The death toll from last week’s bloodshed in Central African Republic has topped 500, aid groups said on Tuesday as France’s expeditionary forces spread out on a mission to restore law and order in its former colony. In the capital Bangui, Red Cross worker Antoine Mbao Bogo said his counterparts had collected 461 bodies since Dec. Show More Summary
The days since Nelson Mandela’s death have been marked in South Africa with an undefined doubt, a rumor of ambivalence, a whisper of disenchantment. Away from the crowds of hundreds lighting candles outside his home, away from the thousands...Show More Summary
Shanghai's North Shaanxi Road turns 100 years old next year, and will be honored by the city for its historic and cultural significance. The street is famous due to the staggeringly large number of celebrities who have lived there over the years, including Madame Chiang Kai-shek, First Lady of the Republic of China from 1948 to 1975. [ more › ]
The Russian ruble can now be used as readily as the yuan in the Sino-Russian border city of Suifenhe in Heilongjiang Province.This is the first time China's cabinet has authorized a foreign currency in the mainland, and a visa-free policy for Russians will also be implemented in the city in December. [ more › ]
With snow and ice falling in North America, new data about record cold weather in Antarctica puts things into some perspective. New analysis from a NASA satellite revealed that East Antarctica reached minus-135.8 degrees in August 2010, NBC reports, the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Show More Summary
Atheists around the world face discrimination, and even death in some countries, according to a new study. The study Tuesday from the International Humanist and Ethical Union, a global atheist organization, surveyed 192 nations and found...Show More Summary
China announced as part of a raft of economic reforms that it would close its controversial re-education through labor camps, but it’s less clear what will happen to a similar system of camps for the country’s sex workers.
Amid driving rain and deafening cheers, President Barack Obama paid tribute to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in South Africa. Speaking to tens of thousands gathered in a rain-soaked soccer stadium in Johannesburg, Obama honored the anti-apartheid leader and South Africa’s first black president, who died December 5 at age 95. Show More Summary
Back in June, the China-watching blogosphere turned inside out over reports that China-for-Christ superstar Bob Fu gave dissident Chen Guangcheng an iPhone laced with location-tracking spyware. The story was originally released by NYU technicians who found the alleged software, but oops it turns out the whole thing was bullshit. [ more › ]
Increased instances of lung cancer. Respiratory problems. Asthma. Even ugly sperm. The list of noxious side effects China’s notorious pollution causes is well known – a point one Beijing newspaper felt compelled to make in a commentary following recent state-media efforts to spin the country’s smog.
Chinese wine consumption is at an all-time high, and Chinese wines are becoming more sophisticated (okay, relatively). Unfortunately, so are wine counterfeiting rings, who've evolved beyond churning out bootlegs with hilariously incorrect names on the label, and are now pulling counterfeit jobs that would put Frank Abagnale Jr. to shame. [ more › ]
The language of the Manchu ethnic group used to be widely spoken during the Qing Dynasty imperial court, but is now facing extinction with fewer than 100 fluent speakers. A primary school in Northeast China's Liaoning Province, however, has taken the initiative to save the language by offering language and culture courses to local Manchu-descendant children. [ more › ]
You know food safety's hit rockbottom when people feel safer "moonshining" their own cooking oil. That's right, myriad gutter oil scandals have prompted Chinese to not only buy foreign imports, but to press their own oil in their backyards as well. [ more › ]
Dozens of heads of state and government from around the world have descended on South Africa to take part in funeral services for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping isn’t among them.
Seven in ten women workers have experienced 'lewd jokes' in the workplace, three in ten have been touched inappropriately, and one in ten have flat-out been asked for sex by coworkers, according to a new study that focused on female factory workers in Guangzhou. Show More Summary
China issued its first nation-wide blueprint for adapting to climate change
A Beijing police recommendation that prosecutors indict prominent Chinese rights activist Xu Zhiyong is noteworthy for its use of a new judicial interpretation that expands the definition of public space to the Internet.
Raymond Li spent $95 million for a spot in Hong Kong's Victoria Peak neighborhood -- the second-highest total paid for a home there.
In an effort to deal with one of the worst social issues imaginable, Shenzhen is rolling out government-sponsored baby-abandonment stations. Will mothers be given meaningful financial assistance or advice? Well, no, but at least the kids will have somewhere to go. [ more › ]
When his girlfriend insisted on prolonging their Christmas shopping marathon, 38-year-old Tao Hsiao leapt from a seventh-story walkway and killed himself in a Jiangsu shopping mall. [ more › ]