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Anita Chang

Chinese cheerleaders confront tradition in hot pants

Wearing mesh tank tops, the cheerleaders waved their pom-poms non-stop and danced with gusto -- if only to stay warm in the unheated basketball arena. The smiling young women have come to expect a crowd response as chilly as the winter wind outside.

Pollution turns Chinese rivers red and foamy

Pollution turned part of a major river system in central China red and foamy, forcing authorities to cut water supplies to as many as 200 000 people, the provincial government and a state news agency said on Wednesday. Some communities along tributaries of the Han River were using emergency water supplies.

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