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Clinton Warns China on Iran Sanctions

China/Japan | YP - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 05:00

The secretary of state told China on Friday that it would face diplomatic isolation if it did not fall in line.

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VIDEO: FBI to investigate celebrity hacking

BBC Technology - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:59

The FBI are investigating after many famous women have had their nude photographs posted online anonymously after being hacked.

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Can geeks rescue science education?

BBC Technology - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:28

Would you take your kids to a geek festival?

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Windows XP: Your upgrade experiences

BBC Technology - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:19

Readers share their experiences of replacing their operating system

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VIDEO: The most future-proof profession?

BBC Technology - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:01

BBC News talks to Ian Lowe, a blacksmith who teaches other people an ancient art he believes to be future-proof.

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Why your phone is suddenly full of explainer journalism

G&M Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:56

New startups are built for mobile, social media-savvy audiences who grew up creating things on the Web

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Instant film making a comeback in a digital-dominated market

G&M Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:28

Fujifilm and a handful of rivals have revived interest in the once-ubiquitous cameras, as customers flock to the growing niche market

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Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy

New York Times Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:58

Robots still lack a critical element that will keep them from eclipsing most human capabilities anytime soon: a well-developed sense of touch.

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Foreigners using free legal aid services on the rise

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

800 cases handled by legal aid authorities involving foreign criminals last year, a 20 percent increase from the year before. A law requiring the government to provide free help to foreign criminals facing life sentences or the death penalty took effect in January 2013.  

The number of foreign offenders receiving legal aid has increased since a law was amended last year requiring the government to provide free help to foreign criminals who face life sentences or the death penalty.

According to the Ministry of Justice, legal aid authorities handled more than 800 cases involving foreign criminals last year after the law took effect in January 2013, a 20 percent increase from the year before.

"That more foreigners are staying in China and the amended Criminal Procedure Law has enlarged the scope of our legal services to foreign defendants has contributed to the sharp increase in such cases," said Sang Ning, deputy director of the ministry's legal aid center.

Most of the cases involved violent crimes, including drug smuggling and trafficking, murder, rape, human trafficking and robbery, as well as financial crimes, Sang said. Such cases mainly occurred in border areas, such as Yunnan province and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, and some developed coastal areas, including Zhejiang, Guangdong and Fujian provinces.

Offenders were mostly from Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and some European countries.

Under the amended law, authorities also provide free legal service to foreigners sentenced to life imprisonment, rather than only those who could receive the death sentence.

The number of foreigners staying in China for more than six months hit about 680,000, according to the ministry, including those who have obtained Chinese "green cards".

Foreigners involved in civil cases can also receive free legal service if they are short of funds or their country has signed a judicial agreement with China.

The ministry said it has established a database of 20,000 qualified volunteer lawyers who can provide free legal aid to foreign clients. About one-third of them can communicate in English.

Sang said the ministry will emphasize having more free legal assistance in border areas such as Yunnan and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, where a large number of foreigners are involved in cross-border crimes, including drug smuggling and trafficking or human trafficking.

"The key is to increase government financial support to legal aid and take effective measures to improve the quality of service," said Li Wei, a lawyer from the Beijing Lawyers Association.



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Chinese leaders to commemorate anti-Japan war victory

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

BEIJING - China's top leaders will attend a commemoration to celebrate the 69th anniversary of victory in the anti-Japanese war, which falls on Sept 3.

The event will see a grand ceremony held in Beijing in the morning of the anniversary.

China National Radio, China Central Television and China Radio International will live broadcast the event. Viewers can access the commemoration at several web portals including www.people.com.cn, www.xinhuanet.com, www.cctv.com.

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China continues Diaoyu Islands patrol

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

BEIJING - Vessels of the China Coast Guard (CCG) conducted a patrol mission in China's territorial waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands on Monday, according to a statement by State Oceanic Administration.

The vessels are CCG 2146, 2305 and 2113. China has been conducting the patrols on a regular basis.

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Senior Chinese official confident in HKSAR govt

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

HONG KONG - A senior Chinese official said here Monday that the universal suffrage in selection of Hong Kong' s chief executive should be based on nomination by a 1,200-member committee.

