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China imposes cooling-off period on couples seeking divorce

China imposes cooling-off period on couples seeking divorce

BEIJING: Chinese courts have began to impose a cooling-off period on couples, seeking to legally separate, in an effort to check the increasing divorce rate in the country, authorities said on Monday. More than a hundred courts in the country have imposed this measure on couples seeking divorce, which increased by nearly 40 per cent in the last decade, as […]

Heatwave leads to slumber parties on Shanghai streets

Heatwave leads to slumber parties on Shanghai streets

SHANGHAI: As Shanghai swelters under a summer , it sometimes looks as if people are dropping dead from the temperatures on the city’s best-known shopping avenue. Normally bustling Nanjing East Road has turned into an open-air slumber party on recent nights as locals try to escape the heat of their cramped homes by sleeping outside onbenches or on pavement. The […]

China reports 1st African swine fever outbreak, culls 1,000 hogs

China reports 1st African swine fever outbreak, culls 1,000 hogs

BEIJING: China reported its first outbreak of the deadly African swine fever (ASF) on Friday, as authorities in Liaoning province in the country‘s northeast culled almost 1,000 hogs and rushed to control the highly contagious disease. News of the infection will stoke concern about its spread in the world‘s largest pig herd, and possibly to Japan, the and other parts […]

China defers plan to pull down Ningxia mosque

China defers plan to pull down Ningxia mosque

BEIJING: Chinese authorities have put off plans to demolish a new mosque following a rare demonstration by a large group of Muslims of the ethnic in northwest China‘s province. This is the first major protest against local authorities by the Hui community. Most agitations against government agencies have been limited to Uyghurs of the border province of Xinjiang. Large crowds […]

Protesters force China to put off mosque demolition

Protesters force China to put off mosque demolition

BEIJING: Thousands of Muslims gathered at a newly-built mosque in northwestern China to protest its planned demolition in a rare, public pushback to the government’s efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced in the country. Following the protests, Chinese authorities said on Friday that they have put off plans to demolish the Grand Mosque in Ningxia province’s Weizhou town. The […]

‘Credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps,‘ says UN

‘Credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps,‘ says UN

GENEVA: A United Nations human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.” Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim […]

China holds million ethnic Uighurs in secret political camps: UN report

China holds million ethnic Uighurs in secret political camps: UN report

GENEVA: A United Nations human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.” Gay McDougall, a member of the UN committee on the elimination of racial discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities […]