijing book fair establishes record

    A record of more than 2,100 publishers from 78 countries and regions gathered in Beijing for this year's Beijing International Book Fair, according to a senior official.

  • School puts running track on its roof

    To conserve on land usage, an elementary school in Tiantai, Zhejiang province, built a 200-meter running track on the roof of its school building.

  • Pupils' academic burden reduced

    Shanghai's primary school students will have thinner textbooks beginning this semester as part of the city's effort to reduce their academic burden.

Business

China Mobile ringing up sales for hotly anticipated iPhone 6

Life

New pet favorites for the Chinese
  • Hello Kitty is not a cat: Expert

    Hello Kitty's creator Sanrio is saying that the famous cartoon figure is actually a "little girl," and not a cat.

  • 'Magic Mirror' perfect fit for shoppers

    Help could be at hand for exhausted women shopping for clothes in malls, often accompanied by grudging husbands.

  • New tours, old cures

    Those who visit Beijing dreaming of health and experiencing traditional Chinese healthcare culture on their trip will be delighted to learn that the city is now catering for their needs, offering the chance to practice tai chi on the Great Wall and enjoy a massage and acupuncture in tandem with visits to scenic spots.

Food

Moon pie eating contest
  • Junk food kills appetite for healthy meals

    Australian researchers have found that junk food can suppress a person's appetite for a balanced, healthy diet.

  • Oktoberfest in August

    I never thought I'd be doing this in China. The music is quick and lively, a happy little polka. Immediately I'm on my feet, along with my friend from Alabama.

  • Some fun beer quotations

    Beer brewers shall sell no beer to the citizens, unless it be three weeks old; to the foreigner they may knowingly sell younger beer.

Culture

Folk artist creates 'hairy monkeys'
  • Earth Harp brings night magic to Singapore

    If you have only visited the majestic National Museum of Singapore in the daytime, you would have been surprised to find that the country's oldest museum turned into a giant harp after dark under the magic hands of American artist William Close.

  • Design week spotlights Dashila'r revival effort

    Dashila'r, one of Beijing's oldest alleyway communities, will launch a new revival program called Plug-In Stations this year. The project encourages the design, art, performance and retail communities to join in the revival of the old neighborhood.

Entertainment

Chinese stars' teenage years
  • Joan Chen talks about good movie in Venice

    The film which makes Chinese American actress Joan Chen feel "a bit different" when she walks out of a theater is the one that she will vote for at the ongoing Venice film festival.

  • 'The Grandmaster' 3D coming in mid-Oct

    Renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai is releasing the 3D version of his Oscar-nominated martial arts hit, "The Grandmaster," in mid-October.

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Leading leaden lives

Cheng Xiaomin is 20, but she is only a bit taller than an average 8-year-old.

Former security chief under probe

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.

US doctor in Liberia tests Ebola positive

An American doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus after working with obstetrics patients at a missionary hospital in Monrovia, the Christian organization SIM USA said on Tuesday.

China's August PMI decreases, but slightly

Growth in China's manufacturing sector cooled slightly in August, a sign of decreased momentum in the country's economic recovery, according to new data published Monday.

Monopoly probes treat firms equally

China's antitrust probes are not protectionist tools favoring domestic companies, an antitrust regulator said.

Gene to fight Parkinson's discovered at UCLA labs

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles, led by Dr Ming Guo, have identified a new gene involved in Parkinson's disease, which may help find a cure or even prevent the neurological disorder, the school said.

Chinese Community Leaders

Wang Ling-chi: Fearless fighter for civil rights
  • Kenneth Li: Bringing many voices together

    Kenneth Li, born in Taiwan and raised in Hong Kong, came to Houston in 1981 to go to college at Houston Baptist University. Since then, he hasn't ventured far from his school, but has built a strong community around himself. He got into real estate after graduation and focused his business in southwest Chinatown, which is less than three miles from the school.

  • 'Wooing' Asian Americans into politics

    By 2025, Asian Americans are projected to be 18 percent of California's population and comprise more than 12 percent of registered voters, according to a survey by the California League of Conservation Voters.

China-US

Bay Area sees more Chinese-American candidates
  • Chinese developer buys big in San Jose

    Chinese investors continue to look favorably on California real estate as Chinese developer Full Power Properties purchased a downtown San Jose property from KT Properties, a Silicon Valley-based real estate firm.

  • China's Uncle Sam ready to test US market

    Beijing-based burger chain Uncle Sam is looking to compete with Shake Shack and other burger chains in New York City, according to a real estate insider.

  • US, China plan followup to Sunnylands summit

    US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, plan a followup to their informal summit last year after November's APEC summit in Beijing.

US

FBI says it's addressing nude celebrity photos
  • Turkey summons US envoy over spying report

    Turkey's foreign ministry on Monday summoned the US envoy in Ankara over a media report that the United States had spied on Turkey.

  • Chinese injured in bus crash in W Canada

    Six Chinese mainland passport holders are among the 54 passengers injured in a highway bus crash on Thursday in the western Canadian province of British Columbia, the tour company that chartered the bus said Friday.

  • US launches air strikes on IS rebels

    The US military launched fresh attacks on Islamic State forces in Iraq, using fighter aircraft and drones to carry out strikes near the Mosul dam, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

World

Meet Britain's strongest mother
  • Australia to step up partnership with NATO

    Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the country pursues a bigger role in global crises from Iraq and Syria to Ukraine.

  • Cuba restricts inflow of foreign-bought products

    Cubans braced for a clampdown on the flow of car tires, flat-screen televisions, bluejeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to the country, where consumer goods are scarce and expensive.

  • Britain unveils new anti-terror measures

    British Prime Minister David Cameron says that Britain will introduce a wide range of new measures to prevent terrorist suspects from traveling and impose tougher constraints on suspected extremists in the country.

Sports

Azarenka tops qualifier Krunic to reach US Open quarters
Russia and US
  • Respect to all national heroes

    On Monday, more than 90 Kuomintang generals and other officers were listed among the 300 martyrs and heroic groups of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

  • US military should stop spy strategy

    In fact, friction between China and US, including their two militaries, has without exception been the result of the US' lack of respect for China's core interests and major concerns.

  • Japan must own up to militarist past

    Japanese leaders have adamantly refused to issue any apology. Worse, some of today's Japanese leaders are the scions of powerful wartime families.

Travel

Trip to Mianshan mountain
  • Easy Talk: On the road

    With the rise of the middle class here in China, more and more Chinese people are looking to spend their money travelling abroad. What are some of the most trendy travel styles now? And how to make the most out of your travels to make them as enjoyable as you would like?

  • Actors perform in 5th China Guilin Int'l Tourism Expo

    Exhibitors from 52 countries and regions showcased their tourism services at the expo.

  • Travel Channel launches holiday app

    The Travel Channel unveiled a Yearly Vacation Time app in Beijing while Beijing UTour International Travel Service Co Ltd announced it has become a shareholder of the app.