Li Fei, vice secretary-general of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, also expressed confidence during a press conference that the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will be capable of handling the so- called "Occupy Central" campaign.

The size of the nominating committee should be consistent with the current one and the nominating committee should be formed in accordance with the existing provisions in Annex I to the Hong Kong Basic Law, said Li Fei,

Li said previous practices had proved that the nominating committee ensured "a balanced participation" by various social sectors and conformed to Hong Kong's reality.

The first chief executive of the HKSAR was elected by a 400- member Selection Committee, while the second, third and fourth chief executives were elected by the Election Committee, with its membership growing from 800 to 1,200.

Li said that the fundamental principles in the basic law regarding the selection of Hong Kong's chief executive would remain unchanged.

He also said that the central government believes the HKSAR government will be capable of properly handling the "Occupy Central" campaign if some people would resort to such an illegal means.

The NPC Standing Committee decided on Sunday to grant universal suffrage in selection of Hong Kong's chief executive on the basis of nomination by a "broadly representative" committee.

The decision allows two or three candidates to run for the HKSAR's top job after obtaining support from at least half of a nominating committee that "shall be made in accordance with the number of members, composition and formation method of the Election Committee for the Fourth Chief Executive."

The decision on how the chief executive of the HKSAR will be selected was passed unanimously at the bi-monthly session of the NPC Standing Committee.

Sunday's adoption of the NPC decision is the second step for Hong Kong's five-step electoral reform.

Top Chinese legislator Zhang Dejiang said on Sunday that the new decision was of great importance to implementing the principles of "one country, two systems," "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong," and ensuring that the region maintains a high degree of autonomy in accordance with the Hong Kong Basic Law.

CY Leung, chief executive of the HKSAR, told the media on Sunday that official and non-official members of the Executive Council support the decision.

Leung said the decision has laid down a clear framework on the specific methods for selecting the chief executive by universal suffrage from 2017 onward. The HKSAR government will launch the second round of public consultation as soon as possible.

"The decision is not the final step. To put the decision into implementation in 2017, we need to obtain a two-thirds majority support from all members of the Legislative Council," said Leung.

The incumbent chief executive was elected by a committee in 2012.

According to the NPC decision, all eligible electors of the region have the right to vote in the election of the chief executive and elect one of the candidates for the office.

The existing formation method and voting procedures for the Legislative Council will not be amended.

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Report: Airfare fraud up sharply online

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

Fake websites for helping residents book flight tickets are increasing sharply with the Mid-Autumn Festival just around the corner, according to a report by China's security software giant.

Qihoo 360, one of the largest technology companies in the country, said that its security software has blocked phishing websites claiming to provide flight ticket booking almost 100,000 times recently, and the number is still rising.

Residents will have a three-day holiday for the festival, which falls on Sept 8 this year, and airlines often provide cheap tickets at that time, the report said.

The blocked websites posted tickets with unrealistically low prices, aiming to attract — and trap — travelers, the report said.

A man surnamed Song from Wuxi, Jiangsu province, said he paid 471 yuan ($77) with his credit card online to book a ticket from Wuxi to Xiamen in Fujian province.

"When I asked the website to confirm whether the ticket has been booked or not, I received a reply telling me the ticket was sold out and my money would be refunded in three days," Song said. "When I checked the next day, the website had no reply."

The man later found he had been cheated by a website pretending to book flights.

A resident from Qingdao, Shandong province, surnamed Hu, is in the same boat with Song. He was cheated out of 3,310 yuan when he attempted to book two tickets from Shenzhen, Guangdong province, to Qingdao.

"The website refused to return my money when I realized I made a mistake in the booking and even asked me to pay commission charges," Hu said, adding that the security software of Qihoo 360 had warned him that the website was fake.

Frauds on the Internet are diverse, and they tend to spring up from January to June, the report said.

It said that men are often cheated by online games, as well as by financial schemes, and they lost more as they made friends on social websites.

Women were usually trapped in online shopping schemes, especially when buying medicines to help them lose weight, the report said.

Of the online frauds identified in the report, almost 60 percent of victims were between 16 and 25 years old; the youngest was only 10. Residents born in the 1990s have become the main target in cyberswindles, it said.

