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John Oliver Finds Out What Happens When You Rip on China

'Last Week Tonight' host criticized Xi Jiping, now faces scrubbing on country's version of Twitter

(Newser) - "China: the country responsible for huge technological advances, and yet it still can't seem to get pandas to f---" is how John Oliver opened Sunday's edition of Last Week Tonight . That was just the start of an episode filled with barbs aimed at the world's most... More »

China Social Media Site Reverses Gay Decision

After outcry, Weibo won't censor videos with homosexual subject matter after all

(Newser) - One of China's top social networking sites announced Monday that it will no longer be censoring content related to gay issues after the plan triggered a loud public outcry. Weibo.com was flooded over the weekend with the hashtags "#I'mGay" and "#I'mGayNotaPervert" after the Twitter-like... More »

NBA Player Apologizes for Big 'Mistake' in China

Houston Rockets' Bobby Brown says he's sorry after sharing photo of tagged Great Wall

(Newser) - It's not quite as bad as peeing on the Alamo , but Bobby Brown of the Houston Rockets is still getting a hard time from commenters in China after leaving graffiti on the country's Great Wall. Brown, who played in China for three seasons, not only tagged the wall... More »

Fishermen Slaughter One of the World's Largest Animals

Whale shark's killing sparks outcry in China

(Newser) - People around the world have taken to social media to rant about the killing of a whale shark off the coast of China a couple weeks ago—and while two fishermen have been arrested after selling it at market, it's unclear whether they'll be punished, reports Fusion . The... More »

China Fires Official—Over Piggyback Ride

Image sparked a firestorm on social media

(Newser) - A Chinese official has been fired for getting a piggyback ride over floodwaters, state Xinhua news agency reports. The local authority, referred to by his surname, Wang, was visiting flood victims in the city of Yuyao, Zhejiang province. He was wearing fancy shoes, and when he prepared to take them... More »

Chinese Hospital's Request: Female Virgins' Blood

Researchers face backlash ahead of HPV study

(Newser) - A Chinese cancer hospital has sparked anger with a call for blood donations—specifically from 100 female virgins ages 18 to 24. The Peking University Cancer Hospital says it's planning a study on HPV and that virgins are less likely to have the virus. "It's in line... More »

Baby Rescued From 4-Inch Sewage Pipe

Chinese boy stable after apparently being flushed down toilet

(Newser) - A baby boy, likely just days old, is safe after Chinese rescuers pulled him from a four-inch sewage pipe. It appears the baby was flushed down the toilet; apartment building residents heard him crying, the BBC reports. When rescuers arrived on the scene, they were unable to pull the baby... More »

China Censors Flood Coverage

Beijing's disaster response sparks criticism

(Newser) - China did a marvelous job dealing with the floods that have killed at least 37 people in Beijing—at least, according to anything you're likely to read in China. The city's propaganda chief has ordered the media to report exclusively "achievements worthy of praise and tears,"... More »

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