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Christl Leong

Paraxylene Chemical Plant In China Explodes

Blast Hits Fujian Paraxylene Chemical Plant

An explosion at a paraxylene plant in Zhangzhou, Fujian province has sparked a major fire Monday night, just days after violent protests broke out in China's southern Guangdong against the construction of a similar petrochemical plant.

China's (CNOOC) Oil Rig in the South China Sea

South China Sea Gas Field Boasts 100 Cubic Meter Yield

China's recently discovered gas field in the disputed South China Sea could yield up to 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas, the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) said on Saturday.

Chinese students graduate

Call To Ban ‘Western Values’ From Chinese Education Sparks Debate

China's Education Minister Yuan Guiren's call to ban textbooks promoting Western values from Chinese universities have sparked intense debate among members of the academe, most of whom reject the notion that foreign pedagogy poses a threat to the Communist Party's survival.

French Police

Paris Terror Attacks: Six Still At Large

At least six men believed to have been involved in the Paris terror attacks last week that saw the deaths of 17 people, remain at large.

Avon Headquarters at Manhattan, New York

Avon Charged With Millions For China Bribery

The world's leading direct seller of beauty merchandise, Avon Products, Inc. has been fined US$135 million after its China subsidiary pleaded guilty to bribery charges on Wednesday.

Airline flights

Overeager Chinese Passenger Mistakenly Deploys Plane Emergency Slide

A Chinese passenger eager to alight from his China Eastern flight upon arrival earlier this month caused a two-hour delay after attempting to use the emergency door for a quicker exit.

President Xi Jinping

China Rejects International Climate Oversight At UN Conference In Lima

China has rejected international oversight of its pledged cuts on carbon emissions even as more than 190 countries work towards a new deal that would combat global climate change.

USAF F-35 Fighter

Chinese National Charged With Stealing Classified U.S. Military Information

U.S. authorities have arrested a Chinese national for allegedly transporting sensitive proprietary information for the development of titanium used in the manufacture of U.S. Air Force fighter jets.

Vladimir Putin

India, Russia Primed For Oil Deal, Boosts Trad

India and Russia are poised to strengthen bilateral trade ties with the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Ukraine crisis

Pro-Russia Separatists Broke ‘Day of Silence’ –Ukraine

Ukraine on Tuesday accused Russian-backed rebels in the east of violating the "Day of Silence," just hours after both sides acquiesced to pave the way for a lasting ceasefire, the fourth such attempt since peace talks in Minsk began in September.

Dianne Feinstein

Senate Report Finds CIA Torture Program A Bust, Violates American Values

The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)'s "enhanced interrogation program" in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, released on Tuesday, has exposed the agency's failures and laid bare to the extent of brutality Washington's chief spying agency had enforced during the Bush-era.

Israeli fighter jet

Syria Calls For UN Sanctions Against Israel, Citing Damascus Air Strike

The Syrian government on Monday called on the United Nations to impose sanctions on Israel for the bombing of Damascus airport and Dimas, an attack which officials condemned as a "heinous" crime against Syrian sovereignty.

President Barack Obama

Remains Of South African AQAP Hostage In Yemen Heads Home

The remains of South African al-Qaeda hostage Pierre Korkie, 56, who was killed on Saturday along with American national Luke Somers during a botched U.S.-led rescue operation in Yemen, will be flown home to his his wife and two children.

U.S. Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein

CIA Interrogation Report Poses Risk To U.S. National Security, Foreign Policy

The impending release of a highly controversial report detailing the Central Intelligence Agency's "enhanced interrogation techniques" following the 9/11 terror attacks has defense officials and Republican lawmakers in an uproar over its consequences on U.S. national security and foreign policy.

Former Chinese Pres. Hu Jintao at the Confucius Institute in Chicago

Are U.S.-China Educational Partnerships A Threat To Academic Freedom?

The growth of U.S.-China educational partnerships in recent years has raised the question of academic freedom and whether American learning - characteristic for its liberal nature and regard for universal values - is being compromised in favor of multi-million dollar subsidies.

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