Across America

Bus maker gains foothold in Venezuela

China

Workers cope with sweltering heat in Jiangsu province
  • Anti-smog gains marred by ozone levels

    China's air quality improved slightly in the first half of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013, but aggravated ozone pollution became a prominent problem across the country.

  • Top chains may suffer a backlash

    Leading fast food chains in China are expected to suffer a lingering impact from recent media reports involving a food supplier allegedly using meat products past their expiration dates.

  • Mobile Web users overtake computer ones

    The total number of Chinese netizens was 632 million by the end of June, 527 million of whom logged onto the World Wide Web through their smartphones.

Business

Meat supplier of McDonald's, KFC suspended

Life

Lady Gaga performs in Las Vegas concert

Food

Alsace on a plate
  • Shanghai favorites served up in style

    Tai Sheng Yuan is a renowned Chinese food restaurant in Shanghai that serves Shanghai, Sichuan and Canton cuisine.

  • Eatbeat

    Not long after its opening, the Beijing branch of Japanese ramen restaurant Ippudo has people lining up at its gate to eat.

  • Fragrant harbor, French bistro-style

    Le Port Parfume is currently serving fresh mushrooms from Yunnan until the end of July.

Culture

'Chicken cup' sip has netizens on boil
  • Chinese women with bound feet

    British photographer Jo Farrell spent 10 years documenting the lives of 50 women whose feet were once bound. There was a time when young girls had to apply tight binding to find a suitable partner.

  • Red Detachment of Women celebrates 50-years in Macao

    The revolutionary ballet The Red Detachment of Women is a Chinese classic. Now in its 50th year, it is touring the country and proving to be as relevant and as popular as ever.

Entertainment

Elegant Ni Ni shows up at jewellery show in Shanghai

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.

RMB developing quickly as major world currency

The renminbi is on track to become the third-largest international currency behind the US dollar and the euro within five years as China accelerates its promotion of the yuan, said a Renmin University of China report released on Sunday.

China, Cuba to further advance ties

To many Chinese, Cuba is a country that is far geographically yet close at heart. The two countries established diplomatic relations in September 1960 to help each other's causes.

Chinese get to know Cuba through salsa

About 30 Chinese salsa dance enthusiasts will set out for Cuba in September. Their 10-day journey is for an intensive certification process, but there may be some sun and fun on the beach as well.

Caracas seeks to lure more Chinese tourists

Wang Rui knew Venezuela and its famous landmark, Angel Falls, from the hit animated movie Up.

Chinese Community Leaders

Gigi Li: Representing the under-represented
  • He Konghua: The 'sister' of cultural exchange

    San Francisco businesswoman and community leader He Konghua was born in 1949 in Beijing, the same year that the People's Republic of China was founded and the whole nation embraced a new era. This coincidence in timing might explain her deep and abiding love for the motherland.

  • Chiling Tong: Passing a leadership torch

    For Chiling Tong, CEO of the International Leadership Foundation and former US deputy assistant-secretary of Commerce, being a leader herself is not enough. Raising future leaders who share her ethnic background is more imperative and fulfilling.

China-US

'Yao Ming' of boxing scores a knockout in first pro fight
  • UN energy program to lift China fund

    A sustainable development and sustainable energy initiative launched by the United Nations and a Hong Kong-based think tank could be a boost to relationships between the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries, including China, according to an official with the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC).

  • No financial literacy gap for Chinese teenagers

    Chinese teenagers scored highest on a global test of financial literacy, with Shanghai youngsters ranking No 1 and teens from the US ranking ninth, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's financial literacy assessment.

  • Women trade empower ideas

    Women leaders in politics, business, and design from the United States and China voiced their different opinions on how to empower women and move ahead in the workplace at a recent symposium held at the United Nations in New York.

US

Chinese rules add more players, fun to volleyball tourney
  • Friend of Boston Marathon bomber found guilty

    A US federal jury on Monday found Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of Boston Marathon bombings suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, guilty of obstructing investigation into the attack.

  • Ex-President Carter lauds US-China relations

    Former US President Jimmy Carter, saying "love of art will always transcend international boundaries," lauded relations between the United States and China on Thursday at a contemporary Chinese art exhibit honoring the 35th anniversary of normalization between the two nations.

  • The 'Yao Ming' of boxing debuts with KO

    Taishan Dong raises his hands showing victory after he defeated Alex Rozman during a boxing game at Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco, California Friday night.

World

Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site
  • Death toll in Gaza mounts to 576

    Israel's large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip has killed 576 Palestinians and injured around 3,600 others.

  • UN vote demands site access

    The UN Security Council was scheduled to vote on Monday on a resolution proposed by Australia demanding international access and a cease-fire around the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

  • Airspace over east Ukraine shut down

    The Estonian outgoing EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said the airspace over eastern Ukraine has now been shut down for civilian traffic after the crash of flight MH17.

Sports

F1 championship leader Rosberg wins German GP
  • As errors mount, Tiger fades

    Tiger Woods lamented a succession of errors after the former world No 1 slumped to a one-over-par 73 in the third round of the British Open on Saturday.

  • Zou shines in first big test

    Zou Shiming made his great leap forward on Saturday night in Macao.

Food safety problem
  • News as fast food not a healthy diet

    This piece is not being written by a robot, but an increasing number of reports on the Internet are.

  • People must not be left behind

    We need to pay more attention to our social assistance mechanisms and ensure that the necessary channels are in place so that people have a genuine means to air their grievances and have unfair decisions changed.

  • Social media kick off new football era

    The nearly 60-year TV soccer era is now giving way to the Internet soccer era, as the World Cup in Brazil this summer has changed fans' viewing habits and made the beautiful game appeal to even broader audience.

Travel

Smart selfies of the intrepid traveler
  • Thailand exempts Chinese tourists from visa fees for three months

    Thai military junta has agreed to a proposal to exempt Chinese tourists, including those from Taiwan, from visa fees for three months.

  • Little Prince park delights in small things

    Tucked into a corner of eastern France where overseas tourists rarely venture, the Park of the Little Prince takes its name from one of French literature's most beloved characters-and takes its cues from a time when roller coasters didn't set out to terrify, living rooms televisions didn't have multi-player 3-D video games and theme parks were scaled for the small.

  • Yi people celebrate biggest festival

    The Yi ethnic group sings and dances to celebrate the Torch Festival in Xichang city, Sichuan province, July 20, 2014. During the festival participants will hold a variety of events including wrestling and bullfighting.