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Map: The world’s longest train journey now begins in China

On Nov. 18, an 82-container freight train left the eastern Chinese industrial city of Yiwu. It was embarking on a landmark journey that is supposed to end 21 days later, in December, in Madrid. The distance the train covers — more than 6,200 miles — marks the longest route taken by a freight train, …

L.A. will host Chinese, U.S. summit to launch carbon emissions cuts

Following up on last week's U.S.-China climate change agreement, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday he would invite leaders of Chinese and American cities to a summit in Los Angeles next year to kick-start efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in both countries.<p>Wrapping up the China leg of a 12-day …

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The next big thing for China's wealthy: Etiquette classes

For the wealthy Chinese, it's no longer enough to look the part. They're now paying big bucks to learn how to act the part too.<p>Increased global travel, business expansions and mounting interest in Western education has led China's middle and upper classes to seek out etiquette professionals to …

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip

Construction flies in the face of US calls for a freeze on building in the disputed Spratly Islands<p>Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading …

China sentences two to death for killing of pro-Beijing imam | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese court has sentenced two people to death and another to life imprisonment for the murder of a state-backed imam in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency has said.<p>Policemen in riot gear guard a checkpoint on a road near a courthouse …

Banks shut branches over Hong Kong protests

<b>Standard Chartered and several other banks have suspended some of their operations in central Hong Kong following mass pro-democracy protests.</b><p>Bank branches that offer over-the-counter services have been closed, as well as ATMs and cash deposit machines in affected areas.<p>Some firms have also advised …

Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas At Democracy Protesters

Riot police unleashed repeated volleys of tear gas to disperse tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday evening.<p>The crowds had gathered outside the city’s government headquarters in support of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement that seeks to pressure Beijing into upholding …

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U.S. Begins Drills Near Disputed Waters in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines - Thousands of Philippine and American soldiers began annual war games on Monday near disputed waters in the South China Sea. The Philippines has territorial disputes with China over the South China Sea, which is said to be rich in energy deposits and carries about $5 billion in …

China censors images of Hong Kong protests in TV broadcasts to mainland

While television sets in Hong Kong blaze with images of the pro-democracy protests that have paralysed the central business district since Sunday, citizens in mainland China have been getting a very different story: that a few thousand people gathered in a local park to celebrate the Chinese …