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Residents clearing the coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province on Monday. (Stringer/Reuters)

BEIJING: With less than six weeks before it plays host to the Olympic sailing regatta, the city of Qingdao has mobilized thousands of people and an armada of small boats to clean up an algae bloom that is choking large stretches of the coastline a...

Shots of tiger in the wild not real

Ma Lie and Luo Hongyan China Daily 30.06.2008
A purported South China tiger is pictured in this file photo taken by farmer Zhou Zhenglong. [Xinhua]

XI'AN: Thirteen government officials have been punished and a man arrested for presenting false evidence to prove the highly endangered South China tiger existed in the wild.


Chinese Websites Call On Establishing New Internet Culture

More than 50 Chinese websites, including xinhuanet.com and people.com.cn, have held an activity in Beijing, calling on Chinese Internet service providers to jointly welcome the Beijing Olympic Games by setting up a new online ethos.

China plans Mount Everest cleanup in 2009

Audra Ang IBTimes 25.06.2008
(AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)

BEIJING - With the debris of more than 50 years of climbing oxygen canisters, tents, backpacks and even some bodies Mount Everest has been called the world's highest garbage dump.


Over 18,000 missing since May 12 quake

The State Council Information Office said on Sunday that the death toll from the May 12 earthquake which rocked southwestern China's Sichuan province and neighboring regions, had reached 69,181.

Mainland tourists banned from gambling in Taiwan

CHINESE mainland visitors to Taiwan will not be allowed to gamble or engage in "pornographic activities," according to regulations issued by the mainland-based Cross-Strait Tourism Association.


Feature: Youths in Tibet chant "Play Up China" during Olympic torch relay

LHASA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of youths chanted "Play Up China" with the Chinese national flags in hand and red-heart signs on face on a rainy Saturday in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, to celebrate the Olympic torch relay.

Beijing halves traffic for a clean Olympics

BEIJING is to pull half its 3.3 million vehicles off the road for two months to help clean up the city's air for the Olympics and Paralympics, the municipal government said yesterday.


People's Armed Police soldiers patrol in front of Potala Palace in Lhasa. REUTERS

In the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, security is tight as the authorities prepare for the Olympic torch relay there.

The new millionaires' club

Bangkok Post 21.06.2008
The new millionaires' club

China's rich have an insatiable appetite for haute couture, reports Susan Fenton in Hong Kong


Beijing sky gets bluer as pollution controls pay off

BEIJING - The Chinese capital had 115 "blue sky" days, with fairly good air quality, between January 1 and Wednesday.

REUTERS/Stringer

BEIJING (Reuters) - It's official. Hungry foreign hordes craving a fix of diced chicken fried with chili and peanuts during the Beijing Olympics will be able to shout "kung pao chicken!" and have some hope of getting just that.


Airport security to be beefed up

Xin Dingding China Daily 17.06.2008
Airport security to be beefed up

Beijing Capital International Airport is building double fences around the complex and installing high-tech devices to thwart terrorists during the Olympic Games.

Landslides hit quake area as rain takes toll

TENS of thousands of survivors of China's earthquake are moving to escape a threat from rain-triggered landslides, as floods ravage the nation's southern provinces.


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C Back) presides over the 19th meeting of the quake relief headquarters of the State Council (Cabinet) in Beijing, capital of China, June 16, 2008.  (Xinhua Photo)

Prevention of secondary disasters, such as landslides and mud-rock flows, amid rain storms and frequent aftershocks following the May 12 earthquake was an "urgent task", said the quake relief headquarters of China's State Council on Monday.

Thousands evacuated as rains lash China quake region

BEIJING (AFP) — Tens of thousands of victims of China's Sichuan earthquake were evacuated Monday as torrential rain lashed the region, triggering flood warnings on major rivers including the Yangtze and the Pearl.


Warning of worsening floods. Photo: Reuters.

China has warned that the Yellow River may suffer serious flooding, as the heaviest rainfall for many years continues. Officials say floods across southern provinces in recent days have killed 57 people and forced 1.27 million to move to safer gro...

Locals paddle on a flooded street in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region June 13, 2008.  REUTERS/China Daily

BEIJING (Reuters) - At least 55 people have been killed over the past 10 days in torrential rain and flooding across south China, and more gales and storms were expected in the coming days, the government said on Sunday.


A rescuer worker (L) evacuates stranded residents in flood-ravaged Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, June 14. [Xinhua]

Guangzhou -- Freak rain lashed eastern and southern China in the past few days, causing deaths and massive evacuations.

Bandengqiao likely site for new Beichuan

Hu Yinan and Zhang Haizhou China Daily 12.06.2008
This photo, taken on Tuesday, shows Beichuan after the controlled draining of the Tangjiashan quake lake. [China Daily]

ANXIAN COUNTY, Sichuan: A new site is said to have been chosen for Beichuan county's administration, devastated by the May 12 earthquake and the overflow on Tuesday from the Tangjiashan "quake lake".



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