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Good news everyone! China suspends 14-year-old video game console ban, paving way for Sony, Microsoft
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BEIJING — China has temporarily lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the world’s third largest video game market in terms of revenue.
China saw video game revenues grow by more than a third in 2012 to nearly US$14 billion last year, but console makers are likely to face an uphill battle for market share in a country where a whole generation has grown up without a PlayStation, Xbox or Wii and where free PC and mobile games dominate.
The absence of consoles has left PC games with almost two-thirds of the market, according to data released at the annual China games industry conference in December. Browser gaming accounted for just over 15% and mobile gaming was nearly 14%, the data also showed.
“If Sony and Microsoft want to expand in China they need to think of changing their business model, and study the success of Internet gaming market providers where games are free but they charge money from operating games,” said Roger Sheng, research director at tech research firm Gartner.

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Good news everyone! China suspends 14-year-old video game console ban, paving way for Sony, Microsoft

http://bit.ly/1gHNcWJ

BEIJING — China has temporarily lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the world’s third largest video game market in terms of revenue.

China saw video game revenues grow by more than a third in 2012 to nearly US$14 billion last year, but console makers are likely to face an uphill battle for market share in a country where a whole generation has grown up without a PlayStation, Xbox or Wii and where free PC and mobile games dominate.

The absence of consoles has left PC games with almost two-thirds of the market, according to data released at the annual China games industry conference in December. Browser gaming accounted for just over 15% and mobile gaming was nearly 14%, the data also showed.

“If Sony and Microsoft want to expand in China they need to think of changing their business model, and study the success of Internet gaming market providers where games are free but they charge money from operating games,” said Roger Sheng, research director at tech research firm Gartner.

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Wal-Mart yanks donkey meat off the shelves in China after tests show it contained fox
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world’s largest retailer, has recalled donkey meat sold at some outlets in China after tests showed the product contained the DNA of other animals, the U.S. company said.
Wal-Mart will reimburse customers who bought the tainted “Five Spice” donkey meat and is helping local food and industry agencies in eastern Shandong province investigate its Chinese supplier, it said late on Wednesday in official posts on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration earlier said the product contained fox meat.
“This is another hit on Wal-Mart’s brand, meaning wealthy shoppers will start to lose the trust they had before.” (Photo: Getty Images)

Wal-Mart yanks donkey meat off the shelves in China after tests show it contained fox

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world’s largest retailer, has recalled donkey meat sold at some outlets in China after tests showed the product contained the DNA of other animals, the U.S. company said.

Wal-Mart will reimburse customers who bought the tainted “Five Spice” donkey meat and is helping local food and industry agencies in eastern Shandong province investigate its Chinese supplier, it said late on Wednesday in official posts on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration earlier said the product contained fox meat.

“This is another hit on Wal-Mart’s brand, meaning wealthy shoppers will start to lose the trust they had before.” (Photo: Getty Images)

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'It was miraculous': Doctors save man's severed hand by grafting it to his ankle
Xie Wei, 25, was at work when a drilling machine sliced off his right hand. He thought he’d lost it forever. But he got lucky.
After seven hours of searching, with his severed hand on ice with no blood supply, Xie found a hospital with the skills to save it,CNN reports.
Dr. Tang Juyu, the specialist located to help Xie, told him the best way to save the hand was to graft it to his ankle until the arm could heal enough to re-attach the hand. (Photo: PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

'It was miraculous': Doctors save man's severed hand by grafting it to his ankle

Xie Wei, 25, was at work when a drilling machine sliced off his right hand. He thought he’d lost it forever. But he got lucky.

After seven hours of searching, with his severed hand on ice with no blood supply, Xie found a hospital with the skills to save it,CNN reports.

