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February 11, 2013 | By David Pierson
BEIJING - North Korea tested a nuclear device Tuesday, state media said, defying international pressure to stop such activities and drawing quick condemnation from the White House. State media said North Korea successfully detonated a miniature atomic bomb underground in a test geared toward protecting its safety and sovereignty from the United States. The White House, meanwhile, issued a statement saying "these provocations do not make North Korea more secure. " “Far from achieving its stated goal of becoming a strong and prosperous nation, North Korea has instead increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery," the White House statement said.
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April 3, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A series of mortar shells fired by rebels killed six children and injured 16 others Thursday in and around the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to Syria's official news agency. Rebels based in the capital's outskirts frequently fire mortar shells into the city, which is under tight security. The recent rise in strikes on the capital comes after a relative lull in such attacks earlier in the year. Government officials condemn the mortar fire as indiscriminate. Commanders of forces opposing President Bashar Assad say the attacks target only military, police and government installations.
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April 11, 2012 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING — The Chinese state media left no doubt Wednesday about their view of Bo Xilai, the charismatic son of a revolutionary and until recently one of China's most powerful people. "Bo Xilai's conduct has seriously violated the party's disciplinary rules, damaging the affairs of the party and the country and badly harming the image of the party and country," said an editorial Wednesday morning in the People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party. "There are no citizens who are privileged before the law, and the party does not allow privileged members who stand above the law. " Bo a day earlier was suspended from his political positions and his wife was placed under arrest on suspicion of killing a British man who'd been a family friend.
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December 14, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, This article has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
BEIJING - Chinese state media early Sunday began transmitting images and video taken by its moon rover, a gold-hued unmanned exploration vehicle named the Jade Rabbit after the story of a mythological Chinese moon goddess who kept a pet rabbit. The images were sparking excitement among space enthusiasts. "It is just beautiful to see the surface of the moon up close in a way we haven't in years. The images we remember of the moon were taken decades ago. These are the first photographs of the Internet age," said Morris Jones, an Australian space analyst based in Sydney.
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September 4, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Dictators toppled! London burning! United States broke! On second thought, scratch the exclamation points. Except maybe for the bit about London burning. So far, 2011 has been a challenging year for the Chinese media on the news front, not to mention the existential one, as they walk a fine line to satisfy both their political masters and an increasingly savvy public with growing access to honest news reporting on the Internet. Perhaps not since the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has there been as much international news so inherently threatening to the Chinese Communist Party.
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September 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The terror attacks have prompted Iran's official media to provide a rare glimpse of America's human side after two decades of demonizing the U.S. as the "great Satan" and a "paragon of pagan decadence." State TV has been giving full coverage of the events, complete with details of human suffering. Iranian leaders, from reformists to conservatives, have strongly condemned the attacks in an unprecedented expression of sympathy and offered cooperation to fight terrorism.
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April 14, 1995 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities in the Chinese capital are using the case of a slain policeman and his wounded partner to sound the alarm about urban lawlessness and violence here. But the campaign also carries a larger appeal for law and order, directed at the country's emerging middle class, that is changing the shape of politics in China. The shooting death last month of police officer Cui Daqing by a man wanted in eight other killings has been featured prominently in the Chinese press.
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February 9, 2010 | By Barbara Demick
The pitch was tantalizing: Just a little training and you too could hack websites, earning thrills, power and, in many cases, money. "Guaranteed successful attack tools!" is how Black Hawk Safety Net advertised its online academy for hackers. "Spare one minute to learn and you'll make your life more exciting." Police in Hubei province announced to the Chinese media over the weekend that they had closed down the operation, which state media said was the largest training site for Chinese hackers, and arrested three of its ringleaders.
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January 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Chinese officials detained four people over the beating death of a man who had recorded a clash between villagers and authorities, state media said. Wei Wenhua, 41, was driving by Wanba, a village on the outskirts of Tianmen in Hubei province, on Monday and stopped when he saw villagers squaring off against 50 urban inspectors, his family and state media said. After Wei took out his cellphone to record the demonstration, officials turned on him, the New China News Agency said. The agency cited Tianmen's vice mayor as saying that those under investigation included a leading city bureaucrat.