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China honors carrier-based aircraft test pilot

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

BEIJING - A meeting to honor navy aviation officer Dai Mingmeng as a "Heroic Test Pilot," for his outstanding performances as a carrier-based aircraft test pilot was held by the Central Military Commission (CMC) on Monday.

Dai was among the first batch of test pilots for China's carrier-based aircraft. He took the lead in dangerous test flight programs and was the first to manage a ski-jump takeoff and landing with the help of arresting wires, expanding the country's fixed-wing aircraft from land-based to carrier-based operations.

Ski-jump refers to aircraft running along a ramp that is curved upwards for takeoff.

Navy commander Wu Shengli, who is also a CMC member, awarded Dai the medal and certificate under a commendation order signed by Chinese President and CMC Chairman Xi Jinping.

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New water-saving irrigation system tested in Xinjiang

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

A new water-saving irrigation technology has been successfully tested in the growing area of Hami in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

With the Trace Quantity Irrigation technology, date trees in the test land yield the same output with only 30 percent to 40 percent of the water volume that would be needed with drip irrigation.

The key part of the TQI system is a water-controlling tip that is put underground near crops' roots. The tip delivers water directly to the roots at a speed that's consistent with crops' absorption rate.

Drip irrigation sends water to the soil through small holes in plastic pipes.

With the same amount of water, the TQI system can irritate twice as much land as with drip irrigation, and more than 10 times that of flood irrigation.

According to Zhu Jun, a professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology and the inventor of TQI technology, the test project in Hami has achieved several breakthroughs in water-saving irrigation.

Previously, under the drip irrigation system, the flow volume must be higher than 1.36 liters per hour.

However, with TQI technology, the flow volume can be lower than 200 milliliters per hour, making it possible to irrigate the land at a much lower rate of water flow.

Thus, water use efficiency is greatly improved. One cubic meter of water can be used to irrigate more than 0.4 hectare, which is about 4,000 square meters of land. With drip irrigation, 1 cubic meter of water can irrigate 0.2 hectare, while for flood irrigation it will cover 0.033 hectare.

Additionally, a single well can irrigate more land. And only two valves will be needed with TQI, when 20 are necessary for drip irrigation.

The TQI technology can also reduce seepage of fertilizers, improving fertilizers' efficiency and decreasing pollution to groundwater.

The Hami region is one of the most arid growing areas in China, with annual precipitation of less than 50 mm.

Xinjiang water authorities said on Aug 26 that the TQI technology not only helps them save water, but also prevents the emitter from becoming blocked, which happens easily in the drip irrigation system.

TQI technology has also been tested in Beijing, Hebei and Ningxia.

It was invented jointly by a research center at Huazhong University of Science & Technology in Hubei province and Beijing Puquan Science & Technology Co Ltd. It is expected to help solve China's water shortage.

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Honesty, restraint stressed for CPC officials

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

BEIJING - Senior leader Liu Yunshan has called on officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to be honest in life and work and restrain themselves from abusing power.

Liu, president of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks at the autumn semester opening ceremony of the school on Monday. He is also a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau.

Liu's remarks echoed requirements for officials to improve their life and work style raised by President Xi Jinping in March: "be rigorous in upholding morality, using power and disciplining one self; be honest in making decisions, doing businesses and behaving one self."

"These requirements of restraint and honesty reflects the Party's strict self-management... and every Party official should stick to them as the basic principles to live as a human being and use power as an official at work," Liu said.

Liu stressed morality as a priority for all officials, urging them to cultivate their own sound life and work styles from handling difficult missions and solving complicated problems.

"Every Party member should fully realize the fact that their power is bestowed by the people... and they should handle this power with awe and always exercise cautions against reducing it to a tool with which they seek personal ends," Liu added.

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615 Beijing polluters fined total $2.1 million

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

The Beijing environmental protection authority found 615 companies emitting pollutants in the surrounding area during a six-month inspection and issued fines totaling 13 million yuan ($2.1 million).

From March through August, the environmental protection departments of the municipal and district governments have conducted a campaign that targeted polluting companies. More than 8,000 companies were inspected.

