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Jan 27, 2015

Herder kills himself in Inner Mongolia over land grab

BEIJING, Jan 27 (Reuters) – A herder from northern China’s
Inner Mongolia who had been protesting the government’s
occupation of traditional grazing land has hanged himself
outside a government building, a relative and an overseas rights
group said.

The suicide adds to evidence that tensions are deepening in
Inner Mongolia, where minority ethnic Mongolians are demanding
better protection of their lands, rights and traditions.

Jan 27, 2015

China’s anti-graft unit tells sports to play fair, drop gold medal fever

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s sports regulator has pledged to drop the nation’s obsession with gold medals after the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog warned of the damaging extent of match-fixing and cheating in sports.

Many Chinese have linked previous sports cheating scandals to China’s pursuit of medals at all costs and have criticised the system for putting too much pressure on athletes to succeed in its rigid, Soviet-style sports system.

Jan 17, 2015

Chinese mourn leader, ousted after Tiananmen, on tenth death anniversary

BEIJING (Reuters) – More than 100 mourners gathered on Saturday at the Beijing home of Zhao Ziyang, the Chinese Communist party chief purged in 1989 for opposing a military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death.

Chinese liberals have clung to Zhao as a symbol of democratic change in a country whose leaders have rejected a reassessment of the 1989 protests.

Jan 16, 2015

China graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is investigating one of its top spy chiefs for corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said on Friday, signalling that the boldest crackdown on corruption in decades has spilled over into its powerful intelligence apparatus.

Ma Jian, a vice minister at China’s Ministry of State Security, is the most senior security official to be investigated since former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang was ensnared in a graft scandal last July.

Jan 6, 2015

China arrests scholar who helped blind dissident flee house arrest

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have arrested a scholar who helped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng escape house arrest in 2012, the scholar’s wife said on Tuesday, in a case that activists say signals a tighter grip on civil liberties.

Guo Yushan, founder of a think-tank that did research on business regulations, reform and civil society, was detained in Beijing in October.

Dec 31, 2014

Parents of wrongfully executed teen in China to get 2.05 million yuan

BEIJING (Reuters) – The parents of a Chinese teenager executed 18 years ago for the rape and murder of a woman he did not commit will get 2.05 million yuan (212,418 pounds) in compensation, a court and his father said on Wednesday.

This month, a court exonerated Huugjilt, saying he was wrongly convicted in 1996 of raping and killing a woman in a public restroom. He was executed in the same year. He was 18.

Dec 31, 2014

Parents of wrongfully executed teen in China to get $330,000

BEIJING (Reuters) – The parents of a Chinese teenager executed 18 years ago for the rape and murder of a woman he did not commit will get 2.05 million yuan ($330,491) in compensation, a court and his father said on Wednesday.

This month, a court exonerated Huugjilt, saying he was wrongly convicted in 1996 of raping and killing a woman in a public restroom. He was executed in the same year. He was 18.

Dec 30, 2014

Chinese authorities tear down cross on Christian nursing home

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have dismantled a cross in a Christian nursing home a week before Christmas, an employee said on Tuesday, the latest example of a growing crackdown on Christianity.

Men dressed in plainclothes removed the cross that was on top of the nursing home in the eastern city of Hangzhou on Dec. 19, said Gao Huifang, a worker at the home.

Dec 10, 2014

Former top planning official jailed for life in China over graft

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment the former deputy head of China’s top planning agency in a bribery scandal that exposed graft at the highest levels of China’s government.

The sentence, handed down by a court just outside of Beijing, capped the downfall of Liu Tienan, who was sacked as deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) last year, a position that carries minsterial-level status.

Nov 26, 2014

China considers suing ‘economic fugitives’ in the U.S., official says

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is considering suing people suspected of committing economic crimes who have fled to the United States and elsewhere with billions of dollars, an unusual step in a widening anti-graft campaign, a senior official said on Wednesday.

The move, part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive, underscores the challenges China faces in seeking the return of so-called economic fugitives.