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December 22, 1996 | Reuters
A man armed with explosives who took 28 children hostage in a kindergarten in central China was shot dead by a policewoman who sneaked into the classroom disguised as a teacher, state media said Saturday. The man forced his way into a kindergarten in a suburb of the Henan provincial capital, Zhengzhou, on Wednesday, and took hostage 28 children and two teachers. He asked for a ransom and threatened to detonate explosives.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Chinese authorities on Thursday instructed the country's banks and other financial institutions not to accept bitcoin, an unregulated digital currency that has soared in value amid widespread speculation, state media reported. China's central bank and four other state agencies warned that the use of the currency is risky and that it opened up opportunities for money laundering. State media reported that the currency does not have legal status and should not be circulated. Beijing authorities, however, did not outright ban the currency.
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November 13, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
BEIJING -- Financial markets, economists and even one amateur limerick writer gave the thumbs down to the new Chinese Communist Party leadership's long-awaited platform on economic reform. Although a communiqué issued Tuesday night at the close of the four-day party plenum hailed the “decisive” role played by markets, the financial markets didn't return the compliment. From Hong Kong to Shanghai to Seoul, Asia benchmark indexes slumped on disappointment that the plenum had failed to live up to its advance billing of ushering in market-oriented reforms.
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November 6, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - A bomb exploded Wednesday in a busy square in central Damascus, killing eight people and wounding at least 50, Syria's state-run media reported. The attack occurred in Hijaz Square in front of the historic Hijaz railway station, a crowded area in the heart of the capital flanked by shops and a hotel. Among the casualties, state media said, were workers carrying out maintenance in the now-inactive station, which has been converted to a museum and memorial for dozens of railroad workers killed in sabotage strikes on the national railway system.
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October 13, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Suicide attackers detonated a pair of car bombs in central Damascus on Sunday near the state broadcasting headquarters, causing material damage to an exterior wall but no injures, the Syrian media reported. The explosions occurred in the vicinity of Umawiyeen Square near the General Establishment of Radio and Television, state media said. The zone is in the heart of Damascus, near important government offices and security buildings. The bombing highlighted the fact that the capital remains vulnerable, despite a massive presence of troops and pro-government militiamen on the streets.
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September 4, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
HUNCHUN, China -- The Chinese railroad official whose house in the Los Angeles suburb of Walnut drew the attention of anti-corruption investigators has been charged with accepting nearly $8 million in bribes, state media reported. Zhang Shuguang, 57, is alleged to have taken the money from contractors building China's high-speed rail lines. His indictment follows the conviction in June of former Railroad Minister Liu Zhijun, who was handed a suspended death sentence for accepting more than $10 million.
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August 7, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
BEIRUT -- Syrian government forces ambushed and killed more than 60 rebel fighters Wednesday in the suburbs of the capital Damascus, activists and state media reported. The fighters were walking before dusk near the industrial city of Adra when government forces opened fire on them with antiaircraft machine guns, said Musab Abu Qatada, spokesman for a key rebel group, the Damascus Military Council. He said 65 rebels were killed and three survived, though other sources gave slightly differing numbers.
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May 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Sudan released opposition leader Hassan Turabi without charges after questioning him about a Darfur rebel attack on the capital, Khartoum, according to his party and state media. Turabi and at least 10 other members of his Popular Congress Party members were detained in a government sweep across the city, said Awadh Ba Bakr, a relative and close aide to Turabi.
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December 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion killed 36 people at a fireworks factory in Tieling, China, and a businessman who set up the factory was ordered arrested, state media said. The factory had been operating only three days when the blast tore apart its two workshops, the New China News Agency said. It said police ordered the arrest of Chen Haoyan, who lacked a production safety license. The report did not say whether he owned the factory.
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August 2, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- With more than 80 posts and 30,000 followers, Syrian President Bashar Assad's Instagram account, opened just over a week ago, is the latest  example of the government's aggressive foray into social media during its more-than two-year war against armed rebels. Pro-rebellion citizen journalists have been a mainstay of the conflict since its beginning, flooding social media networks with videos and photographs that have been viewed, shared and tweeted around the world.
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July 11, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - War-battered Syria moved Thursday to protect its battered currency, proposing new laws to criminalize dealings in other nations' bank notes. The new statutes would subject violators to fines and prison terms of up to 10 years, state media reported. The move comes as concern mounts about the plummeting value of the Syrian pound and the use of the U.S. dollar in its place. With the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan having begun, some Syrians say they are having difficulties buying sufficient food.
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