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Workers Warned Mother Who Was Swallowed by Escalator

But new footage shows employees didn't stop the escalator

(Newser) - You'd think that if you almost plummeted through an escalator panel that you'd immediately press the "STOP" button so no one else could get hurt. But in chilling footage from a China mall where a mom fell through such a panel to her death , two mall employees... More »

China Makes 'Exceptional' iPhone Factory Bust

Beijing operation employed hundreds

(Newser) - Is China getting serious about cracking down on fakes? Police in Beijing say they've shut down a factory that employed hundreds of people and ran six assembly lines creating fake iPhones for export, some of which reached the US, reports Reuters . Police say they acted on information from the... More »

House Full of Bodies Points to 'Prehistoric Disaster'

5K-year-old house found crammed with nearly a hundred corpses

(Newser) - You wouldn't expect to find 97 ancient bodies crammed inside a 5,000-year-old house—but that's exactly what researchers discovered at the Hamin Mangha site in northeastern China, LiveScience reports. The remains of middle-aged adults, young adults, and juveniles were found in various states, with some charred and... More »

Mom Saves Her Kid as She's Crushed to Death by Escalator

The incident happened this weekend in China

(Newser) - It's a gruesome way to go: A 30-year-old mother was killed in central China over the weekend when the metal floor panel that sat between the top of a mall escalator and the floor beyond gave way as she and her son exited the escalator. But as the woman,... More »

After 4 Years, This Man Has His Passport Back

Dissident artist posts image on social media he's supposedly banned from

(Newser) - Ai Weiwei announced on Instagram that he got his passport back today, four years after it was confiscated by Chinese authorities. The artist and government critic posted a photo of himself holding a Chinese passport with the caption, "Today, I got my passport." Ai was detained by... More »

China's Plan: Super City of 130M People

'Jing-Jin-Ji' will dwarf Tokyo, NYC

(Newser) - "Jing-Jin-Ji" is on the road to becoming a metropolis much like Tokyo, New York City, London, or Mexico City—except with many more people than all those cities put together. After years of trying to limit Beijing's population, the Chinese government is now working on integrating it with... More »

China Makes Arrests After Sex Video Goes Viral

Suspects could face life sentences

(Newser) - In another country, they might have become celebrities: A Chinese couple who appeared in a sex video that went viral have been arrested, along with at least three other people, according to state media. The footage was apparently filmed in a changing room of the Beijing flagship store of clothing... More »

Mom Didn't Want BMW Windows Smashed to Save Son

Social media comments are not sympathetic to her

(Newser) - A mother in China is getting a social-media lashing after her young son became trapped in her BMW and she reportedly wouldn't let rescuers smash the car's windows to save him, the Wall Street Journal reports. Per local media, firefighters responding to a call of a child locked... More »

Stocks in China Have Best Day in 6 Years

But danger is nowhere near over

(Newser) - Just as the doom-and-gloom stories about the Chinese stock market were reaching a fevered pitch comes this: China stocks just had their best day in six years, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Shanghai Composite rose nearly 6% and the smaller Shenzhen market about 4%. But don't celebrate too... More »

Greek Crisis? We Should Really Worry About China

Columnist: Plunging stock market could have much bigger effects on world

(Newser) - Greece's financial misery is getting the world's attention , but what's happening in China may have far greater consequences, writes Ruchir Sharma in the Wall Street Journal . The stock market there is in a free fall, down by more than 25% since mid-June, and there's no end... More »

Great Wall of China Is Disappearing

A report out of the country puts a number on just how much no longer exists

(Newser) - In a 2008 article headlined "The Great Wall of China Is Under Siege," Smithsonian reported that "no one knows just how much of the wall has already been lost." A Sunday report in the Beijing Times changed that. It reported via the State Administration of Cultural... More »

100K Tons of Smuggled Meat Found— Some From '70s

China bust turns up frozen beef, pork, chicken wings

(Newser) - Chinese customs officials made a gruesome discovery this month during a smuggling crackdown, and the words of one of the authorities offers a vivid description: "It was smelly, and I nearly threw up when I opened the door." Inside the container: part of the 100,000-plus tons of... More »

China's Snagging Our Defensive Edge: Pentagon

Which is why we need to step it up, Robert Work says

(Newser) - The Pentagon is digging deeper in its push for new air and space technologies as China threatens to unseat the US as king of the skies. Speaking with aerospace experts at the China Aerospace Studies Initiative, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work says the US' rival is "quickly closing the... More »

Man's Kitchen Knife Really an Ancient 'Dragon Sword'

Yi Shouxiang could have a pricey piece of metal on his hands

(Newser) - A farmer in China has been innocently chopping his vegetables with what could turn out to be an ancient and valuable sword. Yi Shouxiang of Chongqing says he found a rusty blade while working in his fields five years ago and decided to sharpen it. He soon noticed the Chinese... More »

Fed Hack Was 'Cyber Pearl Harbor,' and We're Yawning

Jonah Goldberg: Imagine if this were a physical theft by Chinese spies

(Newser) - The massive hack of millions of federal workers' data has resulted in the phrase "cyber Pearl Harbor" being thrown around, writes Jonah Goldberg in the Los Angeles Times . And yet, the government is downplaying the story and the American public doesn't seem all that phased by it, despite... More »

China: Disputed Fake Islands Done in 'Days'

Next come facilities for military, search and rescue

(Newser) - If the US hoped to pressure China to abandon its huge building project in the disputed South China Sea, it may already be too late. China's Foreign Ministry says some of its land reclamation on seven reefs in the Spratly Islands will be finished in "upcoming days,"... More »

Cops: Suicide Note Near Kids Who Drank Pesticide

Chinese investigators say 4 children had been abandoned by their parents

(Newser) - Four children who fatally drank pesticide last week in China were apparently abandoned by their parents, and investigators now report they found a suicide note near the body of the oldest child, per the Guardian . The youngsters, whose ages ranged from 5 to 13 or 14, were said to have... More »

Hackers May Have Hit Every Federal Employee

Union says they got Social Security numbers, other information

(Newser) - We knew the recent federal hack was big , but a federal employees' union says it was much bigger than has been disclosed. In fact, it alleges that the hackers got sensitive information on every single federal employee and retiree, along with 1 million former federal workers, reports AP . The news... More »

Downfall Complete for Once 'Untouchable' China Honcho

Ex-security boss Zhou Yongkang gets life in corruption crackdown

(Newser) - China's onetime "untouchable" former security chief was sentenced today to life in prison on corruption charges, in a victory for President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign seen as further cementing his authority by removing a potential challenger. Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the all-powerful Politburo Standing... More »

Chinese Feminist Issues Call for Women's Armpit Hair

Contest in China generates lots of attention

(Newser) - Most women's rights advocates aren't interested in turning back the clock. But China's Xiao Meili hopes to do just that with a contest on messaging site Weibo . The goal: find the best photo of a woman's untamed armpit hair—a look she says was popular in... More »

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