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China's Twitter erases John Oliver after scathing Xi Jinping skit

The British comedian John Oliver has been scrubbed from China’s version of Twitter after the host of Last Week Tonight ran a 20-minute segment satirising Chinese president Xi Jinping.<p>New posts mentioning his name or the show have been blocked on the microblogging site Weibo.<p>Oliver’s scathing parody …

McDonald's Makes a Surprising Announcement That Puts Other Restaurants to Shame

A&W and SeaWorld are following this trend as well.<p>Imagine you're McDonald's. You're one of the world's largest fast-food chains. Your core customers are families raising kids on tight budgets and people who have to drive long distances for work. Vegan, granola-munching, animal-loving activists …

How the dairy industry complicates the quest for better butter

Four years ago, I had a butter epiphany.<p>My family was planning a trip to France and before we left, a foodie friend told me that I had to try French …

Thanks To AI, A 3rd Person Is Arrested Following A Pop Superstar's Concert

As people continue to feed more and more of their interior selves — our likes, dislikes, wants, needs, social cartographies — into digital networks that harvest and parse that information into profiles used to make money, a new frontier of monitoring that hones in on our physical features is …

Michael Jackson

Last cave dwellers in China fight to keep their underground homes

When armed bandits prowled this remote, mountainous stretch of the southwestern province of Guizhou in the chaotic years before the founding of modern China, the ethnic Miao villagers hid in the region’s enormous caves.<p>And there they have remained, even after China was united under communist rule, …

Chinese researchers discovered an agricultural miracle to feed the planet without destroying it

The study was mammoth. It cost $54 million, and involved some 1,000 researchers and 65,000 local bureaucrats. But academics around the globe are calling the results an agricultural miracle.<p>The project already saved Chinese farmers more than $12.2 billion over 10 years, and in the process may have …

Farming

A Chinese Empire Reborn

I am the son of two empires, the United States and China. I was born in and raised around Washington in the Nixon-to-Reagan era, but my parents grew up in villages in southern China. My father was a member of the People’s Liberation Army in the 1950s, the first decade of Communist rule, before he …

China’s New Lenders Collect Invasive Data and Offer Billions. Beijing Is Worried.

HONG KONG — Bai Shichao has a debt problem that is bigger than his paycheck — and that’s a problem for the rest of China, too.<p>Mr. Bai, a 30-year-old Beijing deliveryman, has borrowed heavily from China’s growing ranks of online cash lenders. In a country that lacks reliable ways to tell who might …

China's killer smog rolls in

Each winter Beijing suffers severe air pollution, threatening the mega-city's 21.5 million residents.<p><b>Beijing, China -</b> During the cold and bitter winter season in Beijing - capital of the People's Republic of China - it is common to find people walking the streets with masks covering their …

China’s sharing bubble has produced the Chinese character of the year

China has announced its character of the year, and the winner is 享 (<i>xiang</i>), meaning “share.”<p>It’s a nod to the so-called “sharing economy” in China. “The popularity of on-demand bikes and the boom of the sharing economy brought visible benefits to people and explained the meaning of common …

China

France’s butter crisis is a perfect lesson in basic economics

Toulouse<p>A visit to the Sena Fromager at the Marché des Carmes brought more bad news. Daniel, the knowledgeable and personable fromager who gamely tolerates my poor French, looked grimly at the display case when I inquired about butter.<p>Gone was the giant block of gleaming fresh butter from which he …

France

IKEA Wants ‘Radical Change’ for its Food Business to Promote Sustainability

Some key changes at IKEA in the wake of a deep dive into their supply chain include introducing the veggie meatball as well as taking Coca-Cola and …

Agriculture

Highlights from Trump’s Visit to Asia: Pictures

China's secret aid empire uncovered

<b>China has a long list of state secrets - how many people it puts to death every year, and even the birthdays of its top leaders. But now, overseas researchers have uncovered another Chinese state secret: how much money Beijing gives in aid to other countries.</b><p>Not very long ago, China was a foreign …

China

Risky road: China's missionaries follow Beijing west

<b>When so-called Islamic State announced on 8 June that it had killed a Chinese man and woman in their mid-twenties in Pakistan's most volatile province, many would have assumed they were two of the thousands of workers that Beijing has sent to the country in the last few years.</b><p>China is investing …

