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Chinese filmmaker faces $164 mn lawsuit over children

Top Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is facing a $164 million lawsuit after violating the country's controversial one-child policy, a lawyer said Friday, prompting renewed debate around the rules. Critics say China's late-1970s family-planning law, which restricts most couples to one child, is selectively and sometimes brutally enforced, while the wealthy and well-connected are easily able to pay the fines levied for extra offspring.

Interview: China making positive investment moves in New Zealand agriculture: farming leader

Interview: China making positive investment moves in New Zealand agriculture: farming leader BALI, Indonesia, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Investment capital from China and other foreign sources is essential for New Zealand's agriculture sector to expand to meet growing international demand for food, the head of New Zealand's farming industry group said Thursday.

China's top farm official reins in land reform expectations

By David Stanway and Niu Shuping BEIJING (Reuters) - China's new rural reforms will stop short of giving commercial firms free rein to buy land and will focus instead on creating bigger family farms, the country's top rural official said in remarks published on Thursday.

America's farmers are aging, but economist challenges popular notion that it's a crisis

DES MOINES, Iowa - Agriculture economists have long warned that farmers are getting old and staying on their land longer, delaying the turnover to a younger generation. But an Ohio State University professor argues that those fears are overstated and the United States likely will have little problem replacing aging farmers as long as business is good, as it has been for the past decade.

U.S. flies aircraft into China's new air defense zone

A pair of U.S. military aircraft flew into China's newly established air defense identification zone in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, a U.S. Defense Department official said Tuesday. "Last night we conducted a training exercise that had been long planned that involved two aircraft flying from Guam and returning to Guam," Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.

Rio de Janeiro honored as world's best "smart city"

Barcelona, Spain, Nov 21 (EFE).- Rio de Janeiro was selected Thursday as this year's best "smart city" at the Smart City Expo World Congress being held in this northeastern Spanish metropolis. The judging panel at the world congress of smart cities emphasized the efforts of Rio's municipal government to make "a change in (its) model and a radical transformation" and praised the launching of a long-term project to transform it into a "smart" reference point in the Southern Hemisphere.

China says not looking at broad one-child policy relaxation

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is not considering a broad relaxation of its strict one-child policy despite an easing of existing rules since it would be too disruptive, the health ministry said on Saturday. The government announced on Friday that it would allow millions of families to have two children in the country's most significant liberalization of its strict one-child policy in about three decades. China, the world's most populous nation, has nearly 1.4 billion people.

China to ease one-child policy

China will relax its hugely controversial one-child policy, state media said Friday, in a major policy shift announced days after a meeting of the country's top Communist Party leaders. The change to China's family-planning policy will let couples have two children if one of the parents is an only child, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing a "key decision" made by leaders at this week's gathering, known as the Third Plenum.

Farmers move from mountains to townhomes in China urbanization drive, but where are the jobs?

QIYAN COMMUNITY, China - After her husband started making good money as an electrician here in central China, Cao Qin ended years of working as a migrant labourer hundreds of kilometres (miles) away and came back home to better care for their school-age boy. But Cao, 30, didn't return to the family's rugged adobe home in the hills. Instead, they all moved into a new third-floor apartment in this planned community of Qiyan that has been going up in a valley in southern Shaanxi province over the past couple of years as a new home for villagers scattered throughout nearby mountains.

U.N. warns of fresh exodus of boat people from Myanmar

The U.N. refugee agency warned Friday of growing signs of a fresh exodus of boat people from Myanmar amid the latest outbreak of violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine State. During just four days last week, more than 1,500 people left Rakhine by boat, with some reportedly drowning off the coast over the weekend, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees told a press conference in Geneva.
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