Dr. Tang Juyu, the specialist located to help Xie, told him the best way to save the hand was to graft it to his ankle until the arm could heal enough to re-attach the hand. (Photo: PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Smog covers a town in China — Buildings are shrouded in smog on December 8, 2013 in Lianyungang, China. Heavy smog has been lingering in northern and eastern parts of China since last week, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

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Smog covers a town in China — Buildings are shrouded in smog on December 8, 2013 in Lianyungang, China. Heavy smog has been lingering in northern and eastern parts of China since last week, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

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Kite over Shanghai — A man flies kite at The Bund on December 5, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Heavy smog continued to hit northern and eastern parts of China on Thursday, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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Kite over Shanghai — A man flies kite at The Bund on December 5, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Heavy smog continued to hit northern and eastern parts of China on Thursday, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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Chinese funeral home workers call off cremation after ‘dead’ baby starts crying
A funeral home discovered a baby was alive two days after he was pronounced dead at a hospital in eastern China. The funeral workers realized the baby was alive when they heard him cry as they were preparing to cremate him.
It is unclear how long the baby had been left untended at the funeral home or exactly when he was planned to be cremated. (Photo: Fotolia)

Chinese funeral home workers call off cremation after ‘dead’ baby starts crying

A funeral home discovered a baby was alive two days after he was pronounced dead at a hospital in eastern China. The funeral workers realized the baby was alive when they heard him cry as they were preparing to cremate him.

It is unclear how long the baby had been left untended at the funeral home or exactly when he was planned to be cremated. (Photo: Fotolia)

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Super smog in northern Chinese city closes schools, cancels flight and halts buses

Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season.

The manager for U.S. jazz singer Patti Austin, meanwhile, said the singer had cancelled a concert in Beijing because of an asthma attack likely linked to pollution.

Winter typically brings the worst air pollution to northern China because of a combination of weather conditions and an increase in the burning of coal for homes and municipal heating systems, which usually starts on a specific date. For the large northern city of Harbin, the city’s heating systems kicked in on Sunday, and on Monday visibility there was less than 50 metres, according to state media. (AP/AFP Photos)

Giant hornet attacks in China leave at least 41 dead and overwhelm medical facilities
Authorities say that death toll from an unusual spate of hornet attacks in central China has reached 41 people.
The Shaanxi provincial government said Wednesday the attacks had plagued not only the city of Ankang, where 19 died as reported by the official Xinhua News Agency, but had killed 22 others in two adjacent cities.
All told, 1,600 people have been injured, and 37 of them are in critical or serious condition in hospitals. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Giant hornet attacks in China leave at least 41 dead and overwhelm medical facilities

Authorities say that death toll from an unusual spate of hornet attacks in central China has reached 41 people.

The Shaanxi provincial government said Wednesday the attacks had plagued not only the city of Ankang, where 19 died as reported by the official Xinhua News Agency, but had killed 22 others in two adjacent cities.

All told, 1,600 people have been injured, and 37 of them are in critical or serious condition in hospitals. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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Typhoon Usagi sows destruction in south Asia — Typhoon Usagi killed at least 25 people after crashing ashore in southern China, throwing the region’s transport systems into chaos and leaving tens of thousands of airline passengers stranded in Hong Kong on September 23.

‘Why is the sky dark?’ Boy in horrific eye-gouging attack still doesn’t know he’s blindAs police search northern China for the woman who drugged, then gouged out the eyes of a young boy, the six-year-old’s family has a heartbreaking dilemma: He still doesn’t know he’s blind. How do you tell a child he’ll never see again?“He asked why the sky has been dark? What time is it? How bright is not up to it?” the boy’s uncle told the Beijing Youth Daily.“We could only tell him that his eyes had some injury and have to be bandaged. It is such a difficult question to explain to him. It is the most heartbreaking thing.” (Associated Press)

‘Why is the sky dark?’ Boy in horrific eye-gouging attack still doesn’t know he’s blind
As police search northern China for the woman who drugged, then gouged out the eyes of a young boy, the six-year-old’s family has a heartbreaking dilemma: He still doesn’t know he’s blind. How do you tell a child he’ll never see again?

“He asked why the sky has been dark? What time is it? How bright is not up to it?” the boy’s uncle told the Beijing Youth Daily.