China

Girls have had it tough in China for nearly 3,000 years

­As women across the world fight for recognition of their rights and equal representation, a recent archaeological discovery in the north of China shows why undoing discrimination is such an uphill struggle: Sexism is ancient.<p>A team of paleontologists led by Ekaterina Pechenkina, professor of …

Anthropology

The American mercenary behind Blackwater is helping China establish the new Silk Road

For years, China has groomed landlocked Yunnan province in its southwest to be the country’s strategic bridgehead into Southeast Asia, building highways and rail lines to its borders with Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar to one day weave them into a regional, and eventually, transcontinental transport …

China

Beijing bans property ads promising high returns and good feng shui

<b>Online property portals in Beijing have been forced to remove "illegal information" in an attempt to curb rising prices in the capital.</b><p>The sites had until Wednesday to remove ads promising high returns and even good feng shui, state media said.<p>Beijing's surging home prices have made it unaffordable …

Feng Shui

Hello, Big Brother: How China controls its citizens through social media

Have you ever wondered if your government monitors what you do on your smartphone? If you lived in China, this would be an every-day Orwellian …

In China, consumers have to be on guard not just against fake food, but also fake news about food

“How could people ever believe that seaweed could be made out of plastic?” long-time seaweed entrepreneur Zeng Huaqing asked himself on Feb. 17, after one of his clients sent him a 10-second long video on WeChat that appeared to show a home cook finding a piece of thin black plastic in a bag of …

In China, dairy companies are training chefs to bring on the butter, cheese, and cream

It’s well documented that a vast proportion of the Chinese population is lactose intolerant, but that’s not stopping China’s consumers from spending more of their disposable incomes on dairy, particularly as more of them are lifted into the middle class.<p>The Chinese aren’t expected to embrace dairy …

Food

China Home-Price Rises Regain Speed, Defying Purchase Curbs

China home prices rose last month in more cities despite increased restrictions on property transactions by local authorities.<p>New home prices, …

China's 'airpocalypse' linked to Arctic sea ice loss

<b>The air pollution that lingered over eastern China for nearly a month in 2013 has been linked to the loss of Arctic sea ice the previous autumn.</b><p>A study says the haze lasted much longer because the melting ice and increased snowfall altered wind circulation patterns.<p>If Arctic ice continues to shrink …

Global Warming

More wealth, less health: The changes fuelling China’s drug industry boom

China’s pharmaceuticals industry does not have the best of reputations. From bribery scandals to examples of poor manufacturing processes to instances of falsifying data, the sector has not exactly been a beacon of good practice.<p>For an economy of its size, it is also well behind its peers in terms …

China

China congress: BBC team forced to sign confession

<b>The plan was a simple one.</b><p>We'd arranged to meet a woman in her village in China's central Hunan Province and to then travel with her by train to Beijing, filming as we went.<p>But we never did get to meet our interviewee.<p>The story we ended up with, however, reveals more about the exercise of power in …

China

Chinese man cycles 500km in wrong direction to get home

<b>A man hoping to cycle home cross-country for Chinese New Year realised 30 days into his trip that he had been travelling in the wrong direction.</b><p>The young migrant worker from China was aiming for his home in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, after setting off from Rizhao - over 1,700km away.<p>But he was …

Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year: China's epic family reunion | CNN Travel

Chinese media warns of 'dramatic changes' and discord after Trump's inaugural speech

State-run tabloid says trade tensions between US and China ‘seem inevitable within the four years ahead’<p>Chinese media warned the country to brace for “dramatic changes” and discord between the world’s two largest economies after Donald Trump used his inaugural speech to pillory the “ravages” of …

Controls put China property market on roller-coaster ride: Wanda's Wang

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, criticized the country’s close control of its property industry, saying the “excessive cyclicality” caused by that was a reason for his conglomerate’s planned move to exit the real estate development business.<p>FILE PHOTO: Wang Jianlin, …

China

Beijing Mayor Plans to Slash Pollution

Beijing’s city government set a new target to cut toxic smog in an address setting the city’s 2017 priorities.<p>Beijing Acting Mayor Cai Qi pledged to …