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Police beat back supporters in sensitive China land grab case

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in China's Inner Mongolia beat back supporters at the start of a sensitive land grab case, a family member said, where six nomadic herders are on trial for refusing to give up grazing land to a state-run forestry firm. Ethnic Mongols have long complained that their traditional grazing lands have been ruined by mining and desertification, and that the government has tried to force them to settle in permanent houses.

How much for a tooth? Tooth Fairy's doling out nearly $4 a tooth, a survey says

NEW YORK, NY — Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change. Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 per cent jump over last year's rate of $3 a tooth, according to a new survey by payment processor Visa Inc., released Friday. That's a 42 per cent spike from the $2.60 per tooth that the Tooth Fairy gave in 2011. Part of the reason for the sharp rise: Parents don't want their kids to be the ones at the playground who received the lowest amount.

Seoul, Beijing to launch joint forum on public diplomacy next month

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will launch a joint forum with China on raising collaboration in public diplomacy next month, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. The forum, slated for late September in Seoul, is designed to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of public diplomacy encompassing usually non-political diplomacy efforts toward the public of each other's country, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Turkmen scholars cultivate endangered plants

Nearly tens kinds of wild onions, other plants inscribed into Endangered Species List of Turkmenistan turn green and over 20 most beautiful Radde's hazel grouse blossom out their bellflowers on accurate beds on experimental plot of the Research Institutes of Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan.Eight bushes of endemic of Sunt-Hasardag State Nature Reserve and relict representative of the country’s flora - Turkmen mandrake grow among the grass, reported the state news agency of Turkmenistan.In Turkmen flora, mandrake is one of ancient plants belonging to Solanaceae family.
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