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Avon To Pay $135 Million After Unit Admits To Bribing Chinese Officials

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Manhattan-based Avon Products Inc., the world’s largest direct seller of cosmetics, will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there. 550 more words

News

End Of An Era: Why the fourteenth Dalai Lama might be the last

International Business Times: The Dalai Lama said he may be the last person to hold the spiritual title. The Tibetan spiritual leader conceded that he may not have a successor and suggested it might be better if the centuries-old tradition ended following the tenure of a “popular” Dalai Lama, according to a wide-ranging interview with the BBC’s “Newsnight” program. 297 more words

History

China police investigate 'vanished' Vietnamese brides -- More Than 100 Vietnamese Women Are "Missing"

From the BBC

Chinese men from rural areas often struggle to find a bride from the same area

Chinese authorities are investigating the disappearance of more than 100 Vietnamese women in the northern province of Hebei, local media report. 1,070 more words

UFO in Her Eyes - Quick Review

Xiaolu Guo 郭小櫓 

Vintage (2009), 200 pages

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Guo’s satire takes the form of intelligence files prepared during the interview of rural peasants following a UFO sighting in the village of Silver Hill in 2012.  638 more words

Book Reviews

Chinese government suspends Hepatitis B vaccines after 8 horrific infant deaths

The Chinese government has temporarily halted the administration of a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) vaccine for newborn babies following the horrific deaths of eight infants over the past several months. 542 more words

NEWS

China blocks British MPs' visit to Hong Kong

From the BBC

Demonstrators gather at a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong

The Chinese embassy has told a group of MPs it will be stopped from making a planned trip to Hong Kong. 261 more words