Alexa Olesen

Murder by poison only one clue to offshore dealings by top Chinese

Eight current and former members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the country's top decision makers, have relatives with secret offshore firms.

China websites close amid tightening controls

Several Chinese websites went offline on Tuesday amid tightening controls that have already left mainland web users without access to social sites.

China bans cartoons that blend animation with actors

China has announced a ban on cartoons that blend animated elements with live-action actors, a move aimed at nurturing local animators and apparently curbing the use of foreign cartoons. Popular children's television shows featuring human hosts and animated elements such as Blue's Clues from the United States and Britain's Teletubbies could be included in the ban.

China cleans up Housewives before broadcast

Chinese broadcasters have tidied up Wisteria Lane, the fictional suburban setting for the American comedy series Desperate Housewives, an official said on Monday. A Chinese-dubbed version of the show was to debut late on Monday on China's state-run CCTV8 channel.

Rare Chinese tiger dies in SA reserve

A rare Chinese tiger born in a zoo in China and sent to South Africa to be trained for a life in the wild has died, threatening a wildlife protection programme, an animal rights group said on Tuesday. Hope, a four-year-old male, died of pneumonia and heart failure on Saturday at the Laohu Valley Reserve in South Africa.

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