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Footage released of Chinese military drill near Okinawa
Footage of China's military drill conducted Thursday in the waters southeast of Japan's Miyakojima was released Friday night by China state-run television, showing the combined exercises of marine frigates, bombers and fighters.
 
Beijing to up military spending by 7% in 2017
China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy despite regional tensions over the South China Sea and other issues.
 
Duterte moves in on death penalty bill
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to bring back the death penalty for drug-related crimes has cleared a major hurdle, with supporters backing it in congress but critics denouncing the planned killings as "inhumane".
 
Lawyers suing Beijing officials for air pollution
Lawyer Cheng Hai has a list of compensation demands from Beijing authorities over the city's smog: 65 yuan (US$9) for having to buy face masks, 100 yuan (US$15) for seeing a doctor for a sore throat and 9,999 yuan (US$1,500) for emotional distress.
 
Bao Bao's in China
A worker feeds U.S.-born giant panda Bao Bao as she arrived at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center in Chengdu on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Bao Bao started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China, where she will eventually join a breeding program.
 
China selfie app seeks to 'beautify the world'
Strolling a tree-lined Shanghai street with friends, Hu Dongyuan pulls out her smartphone and does what millions of Chinese women do daily: take a selfie, digitally "beautify" their faces, and pop it on social media.
 
Beijing on Wednesday insisted that Spain deport more than 200 suspects, including Taiwanese and Chinese citizens, recently arrested in the country for alleged telecom fraud to China, on the grounds that the victims were all Chinese.
 
Ex-Hong Kong leader gets 20 months in jail for corruption
A former leader of Hong Kong has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for corruption over a luxury apartment in mainland China intended for his retirement.
 
China ban a 'game changer' for opioid fight
China is adding the deadly elephant tranquilizer carfentanil and three related synthetic opioids to its list of controlled substances effective March 1, China's National Narcotics Control Commission said Thursday.
 
China sends sympathy to families of dead in Taipei bus crash
China expressed condolences Tuesday to families of the dead and those injured in a tour bus crash in northern Taiwan on Monday night that has claimed at least 33 lives and left the others on the bus injured.
 
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