New malaria vaccine trial in Malawi marks ‘an innovation milestone’, declares UN health agency

A new vaccine against deadly malaria which has been 30 years in development, was made available for the first time to infants in Malawi on Tuesday, marking an “innovation milestone”, said the World Health Organization (WHO). source

China puts a damper on navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations as it tries to allay fears over rising strength

A 32-strong Chinese fleet led by Asia’s largest destroyer, the Type 055, joined with 18 foreign warships from 13 countries on Tuesday for a naval parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the PLA navy.The naval parade was held off the coast of Qingdao in eastern Shandong province in heavy mist and strong wind, and […]

Chinese ex-official who collected rare orchids and Mao-tai jailed for 20 years for corruption

A former provincial vice-governor in southern China has been jailed for 20 years and fined a record 174 million yuan (US$26 million) for taking bribes, embezzlement and insider trading.Handing down the sentence on Tuesday, the Chongqing Intermediate People’s Court said Wang Xiaoguang had taken advantage of his position to receive 49 million yuan in bribes.It […]

US and China must stop ‘race to bottom’ in blocking academic visas, say American scholars

American academics have warned that a tit-for-tat visa war targeting scholars from China and the US will only hurt both sides, fuel mutual suspicion and damage academic channels of communication.The assessment came after several prominent Chinese academics said they had been questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigations on suspicion of spying and have had […]

Miso Glazed Tofu

This miso-glazed tofu recipe douses extra-firm tofu with an umami-rich miso and hot sauce glaze and bakes it until golden. Excellent served either straight from the oven or cold from the fridge. Adapted from Sara Dickerman | Secrets of Great Second Meals | William Morrow Cookbooks, 2019 Tofu just got quite a lot less boring. […]

How to Grill Asparagus

Wondering how to grill asparagus without cursing up a storm when your spears fall through the grill rack? It’s easy once you know this simple trick. Adapted from Bryan Calvert | Brooklyn Rustic | Little, Brown and Company, 2016 Here’s how to grill asparagus without some ending up charred and others ending up crunchy spears […]

Heartless Woman Arrested After Dumping Seven Newborn Puppies In Sealed Trash Bag

It was a sweltering day in Coachella, California, with temperatures over 90-degrees, when a Napa Auto Parts store surveillance camera captured a woman exiting her white Jeep and casually tossing a bag into their trash. A homeless man was rummaging through the trash when he heard muffled cries. The homeless man being called “John” heard […]

Japanese boy tries to wipe away the tears of assaulted idol singer he sees crying on TV

A heartbreaking gesture of kindness for a woman in an industry that often doesn’t treat its performers like people. Late last year, idol singer Maho Yamaguchi, of Niigata-based idol unit NGT48, was attacked by two men who’d been lying in wait near the entrance to her home. Yamaguchi stayed quiet for a month while waiting […]

China protests over end to American waivers on Iranian oil imports

China has formally complained to the United States over Washington’s decision to end waivers for sanctions on imports of Iranian oil products, warning the US not to damage China’s interests.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday that Beijing opposed unilateral sanctions and the US’ its “long-arm jurisdiction”.“We urge the US to conscientiously respect […]

Why doubts about China’s Belt and Road Initiative persist among its neighbours

Along the banks of Nepal’s Budhigandaki River – the proposed site of a major dam – the only sign of activity on the mountainous slopes is a small office building.So far, though, its only use has been for villagers to register for compensation for any land they might lose to the Chinese-led project.More than six […]

Chinese actress Han Xue apologises after lip-synching during musical

A celebrity who used a recording at a live musical performance in eastern China over the weekend has apologised after a public backlash, again raising the issue of professionalism in the entertainment business.Actress and singer Han Xue was starring as the lead female character in the musical Into the White Night, based on the mystery […]

China’s African swine fever crisis ‘very serious’ with stocks falling and pork prices set to hit all-time high

African swine fever has had a “very serious” impact on China’s pig industry, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, with stocks shrinking and pork prices expected to rise to an all-time high later this year.China has already culled 1.02 million pigs since August, with a total of 129 cases discovered, said Wang […]