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Classic clash of the crickets

[2013-10-07 00:13]

It's two weeks to go before plucky Purple Golden Wing jumps into the arena for his once-in-a-lifetime fight.

Williams beats Jankovic to win second China Open title

[2013-10-06 23:48]

World number one Serena Williams looked to be at about the peak of her game as the 32-year-old needed just one hour and 28 minutes to send eighth seed Jelena Jankovic crashing for her second China Open crown on Sunday.

Boys will be boys

[2013-10-06 23:32]

As concern mounts over a crisis of confidence among male pupils, one kindergarten is working to help them discover their masculine side. Wu Ni in Shanghai reports.

East Asian Games open with subdued fanfare

[2013-10-06 23:30]

The 6th East Asian Games opened amid a scaled-down but still spectacular ceremony in Tianjin on Sunday, highlighting a more cost-conscious approach to sporting events.

Red alerts as Fitow closes in

[2013-10-06 23:10]

Red alerts for storm tides and high waves were issued by maritime authorities on Sunday, as coastal areas braced for Typhoon Fitow.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta kicks off

[2013-10-06 13:55]

Hot air balloons fly overhead during the 42nd annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico October 5, 2013.

China to monitor smog impact on health

[2013-10-06 10:13]

China will build a nation-wide network within three to five years to monitor the impact of air pollution on health, a latest step to deal with a persistent smog crisis in big cities, an official said.

Simple appeal on stage

[2013-10-06 07:05]

Stage designers love the extravaganza of light and sound, but for one, it is simplicity that speaks loudest, and it's all thanks to an austerity drive. Chen Nan finds out more.

President Xi arrives in Bali island for APEC meeting

[2013-10-06 02:02]

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival in Bali, Indonesia, Oct. 5, 2013.

Nadal to be No. 1 after reaching China Open final

[2013-10-05 23:54]

Rafael Nadal will supplant Novak Djokovic atop the rankings after advancing to the final of the China Open on Saturday when Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic retired with a back injury.

Travel highlights during Golden Week

[2013-10-05 12:38]

Travel highlights during Golden Week

Catholic conclave abides in Tibetan village

[2013-10-05 07:35]

As usual the church bell rings at 7:40 pm. Its deep tones resonate throughout the valley, clearly heard in surrounding villages. Locals arrive after supper. Mothers carry children on their backs, husbands bring their wives on motorbikes and seniors walk together.

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