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China, Home of World’s Most Smokers, Considers Ban on Lighting Up in Public

China is considering a ban on tobacco advertising and smoking in public places, according to official media, as the world’s largest nation of smokers faces a mounting toll from treating chronic diseases.

Beijing Explores Ways to Address Hong Kong Protesters’ Discontent

As Hong Kong authorities move to clear the most volatile of three protest areas, Beijing is exploring ways to address public unhappiness with the electoral revamp package that sparked the nearly two-month-long protests, a person familiar with the discussions said.

Watch: After failing to take out cash, man smashes 9 ATMs with hammer

4 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A man in Guangdong province was apparently very irked when an ATM he'd approached rejected his card. But he showed that machine. He showed all the machines. [ more › ]

As China Cracks Down on Illegal Videos, Lovers of Foreign TV Mourn

Chinese film and TV show buffs who love foreign flicks mourned this week after the launch of a new anti-piracy crackdown.

New Defense Secretary, Same Old Strategy

Hagel's sudden departure fixes the wrong problem—the lack of a clear, achievable ISIS strategy

Why Iran and the U.S. Need Each Other More Than Ever

Once, each needed the other to be their defining enemy. Now, both sides need the other to help resolve a freshly delayed nuclear deal

Turkish President Says Men and Women Are Not Equal

It's not the first time he's publically said something offensive

Africa Fashion Week Showcases the Continent’s Best Talent

The growing trend of Fashion Weeks across the African continent challenges the notion that global fashion starts in the northern hemisphere

Swiss Museum to Accept German Collector’s ‘Nazi Art’ Trove

The museum will work with German officials to return pieces looted by the Nazis from Jewish owners

Grocery vending machines installed on Shanghai streets

4 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Vending machines serving up raw meat, crabs and other produce items far surpassing your typical packages of trail mix went into operation in downtown Shanghai a few days ago, with around 200 expected to be placed around the city over the next year. [ more › ]

Economists React: Will China’s Interest-Rate Cut Make a Difference?

China's central bank caught analysts by surprise with an interest-rate cut Friday night. After a weekend to digest the news, economists weighed in on Monday.

Chopstick Brothers pick up International Song Award for 'Xiao Pingguo' at AMAs

4 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

The Chopstick Brothers just won the International Song Award category for their hit "Xiao Pingguo", which appeared in the Chinese-language film Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon. [ more › ]

It's alive! Watch baby penguin hatching at Hangzhou polar park

4 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A monitoring camera recorded the process as the first Pygoscelis papua (long-tailed gentoo penguin) hatched at the Hangzhou Ocean Park on November 20. Watch the weird miracle of birth, enjoy the uplifting music and go conquer the day. [ more › ]

Chinese swimming champ Sun Yang served 3-month ban for failed drug test

5 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

China's star swimmer and bad boy extraordinaire Sun Yang had apparently failed a doping test back in May and was banned for three months, reports revealed today. [ more › ]

Death toll in Sichuan earthquake rises to 5

5 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

The death toll from a 6.3-magnitude quake that struck Kangding county of Garze in Sichuan province has climbed to five. [ more › ]

Activists stage semi-naked street protest against fur trade in Shanxi

5 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A group of masked protestors took to the streets wearing some teeny-tiny briefs in downtown Taiyuan, Shanxi province on Saturday to protest the killing of animals for fur. [ more › ]

Kenya Says It Has Killed Around 100 al-Shabaab Fighters

Extremists hit in retaliation for the slaying of 28 travelers on Saturday

China Is Building an Island Large Enough for an Airstrip in Disputed Waters

The reclaimed land mass is situated among the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, claimed by five Southeast Asian nations

British banker found fit to stand trial for murder of two women in Hong Kong

5 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Rurik Jutting, the British banker accused of murdering two Indonesian women whose bodies were discovered in his Hong Kong apartment, was on Monday ruled fit to stand trial based on results from his psychiatric reports. [ more › ]

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