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Chinese company’s team-building exercise confounds viewers

 
This video of a team-building exercise – which was supposed to motivate the employees of a hotel in northeast China – has caused an uproar among Chinese Internet users, some of whom say that these methods remind them of those practiced in North Korea. Read more...
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China arrests hundreds for spreading Mayan apocalypse rumours

 
Hundreds of followers of a sect that is preaching that the world will end on Friday have been detained over the past week in China. Their crime: spreading “false rumours”. Read more…
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Chinese journalist “disappears” after exposing children’s dumpster deaths

 
The tragic story made headlines throughout China: five street children were found suffocated to death after climbing into a dumpster and burning coal to keep warm. Now, the man who first exposed the story has been forced by unknown entities to go “travelling”. His son believes he was taken away so that he will stop giving interviews. Read more...
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Chinese family lives in public restrooms so their son can go to school

 
They live with the constant sound of toilets flushing. A Chinese family in the city of Guangzhou, in south-east China, chooses to live in public restrooms so that their son can attend a local school. Read more...

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Plans for an artificial beach in Hong Kong attracts locals’ fury

 
Three hundred animal and plant species could vanish from Hong Kong’s Lung Mei shoreline due to an artificial beach project. At least, that’s what residents from the district in which the beach would be located claim. Tai Po district has seen an increasing number of protests from environmentalists as the construction's start date looms. Read more...
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Hide your toy planes and your pigeons – it’s time for the Communist Party congress

 
Chinese authorities aren’t kidding around when it comes to security measures for the Communist Party’s 18th congress, which begins Thursday in Beijing. During this once-in-a-decade event, where the party’s new leaders will be named, Beijing residents are facing a host of bizarre restrictions. Read more…
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From Iran to DR Congo, our Observers share reactions to Obama’s win

 
As soon as Barack Obama’s re-election was announced, Internet users from around the world went online to react to the news. Our Observers sent us some of the most interesting comments they spotted, giving us an idea of how Obama’s win is viewed outside of the United States. Some are enthusiastic, others blasé, and yet others downright funny. Read more…

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