George Lucas to new ‘Star Wars’ film: I’m your divorced father

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Film director George Lucas walks through the pit area prior to the Formula One British Grand Prix 2015 in Silverstone, England in this July 5, 2015 file photo. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, who was not involved in making the long-awaited new film, “The Force Awakens,” said he is as ambivalent about seeing the movie read more »

Internet security firm Qihoo 360 to delist from NY exchange

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The logo of Qihoo 360 is seen on a T-shirt. Qihoo 360, a Chinese internet security company, made an announcement that its take-private deal will be finalized before mid-August, Beijing Times reported.It is the first time the company has clarified the time table of the transaction. The newspaper said that Qihoo 360 will delist from read more »

53 killed in Cameroon train derailment

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

YAOUNDE — A passenger train from Cameroon’s capital Yaounde to economic capital Douala derailed on Friday at around 12:00 local time (5 a.m. GMT), leaving 53 killed and about 300 injured, state radio CRTV reported. The train derailed in Eseka station in Central Region, around 120 kilometers from Yaounde. A witness who lives close to read more »

Rectifications needed, not excuses

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

At a recent State Council meeting, Premier Li Keqiang urged the State departments concerned to carefully rectify the problems exposed by the auditing authorities and report the actions taken to the State Council by the end of October; they will also be made public. Such a definite deadline is expected to prompt the departments to read more »

DPRK confirms arrest of U.S. citizen for alleged action to topple gov’t

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Wednesday confirmed the arrest last month of a U.S. citizen for alleged action aimed at toppling the Pyongyang government. The official Korean Central News Agency said the “relevant institution of the DPRK intercepted American citizen Kim Sang Dok at Pyongyang International Airport at 08:00 a.m. April 22 (2300 read more »

A look at Sinologists through the centuries

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gu Jun, deputy director of the International Institute of Chinese Studies in Beijing Foreign Studies University, studies the introduction of modern Chinese literature before 1949. Matteo Ricci arrived in Beijing with other Italian missionaries in the late 16th century.They not only preached but also studied Chinese culture and translated Confucian classics into such Western languages read more »

What’s on in Beijing (May 6-12)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Discover the best things to do in Beijing with our weekly roundup of art and exhibitions, music and performances, and trending activities to do around town. To recommend an upcoming event or activity, please contact weekendBeijing Concert Hall has launched its classical music season of the year that will run through December. French pianist read more »

Chinese president urges dialogue on Korean Peninsula predicament

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) meets with his Republic of Korea (ROK) counterpart Park Geun-hye (3rd L) on the sidelines of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC, the United States, March 31, 2016. WASHINGTON – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for dialogue to resolve the predicament on the Korean Peninsula read more »

Breakthrough made in Gaza truce talks

Friday, April 14, 2017

GAZA – An important breakthrough has emerged in indirect Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on a durable ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a source in Islamic Hamas movement said on Monday. Israel, Hamas extend cease-fire by 24 hoursThe source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that the new development might lead to the announcement of a read more »

World’s closest glacier to a city continues to shrink

Friday, April 14, 2017

URUMQI — The world’s closest glacier to a city shrank quickly in the past year and may completely vanish in half a century, according to a Chinese scientist Saturday.In the last 12 months, the east and west stretches of Glacier No. 1 in the Tianshan Mountains in northwest China, shrank by about 7.2 and 6.3 read more »

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