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'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 »

In China, 'Tiger Bone Wine' as Ominous as It Sounds

Inside China's tiger farms, and the growing demand for tiger goods

(Newser) - Tiger bone wine is as grisly as it sounds: Made by suspending the animal's bones in rice wine, the liquid is sold as a Chinese remedy for rheumatism and impotence. And while the tiger bone trade was banned in 1993, the concoction is making a comeback. As Simon Denyer... More »

Shanghai Stampede Victims Mostly Young Women

Social media users blame tragedy on migrant population

(Newser) - City officials are disclosing more information about Shanghai's New Year's Eve stampede as crowds gather in the city's waterfront area to mourn the dead. AP puts the death toll at 36; all but four of the victims identified were under 25 and 21 were women, officials say,... More »

Cops: Tossed Cash Didn't Set Off Shanghai Stampede

Families demand answers after 36 fatalities

(Newser) - The death toll from last night's stampede in Shanghai has risen to 36 as families demand answers about why so many people—hundreds of thousands—were allowed to gather in one area with so little crowd control. Among the developments:
  • Lack of police: Authorities were worried days in advance
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Gmail Now Fully Blocked in China

It had been usable via 3rd-party apps

(Newser) - The Great Firewall has apparently expanded. Gmail hasn't been directly accessible for six months in China; now users can't reach it through third-party services like Microsoft Outlook either. The latest crackdown on Google in the country appears to have begun on Friday, according to Google data , the Wall ... More »

School Scaffold Collapse Kills 10

Construction workers die at top of Beijing high school

(Newser) - A scaffolding collapse at one of Beijing's most prestigious high schools today killed 10 construction workers and injured four others, officials say. The accident occurred at the start of the school day at Tsinghua High School in the city's northwest, but it did not affect any classrooms or... More »

Mystery of China's Lost Civilization Solved

Study claims earthquake, landslide led to big move

(Newser) - For years, researchers have been stumped by an ancient Chinese civilization on the banks of the Minjiang River that suddenly vanished around 3,000 years ago. "The current explanations for why it disappeared are war and flood, but both are not very convincing," says the co-author of a... More »

South Korea Indicts Uber CEO

Travis Kalanick's charges could result in 2-year jail sentence

(Newser) - Uber's legal troubles continue, and this time, the CEO himself is in hot water, Engadget reports. South Korea has indicted Travis Kalanick for allegedly running an illegal taxi service, Yonhap reports, and his charge could lead to a two-year jail sentence or an $18,000 fine. Along with the... More »

China: Child With HIV Won't Be Abandoned

'Kun Kun' will get education, medical care

(Newser) - A village's petition to banish an 8-year-old boy with HIV has made waves around the world, and China has now promised the boy will get an education, medical care, and a living allowance. The petition to ban "Kun Kun" from the village in Sichuan province was widely condemned... More »

China Arrests 30K in Porn, Gambling Crackdown

Campaign to 'clean up Internet' continues

(Newser) - A sweeping crackdown on porn and illegal gambling has resulted in more than 30,000 arrests in a single Chinese province, authorities say. In the latest wave of arrests in Guangdong province, more than 8,000 people were detained during operations that included smashing a $5 million online gambling ring,... More »

Sony Hack Suspects Send FBI a Video: 'You Are an Idiot'

Studio says it's looking at alternatives for releasing The Interview

(Newser) - The hackers allegedly behind the hack of Sony Pictures are congratulating the FBI on its work and offering the bureau a "Christmas gift." "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes," a... More »

Your Holiday Decorations Likely Came From This Town in China

Welcome to Yiwu, or 'Christmas village'

(Newser) - Quick, picture Santa's workshop. Industrious elves at work as a gentle snow falls outside? That's not quite the image at a place the Guardian calls "the real Santa's workshop," the city of Yiwu, China. Think 600 factories filled with migrant laborers armed with glue guns... More »

TV Host Dies After Skipping Chemo to Save Unborn Baby

26-year-old Qiu Yuanyuan succumbed to cancer 100 days after son's birth

(Newser) - An up-and-coming TV host in Zhengzhou, China, always gave as much time as she could to her job, often working 14-hour days without complaint, a co-worker says. But when Qiu Yuanyuan became pregnant in March, her focus switched over to her unborn child—so much so that when she found... More »

Village Wants HIV-Positive 8-Year-Old Kicked Out

Even boy's own grandfather hopes he's banished from Chinese village of Xichong

(Newser) - The stigma of having HIV is alive and well in a small Chinese village: Its residents want to banish 8-year-old "Kun Kun" (a fake name being used to protect his identity) for his illness, UPI reports. At least 200 Xichong locals, including the boy's own grandfather, signed a... More »

Cop Charged With Torture in Teen's Wrongful Execution

China arrests Feng Zhiming for coercing 18-year-old's confession in '96

(Newser) - On Monday, the conviction of an 18-year-old teen in China for the rape and murder of a woman in a public restroom was overturned —18 years after he was put to death for the crime. Today, the police officer who led the investigation into the case of young Huugjilt... More »

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