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China: 20,000 people stranded at Chengdu airport over smog

 Multiple flights to and from the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in central China were canceled or delayed, while many were forced to land at other airports, China's Xinhua news agency reported, calling it "the worst fog to hit the ... city in years."

Images from China Central Television (CCTV) showed weary passengers asleep in their airport seats and others eating instant pot noodles, while crates of luggage sat on the tarmac next to grounded planes.

China's lack of sex education is putting millions of young people at risk

That was the limit of her formal sex education. For millions of young Chinese people, it's more than they ever got.

As China marks World AIDS Day Thursday, the effects of that missing knowledge is more evident than ever, with growing numbers of HIV infections and staggeringly high abortion rates.

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In 2015, there were 115,000 new HIV infections in China, according to China's National Center for STD/AIDS Prevention and Control. Of those, 17,000, or 14.7%, were in the 15-24 age group.

World Bank would welcome cooperation with AIIB in Pacific

The bank was recently launched by China with 57 foundation member countries, including Australia and New Zealand. Beijing hopes it will become a global institution to rival the World Bank.

Washington has balked at its creation, and one of its main objections has been a concern that it would seek to undermine the authority of the World Bank, which was established by the United States at the end of World War II.

But the head of the World Bank's Pacific division, Michel Kerf, said having another development partner in the region would be a positive thing.

Facebook could pay heavy price if it censors news to please China

It has quietly built a censorship tool that would keep certain posts out of people's news feeds, according to The New York Times.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made no secret of his desire to get the giant social network unblocked in the world's most populous nation.

Daimler chief removed after 'racist rant' in China

Rainer Gaertner, Daimler's trucks and buses president in the country, also allegedly used pepper spray on bystanders who intervened.

Chinese media said the incident took place in a Beijing car park on Sunday.

Daimler said it was "a purely private issue, which has now been resolved in an amicable manner".

The argument, involving strong language, began when Mr Gaertner cut into a parking space in Beijing's well-to-do Shunyi suburb ahead of a local driver, reports said.

US and China conduct rare military drill

That kind of cooperation was on display during a joint disaster relief exercise held by the United States and China in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming last week.

Around 200 soldiers trained for several days on a variety of scenarios, a rare instance of cooperation that stands in stark contrast to the otherwise often contentious relationship between the world's two largest militaries.

109 Vanuatu athletes will train in China

 The agreement has been signed by Vanuatu's Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and the Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu, Mr. Liu Quan.

The agreement also allows for Chinese professional athletic coaches to do the final training in Vanuatu just before the Games, which are scheduled to take place in December 2017.

The agreement is part of the overall Games project which is being funded and built by China.

Photo: RNZI Hilaire Bule

China is ready to pounce if Trump axes Pacific trade deal

China delegate hits back at Trump's climate change hoax claims

Trump in 2012 infamously claimed China had created the concept of climate change to make America's manufacturing sector less competitive, dubbing the global phenomenon "bulls**t" and "non-existent."

During international climate change talks in Marrakech on Wednesday, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin reminded reporters that climate change negotiations began with the UN's International Panel for Climate Change in the 1980s, supported by the US Republican-led administrations under Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

China clamps down on Kim Jong-un 'fatty' jokes

The terms "Kim the Fat" - and variations, such as "Kim Fat III" or "Kim Fatty III" - have appeared on social media sites throughout the year, particularly on China's most popular platform, Sina Weibo.

But in response to unverified reports that North Korea had asked China to stamp out the abuse, Weibo users have been coming up with more creative names.

The latest to appear online - and it doesn't translate easily - is "Kim III half-moon". The "third" in the title refers to the fact that his late father and his revered grandfather were also called Kim.