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Mum's not married? No school for you then

"I am a local child. I want to receive compulsory education, too!"

Seven-year-old Xiao Qing's parents weren't married when she was born. Considered illegitimate by the state, she's not allowed to go to school until her mother pays a €900 fee. Not so easy when you're unemployed... Read more.

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Sanlu milk: "You’ll find treasure in your kidneys!"

Web users are not letting Sanlu off lightly. They continue to chide the Chinese dairy producer at the heart of the powdered-milk scandal, and this time with humour.  See the videos...

Why did this bus driver get beaten up?

This footage was recorded by a CCTV camera on a bus in China. The dispute breaks out because of a delay, but Web users think that the attack might have been racist. Warning, you might find the video shocking. Read more and see the video...

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The photo that cost a policeman his job

A few weeks ago Chinese webuser "24 degrees" posted this photo of a policeman chatting openly to the street traders that he was supposed to be tracking. The photo has since cost the policeman his job. Read more and see the photo.

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Tainted milk scandal – web users investigate

The Chinese blogosphere is panicking over the tainted milk scandal that has already killed three babies and hospitalised more than 6,000 others. Web users are sceptical about the official government line - that it's the fault of the milk farmers, and not the manufacturing companies. Read more...

Protesting, the 'harmonious' way

The people of Naples are not the only ones living under a pile of garbage. But, in Beijing, they have a novel way of expressing their discontent over a similar problem.

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A nightclub owned by the police?

To wish luck to a new business in China, messages are offered inscribed on red banners. But when the business in question is a nightclub and the well-wishers are the local police, neighbours start asking questions. Read more...

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Fifteen minutes of fame for the "iPhone Girl"

Surprised to find photos of a young Chinese factory worker on his new iPhone, a British Apple customer decided to post the pictures online. The girl in the pics has managed to catch the attention of everybody, including her boss... Read more.

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The return of matchmaking parents

Gathering of matchmakers in a park in Shanghai. Photo by "Jenming".

Go to a park on a Sunday in China, and you'll find thousands of parents mingling on the grass. Not for a picnic - these desperate mums and dads are exchanging photos and CVs of their sons and daughters, in hope of finding them a spouse. Read more...

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Olympics are no treat for Beijing’s illegal workers

For most inhabitants of Beijing, the long-awaited Olympics are a unique opportunity for rejoicing and pride. Yet for the city's numerous illegal workers, the Games are tantamount to a threat of expulsion. Read more...

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