YULIN, China -- While China's push for clean energy threatens to transform former coal boomtowns such as Shaanxi Province's Yulin into so-called "ghost cities," the city's government plans to buck the trend.
"So what do you think about the boys in Yulin?" asked a local bus driver in Xian, where we were on the last leg of a press tour of northwest China. "Yulin boys are genuine and solid, eh? And people say the ladies from that town are stunning. It's because of the quality spring water they drink - cherry blossom water."
British banker Rurik Jutting was found guilty of the horrifying murder of two Indonesian women at his upscale Hong Kong apartment and jailed for life on Tuesday, in a case the judge said was "sickening in the extreme".
Beijing effectively barred two pro-independence lawmakers from Hong Kong's legislature Monday, prompting one legislator to pronounce that the city's rule of law was "dead."
Beijing must intervene in a Hong Kong political dispute to deter advocates of independence for the city, China's top legislative panel said, calling their actions a threat to national security.
China's top legislature effectively barred two democratically elected separatist lawmakers from taking office in Hong Kong with a ruling Monday on the city's constitution, an intervention into a local political dispute that's likely to spark further turmoil in the southern Chinese city.
Two lawmakers who want Hong Kong to split from China wrestled with security in parliament Wednesday, with one of them dragged from the chamber and security staff left injured, as fears grow Beijing will step in over the saga.
The Hong Kong trial of a British stock trader who murdered two Indonesian women and horrifically tortured one of them, recording the three-day ordeal on his phone, has barely registered in the victims' home country, let alone elicited shock or sympathy.
All 33 coal miners trapped underground in a gas explosion earlier this week have been found dead, state media reported Wednesday, as work safety officials vowed to punish those responsible.
Hundreds of rescuers Tuesday were struggling to find 18 coal miners still trapped a day after a gas explosion killed 15 of their colleagues in western China.