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Ten years after SARS, what has China learned?

The news of two men dying from a new variant of bird flu has reminded Chinese of the SARS pandemic that hit the country one decade ago. Many are wondering if the government will handle the situation any better than it did in 2003, should another pandemic break out.

Universities blocked from offering 258 majors

A total of 258 majors that Chinese colleges and universities applied for authorization to offer students next academic year have been refused by the Ministry of Education, it announced on Wednesday.

Property policies stir marriage concerns

Many have complained that Chinese marriages are losing their romantic side to pragmatic calculation, partly due to new housing policies.

156 judges die on duty over last 5 years

A total of 156 judges died while on duty from 2008 to 2012, according to a Wednesday statement from the Supreme People's Court (SPC).

Martial arts classic recommended for Beijing pupils

The Legend of Condor Heroes, a wuxia masterpiece by Hongkong novelist Jin Yong, was incorporated as "recommended reading" for primary school students in Chaoyang district, Beijing.

Officer gives passengers taxi fare after subway suspension

An officer on duty at Liuliqiao station, a transfer subway station in Beijing, paid 23 passengers 30 yuan ($4.84) each for taxi fare after they missed the last train due to a late night suspension of service, China Youth Daily reported Wednesday.

Charity raises 30 billion yuan in 6 years 

The China Charity Federation (CCF) raised 30.41 billion yuan (about $4.85 billion) in donations of money and goods from Jan 1, 2007 to Dec 31, 2012, the organization announced Wednesday.

Liu He appointed NDRC deputy head

China's State Council has appointed Liu He as deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), according to a statement issued by the council on Wednesday.

25 million yuan donated to free lunch project

Free Lunch for Children on Tuesday released its 2012 financial report in Shanghai, which shows the charity initiative collected 25.44 million yuan ($4 million) in public donations last year.

Chinese property market confusing to most

To buy or sell? This is the question that is bewildering many Chinese in the real estate market.