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UN's Ban Ki-moon tells the mainland civil society and free media are crucial
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told mainland China's leaders on Thursday that a flourishing civil society and free media are key to China's development, on one of his last visits to Beijing as U.N. leader.
 
Water levels are starting to recede in central and eastern China Thursday following a week of heavy downpours that broke levees, flooded cities and villages, halted public transportation, and left at least 181 people dead or missing.
 
China wants bookseller back but HK says no chance
Hong Kong officials said Wednesday there's little chance a bookseller wanted in mainland China will be sent back after mainland authorities threatened him with tougher punishment if he didn't return.
 
A human rights group on Wednesday demanded the release of a U.S. businesswoman held by mainland China for alleged espionage since last year, after a U.N. committee said she had been "arbitrarily detained."
 
Heavy rain around China's Yangtze river basin has left 128 people dead and scores missing, media said Tuesday, with more damage feared from a typhoon expected to land this week.
 
Aide to former PRC leader Hu Jintao jailed for life: media
An ex-aide of former Chinese president Hu Jintao has been jailed for life for corruption, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power, official media reported Monday.
 
The lead counsel for the Philippines in a high-profile case challenging China's sweeping claims in the disputed South China Sea says the response of other coastal states will be crucial in the aftermath of an upcoming ruling by an international tribunal.
 
A bus accident in north China killed 26 people and injured four when the coach crashed through a highway guard rail and plunged into a canal, state media reported Saturday.
 
China will never compromise on sovereignty, mainland China leader Xi Jinping said Friday ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing's maritime claims, as he celebrated the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 95th anniversary.
 
Beijing will reject any ruling by an international tribunal in a contentious case brought by the Philippines over the South China Sea, the foreign ministry said, as tensions mount over the disputed waters.
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