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  1. Chinese rescuers drilled deep into the ground on Thursday in an increasingly desperate bid to save 21 miners trapped for almost two weeks, with one confirmed dead and still no signs of life from over half of the missing workers, state media reported.Twenty-two workers were entombed hundreds of metres underground at the Hushan mine near Qixia in eastern China’s Shandong province after an explosion on January 10 sealed the entrance and cut off communications.Contact has been established with one…
  2. China’s prize-winning female body builder Gui Yuna is showing the world just what disabled people like her can achieve. The fiercely determined 37-year-old can already lay claim to being an Olympian, a world-record holder, a prize-winning bodybuilder and a mother of one – despite having lost a leg in a road accident when she was seven.Now, the inspirational athlete who recently won first prize on her bodybuilding debut in Beijing, has plunged headfirst into her next challenge – establishing a…
  3. The backlash continues full throttle.Two days after popular Chinese actress Zheng Shuang was accused by her former partner, producer Zhang Heng, of abandoning their two children born to US-based surrogate mothers, Chinese authorities and a host of commercial brands linked to Zheng have reacted to the controversy.Zheng’s surrogacy used a legal loophole and was “definitely not innocent”, the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China said on Wednesday…
  4. A scandal involving a high-profile celebrity and two surrogate children has rocked Chinese social media, setting off heated debate over whether there should be an outright ban of surrogacy in China.At the centre of the controversy is popular actress Zheng Shuang, who has been accused by her former partner, producer Zhang Heng, of abandoning their two children born to US-based surrogate mothers after the couple’s relationship ended before the children were born.Zhang said on Weibo, China’s…
  5. A South Korean internet star who live-streams herself binge-eating various foods – a phenomenon known as mukbang – is in hot water amid an online dispute over whether kimchi is Korean or Chinese.The YouTuber, who goes by the name Hamzy, found herself caught in the crossfire of this cultural clash when she added a thumbs-up emoji to comments online about China claiming Korean kimchi, a fermented cabbage dish, as its own.Chinese internet users said she had insulted China by showing her approval…
  6. More than 1,000 opponents of plans to build a dam on China’s biggest freshwater lake have signed a petition calling for the project to be abandoned, saying it will take a huge toll on endangered migratory birds and the rare Yangtze finless porpoise.In an open letter to authorities in Jiangxi province last week, Let Birds Fly, a Hangzhou-based environmental group, said it would be “extremely irresponsible” of the government to approve the project for Poyang Lake.“It goes against China’s efforts…
  7. At least 12 miners are believed to be still alive after being trapped underground for over a week following an explosion at a gold mine in eastern China.Rescuers at the Hushan mine in Qixia, Shandong province, received a note from the survivors saying 12 of the 22 workers were still alive on Sunday afternoon, state news agency Xinhua reported.The condition of the other 10 people was unknown, according to the note sent back after rescuers sent down a metal wire with supplies attached.The blast…
  8. An antibacterial baby lotion sold in China has been pulled off the shelves and its producer’s facilities shut down after a five-month-old on whom it was used grew a protruding forehead and cheeks covered in hair and saw her weight balloon. Tests showed a high concentration of a potent steroid had been illegally added to the product.The girl’s distraught parents said that after using the antibacterial cream, Yifuling, on their daughter they had watched her weight balloon to 11kg (24 pounds),…
  9. Tim Yang was driving with his girlfriend on a highway in Indiana when she received a text message saying a Chinese doctoral student at the University of Chicago, 30-year-old Fan Yiran, was among those killed in a shooting rampage in the city the day before.A PhD student himself at Purdue University, about two hours’ drive from Chicago’s South Side neighbourhood where Fan was gunned down, Yang said he was struck by the randomness of the killing.“I’ve driven past the garage where he was shot,…
  10. Amid a worldwide backlash against recently announced changes to its privacy terms, instant messaging giant WhatsApp on Saturday announced it would give users until May – rather than early next month – to decide whether they consented to the new arrangement.However, the postponement was unlikely to stem the recent exodus of users to other encrypted messaging apps, Hong Kong technology experts said, noting that the uproar over the changes had already morphed into a crisis of confidence, despite…