Among the polluters, 200 are in the service industry, including restaurants, hotels and SPA centers. Another 92 polluters are furniture manufacturers.

After the implementation of a regulation on air pollution control in Beijing, the environmental protection and urban management authorities have conducted a week of inspection every month until September.

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SPC reveals court officials' malpractice

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

BEIJING - Six local courts in China have been charged with violating anti-bureaucracy rules, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) said Monday.

In one instance, a county-level court in southwestern Guizhou Province spent 423,600 yuan (68,000 US dollars) "treating" its staff to a beach tour in Hainan Province, claiming the trip was for a field study.

A court official in Shaoguan City of Guangdong Province died from over-drinking after a luxury reception held by heads from another local court in the city, according to the statement.

Other malpractices include the misuse of public cars, playing computer games in the office and "asking for girls" in company to a club.

The SPC said all officials involved have been punished and warned court staff across the nation to draw lessons from them.

Chinese leadership introduced the "eight-point" anti-bureaucracy rules in December 2012 to ban officials from pomp, ceremony, bureaucratic visits and meetings.

Tens of thousands of officials have been punished for violating the rules.

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Aviation authority to probe in-flight smoking incidents

China Daily - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15

China's civil aviation authority said it is investigating two smoking incidents on board a recent domestic flight that caused passengers to complain about their safety.

On Saturday night, a young man on board China United Airlines flight KN5216 from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, to Beijing, was found smoking in the plane's bathroom, according to a Monday morning statement by the airline on its Sina Weibo micro blog.

An onboard safety inspector confiscated the man's matches and cigarettes and asked him to refrain from smoking on board.

Passengers compensated for others smoking on flightAfter a strong thunderstorm forced the flight to land in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, passengers and the plane's crewmembers caught a different passenger smoking near the cabin door. He was also asked to extinguish his cigarette, according to the statement.

The airline and the Civil Aviation Administration of China said they have jointly launched an investigation.

"Officials overseeing air transport safety have begun to look into the incidents and will make the result public once the probe is completed," said a publicity officer with the Civil Aviation Administration of China who refused to be named. She did not give any other details into the investigation.

After the plane landed, more than 20 passengers on board Flight KN5216 made complaints to airline officials at the Taiyuan airport that the flight's crewmembers had turned a blind eye to the smoking and that the captain was dismissive of passengers who asked for an explanation into the incidents.

A female passenger who identified herself as Deng told the Beijing Morning Post that she and other passengers "called the Taiyuan police after we landed to report the second smoker".

She also said that they asked the captain to have the airline re-screen the onboard luggage to rule out the possibility of other harmful materials on the plane. She said they feared that the smokers would also have lighters in their suitcases.

"But the captain just refused," she was quoted as saying.

When the plane finally resumed its flight and landed in Beijing early Sunday morning, 23 passengers did not leave the Beijing Nanyuan Airport until Sunday afternoon as they waited for an explanation and apology.

At the airport, Wu Gang, deputy general manager of China United Airlines, pledged to investigate the case and compensated each passenger 1,800 yuan ($290).

The airline has refused to reveal the name of the captain of the flight.

Smoking has been banned from onboard flights in China since 1988. The non-smoking rule began to apply to international flights that depart from China since July 1, 1993.

Despite the restrictions, there have been cases in which passengers have been caught smoking during flights.

In 2010, a woman from Shaanxi province was detained for seven days after she was caught smoking on a domestic flight. In 2012, a man was fined 200 yuan for onboard smoking before a Beijing-Saipan flight took off.

An officer from the police bureau at the Beijing Capital International Airport who spoke to China Daily on condition of anonymity, said airlines should inform the police if they find that flammable materials have been carried aboard a plane.

"However, as a matter of fact, it is very difficult for security workers at the airport to find a box of matches if a passenger deliberately hides one in his or her baggage because security staff mainly use metal detectors," he said.

"Smoking is completely prohibited on board the aircraft. … Such acts will incur heavy fines or administrative detention because it poses a severe threat to a plane's safety."

Zhang Qihuai, vice-president of aviation law research for the China Law Society, said a handful of smokers are unaware of the risks created by smoking on board a plane. Security workers at airports should strengthen their screenings of flammable materials, he added.

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