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No Good Choices: A Maid’s Fight for Justice in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to hundreds of thousands of women from Indonesia and the Philippines who work as “helpers” in pursuit of meager wealth. Follow one woman’s tale as she seeks to put her life back together after a horrific crime.

Watch: Mobile phone explodes on Sichuan bus

A mobile phone exploded and caught fire on a bus in Nanchong city, Sichuan province on October 4 while a female passenger was changing the battery. The bus driver quickly opened the doors of the bus and the female passenger rushed off the vehicle with her phone to extinguish the flames. No passengers were injured, Sichuan News reported. [ more › ]

Look: Lottery winner picks up his lottery winnings in hilarious bear costume

To pick up his giant check worth 520 million yuan in lottery winnings, a Shanxi man disguised himself in a silly cartoon bear costume yesterday morning, giving us the most delightful-looking press conference of the year. [ more › ]

When Hong Kong Protests Are Over, Where Will the Art Go?

As Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests wane, what will become of the iconic artwork Umbrella Man, the Lennon Wall of sticky notes and all the banners? WSJ's Ramy Inocencio talks with two museum curators and tours the sights before they disappear.

Syria Border City Kobani ‘Holding Off’ ISIS Militants

"Our fighters are still heroically resisting [ISIS],” says Anwar Muslim, the top Kurdish official inside Kobani

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Protestors and counter-protestors square off in new scuffles

Giant duck entrance fees ruffling feathers in Shanghai

Artist Florentijn Hofman's worst fear has come to life, his giant rubber duck creation is turning into a giant sell-out. During the duck's much ballyhooed residency in Shanghai's Century Park, park officials plan to quadruple the park's admission fee, according to Shanghai Daily [ more › ]

Look: 100-word love letter carved into 93 trees on Changchun street

A total of 100 Chinese characters were carved into 93 poplar trees on a street in Changchun city, Jilin province, spelling out a love letter to an unidentified recipient. [ more › ]

Residents plunder chrysanthemum exhibition in Hohhot

A Hothot chrysanthemum exhibition displaying more than 10,000 pots of chrysanthemum valued at around 1.5 million RMB was almost completely picked apart by visitors before the fair even ended, according to organizers. [ more › ]

Retired Sichuan professor banned from teaching after accusations of sexual harassment

A retired college professor at a fine arts school in Sichuan was banned from teaching after images showing him kissing two young women in a restaurant surfaced online this past weekend, sparking accusations that the females in the photos were his students. [ more › ]

Rumors of Book Ban Boosts Authors in China

Having a book banned in China is often a marketing coup for publishers selling copies abroad. In the age of social media, this dynamic appears to be playing out on the mainland as well.

Russia calls for Putin's tiger to return after crossing border to China

Fearing the economic situation in his home country and excited about the opportunities available in China, Kuzya, a 23-month-old Siberian tiger raised by Russian President Vladimir Putin, moved to China on Friday, according to government officials. [ more › ]

Look: Tower turned to UFO in Beijing's haze

For four days last week, a heavy layer of smog blanketed Beijing, making buildings disappear, tourist sights look a bit more mystical, and internationally famous football stars cough. [ more › ]

Scuffles break out at Hong Kong protest site as anti-Occupy groups rush barricades

Clashes ensued in Admiralty when opponents of the pro-democracy movement, some wearing surgical masks, rushed barricades set up by protestors. [ more › ]

Economists Voice Caution Over Strong China Trade Data

China reported surprisingly strong trade figures for September, but many economists remained skeptical of the rosy picture those figures could paint.

China’s Response to Hong Kong Protests May Chill Business

In the third week of a standoff between the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protesters, signs are emerging that the turmoil could take a toll on the city’s appeal as an international business hub.

Look: Long-ass electric bike rolls through Zhengzhou

A 4.7-meter-long electric bike was displayed outside of a shop in Zhengzhou, Henan province yesterday, attracting passersby to pile on and see just how many people could fit. In the picture above, 11 men were able to perch comfortably on the thing, but judging on past feats using standard-sized e-bikes, we imagine they could probably squeeze in another 10 more. [ more › ]

Tmall Programmer Triples Smartisan Sales

The 4G version of the Smartisan T1 – the smartphone that hopes to contend with Apple and Xiaomi for the hearts and the wallets of Chinese consumers – went on sale at the beginning of this month. But those tracking its progress on Alibaba’s Tmall noticed an oddity in the figures that has led to an apology by the online shopping site.

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