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Senior official from China's Sichuan under graft probe: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A senior government official in China's Sichuan province is under investigation for "severe discipline violations", which is often a euphemism for corruption, state media said. Zhao Miao, a senior official in Chengdu, capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, was taken away on Thursday for questioning by anti-corruption investigators, the Xinhua news agency said late on Saturday.

Man confesses in first public trial in China's rumor crackdown: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - A popular internet microblogger confessed in court to spreading rumors about the Chinese government, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday, in the first public trial since China began cracking down on online rumors last year. Rights advocates say China's campaign to quash online rumors, which began last summer, is tantamount to crushing free expression. The government says the crackdown is necessary to preserve social stability.

China recruits 'guardian angels' to protect embattled doctors

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's capital Beijing is taking a novel approach to protecting doctors from growing levels of violence from angry patients: volunteer "guardian angels". The campaign will recruit students, medical workers and other patients to act as middlemen between doctors and those in their care to defuse disagreements and smooth over tensions, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

China unveils anti-graft rules for urbanization drive -state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has unveiled plans to tackle corruption and abuse of power in the real estate sector, state media said, as it tries to smooth the way for the mass migration of millions of Chinese into cities from the countryside. The anti-graft plans are part of an urbanization program designed to underpin a restructuring of China's economy, the world's second largest, away from exports towards one based mainly on domestic consumer demand.

Families of some Chinese passengers on missing plane receive insurance payouts

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese insurance companies have started paying compensation to the families of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane presumed crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday. The families of seven passengers received 4.17 million yuan ($671,600) in compensation on Tuesday, China Life, the country's largest insurance company, was quoted by Xinhua as saying. China Life said it has 32 clients on board the flight and estimated its total compensation at around 9 million yuan.

Six stabbed to death in family dispute in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Six people in Beijing were stabbed to death over a family property dispute by a man with a history of mental illness, the city's police said on Thursday, while seven others were stabbed in a separate incident in the south of the country. China is still jittery after a mass stabbing at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming earlier this month left 29 people dead and about 140 injured.

Chinese MH370 search plane finds 'suspicious objects'

Chinese aircrew have spotted "suspicious objects" in the southern Indian Ocean in the search for vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. It gave no immediate further details, but an earlier Xinhua report said a Chinese military plane set off early Monday from the western Australian city of Perth to seek "suspicious debris" floating in the remote waters captured by satellite imagery. fms/slb/jw

Chinese MH370 search plane finds 'suspicious objects'

A Chinese aircrew has spotted "suspicious objects" in the southern Indian Ocean in the search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. Searchers discovered "two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometres", Xinhua said, citing a reporter on board a Chinese Ilyushin-76 plane. The larger objects were "white and square", it added.

Chinese MH370 search plane finds 'suspicious objects'

Chinese aircrew have spotted "suspicious objects" in the southern Indian Ocean in the search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. The "white and square" objects were spotted by searchers aboard a Chinese Ilyushin-76 plane, it said. "The crew has reported the coordinates -- 95.1113 degrees east and 42.5453 south -- to the Australian command centre as well as Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, which is en route to the sea area," Xinhua said.

China's Xi urges officials to 'sweat' corruption out of system

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping urged rural officials on Tuesday to make "spicy" efforts to "sweat" corruption out of their systems, state news agency Xinhua reported, as he pressed on with his campaign to crack down on deep-rooted graft. "The weapons of criticism and self-criticism should be well-wielded, with some spice to make every party official blush and sweat a little," Xi said during a visit to a rural area in central China's Henan province called Lankao, Xinhua said.
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