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Mom Demands Alimony From Her Neglectful Kids

Chinese woman wants a place to stay and a monthly allowance

(Newser) - It was a bizarre location for an even more bizarre court case to play out. During a hearing in China's rural Sichuan province on Sept. 30—held in a grassy field in front of 100 spectators so they could learn about the legal process—a 73-year-old woman demanded that... 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 Flood Wipes Out Quake Memorial

Sichuan earthquake museum only opened in May

(Newser) - Western China's Beichuan county is having a terrible few years. The worst flooding the county has seen in 50 years has destroyed a high-profile memorial to the earthquake that ravaged the area in 2008, leaving 90,000 people dead or missing in Sichuan province and rendering the former county... More »

China Welcomes 2013's 1st Panda Cubs

Twins born to Haizi

(Newser) - China has two little bundles of giant panda joy on the ground, twin cubs who were born yesterday to Haizi at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province. One cub is female, notes the AP , and weighs in at a not-so-hefty 2.79 ounces.... More »

Strong Quake in China Kills 150+

It hits same region as devastating earthquake of 2008

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province today, leaving at least 156 people dead and more than 5,500 injured. This morning's quake triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread... More »

Chinese Protest Plant Over Pollution Fears—and Win

Thousands protest environmental effects of Sichuan plant

(Newser) - Thousands of angry Chinese took to the streets in Sichuan province yesterday to protest the environmental fallout of a copper alloy plant—and by nightfall had halted its construction, reports the Guardian . Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds in Shifang, which is still recovering from the 2008 earthquake, and... More »

Monk's Body Paraded After Self-Immolation

Protesters seized body from police station, then carried through streets

(Newser) - The body of a monk who killed himself yesterday morning by drinking kerosene, dousing himself, and lighting himself on fire was taken from the police in western China by hundreds of angry Tibetans and paraded through the streets, reports the AP . Police initially refused to hand over the body, but... More »

China Jails Quake Activist

Tan Zuoren sentenced to 5 years on subversion charges

(Newser) - A Chinese activist who blamed shoddy construction for the deaths of thousands of schoolchildren in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake has been sentenced to 5 years in jail for subversion. Tan Zuoren was charged for a document he wrote on the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square, but supporters believe he was... More »

Chinese Pandas to Head Home After Quake Fixup

Rare animals will return to Sichuan preserve by 2012

(Newser) - Sixty giant pandas displaced after a massive earthquake rocked China last year will head home to their nature preserve, reports Xinhua. China is pouring $55 million into rebuilding the endangered animals' Sichuan Province base that previously housed 63 pandas. One died in the quake, one went missing, and one died... More »

Chinese Police Beat, Detain Artist at Earthquake Trial

(Newser) - Ai Weiwei, China's leading artist and a prominent critic of the country's government, said yesterday he was beaten and detained when he tried to testify at a civil rights advocate's trial. Ai told the New York Times that dozens of police officers barged into his hotel room in Chengdu, the... More »

China Censors Artist Leading Quake Inquiry

Police stake out whistleblower's studio, shut down blog

(Newser) - The Chinese artist who has made investigating the deaths of children in the Sichuan earthquake a personal crusade is facing a government crackdown, reports the CBC. Ai Weiwei's widely read blog has been deleted, and plainclothes police officers are staking out his studio in Beijing. Ai has relaunched his blog... More »

Quake Survivors Find Love Among the Ruins

Hundreds remarry in quake-devastated Chinese city

(Newser) - A year after the quake that devastated China's Sichuan province, many survivors have new loves if not new homes, the Guardian reports. In Beichuan—where only 4,000 of the town's 22,000 people survived—some 600 widows and widowers have remarried, and the government hopes more will soon follow... More »

Artist Presses China on Child Quake Victims

A year after disaster, Ai Weiwei leads efforts to account for the dead

(Newser) - China today marked one year since the Sichuan earthquake that left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing. But the government has still not published results of an investigation, and parents whose children died in shoddily constructed schools have faced police intimidation. The parents have found an unlikely advocate, Time... More »

Pandas Haven't Bounced Back From China Quake

Sichuan disaster presents lasting difficulties for breeders

(Newser) - China’s efforts to save the giant panda from extinction haven’t recovered from last year’s earthquake in Sichuan province, AFP reports. The temblor swallowed up whole groves of bamboo, causing a food shortage just as breeding centers, whose efforts have caused a recent panda “baby boom,”... More »

A Year After China Quake, a Baby Boom

(Newser) - The devastation is still raw from the earthquake that snuffed out thousands of young lives in rural China a year ago, reports the Los Angeles Times, but many grieving parents have found new hope in the form of another baby. More than 10% of new mothers in one Sichuan Province... More »

Dam May Have Triggered China Quake

Weight of water may have triggered the earthquake early

(Newser) - The damming-up of 320 million tons of water in a reservoir above a geological fault line may have contributed to the earthquake that left 80,000 dead or missing last year in China’s Sichuan province, US and Chinese geologists say. Whether or not the scientists are right, the suggestion... More »

Quake-Bereft Chinese Sow New Baby Boom

Parents who lost state-mandated only child rush to conceive again

(Newser) - Some parents who lost their state-mandated only child in China’s May earthquake—which crushed at least 19,000 students under shoddy school buildings—are rushing to conceive again, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Chinese government announced an exemption from its one-child policy for such victims, and more than... More »

China Offers Chicken Soup for Pandas' Stressed Souls

Wuhan zoo's star attractions get boost ahead of winter

(Newser) - Even pandas need tender love and chicken soup: Chinese zoo officials have been feeding two 3-year-old cubs the hearty stock to reduce their stress. “Hope” and “Greatness” have been worn out by thousands of tourists clamoring for their attention in central Wuhan during China’s weeklong holiday. “... More »

China Admits Quake-Hit Schools Were Poorly Built

But government warns parents to silence criticism

(Newser) - A Chinese official admitted today that shoddy construction led to the collapse of some schools during last May’s earthquake, which killed thousands of children. “The structures were not necessarily reasonable and the materials were not necessarily strong enough,” the chairman of the government’s quake probe conceded,... More »

Deadly Quake Hits Southwest China

22 killed in Sichuan, Yunnan Province

(Newser) - A 5.7 earthquake struck an area near Panzhihua City in southwest China yesterday, killing at least 22 people and destroying 1,000 homes in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, reports the Los Angeles Times. Rescue teams were racing to the area to help at least 126 injured. Heavy rains and... More »

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