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  • Fighter pilot set to become first Chinese woman in space (+video)

    Liu Yang will be part of a three-person crew aboard a Chinese spacecraft set to launch Saturday night. She will become China's first woman in space.

  • North Korean women sold into 'slavery' in China

    Like the thousands of women who fled North Korea before her, Kim Eun-sun made it into China and paid a woman to help her, only to discover she'd traded one form of captivity for another.

  • China's great space station leap

    China's great space station leap

    China has successfully launched the first component to build its own space station, indicating that it is closing the gap with the big space powers such as the US and Russia.

  • Ai Weiwei: Can an artist change society?

    Ai Weiwei: Can an artist change society?

    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's provocative work spotlights human rights and pushes government boundaries.

  • Ai Weiwei: Why does he make Chinese authorities nervous?

    Ai Weiwei: Why does he make Chinese authorities nervous?

    The famous Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei hasn’t been heard from since his arrest Sunday by Chinese authorities. The disappearance of Mr. Ai, who uses his art to express political dissent, is just one of a slew of recent arrests by the Chinese government in what seems to be a bid to prevent protests inspired by the Middle East uprisings to China. Ai has long been at odds with the Chinese government, and this isn’t the first confrontation. What has made Ai a marked man in China?

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Pollution

    This NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico obtained on May 28, 2010 shows the extent of the oil released from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The oil can be seen as a sheen on the water surface. It is especially evident when the angle of the sun's light that is reflected off of the ocean surface is equal to the viewing angle of the satellite - called sunglint.

  • The Way Back: movie review

    The Way Back: movie review

    Peter Weir’s 'The Way back' is a harrowing escape story of a gulag survivor.

  • Did horned dinosaurs island-hop to Europe?

    Did horned dinosaurs island-hop to Europe?

    The discovery of a horned dinosaur in Hungary suggests that these types of dinosaurs, which were once thought to be limited to Asia and North America, might have island-hopped their way to Europe.

  • Dust storm in Australia turns Sydney into Mars

    Discoveries Dust storm in Australia turns Sydney into Mars

    Australia's worst dust storm in 70 years has given a rusty tint to the the continent's east coast.

  • A solar eclipse for the people

    A solar eclipse for the people

    Not just devoted eclipse-chasers but millions of others were able to view the longest solar eclipse of the century as it passed over Asia Wednesday.