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Schools across China ordered to remove poisonous running tracks
Schools across China have been ordered to remove running tracks made from toxic materials that have been blamed for sickening students, in the latest in a long line of product scandals blamed on corruption and weak oversight.
 
A veteran pro-democracy lawmaker was charged Thursday by Hong Kong's corruption bureau over a payment from one of the city's best-known anti-China media tycoons, in a case he described as a political move.
 
A total of 19 people connected to a troubled Chinese metals exchange have been arrested, authorities said, after repeated protests by disgruntled investors and as the number of cases of financial fraud rise.
 
China is using its fishing fleets with armed escorts to bolster maritime claims in disputed territory, a senior US State Department official warned Wednesday, calling China's behaviour "disturbing".
 
China city holds dog-meat festival despite protests
A city in southern China went ahead with an annual dog-meat eating festival Tuesday despite heavy criticism and protests from animal rights activists.
 
Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday he has raised concerns with China about the case of a bookseller who reported being detained for eight months on the mainland, amid fears Beijing is tightening its grip on the city.
 
Protesters call for Wukan leader's release amid video
The popular head of a Chinese village who won a rare open election in 2012 following a standoff with the ruling Communist Party said in a televised statement Tuesday that he accepted kickbacks for government contracts, as thousands of his supporters marched in the streets calling for his release.
 
Footage of Chinese bank staff being spanked for poor performance at a training session has gone viral, triggering public anger and the suspension of the bank's boss, reports said Tuesday.
 
HK leader to raise detention of bookseller with China gov't
Hong Kong's leader said Monday he'll raise concerns with the Chinese government over the case of a bookseller secretly detained for months in the mainland and whose revelations about his ordeal have sparked fear and anger over Beijing's tightening grip.
 
HK's stateless kids in limbo as refugee claims soar
The number of stateless children born to refugees is growing in Hong Kong, where claims from asylum seekers have more than tripled in the last two years, alarming residents and lawmakers.
 
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