Beijing's emergency medical services will be subject to stricter regulation and greater scrutiny if a draft proposal currently being reviewed by the Beijing People's Congress becomes law.
Heated debate raged among Chinese experts on Wednesday over why severe pollution is being seen more frequently in China.
The northern Chinese industrial hub of Baoding, Hebei Province, ordered thousands of factories to suspend or limit production as it continued to choke under smog on Wednesday.
Chinese police have detained a college student in Central China's Henan province for spreading rumors about terrorist strikes on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization prime ministers' meeting in the province next week.
Emergency measures cut pollutant emissions in Beijing by 30 percent between the start and late afternoon of Tuesday, day one of the city's first red alert for smog, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
China will provide unregistered citizens with household registration permits, a crucial document entitling them to social welfare, according to a high-level reform meeting.
Senior Chinese officials have approved a document to merge China's two medical insurance schemes for urban and rural residents in a bid to guarantee equal access to basic healthcare.
China has phased out more than 1.17 million vehicles registered pre-2005 a month ahead of schedule, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Wednesday.
Five people remain missing off the coast of South China's Guangdong province after a collision between two fishing boats on Monday night.
Several ancient cauldrons have been found in the tomb of the Marquis of Haihun, confirming beliefs the tomb belongs to a deposed emperor from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 24 AD),archaeologists announced on Wednesday.
China is crafting a law to allow its public libraries to be named after their donators, according to a draft released on Wednesday.
China's rapidly aging population has limited impact on its economy as future growth will come more from productivity gains rather than population dividend, the World Bank said Wednesday.