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Iraq Says ISIS Militants ‘Bulldozed’ Ancient Site

(BAGHDAD) — Islamic State militants “bulldozed” the ancient Nimrud archaeological site near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said. A statement from Iraq’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities didn’t elaborate on the extent of the damage, saying only that the group continues to “defy the will of…

Not Part of the Bargain: Chinese Premier’s Speech Omits Key Phrase for Workers

Sputtering economic growth may have claimed a new victim in China’s policy toolkit: Promoting collective bargaining among the country’s vast and increasingly disgruntled workforce.

Turkey PM Warns That Assault on ISIS in Tikrit Could Ignite Sectarian Tensions

Warnings that a defeat for ISIS could lead to bloody Sunni-Shi'ite warfare in Iraq

Mass fish deaths in Sanya attract scavenging egrets

4 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

In Sanya City, located in South China's Hainan province, a large number of dead fish have been seen floating around Sanya River. Locals have complained about the foul stench caused by the growing number of dead fish accumulating in the river. The mass fish deaths have attracted hungry egrets which have come scavenging for food. [ more › ]

China Lowers Growth Target to 7% Amid Slowing Economy

China's growth has declined steadily since it peaked at 14.2 percent in 2007

Kunming fire at agricultural market destroys 50 stores and kills 12

6 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A fire at an agricultural trade market in Kunming left fifty stores in ashes after breaking out early Wednesday morning. Twelve people have been reported to be killed in the fire, which raged through an area larger than 3,300 square meters located in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Show More Summary

ISIS Set Fire to Oil Fields Near Tikrit

Iraqi soldiers and Shia militia have surrounded the ISIS-held city

Two-month-old baby girl abandoned at Guangzhou ATM

8 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A two-month-old baby girl was abandoned at an ATM in the Longdong area of Guangzhou's Tianhe district on Tuesday evening. After being found in perfect health, the baby was sent to a local welfare center for children. [ more › ]

How Jackie Chan Broke the Internet with a Made-Up Word

"Duang" has inspired a host of memes and mashups but it doesn't mean anything

Look: Shantou village welcomes village deity with INSANE firecracker line-up

9 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

At a local village in Shantou City, Guangdong province, villagers mark the thirteenth day of the lunar new year with an enormous firecracker line-up that covers an entire street. [ more › ]

Pope Francis’s Report Card

A veteran Vatican watcher sizes up Pope Francis 

Watch: Photographer from Minsk scales rooftops to create AMAZING timelapse video of life in Hong Kong

10 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

This video features some of the most gorgeous shots of Hong Kong we've ever seen. Combined with an eerie electronic soundtrack, this masterpiece beautifully showcases life in one of the world's most densely packed cities. [ more › ]

Boris Nemtsov and Russia’s Breaking Point

The statesman’s murder reveals the country’s weakness

How Pope Francis’s Vatican Got Its Political Swagger Back

The new leader of the Catholic Church has used personal ties and the element of surprise to try to make political change

10 Questions With Lynsey Addario

The photojournalist lays out the risks and rewards of reporting from war zones

What Did China’s President Just Say to the Premier? Caption Contest

How many words is a picture really worth? In an ongoing feature, China Real Time is asking readers to dream up captions for recent news photos.

‘Tigers on the Road’ Clawing Back China’s Reforms, Premier Says

China's planning agency produced a downer of an annual report in Beijing on Thursday. The interesting aspect: The commission’s explanation for why reform isn’t going as smoothly as it might.

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