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100 million Chinese to get greater city benefits

More than 100 million Chinese are to be given vital documents making them officially residents of the country's cities under a broad plan for the urbanisation that is crucial to economic growth. China's new leaders under President Xi Jinping who took office a year ago have touted "people-centred urbanisation" to raise the quality of life as well as just growth rates.

China has 99.93 percent conviction rate: top court

Chinese courts acquitted a total of 825 people out of almost 1.16 million verdicts last year, the Supreme People's Court said Monday -- a conviction rate of 99.93 percent. In a report to the annual session of the Communist Party-controlled National People's Congress, Zhou Qiang, head of the Supreme People's Court, said that Chinese courts convicted 1.158 million people in 954,000 criminal cases heard. They exonerated only 825 people, he said in the report, in accordance with rules including "protecting human rights" and "excluding illegal evidence".

With legal reforms, China wants less interfering in cases, fewer death penalty crimes

By Sui-Lee Wee and Li Hui BEIJING (Reuters) - China has curtailed the power of the ruling Communist Party's Political and Legal Committee, a secretive body overseeing the security services, to interfere in most legal cases, scholars with knowledge of the situation said - a significant reform at a time of public discontent over miscarriages of justice.

China probes almost 37,000 officials for graft

China investigated almost 37,000 officials suspected of corruption in more than 27,000 cases between January and November, state media said Sunday. Out of the 27,236 cases, 12,824 resulted in "losses for the people" involving a total of 5.51 billion yuan ($0.9 billion), Xinhua news agency said without elaborating. It cited a statement from the Supreme People's Procuratorate, China's top prosecuting body, which could not be reached for comment Sunday.

China's parliament to convene annual session March 5

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's parliament, on Saturday decided that the next annual session of the 12th NPC will open March 5, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The session is expected to run for between 10 days and two weeks. ==Kyodo

S. Korea seeks to ease regulations to attract high-quality foreign schools

SEJONG, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will allow foreign schools to establish joint entities here with local partners to make it easier for them to advance into the education market, the finance ministry said Friday. Under current rules, foreign schools are only allowed to open and run international education facilities on their own and are barred from paying dividends on accumulated surplus funds.

Suspect arrested in Shanghai baby killing case

SHANGHAI, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- A suspect was arrested on Tuesday after a four-month-old boy was found killed and concealed in a washing machine in a Shanghai home in November, said local procuratorate authorities. The suspect, surnamed Lei, was arrested on suspicion of intentional homicide against the son of her brother-in-law, said the Songjiang District People's Procuratorate. Shanghai police on Nov. 24 received a report saying a four-month-old boy was missing from his home. On Nov. 27, the boy was found in the washing machine at home.

China improves law enforcement supervision

BEIJING, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) on Tuesday pledged to resolve imprudent law enforcement via stricter supervision of the entire law enforcement and case handling procedure. Procurators-general and deputy procurators-general at various levels will direct investigation and interrogation, and support public prosecutions when handling major or important cases, according to a SPP's five-year plan on grassroots procuratorate building.

Detained China rights advocate faces prosecution: reports

A prominent human rights activist who was taken into custody earlier this year could face prosecution for "provoking public order," according to a police document posted online Monday. The Beijing Public Security Bureau has recommended that Xu Zhiyong be prosecuted by the Beijing Municipal People's Procuratorate for allegedly "gathering a crowd to disturb order in a public place."

Leading officials' use of power to be supervised: CCDI

BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The use of power by top officials needs to be curbed and supervised as part of China's fight against corruption, the disciplinary organ of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has said. Some leading officials have used their power to obtain personal gain and put their positions above Party organs or governments, according to a statement released by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) on Wednesday.
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