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The authorities have been accused of trying to intimidate young pro-democracy protesters and their families after a 14-year-old girl was detained on suspicion of drawing flowers in chalk near government headquarters and sent to a juvenile home.

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The filmmaker, Shen Yongping, was detained in April and formally arrested on June 4, the 25th anniversary of the military crackdown on student-led protesters in 1989.

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Chen Shui-bian, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence, is said to have health problems that include mild brain atrophy, severe depression and Parkinsonism.

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Ms. Robinson discusses Animals Asia Foundation’s work to end bear bile farming in China and Vietnam, changing cultural attitudes in Asia and the bear that reached out to her.

By midday on Friday, more than 300,000 people in China had seen the film about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un of North Korea and the reviews, by and large, were favorable.

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In recent days, as popular fervor for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this officially atheist nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back with Scrooge-like zeal.

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Within days, Beijing’s faucets are expected to begin spewing water that has traveled hundreds of miles to the capital from Hubei Province via one of the world’s most ambitious, and controversial, engineering projects.

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The move is widely seen as a sign of greater Chinese commitment to United Nations peacekeeping efforts and of Beijing’s wishes to step up protection of its commercial interests in the country.

A Vietnamese woman who had lived in the area for more than 20 years helped introduce other Vietnamese women for local marriages, collecting thousands of dollars in matchmaking fees. By late November, more than 100 of the women had vanished.

In Beijing Temples, Clubs for the Wealthy

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 by

Xinhua, the state-run news agency, reported on Monday that just blocks away from the Forbidden City, two temples — the Songzhu Temple and the Zhizhu Temple — have been converted into high-end clubs and private restaurants to cater to China’s big spenders.

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