“We could only tell him that his eyes had some injury and have to be bandaged. It is such a difficult question to explain to him. It is the most heartbreaking thing.” (Associated Press)

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Roast duck boat, seriously! — A boat made to look like a roasted duck is seen on the Huangpu River in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on August 27, 2013. Shanghai is serving up a “roasted” version of a giant rubber duck, showing crispy brown skin instead of yellow after a similar art installation in rival Hong Kong attracted massive interest. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Roast duck boat, seriously! — A boat made to look like a roasted duck is seen on the Huangpu River in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on August 27, 2013. Shanghai is serving up a “roasted” version of a giant rubber duck, showing crispy brown skin instead of yellow after a similar art installation in rival Hong Kong attracted massive interest. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Washed away — Onlookers were washed away by huge waves from the “Haining tide” - a daily occurrence when the river tides hit the banks of the city - as the waves surged higher than usual due to the influence of Typhoon Trami in the region in Haining, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. State media reported on August 23 that 30 people were injured and 11 still in hospital after the wave hit.  Typhoon Trami, the 12th typhoon to hit China this year, brought rainstorms and wreaked havoc in eastern China after landing in Fujian Province early on August 22.  The tides there have attracted spectators for the past two millennia, and it is the scene of an annual Tide-Watching Festival in late summer.

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Flooded village — Houses inundated by flood waters in Xiangyang town of Jiayin county in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. Heavy flooding in the extreme south and northeast has left more than 200 dead or missing in recent days. (AP Photo)

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Flooded village — Houses inundated by flood waters in Xiangyang town of Jiayin county in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. Heavy flooding in the extreme south and northeast has left more than 200 dead or missing in recent days. (AP Photo)

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Massive, faux mountain retreat atop Chinese high-rise demolished after years of complaints about ‘outrageous illegal structure’
Workers have started demolishing a luxury villa built atop a high-rise apartment block in China’s capital, a private mountain peak that earned the unofficial title of “most outrageous illegal structure.”

Built over six years by a Chinese medicine mogul, the complex of rooms, rocks, trees and bushes looming over the 26-story building looked like something built into a seaside cliff. It became the latest symbol of disregard for the law among the rich as well as the rampant practice of building illegal additions.

On Thursday, workers were cordoning off the area around the building, Xinhua reported, and officials were on hand to make sure the building stayed structurally sound during the removal of the unauthorized 8,600-square foot mansion. (Photos: Wang Zhao / AFP / Getty; Xinhua, Luo Xiaoguang / AP Photo)

Bark definitely worse than his bite: ‘Lion’ outed as dog at Chinese zoo that also kept fox in leopard cageBehold the regal lion and hear its mighty … bark?A zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, state media reported. The large, aggressive breed has a trademark bushy mane that gives it a lion-like appearance, but its vocalizations are more woof than roar.The Beijing Youth Daily said Friday the zoo also had a dog in the wolf cage, foxes in the leopard enclosure and nutrias in the snake den.Though the zoo said it wasn’t trying to fool anyone, it issued an apology to the public and closed for “rectification,” reported another newspaper, the Beijing News. It also planned to reorganize its public-private management structure, although the details were still being worked out, the newspaper said. (AP Photo)

Bark definitely worse than his bite: ‘Lion’ outed as dog at Chinese zoo that also kept fox in leopard cage
Behold the regal lion and hear its mighty … bark?

A zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, state media reported. The large, aggressive breed has a trademark bushy mane that gives it a lion-like appearance, but its vocalizations are more woof than roar.

The Beijing Youth Daily said Friday the zoo also had a dog in the wolf cage, foxes in the leopard enclosure and nutrias in the snake den.

Though the zoo said it wasn’t trying to fool anyone, it issued an apology to the public and closed for “rectification,” reported another newspaper, the Beijing News. It also planned to reorganize its public-private management structure, although the details were still being worked out, the newspaper said. (AP Photo)

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