Cuba pardons thousands of prisoners ahead of visit by Pope Francis

Cuba's government announced pardons on Friday for more than 3,500 prisoners, setting the stage for an eagerly awaited visit by Pope Francis with the largest release of its kind since the 1959 revolution.

China plans new push to reform state firms: Reports

China is preparing to unveil broad reforms for state-owned companies which will see some firms shut and others introduce more diversified ownership, according to media reports, in moves one analyst called a "game-changer".

China says must ditch gold obsession to root out sports graft ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics
China says must ditch gold obsession to root out sports graft ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

China must ditch its obsession with winning gold medals if really wants to root out corruption in sports, especially ahead of next year`s Rio Olympics, the country`s sports chief was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

China sacks work safety chief after Tianjin blasts

China has sacked the head of its work safety regulator for suspected corruption, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday, following blasts that killed more than 100 people in the port city of Tianjin this month.

Mao Zedong`s chief bodyguard dies aged 99: Report

The chief bodyguard of Communist China`s founding father Mao Zedong and a key figure in the ousting of the Gang of the Four died Friday aged 99, state media reported.

China expels brother of former senior official from Communist Party over graft

The brother of a former top Chinese presidential aide has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and public office, the government said on Friday, paving the way for his prosecution for violations such as accepting bribes.

Address human rights with China: US senators to Obama

A bipartisan group of US senators Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to highlight human rights concerns when his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping visits next month, in particular Beijing`s "extraordinary assault" on rule of law.

Japan's Hiroshima ceremonies 'scheming': Chinese media

A Chinese newspaper with close ties to the ruling Communist Party slammed Japan on Thursday for commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima without highlighting its own wartime aggression.

China jails TV hacker for 12 years over anti-govt broadcast

 An engineer who hacked into a Chinese cable television system has been jailed for 12 years, state media reported, after he broadcast denunciations of the ruling Communist party -- including showing the Tiananmen Square "Tank Man" image.

China probes volleyball chief for suspected graft

China`s main anti-corruption agency has begun an investigation into the country`s volleyball chief, it said on Tuesday, the latest sports official to be caught up in the country`s sweeping campaign against deep-seated graft.

China media says Beijing can handle any problem for Winter Games
China media says Beijing can handle any problem for Winter Games

Chinese state-run media on Saturday lauded the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the city could handle any problem thrown at it and would aim to put on a "big party".

Expelled Chinese general `dishonest` since youth: Media

Chinese media on Friday poured scorn on fallen military leader Guo Boxiong, accusing the "demon" former top general of dishonesty since his youth and his family of selling military posts for cash.

China artist Ai Weiwei says Britain restricted his visa
China artist Ai Weiwei says Britain restricted his visa

Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa, he cited an embassy official as saying today, restricting him to a three-week trip on the grounds he did not declare a criminal conviction in his application.

3 million pound fund to target whisky connoisseurs in China

A new 3 million pound fund has been set up to allow Chinese whisky connoisseurs to invest in some of Scotland's rarest drams as well as help boost exports to China, where an austerity drive by the ruling Communist party has badly hit sales.

Poland learns to love Stalin`s unwanted gift

Polish TV presenter Robert Bernatowicz used to hate Warsaw`s colossal Palace of Culture, an unwanted gift from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin that opened 60 years ago this week. But that was before he broke into the building.

Philippine rebels attack 12 security outposts; 1 dead

Communist guerrillas attacked a dozen mostly rural army outposts, including in two provinces where officials have declared that the insurgents have been considerably weakened, the military said today.

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao's top aide traded power for sex
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao's top aide traded power for sex

Ling Jihua, who has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC), had committed adultery with a number of women and traded his power for sex, authorities said.

Former speaker of Russian Parliament dies at 67

The former speaker of Russia`s parliament, Communist lawmaker Gennady Seleznyov, has died at the age of 67 after a long illness, his family said Monday. 

China`s Communist Party to hold key meeting in October: Xinhua

China`s Communist Party will hold a full meeting of its central committee in October to set the course of the world`s second-largest economy for the next five years, state media reported Monday.

Four detained over Beijing sex video scandal

 Four persons, including a young couple, have been detained in China in connection with a sex- tape shot in an upmarket fitting store here which went viral online, provoking fierce criticism from internet users.