China putting a brake on inflation

The fluctuation range of China's currency exchange rate can be further broadened to help curb rising inflation, said Li Daokui, a member of the monetary policy committee of the People's Bank of China. Property market set to make soft landing

Secret spy satellite launched from US

The Air Force has launched a new classified spy satellite. An un-manned Delta 4-Heavy rocket blasted off From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday at 5:58 p.m. (2258 GMT)

Govt search for batch of tainted drinks

Market regulators in Xiangfan of Central China's Hubei province have started an "all-out search" for a batch of dairy products that is believed to contain melamine - a toxic industrial chemical that killed at least six infants across the country in 2008.

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China to probe law violation in QQ-360 spat

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Sunday it would investigate the dispute between Tencent and Qihoo 360 to determine whether actions by either company had broken the law.

10 detained over fatal coal mine dispute

Ten people were detained following a dispute between coal mine contractors which led to a deliberate explosion, killing nine people and injuring 48 others in southwestern Yunnan Province, local police said Sunday.

High-speed rail on agenda

Construction of a high-speed rail link between Yunnan province and neighboring Myanmar, part of a project to upgrade transport connections with Southeast Asian nations, will start in about two months, a top rail expert said.

Leaders urge development of border regions

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice-Premiers Li Keqiang and Hui Liangyu have called for more efforts to promote the development of the nation's border regions.


China rolls out measures to fight inflation

The State Council, China's Cabinet, announced Sunday a slew of measures to rein in rising commodity prices to ease the economic pressures on the people.
China confident of keeping a lid on inflation: NDRC
Hike in reserve ratios to stifle inflation

'Draconian' measures may be on the cards

China's second hike in its required reserved ratio (RRR) in nine days is widely seen by analysts as unlikely to send the stock market into volatile corrections.

Youku seeks $169m from US IPO Inc, China's biggest online video company, said it plans to raise $169 million in an initial public offering in the United States, one week after its competitor Tudou Holdings Ltd filed for its own initial public offering (IPO).


Ireland, EU agree on financial rescue package

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen on Sunday night confirmed the European Union (EU) has agreed to the Irish government's request for a financial aid package from the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Tigers could be extinct in 12 years if unprotected

Wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching, global wildlife experts told a "tiger summit" Sunday.

Japanese Justice Minister resigns over gaffe

Japan's justice minister resigned Monday over comments that made light of his duty to respond to questioning in parliament, the latest blow to the ruling party as it struggles to keep Japan's fragile economic recovery alive.

Russia to join NATO new anti-missile plan

Just getting the leaders of Russia and NATO around the table to talk about increased cooperation was progress barely two years after the Georgian war triggered a near freeze in relations.


Rudisha and Vlasic named IAAF athletes of year

Kenyan 800 metres runner David Rudisha, who set 2010's only major world record, and world indoor high jump champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia were named IAAF Athletes of the year on Sunday.

Moya honored after retirement at ATP Finals

Four days after announcing his retirement from tennis, former top-ranked player Carlos Moya was back on court and the center of attention.

Lin-Lee duel to continue

Beijing Olympics and three time world championships winner Lin Dan and world number one Lee Chong Wei could extend their long time duel to the 2012 Olympic Games while China once again dominated at the Asian Games.


US should rethink strategy

When projecting its influence in the Asia Pacific region, the United States should remember that it needs to assume a more constructive role in order to be a welcoming and respectable player in regional affairs.

Cost of smoking higher than revenue

Today, tobacco is deeply entwined in Chinese culture, from the compulsory cigarettes given to male guests at almost every wedding, to the glossy images of national icons that adorn cigarette packets.

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Think Tank

Debate: Heating system

Does South China need a central heating system? "No", says one expert, because it would be an unnecessary drain on precious energy, while another says it is important to restructure the entire system to save energy.


Police detain man for running down officials

Police have detained a man accused of running down 11 urban management officers with an SUV as they demolished his allegedly illegally built house in central China's Hubei Province.

Cold front to hit North China

China's meteorological authorities on Thursday forecast a new cold front will reach northern China over the next three days, bringing snow and temperatures dropping as much as 14 degrees Celsius in some areas.


China's best treating little girl

The 4-year-old girl who traveled to the capital last week desperately seeking a cure for an ailment that left her with a massively oversized stomach has been diagnosed and is being treated by China's top expert.

Flying high

It was Zhang Yimou's 2003 film House of Flying Daggers that brought Wang Yabin, 26, to national attention.

Archery secret: Train with snakes

The gold medal winning Korean women's archery team used the daunting experience of handling snakes as part of its training methods.

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