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Runner Searches for Dog That Followed Him Across Desert

She ran 80 miles to stay with him; he searched for her in a city of 3 million

(Newser) - The dog ran 80 miles across a Chinese desert for him, so it seems only fitting that ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard would ignore the odds and comb a city of 3 million people for the missing pup. Earlier this year, Leonard was running a six-day marathon through the Gobi desert... More »

Terrifying Glass-Bottomed Bridge Sets 2 World Records

Bungee-jump off it into China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon if you dare

(Newser) - It's just 20 feet wide, but the new bridge hovering 1,000 feet over China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon (in the park that inspired the movie Avatar) stretches for more than 1,400 feet—and has set a record for being the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge,... More »

After China Crash, Tesla Scrubs 'Autopilot'

Hello, 'self-assisted driving'

(Newser) - Weeks after the first crash of a Tesla in China, the US carmaker has deleted the terms “self-driving” and “autopilot” from its website in that country, Reuters reports. The move came after the 33-year-old driver accused Tesla salespeople of misleading him about the capabilities of the automated driving... More »

Chinese Tourist Loses Wallet, Becomes Unwitting Refugee

He said Europe was not what he'd expected

(Newser) - A well-dressed tourist visiting Germany from China was robbed in Heidelberg, but he filled out the wrong set of paperwork in an attempt to report the crime. Known only as Mr. L and fluent only in Mandarin, he went to the town hall instead of the police station, signed an... More »

China's Great Flood Legend Might Actually Be True

Evidence suggests water covered North China Plain 4K years ago

(Newser) - A great flood at the dawn of Chinese civilization was said to have swept away settlements, the water rising so high that it overran heaven itself. It was the sage King Yu who tamed the waters by building ditches, the legend went, thus earning a mandate to rule and laying... More »

Man Spends 10 Days in Airport Waiting for His Internet Girlfriend

She never showed up

(Newser) - Love makes us do crazy things, like spend 10 days in a Chinese airport until we have to be hospitalized for exhaustion. The BBC reports 41-year-old Alexander Cirk flew from his native Holland to China to meet a 26-year-old woman with whom he'd struck up an online relationship two... More »

FBI Worker Pleads Guilty to Being Spy for China

Kun Shan Chun had top security clearance, is accused of sending FBI docs overseas

(Newser) - An FBI electronics technician with top security clearance pleaded guilty on Monday to funneling photographs of FBI documents and other sensitive information to China, the AP reports. Prosecutors in Manhattan federal court charged Kun Shan Chun—a naturalized US citizen who goes by "Joey Chun"—with making false... More »

Mom Killed Trying to Rescue Daughter From Tiger Attack

They apparently thought they'd left the park, got out of car

(Newser) - Siberian tigers killed a woman and seriously injured her daughter Saturday after the pair left their vehicle in a drive-thru wildlife park in China. Surveillance video from Badaling Wildlife World, located near a section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing, shows the younger woman exit the car's... More »

Scores Dead, Missing in Massive China Floods

At least 154 dead, 124 missing

(Newser) - Torrential rains that have swept through China have killed at least 154 people and left 124 missing, officials said Saturday, with most of the casualties reported from a northern province where villagers complained about lack of warning before a deadly flash flood. The rains, which began on Monday, have flooded... 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 »

Beijing Defiant After Tribunal Rejects South Sea Claims

China plans to ignore South China Sea ruling

(Newser) - An international tribunal ruled unanimously Tuesday that there is no legal basis for China's "nine-dash line" claiming rights to much of the South China Sea. The panel of legal experts in the Hague said that any historic rights to resources that China may have had were wiped out... More »

Why a 61-Year-Old Woman Just Became China's 2nd Oldest Mom

China's one-child policy has left 1 million bereaved families without any children

(Newser) - China's one-child policy may have been abolished last October , but it's still having widespread repercussions in the country, where older and older women are risking pregnancy to have a second child, the Telegraph reports. According to China Daily , a 61-year-old woman named Zhang gave birth via C-section June... More »

China Completes World's Biggest Telescope

The search for ET is now based in Guizhou province

(Newser) - Extraterrestrial life could soon join gunpowder and papermaking on the list of great Chinese discoveries. According to Xinhua , the final piece was on Sunday fitted on FAST—the Five-hundred-meter-wide Aperture Spherical Telescope, which happens to be the size of 30 football fields. The installation in Guizhou province in southwest China... More »

Apple Sued in China Over War Film From the 1990s

A Chinese production center is seeking $10,500

(Newser) - Apple is being sued by a subsidiary of China's broadcasting regulator over a propaganda film more than 20 years old, the AP reports. A Beijing court says the case has been brought by a production center that alleges that Apple has infringed its exclusive online rights to broadcast a... More »

Taiwanese Missile Travels Third of Way to China, Kills 1

It hit a fishing boat 46 miles away

(Newser) - In an accident that is unlikely to do anything good for China-Taiwan relations, a Taiwanese naval ship docked in the southern city of Kaohsiung mistakenly fired a supersonic missile toward China during a training exercise Friday, killing one. Officials say the missile—built to destroy ships—traveled almost a third... More »

Gaga Just Got Banned in China

She interviewed the Dalai Lama on Sunday

(Newser) - You won't be hearing, or likely seeing, Lady Gaga in China anytime soon. After the singer met with the Dalai Lama on Sunday to talk meditation and mental health, the Communist Party's propaganda department ordered her songs banned in China, while state-controlled media were ordered to condemn the... More »

This City Is Sinking Twice as Fast as New Orleans

Up to 4 inches per year in some districts in Beijing

(Newser) - If New Orleans is sinking, Beijing might as well be in freefall. A new study in the journal Remote Sensing finds depleted groundwater is causing the Chinese capital—the growing Chaoyang district, in particular—to sink as much as four inches per year; a recent study found New Orleans was... More »

Bank Workers Spanked for 'Not Exceeding Themselves'

2 executives from Chinese bank have been suspended

(Newser) - A disturbing video getting attention on social media shows a row of eight Chinese bank employees on a stage being told to "get their butts ready" then spanked—hard—in front of their colleagues for "not exceeding themselves." The employees had been in a "Breakthrough in... More »

There's a Secret Club at Shanghai Disneyland

Club 33 is for Magic Kingdom's elite

(Newser) - Unless you've got close connections to Mickey or Mao, you're going to have a hard time getting into Club 33. A private members-only club by that name exists at the Disneylands in Anaheim and Tokyo, and the Los Angeles Times has discovered that the brand-new Disney park in... More »

Reporter Told to Hit Glass Bridge With Sledgehammer

China wants to prove the bridge is safe

(Newser) - People who stand on glass bridges shouldn't swing sledgehammers, right? Not so, says the Chinese government, at least when it comes to the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon bridge—the highest, longest glass bridge in the world, according to Mashable . In fact, the operators of the bridge allowed Dan Simmons of... More »

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