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US Diplomat Got Dogs for Protection. Then They Vomited Blood

Mother of sickened diplomat in China speaks out

(Newser) - Of all the US diplomats in Cuba and China who have mysteriously fallen ill since late 2016, only one has been publicly named: Catherine Werner. She's also the only person who served in China and has been "medically confirmed" to have experienced what 26 Americans did in Havana,... More »

Mystery Ailment: 11 Americans Pulled From China

Evacuations are the latest chapter in strange story of US employees in China and Cuba reporting odd neurological symptoms

(Newser) - In a deepening medical and diplomatic mystery , US officials have confirmed that the State Department has pulled at least 11 Americans from China who reported strange neurological symptoms, reports the New York Times . Eight of the evacuees are connected to the US consulate in Guangzhou, two are from the embassy... More »

More Americans Sent Home Amid China 'Sonic Attack' Fears

Consulate workers suffered 'neurological symptoms'

(Newser) - Something strange is happening to American diplomats and their families at a US Consulate in China—and it has disturbing echoes of the mysterious attacks on Americans in Cuba. The State Department evacuated at least two more Americans from China Wednesday after they fell ill with what one of them,... More »

World's 'Saddest Polar Bear' Moved, for Now

Pizza to be temporarily moved from Chinese mall—but advocates want him out of there permanently

(Newser) - Pizza the polar bear will soon "feel the sun on his fur, sniff fresh air, and see the sky above him." That per a statement from Humane Society International, announcing the transfer of the "world's saddest polar bear" from its controversial quarters in a Chinese mall,... More »

'World's Saddest Polar Bear' Lives in Chinese Mall

Activists want it closed

(Newser) - His name is Pizza and he lives in a Chinese mall where visitors pose for selfies next to his glass enclosure and knock loudly to get his attention. Such is life when you're the "world's saddest polar bear," per the Daily Express . Pizza , a polar bear... More »

When 100K People Get Stuck at One Train Station


(Newser) - If you hate crowds, a train station in southern China might just be your idea of hell. China's Lunar New Year celebrations begin Feb. 8, and those trying to travel home ahead of the holiday via the main Guangzhou Railway Station on Monday found themselves—and at least 100,... More »

6 Hurt in Latest Knife Attack at Chinese Station

Third in recent months; motive unclear

(Newser) - China has been hit with yet another train-station slashing, with multiple attackers wounding six people this morning. It's the third such incident in less than three months, the AP notes; just last week, three were killed at a station in Xinjiang province. Neither the attackers nor their cause has... More »

Hitachi Planning 45mph Elevators

Lifts will be world's fastest, company says

(Newser) - Elevators planned for a Chinese skyscraper will be the fastest in the world, traveling at 44.7mph. How fast is that, in building terms? Well, the two Hitachi elevators will cover 95 floors in 43 seconds, Businessweek reports. They'll be housed in the 1,738-foot Guangzhou CTF Finance Center,... More »

Giant Sinkhole Eats Buildings in China

No injuries, but deep hole is still growing

(Newser) - This brings new meaning to the phrase "shop 'til you drop." Five stores and one building were swallowed by a giant sinkhole in Guangzhou, China, yesterday, and the collapse was caught on video, reports the Christian Science Monitor . All of the approximately 300 people inside were evacuated... More »

China Rolls Out World's Longest Bullet Train Route

Trains running at 187mph between Beijing, Guangzhou

(Newser) - China has chosen December 26—Mao Zedong's birthday—to officially open the world's longest high-speed rail route, the BBC reports. The 1,428-mile line between Guangzhou and Beijing will cut the travel time between the two cities from 22 hours to eight, with bullet trains traveling at 187mph.... More »

China Demands US Stop Tweeting About Its Air

They complain US standards unfair, and data may not be 'rigorous'

(Newser) - China isn't just happy censoring its own tweets anymore. China told foreign embassies today to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular US Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in smoggy Beijing. Only the Chinese government is authorized to... More »

China Plans Megacity of 42M People

Would be 53 times larger than New York City

(Newser) - While the West struggles with its biggest economic downturn in 70 years, China continues to surge: Now comes plans to spend $303 billion to create a 42-million-person megacity in the southeast, reports the Telegraph . The new megacity would merge nine cities around the Pearl River Delta, including Guangzhou and Shenzhen,... More »

1-Dog Rule Gnaws on Chinese

Owners refuse to give up pooches, despite crackdown

(Newser) - Guangzhou residents have gotten used to the one-child rule, but they’re drawing a line in the sand when it comes to their city’s new one-dog policy, ABC News reports. Most are ignoring or evading the month-old rule. “I’ll definitely not give up on my dogs, because... More »

Exploding Cell Phone Kills Man

Chinese cops suspect counterfeit battery may have caused phone to blow up

(Newser) - A man in Guangzhou, China, was killed last week when his cell phone blew up and severed an artery in his neck, the Times of London reports. The young shop clerk is believed to have put the phone in his breast pocket straight after charging a new battery before it... More »

Historic China-Taiwan Flights Take Off

Tourists visit old nationalist stronghold

(Newser) - Commercial flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan resumed today for the first time in 60 years, with simultaneous flights landing at  the Taipei and Shanghai airports, the BBC reports. China Southern Airline's chairman described the first flight to land in Taipei as "a sacred moment." The agreement... More »

Freeze of Century Grips China

Millions still still stranded in winter chaos

(Newser) - First it was the snow, now it's the cold wreaking continued havoc in China, leaving millions stranded and millions more without power in the coldest winter in a century. President Hu Jintao chaired an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss rescue efforts in the nation where scores have died, as desperate... More »

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