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Dan Weisman

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and other leaders attend a memorial ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu province December 13, 2014.

Chinese Leaders Attend Nanjing Massacre Memorial

Chinese President Xi Jinping led a high-powered delegation of national leaders Saturday at a moving ceremony honoring the deaths of tens of thousands of Chinese citizens in the December 1937 Nanjing massacre.

State-run monopoly China National Tobacco Corp. produced 2.5 trillion cigarettes last year for the nation's 365 million smokers.

China National Tobacco Corp. Makes More Cigarettes Than The Next Five Largest Tobacco Companies In The World Combined

China has a major health crisis with 365 million smokers, but one state-run Chinese company doesn't mind that number at all. The China National Tobacco Corp. has a monopoly in the China market enabling it to produce more than one-third of the world's cigarettes including more than 40 percent of all tobacco sold worldwide.

Vladimir Putin assists with the tagging of a Siberian tiger in 2008.

Putin's Siberian Tiger Returns To Russia

Oblivious to sticky international borders, Kuzya, the Siberian Tiger that was rescued as a cub by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently has returned from China to Russia's far east. Kuzya created a bit of an international incident when he wandered cross the Sino-Russian border two months ago, swimming across the Amur River into China. Conservationists expressed concern that the tiger would become poacher prey.

An entrance gate to Sony Pictures Entertainment at the Sony Pictures lot is pictured in Culver City, California April 14, 2013.

Federal Investigators Close To Pinning Sony Hack Attack On North Korea

The chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee said Friday that federal agents were zeroing in on proof that North Korea was behind the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network.


New Poll Finds Half Of All Americans Wouldn't Let Sons Play Football

A lot of negative publicity surrounding American football was shown to have borne bad fruit Wednesday with a Bloomberg Politics Poll revealing that half of all Americans say they would not want a son to play football.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

China Weighs In On CIA Torture Report

With Human Rights Day being Wednesday, Xinhua news agency, China's official voice to the world, made sure to tweak the U.S. over its CIA torture report and self-appointed role as "defender of civil liberties globally."

Joaquin Phoenix Getting Married? Sorry Folks, Just Another Joke, He Says

Joaquin Phoenix fans, have no fear, the actor is still being weird. And ladies, he's still single.

Johnny Football starts for the Cleveland Browns sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals

Johnny Manziel to Start for Cleveland Browns Sunday

Johnny Football will start Sunday. That was the word from Cleveland Browns camp on Tuesday as multiple sources reported that Coach Mike Pettine will pull struggling starter Brian Hoyer and insert the much-ballyhooed former Heisman Trophy winner into the quarterback spot.

Jack Ma

Taiwan Offers 'Tiny Welcome Sign' To High-Powered Mainland Delegation

Reflecting Taiwan's new political reality, a high-powered mainland delegation including Alibaba's Jack Ma visiting this week beginning Tuesday was expected to receive an underwhelming welcome, according to island officials and analysts. Ma, a former Chinese commerce minister, was leading a delegate of top mainland officials and business leaders on an eight-day visit to Taiwan.

Fashion Blogger Zoella's Big Reveal: She Had 'Help' Writing Best-Selling Novel

Fashion blogger Zoella, otherwise known as Zoe Suggs, was outed this week for not being the sole author of her recently published novel that has shot up to the top 10 of the New York Times Young Adult Best-Sellers list. While the 24-year-old Brit rose to prominence on YouTube for viral breakout videos about fashion, make-up and boys, boys, and more boys, her writing skill came under immediate fire following publication of "Girl Online" last month.

Cosby and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in 2011.

Hugh Hefner Calls Cosby Allegations 'Saddening'

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, a longtime friend of Bill Cosby who often had the comedian over to the Playboy Mansion for parties, said Saturday that the sexual abuse charges against Cosby were "saddening."

Iranian workers stand in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, about 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran October 26, 2010.

Chinese National Extradited to U.S. for Smuggling Nuclear Parts to Iran

A Chinese man was extradited to Boston on Friday to face federal charges on suspicion of smuggling components manufactured in Massachusetts that could be used to make nuclear weapons in Iran.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un salutes as he watches a Pyongyang parade with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao.

China Won't Step In If North Korea's Regime Collapses, Retired Top PLA General Says

Even as the newly nominated commander of the U.S. Pacific Command called North Korea the biggest threat to Asian security, a former top People's Liberation Army general said China would not "go to war for North Korea."

Chinese former Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang gestures as he speaks at a group discussion of Shaanxi Province during the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People.

China Arrests, Expels Zhou Yongkang From Communist Party

Once one of China's most powerful leaders, former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang was arrested early Saturday and expelled from the Communist Party. Zhou was charged with a lengthy list of corruption, and other, infractions, including taking pay-offs and selling state secrets.

The Bottle Rocket Party manufactured by Norman & Globus Inc. sells for $14.99 at Walmart, Amazon and Village Toy Shop. This

Consumer Watchdog Ranks '10 Worst Toys' Of Holiday Season

'Tis the season for giving holiday toys to kids and 'tis the season to avoid these top-10 worst toys, as listed by the World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) consumer watchdog group.

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