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Tea-flavored toothpaste is helping Chinese brands edge out the competition

2 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Once feared more than anthrax, Chinese toothpaste brands are apparently beating out the competition with tea-flavored products that appeal to the Chinese palate. Who knew that an ingredient which makes your teeth look like rain-damaged deck planks would help revive China's oral hygiene industry. [ more › ]

Picture China: Breaking Fast, Fishing With Birds, Flood Rescue

The day's China news in pictures: Muslims prepare to break fast, a man fishes with cormorants on a lake, rescuers work at a flash flood site and more.

Underground 'womb-rental service' uncovered in Wuhan

2 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Many childless couples are sparing no expense in seeking surrogate mothers. Recently, reporters from Jingchu Daily interviewed several couples who, after losing children or discovering they couldn't conceive them, turned to a clandestine 'womb-rental service' to provide them with their 'pride and joy'. [ more › ]

LOOK: Bumbling Heilongjiang sports staff construct square track to save time

2 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Sports staff in sports ground in Heilongjiang literally cut corners when they constructed a rectangular track instead of a circular one so they could disguise damage in a hurry before investigators arrived. [ more › ]

Oil Exec Disappears as China Corruption Probe Bleeds Into Canada

A Chinese government anticorruption investigation that already has swept aside dozens of officials is now stretching into Canada.

Yuck!: Wuhan factory washes used disposable chopsticks for resale

2 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Wuhan authorities uncovered an underground factory that washes used disposable chopsticks so they can be resold to small restaurants, [ more › ]

White House: EU, US to Impose New Russia Sanctions

(WASHINGTON) — The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday. MoreFAA Lifts Its Ban on Flights to IsraelWhy Obama Wants Israel to ‘Do More’ About Civilian DeathsHow to Prevent Ebola From Spreading to the…

Photo Essay: Seeing Mao’s Little Red Book in a New Light

In the hands of Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel, Mao's Little Red Book becomes a thing of whimsy – with occasional moments of dream-like humor.

Next Step for China’s Controversial Dancing Grannies? Endorsement Deals

For the legions of dancing retirees in China whose late-night public gatherings have made them the target of noise complaints and worse, one popular Beijing group may have hit on the solution: corporate sponsorship.

A million sign petition opposing 'Occupy Central' movement in Hong Kong

3 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A group in Hong Kong called the Alliance for Peace and Democracy claims to have collected nearly one million signatures from residents opposing the "Occupy Central" movement that's been gathering pace in the city, the Wall Street Journal reports. [ more › ]

Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife of Cameroon’s Deputy Prime Minister

Third attack since 22 militants were sentenced to prison in Cameroon Friday

LOOK: Chefs in the City charity event @ Isola

3 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

               Check out the revelry/debauchery from the third stop of Chefs in the City 2014! As you can see, the fight against cancer has never been tastier. [ more › ]

CY Leung's daughter publicly criticizes her mother on Facebook

3 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Leung Chai-yan, daughter of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, openly criticized her mother Tong Ching-yee via status update on Facebook yesterday, writing: "Courage and loyalty are the virtues I value the most. My mother embodies the exact opposites of both." [ more › ]

Dancing granny takes down jewelry store robber in Zhejiang

3 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

An elderly woman who managed to foil a 35-year-old man's attempt to rob a jewelry store in Taizhou, Zhejiang province said that she owed her strength to nights spent square dancing, a common activity among older women and retirees who want to socialize, keep fit, and annoy neighbors. [ more › ]

Shanxi villagers make up to 1000 RMB per night catching 'golden cicadas' for restaurants

3 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Golden cicadas, which are believed to have a high nutritional and medicinal value, have become an item of demand recently in Henan, Hebei, Shandong, Anhui and other provinces. Generally speaking, the beginning of May through June is the incubation period for the cicadas. [ more › ]

Ukraine: MH17 Downed By ‘Massive Explosive Decompression’

As UN human rights chief suggests downing of the plane may be a "war crime"

Korean restaurant in Beijing found reusing customers' leftover food

3 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A Korean barbecue restaurant in Beijing was exposed by reporters for serving leftover food and fish abandoned on the ground near trash bins to customers. [ more › ]

JD.com, Tencent Offer Early Preorders of Microsoft’s Xbox in China

Internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. will use its alliance with JD.com Inc. to offer early advance sales of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One consoles in China.

Bikini-opera in Fujian called 'an insult' to traditional art

3 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A set of viral photos showing bikini-clad women with Fujian opera-style headpieces have stirred up talk among netizens who considered the show an insult to Chinese traditions. [ more › ]

Death Toll Mounts as Clashes Intensify in Ukraine

Authorities in Luhansk said five people were killed and 15 injured by overnight artillery strikes

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