Fatal school stampede blamed on horseplay 

A stampede that killed six children and injured 26 at a southern Chinese elementary school was sparked by horseplay that caused panic among dozens of schoolchildren, a state-run newspaper reported

HONG KONG | Trouble in town? Beijing summons tycoons 

As trouble brews in Hong Kong, who’s Beijing going to call? The billionaires. With political tension in the southern Chinese financial hub at its highest in years, China’s leaders summoned dozens of the

HONG KONG | Students target top official’s home in night protest

Hong Kong students were marching last night toward the home of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as part of a campaign demanding broader voting rights in the city. Hundreds of protesters, waving

XINJIANG | State media say 50 killed in far west attacks 

Chinese state media reported yesterday that 50 people, including 40 assailants, were killed in a series of explosions over the weekend in the far western region of Xinjiang, in what

Hong Kong air pollution hits highest level

The pollution, as measured by the Air Quality Health Index, recorded the highest reading of 10-plus at three monitoring stations, according to the Environmental Protection Department website. Nitrogen dioxide levels

GM says China sales this year to top 3.1m 

General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million vehicles and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the

HONG KONG| Occupy Central leaders plan Oct. 1 ‘democracy banquet’

Organizers of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement are inviting people to join a “democracy banquet” on the Oct. 1 holiday to fight for broader democratic rights

Drought worsens mainland long-term water crisis 

The corn has grown to only half its normal height on Yan Shuqin’s ranch in the hills of Inner Mongolia this year, as a swath of northern China suffers its worst drought

Uighur scholar to appeal life sentence 

A prominent scholar who championed China’s Uighur minority plans to appeal his conviction and life sentence, citing what he calls his improper detention and the authorities’ refusal to give his lawyers copies

Top planning official Liu Tienan ‘took USD6m in bribes’

A senior official with China’s economic planning ministry and his son took bribes from a Guangzhou carmaker, including kickbacks for helping approve the opening of a Toyota dealership, a Chinese

Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti gets harsh life sentence 

A Chinese court imposed a life sentence yesterday on a moderate scholar who championed the country’s Uighur minority, the most severe penalty in a decade for anyone in China convicted of illegal

Amnesty blasts mainland torture tool industry 

Chinese production and export of police equipment primarily used for torture, such as electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs connected by a chain, has grown dramatically, enabling human rights violations

CLIMATE CHANGE | Mainland surpasses EU in per-capita pollution for first time

The findings led by scientists at two British universities show the scale of the challenge of reining in emissions damaging the climate. They estimate that humans already have spewed into

HONG KONG | Students boycott class in next phase of democracy battle 

Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes yesterday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase

State media reveals cases of torture in police detention

Three police officers and four other people have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China’s official state news agency reported, in a rare instance of prosecution of the practice. One of

Rotten meat scandal firm lays off 340 workers

A U.S. meat supplier said yesterday it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s, KFC and other