Child’s play: Coding booms among Chinese children | AFP

As China’s leaders push to develop the country’s artificial intelligence tech, wealthy parents are taking kids as young as three to programming schools. One eight-year-old is already giving his own tutorials.

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Mainland Chinese give their views on six months of protest in HK | AFP

Beijing residents give their take on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations six months on. The unprecedented movement was born on June 9, when an estimated million people took to the streets to protest a proposed bill allowing extradition to mainland China.

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Huawei moves to overturn ‘unlawful’ US subsidy ban | AFP

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei says it has petitioned a US court to overturn a ban that prevents carriers in rural America from tapping an $8.5-billion federal fund to purchase the company’s equipment. Chief Legal Officer Song Liuping says the company has no choice but to “seek legal remedy.” SOUNDBITE

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Putin, Xi launch ‘historic’ Russian gas pipeline to China 2 | AFP

Russia and China launch a giant gas pipeline linking the countries for the first time, one of three major projects aimed at cementing Moscow’s role as the world’s top gas exporter. Presiding by video link-up over an elaborate televised ceremony, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hail the “Power of Siberia” pipeline as a symbol of cooperation. IMAGES of the pipeline and SOUNDBITES of the CEO of GazpromN°1MQ722

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Invasive disease keeps Florida’s orange industry under tight squeeze | AFP

Nearly 15 years after a citrus disease-carrying bug landed from China, decimating more than 90% of Florida’s groves, growers and scientists are frantically researching for permanent solutions to save the Sunshine State’s backbone industry from huanglongbing bacterium (“yellow dragon disease” in Chinese), known worldwide as “HLB.” N°1MK89RN°1MP8L5

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Beijing partially covered in white as season’s first snowfall delights | AFP

Beijing wakes up to a pleasant surprise: the first snowfall this winter season here. Tourists and citizens did not waste any time to sneak in a couple of selfies in a city where snow is not as common as in other northern Chinese cities.

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Beijing partially covered in white as season’s first snowfall delights | AFP

Beijing wakes up to a pleasant surprise: the first snowfall this winter season here. Tourists and citizens did not waste any time to sneak in a couple of selfies in a city where snow is not as common as in other northern Chinese cities.

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Thousands rally in Hong Kong to thank US

Waving U.S. flags, thousands rallied in central Hong Kong to thank the United States for passing two Hong Kong laws supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (Nov. 28)

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Pompeo blasts China on abuses; talks Ukraine probe

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a cache of leaked documents proves that Chinese authorities are engaged in massive and systemic repression of Muslims and other minorities in western China. (Nov. 26)

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Documents leaked on China’s internment camps

The Chinese government has detained a million or more Uighurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities for what it calls voluntary job training. But a newly revealed classified blueprint shows that the camps Beijing runs in China’s far west are instead secret centers for forced ideological and behavioral re-education. (Nov. 25)

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Top stories for Saturday, Nov. 24th: Navy Secretary Richard Spencer fired; Michael Bloomberg launches presidential bid; Leaked Chinese government documents show strategy to detained ethnic minorities; Grannies help families in Russia. (Nov. 24)

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Hong Kong leader says ‘very confident’ to cope with unrest | AFP

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam reiterates that her government is “very confident” to cope with the unrest in the city, when asked if she would engage the the Chinese military for assistance.  A brief appearance by Chinese soldiers on Hong Kong’s streets over the weekend — supposedly to cleanup debris — had fuelled concerns that Beijing could intervene militarily to end the crisis. IMAGES

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The purrfect crime: Chinese pet detective seeks lost animals | AFP

Private sleuth Sun Jinrong brought heat detectors, a lens that fits inside small spaces and a blowdart loaded with a tranquiliser to search for a desperate client’s missing loved one in Beijing: A cat named Duoduo. Unlike Jim Carrey’s goofy Ace Ventura character, the man dubbed by China’s media as the nation’s first pet detective is a stoney-faced animal lover who solves cases with the help of high-tech gear worth thousands of dollars. Sun has reunited 1,000 missing pets with their owners since he launched his business seven years ago.

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Chinese swimmer Sun Yang arrives for CAS hearing over doping | AFP

China’s swimming star Sun Yang, accused of smashing a blood vial with a hammer, arrives in the courtroom of the Court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Montreux for a public hearing. He faces an eight-year ban if charges against him are upheld. IMAGES

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Pro-Beijing supporters gather in Hong Kong | AFP

A group of pro-Beijing supporters gather in Yuen Long near the Chinese border to showcase their solidarity amid rising tensions between the establishment and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong IMAGES

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Chinese tourists say ‘I do’ to Serbia | AFP

Far from the capital over in western Serbia, locals in the tiny picturesque holiday village of Gostoljublje have found a way to profit from a huge boom in Chinese tourists to the Balkan state. The resort village offers visitors a chance to get a first-hand experience of a mock Serbian wedding, against a backdrop of rolling hills and farmland.

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Presidents of Russia and China shake hands ahead of BRICS summit | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping shake hands ahead of BRICS summit in Brasilia. IMAGES

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro greets China’s Xi Jinping | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping greets Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, as Brazil seeks to boost ties with Beijing and avoid upsetting key ally Donald Trump. IMAGES

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Calif. winemakers squeezed by US-China trade war

American winemakers are being squeezed out of the fast-growing Chinese market, due to President Trump’s trade war with China. At least one California vineyard has stopped shipping to China because U.S. wine is too pricey for Chinese consumers. (Nov. 13)

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping is greeted by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens. Xi touched down in the Greek capital on Sunday at the start of a three-day visit aimed at deepening cooperation with Greece. According to the Chinese foreign ministry, the visit to Athens will have “historical significance” for the development of China-Greece relations, and will also “inject new impetus” into the development of China-EU relations and Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative. IMAGES

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Athens en route to BRICS summit | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Athens for his three-day visit where he will meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis before heading to a BRICS summit in Brazil. Xi’s visit comes on the heels of a four-day trip to Shanghai by new conservative PM Mitsotakis. IMAGES

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US: Company sold Chinese equipment to military

Federal officials have charged a New York company with illegally importing and selling Chinese-made surveillance and security equipment to U.S. government agencies and private customers. (Nov. 7)

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