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One of the World's Cutest Animals Resurfaces

But the Ili pika faces threats to its survival

(Newser) - The Ili pika seems almost too cute to be real—but a newly released photo proves it does indeed still exist. Scientist Li Weidong and his team were lucky enough to spot one last July in China's Tianshan Mountains during a search, National Geographic reports. It was the first... More »

Top China Official Admits Climate Danger

'Huge impact' looms, he says

(Newser) - China is experiencing more dramatic temperature changes than the world average, and climate change could have a devastating effect on the country, according to Beijing's top weather scientist, although there's no sign that the warning will be linked to emissions cuts in the world's biggest greenhouse-gas producer.... More »

Guy Wins $83K Over Panda Bite

Officials chased a wild bear onto man's lawn in northwestern China

(Newser) - Pandas may prefer their meals in the form of bamboo, but that doesn't mean their bite is toothless. A man in China recently received a harsh reminder of that after a wild panda bit his leg after authorities pursued the critter onto his lawn, reports AFP via Yahoo . The... More »

China Now the World's 3rd-Largest Arms Exporter

Buyers turn to China instead of US, Russia for cheaper, comparable weapons

(Newser) - From 2005 to 2009, China reigned as the world's top weapons importer, but since then, it's fallen to third place—while sliding into the third slot on another list: It's displaced Germany as the third-largest weapons exporter. China retains only 5% of the global export market—the... More »

China Slams Dalai Lama's Views on Reincarnation

Official disputes spiritual leader's suggestion he might not be reincarnated

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama has said he could be the last of his kind , and China's governor of Tibet doesn't take kindly to the suggestion, Reuters reports. "I think that, in fact, he is profaning religion and Tibetan Buddhism," Padma Choling says. According to Tibetan Buddhism, the... More »

Doctors Save Boy—After Finding Chopstick in Brain

It went up his nose when he fell

(Newser) - He's OK now, but a toddler in China went 10 days with part of a chopstick in his brain. It seems young Hanhang tripped and fell with the chopstick in his hand, and it went straight up his nose, according to a report by Central European News spotted by... More »

Feds Swoop on Chinese 'Birth Tourists'

Women paid up to $60K to have American babies

(Newser) - Federal agents have launched a major crackdown on what they say is a big industry that helps wealthy Chinese women have American babies. Agents raided 37 addresses in California yesterday in the crackdown on "birth tourism" rings that allegedly charge up to $60,000 to help the women come... More »

Video Begs Chinese Parents to Reunite With LGBT Kids

'Coming Home' film short goes viral in a society that stigmatizes homosexuality

(Newser) - Fang Chao is a young man who's made his parents proud, getting into one of the best schools in China and always "[playing] the role of 'good child.'" That's how the subtitled narrative for the film short Coming Home begins, before diving more into... More »

China Executes Mining Tycoon

'Mafia-style' boss owned stakes in US mines

(Newser) - A former mining tycoon who led a mafia-style crime gang that ran casinos and killed rivals has been executed along with four of the gang's members, a court in central China said today. Liu Han had been chairman of energy conglomerate Sichuan Hanlong Group in the southwestern province of... More »

China Seizes $13K Worth of Toilet Paper Showing Hong Kong Leader

Apparently Leung Chun-ying isn't so popular

(Newser) - China has taken a strong interest in the intimate details of Hong Kong hygiene. Officials in China's south have seized some 8,000 rolls of toilet paper marked with the face of Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's chief executive, the AP reports. That amounts to about $12,900 worth... More »

Anthem Hack Bears China's 'Fingerprints'

Chinese hackers appear to be trying to assemble vast data trove

(Newser) - The Anthem hack that exposed 80 million Americans' data bears "fingerprints" of a nation-state, and investigators are chasing evidence that that nation-state is China, reports Bloomberg . And the attackers aren't necessarily after a credit-card shopping spree: Rather, security experts and government officials say that it appears to be... More »

Argentine President Mocks Chinese Accent

...while in China for business reasons

(Newser) - Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is in China today, where she met with President Xi Jinping to sign various agreements and spoke at a conference attended by 1,000 businessmen in an effort to raise Chinese investment in Argentina's struggling economy. And yet, she still thought it would... More »

Teen Battling Internet Addiction Cuts Off Own Hand

19-year-old is hospitalized in China, where 14% of youth may be addicted

(Newser) - About 14% of China's youths may be addicted to the Internet, says a psychologist; he runs a rehab center, or " boot camp ," that takes a tough approach to the weaning process, the Telegraph reports (a New York Times video makes the place look like a prison). Others,... More »

Dad, Daughter Executed for McDonald's Murder

The two were members of Church of the Almighty God

(Newser) - China has executed a father and daughter after they were convicted of murdering a woman at a McDonald's , the BBC reports. Three others received jail time in the 2014 incident. The attackers were members of a banned cult known as Church of the Almighty God, and they were apparently... More »

'Dragon' Dino Had Neck Like a Crane

Qijianglong might have inspired tales of dragons in ancient China

(Newser) - Scientists are seriously excited about a new long-necked dinosaur species found near China's Qijiang City. For one thing, fossils of the beast, which lived 160 million years ago in the Late Jurassic period, show a skull still attached to its neck—a rare find among dinosaurs like this as... More »

China Cops Busted Feasting on Giant Salamander

Endangered species on the menu at gathering of officials

(Newser) - A group of police officers in southern China lived up to negative stereotypes about both their country and their profession by allegedly dining on a critically endangered animal and beating up journalists who sneaked into the restaurant. According to local media in Shenzhen, senior public security officials were at a... More »

China's Stocks Just Plunged 8%, World Shrugged

Markets react as Beijing cracks down on firms that lend cash for stock buys

(Newser) - Chinese stocks plunged today after the country's securities regulator rapped three major brokerages for continuing to lend money for stock purchases in violation of rules. As punishment for extending so called "margin trading" contracts, the brokerages are forbidden to offer credit to new customers for three months. A... More »

Man Kidnapped 24 Years Ago Reunites With Father

He was 4 years old when abducted in China

(Newser) - Chinese state media this week covered the remarkable reunion between a father and the son who had been abducted 24 years earlier. Sun Bin was just 4 when kidnappers took him from a market in Sichuan province and sold him to a family in faraway Jiangsu province, reports CNN . His... More »

94 iPhones Strapped to Smuggler

Chinese customs officers noticed his funny walk

(Newser) - Walking through customs with the gait of Iron Man may not exactly work out—who knew? Customs officers at Futian Port in China stopped a guy who had an odd walk and allegedly found 94 hidden iPhones strapped to his body, Gizmodo reports. According to a Chinese social media site... More »

China Poisoning Animal Behind Pokemon Character

The little pika has faced mass-poisoning for 50 years

(Newser) - Two American scientists are none too pleased with China's plan for a critter called the pika: to mass-poison the furry little guy. The animal (which inspired the popular Pokemon character Pikachu) digs huge burrow-networks across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in northwest China, the Independent reports. Officials have apparently spent more... More »

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