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Updated: 2013-06-28 08:05

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Actress Zhang Ziyi receives the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti at the French embassy in Beijing on Thursday. The award is in recognition of her significant contributions to the arts. Zhang has starred in many films, including the Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Photo by Zou Hong / China Daily


Father sentenced for manslaughter

A man was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison by a court in Zhejiang province, which found him responsible for the death of his 2-month-old daughter, China News Network reported on Thursday. The baby died from a head injury after her father threw her into the air but failed to catch her. The 37-year-old father was trying to cheer her up after changing her diaper in December, an official from the district court in Ningbo told China Daily.

Court rejects killer's appeal

The High People's Court of Zhejiang province on Thursday rejected an appeal by Xiang Shengyuan, who was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve last month by a lower court for killing a taxi driver in 1995. Xiang, 41, a native of Hangzhou, was arrested earlier this year, 16 years after five men were sentenced to prison for the crime they insisted they had not committed. Xiang was declared the true culprit after police determined that his fingerprints matched those discovered at the crime scene. The five men have been declared innocent.

Friends hit byWeChat fraud

Friends of a woman surnamed Zhang in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, were duped on WeChat, a popular mobile phone app, by a swindler who stole her account information, reported. Zhang realized last week her account had been hijacked after receiving calls from several suspicious friends asking whether she had sought to borrow money from them on WeChat. The realization came too late as two of her friends had already transferred 14,800 yuan ($2,406) through online banking to the fraudster.


Tobacco sales tominors targeted

People who sell tobacco to minors in Shenzhen will be fined more than 30,000 yuan ($4,858), according to a draft amendment to the anti-smoking rule. Shenzhen People's Congress, the city's top legislative body, sought public opinion on the amendment on Wednesday, New Express Daily reported. The amendment also suggests a three-year grace period on limiting areas where people can smoke.

Soldier dies in river rescue

A soldier died while trying to save a drowning man on Wednesday in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province. Qiu Xinghe, 26, a sergeant and acting platoon leader, was on duty in the afternoon at a post near the Pearl River that flows through the city when he heard calls for help. He jumped into the river, but drowned after he used all his strength trying to drag the man to the riverbank. The man was saved by four other soldiers who came to the rescue. Qiu's body was found that evening.


Suspect handedover to Vietnam

Chinese police handed a suspected drug trafficker to Vietnam on Wednesday as part of anti-drug cooperation between the two countries, local authorities said on Thursday. Tangs Yung, wanted by Vietnamese police for a drug trafficking case in 2007, was handed over at the Youyiguan border checkpoint in Pingxiang, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. The suspect was caught by Guangxi police on May 27. China has handed five drug trafficking suspects to Vietnam since 2011.


Student enrolled for good deed

A college in Yinchuan, capital of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, decided to enroll a student based on his good deeds even though he did not score sufficiently high marks in the national entrance examination, Ningxia News reported on Thursday. Huang Ziheng, 22, rushed a female classmate who had fainted to a hospital 20 minutes before the start of the exam earlier this month. A photo of him holding her in his arms became a hit on the Internet, and he has been dubbed "China's best examinee" by netizens. He has been recruited by China University of Mining and Technology Yinchuan College.


Siblings drownin village pond

Three siblings left behind in their hometown by their migrant worker parents drowned in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, on Wednesday. Two boys, aged 5 and 10, and one girl, aged 9, had been washing clothes near a pond close to their village before they were found drowned. Their parents left home to work at a hotel in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, last year, leaving the children with their grandparents.

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(China Daily USA 06/28/2013 page2)