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China struggles with children 'left behind' by government's one-child policy

Yes, it is just a simple stuffed toy. But put it into a child's arms and watch as he pretends to feed it, talks to it, even crowns it as a monarch. First, it gives him security; then it allows him to role-play and develop social skills.

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North Korea calls South's president a 'crafty prostitute' after 'pimp' Obama's visit

North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on the South Korean president, comparing her to "crafty prostitute" in thrall to her "pimp" Barack Obama.

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Mucked up legal paperwork allowed Edward Snowden to escape arrest in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden was five hours into his flight from Hong Kong, having already been served one of two hot meals, when news of his departure to Moscow began to electrify media organisations all over the world.

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Beijing smog continues as Chinese state media urge more action

China's state media have called for environmental improvements in unusually frank discussions of the country's pollution problem, as thick smog continues to shroud Beijing and other cities.

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New York Times blocked in China after reporting on premier's wealth

Authorities censor publication after revelations that the premier's relatives have accumulated billions during his leadership

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China sex fair highlights changing attitudes

Decades after Mao Zedong, couples are happy to browse sex toys together – but not all attitudes have changed

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Chinese authorities shut down Weiwei firm

Chinese authorities are closing down the firm handling Ai Weiwei's affairs, the outspoken artist said on Monday, possibly saving him from paying the remainder of a 15m yuan (£1.5m) tax fine.

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North Korea's Kim Jong-un married 'mystery woman'

North Korea's youthful leader Kim Jong-un has married, state broadcasters announced late on Wednesday.

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Chinese newspaper shakeups raise fears of media crackdown

Abrupt reshuffles at two outspoken Chinese newspapers have raised fears of growing pressure on the media in the run-up to Beijing's once-a-decade change of leadership this autumn.

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China to create Tibetan culture theme park just outside Lhasa

Chinese officials have announced plans to build a £3bn Tibetan culture theme park outside Lhasa in three to five years.

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North Korea's Kim Jong-un gets new official theme song

Over the past decade or so, the bubblegum pop and kitsch dance routines of South Korean K-pop bands have taken the charts by storm across Asia and Latin America. Across the Korean border to the north, meanwhile, broadcasters are prompting a track somewhat less likely to find international success: a new signature song for youthful leader Kim Jong-un.

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Family of woman who underwent forced abortion in China attacked as 'traitors'

The family of a woman whose forced late-term abortion caused outrage in China have been attacked as "traitors" for discussing her plight with foreigners, while her husband has not been seen for two days, according to a a relative and a lawyer.

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Blind Chinese activist planned to 'spend many years' in U.S. embassy

The blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was prepared to spend years in the US embassy in Beijing if necessary as he weighed his next move after escaping house arrest, the US ambassador has said.

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China 'in for bumpy ride' as new generation prepares to take power

The ousting of leadership contender Bo Xilai may be a sign of trouble ahead as once-a-decade power transition approaches.

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