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China rights lawyer released after five years in jail

BEIJING, (AFP): A leading Chinese human rights lawyer has been released from prison after almost five years behind bars, his wife said Sunday. Wang Quanzhang, 44, was first detained in 2015 in a sweeping crackdown on more than 200 lawyers and government critics in China as President Xi Jinping..

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China pauses in memory of virus victims and ‘martyrs’ Friday, April 3rd, 2020

WUHAN, (AFP): China came to a standstill on Saturday to mourn patients and medical staff killed by the coronavirus, as the world's most populous country observed a nationwide three-minute silence. At 10 am (0200 GMT), citizens paused, cars, trains and ships sounded their horns, and air-raid sirens..

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China honors virus victims with 3 minutes of reflection

WUHAN, China (AP): With air raid sirens wailing and flags at half-mast, China on Saturday held a three-minute nationwide moment of reflection to honor those who have died in the coronavirus outbreak, especially “martyrs” who fell while fighting what has become a global pandemic. Commemorations..

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China’s Oil Giants Struggle as Prices Collapse

China's state oil companies are suffering from the plunge in crude prices at a time when the world's largest importer should be celebrating lower costs. The country's national oil companies (NOCs) are dealing with dilemmas on several fronts at once as international prices fall nearly 45 percent..

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Fears Grow For Chinese Student Who Told President to Step Down Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Concerns were growing on Tuesday for a university student in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, after he posted a video to social media calling on President Xi Jinping to step down. In the video, Zhang Wenbin says he was once a "little pink" supporter of the ruling Chinese Communist Party,..

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China state media reports 19 people killed in forest fire Monday, March 30th, 2020

BEIJING (AP): China’s state media say 19 people died while fighting a raging forest fire in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The Xinhua News Agency reported the deaths on Tuesday but did not say when they occurred. A city information office says the fire started on a farm Monday afternoon..

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China’s virus epicentre pivots to stem imported cases Sunday, March 29th, 2020

WUHAN, (AFP): The ground-zero city of Wuhan is cautiously reopening after a two-month quarantine, but the birthplace of the global coronavirus pandemic is now on guard against a potential new threat: imported cases. Travel restrictions have been loosened, with Wuhan's busy train station officially..

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Estimates Show Wuhan Death Toll Far Higher Than Official Figure Saturday, March 28th, 2020

As authorities lifted a two-month coronavirus lockdown in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, residents said they were growing increasingly skeptical that the figure of some 2,500 deaths in the city to date was accurate. Since the start of the week, seven large funeral homes in Wuhan have been..

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China virus epicentre eases travel restrictions after lockdown Friday, March 27th, 2020

WUHAN, (AFP): The Chinese city of 11 million people that was Ground Zero for what became the global coronavirus pandemic partly reopened on Saturday after more than two months of almost total isolation. Wuhan was placed under lockdown in January with residents forbidden to leave, roadblocks..

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China cuts international flights, bars foreign residents Thursday, March 26th, 2020

BEIJING, (AFP): China will drastically cut its international flight routes and bar entry to returning foreigners based in the country to stem the spread of the coronavirus, authorities said Thursday. The country has not reported any new domestic COVID-19 infections for two consecutive days but..

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China’s Economy Expected to Shrink in The First Half

As China's economy struggles to recover from the COVID-19 epidemic, analysts are trying to estimate how much damage has already been done. Government agencies and official media have issued a series of positive statements about signs of renewed economic activity this month after a near-total..

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