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Strong earthquake hits central China

A strong earthquake rocked the western Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Gansu today, killing one person and injuring 23 near the site of May's devastating quake that killed at least 70,000 people.

Hosts' gymnasts may be barred from Olympics

Two female Chinese gymnasts, including a gold-medal favourite, might be too young to participate in the Beijing Olympics. Several online records and reports show He Kexin, the host nation's top competitor on uneven bars, and Jiang Yuyuan might not yet be 16, the minimum age for Olympic eligibility for gymnastics. Both were chosen for China's team last week.

Parents who lost a child in China quake to get £11,800 payout

Couples who lost an only child in the Sichuan earthquake have been given an exemption from the One Child Policy and pressured to take big cash payments in the latest effort to smooth any social unrest ahead of next week's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Panda film is a national insult, say Chinese

Few could have predicted that a big, burly cartoon panda called Po, who is versed in the finer arts of kung fu, could have brought anything but joy to the ancestral homeland of the creatures.

Jah Wobble Chinese Dub, Bush Hall, London

In a year full of cultural exchanges with China, this is the friendliest I've seen. Traditional dancers from Hangzhou, with their gliding walks and trailing sleeves, step neatly over the trailing cables of Jah Wobble's bass guitar. Chinese opera spectacle explodes from a tiny stage, masked dancers spinning and kicking to dub and folk music.

China's [lost] Children: Return to Sichuan

On 12 May, a devastating earthquake hit the Chinese province of Sichuan, leaving 90,000 people dead or missing. But the unique aspect of this tragedy was the extraordinary number of school children who lost their lives. Here, bereaved parents tell Clifford Coonan why they believe that negligence and corruption are to blame for the deaths of their loved ones

Hollywood's mix of kung fu and giant pandas is a hit in China

Getting Kung Fu Panda to the silver screen in China took the patience of a martial arts master, but the animated Hollywood take on Shaolin high jinks has got everybody kung-fu fighting in the ancestral home of the giant panda.

Protests in China at official 'cover-up' of teenager's death

It is the latest explosive example of how political corruption in China can have a dangerously destabilising impact. Thousands of rioters torched police cars and government office buildings in the south-western province of Guizhou after allegations that local officials covered up a teenage girl's death.

Aftershocks hit China's quake region as troops blow up lakes

An aftershock has rocked the earthquake zone in Sichuan province, shaking a huge lake formed by the quake nearly one month ago and threatening to engulf more than one million people downstream.

Play abandoned at Kent

Persistent rain meant that play was abandoned for the day at 3.0pm in this County Championship match between third-placed Sussex, the defending champions and eighth-placed Kent.

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China abandons one-child policy for parents bereaved by earthquake

China is relaxing its one-child policy for victims of the earthquake that struck the country on 12 May.

The quake wedding album

Wang Qiang had just photographed the bride-and groom-to-be when the ground started shaking. The first sounds he heard were stones falling from the 100-year-old church nearby.

Two survivors found eight days after Chinese quake

As China entered a second day of mourning for what could be 70,000 dead in the Sichuan earthquake, there are still miracles happening. Rescuers pulled a 31-year-old man and a 60-year old woman to safety, more than a week after the earthquake struck Sichuan province on 12 May.

China says over 70,000 dead or missing from quake

China raised the number of dead or missing from a devastating earthquake to more than 70,000 today, as rescuers found another survivor eight days after the huge tremor hit.

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