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Chinese downplay impact of poll upset

China on Friday downplayed the impact of Sri Lanka’s presidential election upset, dismissing suggestions that the stunning win of Maithripala Sirisena could shake up Beijing’s plans in the Indian Ocea

Residences of 6th Dalai Lama found

Two former residences of the sixth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso, the 16th century Tibetan monk, have been found in Tibet in an area bordering India and Bhutan, a discovery that will shed new light on h

Dating app helps gay men banish blues, and AIDS


Hua Ruobin started using Blued two years ago to meet other gay men in China, setting up weekend dinners or dates in karaoke bars.

China fast fills up oil reserves

Tumbling world oil prices sparked a buying spree by China that led to record crude imports in December, according to Reuters estimates that suggest the top energy consumer doubled the oil put aside fo

Mobile phone snooping contract in China

China’s push for government transparency appears to have gone awry in one eastern city after police disclosed on their website a 149,000-yuan ($23,983-) contract to develop software for hacking mobile

Con artist poses as Bill Gates’ wife

Two Chinese models have been sentenced to 13 and 11 years in jail for cheating a local millionaire of $1.55 million in a honey trap in which one of them posed as an ex-wife of Microsoft co-founder Bil

Jackie Chan’s son to be tried in China on drug charge

The son of action movie star Jackie Chan, will be tried here in public on next Friday for a drug-related crime in an apparent attempt to send a stern message against drug abuse in China.

Kvitova, Halep advance in China

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China media blames Google over Gmail suspension


US Internet giant Google’s failure to obey Chinese law is to be blamed for the suspension of its popular email service, a state-run daily today said after the last indirect means to access Gmail was a

Tragedy rekindles pain for MH370 kin

Indonesia President Joko Widodo with AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes at Surabaya, Indonesia, on Tuesday.— AFP

Tearful relatives of those on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 said on Tuesday their torment has been awakened anew by the AirAsia loss in Indonesia, nine months into their nightmare.

There are several ways of looking at the debates around freedom of speech.

This is truly epic. Though, perhaps, hysterical is a more apt description.