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2005-10-14 00:40:04

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - One of the most radical opponents of Chinese Communist rule, who once planned to explode a hot air balloon above Tiananmen Square scattering pro-democracy leaflets, has been jailed for life on terrorism charges. The People's Intermediate Court in Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei, also convicted Peng Ming of kidnapping and possessing counterfeit currencies on Thursday and fined him 35,000 yuan, the official Xinhua news agency...

2005-10-11 07:20:00

GUANGZHOU, China -- Eight years ago, Chen Hua thought she'd put poverty behind her when she left her remote, mountain village in Sichuan province for a factory job in China's booming Pearl River Delta. But even in one of the wealthiest and most dynamic parts of a country on the rise, she's finding the dividends of China's economic revolution do not always pay out. Earlier this year, the garment workshop where she snipped dangling threads from clothes suddenly stopped paying wages. For several...

2005-10-06 06:36:26

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore will not allow gay parades to be held in the city-state because it clashes with the views of many conservative Singaporeans, the prime minister said on Thursday. Homosexuality is illegal in Singapore and the government has outlawed some gay events in the past, prompting activists to accuse the authorities of being homophobic. "I don't think we're homophobic. I agree...that homosexuals are people like you and me. But there's some segment of...

2005-09-12 02:40:46

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China will no longer regard the death toll in natural disasters as a state secret, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday, as part of government efforts to improve transparency. It gave no indication if China would start retroactively revising death tolls from such disasters, for instance a famine in the late 1950s and early 1960s that the Communist Party refers to as "three years of natural disasters." The famine claimed an estimated...

2005-09-08 02:00:00

HONG KONG -- Internet giant Yahoo Inc. defended itself on Thursday against accusations that it supplied data to Chinese authorities which led to the imprisonment of a journalist, saying it has to abide local laws. Press watchdogs accused Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. of providing details about e-mail communications that helped identify, and were used as evidence against, Shi Tao, who was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for leaking state secrets abroad. "Just like any other global...

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2005-08-19 07:51:47

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Floozie or role model, attention monger or free spirit? For months, China has been debating what to make of its latest Internet-born star, a young woman known nationwide as Furong Jiejie, aka Sister Furong. She is seen as a pioneer pushing the boundaries of traditional media controls but in the process has become a target of government censors in the tightly controlled country. Sister Furong started the craze by posting pictures of herself -- draped back-down over a stone...

2005-08-14 10:49:53

By Ian MacKenzie EDINBURGH (Reuters) - China missed its chance to overturn the legacy of Communist leader Mao Zedong following his death 30 years ago and turn the country into a democratic and economic giant, his iconoclastic biographer Jung Chang said. Chinese-born Chang, who wrote "Mao, the Unknown Story" with her English husband Jon Halliday, condemns Mao as a mass murderer and an egomaniac with a lust for power who caused incalculable damage to China. But his legend as "the...

2005-08-05 05:54:41

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China formally arrested Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong on Friday on a charge of spying for rival Taiwan, the official Xinhua news agency said, the first such case since Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. Ching's detention in April sparked fears that Beijing was tightening its noose over media freedom in the former British colony. Beijing public prosecutors approved Ching's arrest by the Chinese capital's State Security Bureau, Xinhua...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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