China takes "zero tolerance" approach to regional polluters: Cabinet

China will take a "zero tolerance" approach to a wide range of environmental violations and has promised stronger action against regional governments that protect polluters or hinder inspections, according to a Cabinet document.

Australia mulls tighter foreign property investment rules

An Australian parliamentary committee Thursday recommended strengthening rules on foreign investment in the country`s booming housing market, calling enforcement of the current framework "severely lacking".

Bus overturns in China, two killed

 At least two people were killed and several others injured when a bus overturned on an expressway in northwest China's Gansu Province.

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Taiwan vote tests waters for pro-China govt ahead of presidential polls

Taiwan goes to the polls on Saturday to choose city mayors and local councillors in a vote that will show how much support the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has lost with its pro-China stance less than two years before a presidential election.

Hong Kong riot police clear protest site, arrest student leaders

Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in a blow to those hoping to wrest greater political freedom from authorities in Beijing.

China drafts first domestic violence law

China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, with activists hailing it as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.

China asks US for help in hunting down fugitives

A senior Chinese diplomat on Wednesday called on the US and other Western countries to put aside their wariness of China's justice system and work with Beijing to send back officials who have absconded overseas with ill-gained loot.

Clothes store in China sparks racism row by banning customers

A clothes store here has sparked a racism row by banning Chinese customers from its premises.

China: Youth survives car accident miraculously

A Chinese youth got hit by car thrice in China but miraculously survives.

Tiger set free by Putin kills 15 goats in China

A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin raided a farm in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province and killed 15 goats.

Students of Uighur scholar in secret China trial: lawyer

Seven students of a prominent scholar from China`s Uighur minority have been tried in secret for separatism, a lawyer said Wednesday, after their professor lost an appeal against a life sentence for the same offence.

24 killed, 52 injured in China's coal mine fire

At least 24 workers were killed and 52 others injured today when a fire broke out in a coal mine in China's northeastern Liaoning province soon after a mild earthquake jolted the region.

Not a degree of freedom for Tibetans within China: US diplomat

Tibetans within China do not enjoy freedom within the Communist nation, a top US diplomat has said after meeting Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal.

Students of Uighur scholar in secret China trial: ;Lawyer

Seven students of prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti have been tried in secret for separatism, a lawyer said Wednesday, days after the professor lost his appeal against a life sentence for the same offence.

Coal mine accident in northern China kills 24: Report

A coal mine fire in China`s northern Liaoning province has killed 24 workers and left 52 injured, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, underscoring the poor safety record of the world`s biggest coal producing country.

French FM says, Iran nuclear talks 'rather positive'

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that he thought the tone of the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna was "rather positive."

Pakistan demands bigger China role in SAARC, India objects
Pakistan demands bigger China role in SAARC, India objects

As some nations along with Pakistan pushing for China's active membership at South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), India on Tuesday rejected the demand saying that there was "no great support" for new membership.

5.6-magnitude quake hits China`s Sichuan province: USGS

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck China`s southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

No unauthorised entry of neighbourhood armies in 3 months: Govt

There have been "no incidents of unauthorised entry" of the armies of neighbouring countries into Indian territory during the past three months, the government on Tuesday informed the Rajya Sabha.