Beijing hospital fire kills at least 21 people

CNN  —  At least 21 people have died after a fire broke out in Changfeng Hospital in China’s capital Beijing, state media CCTV reported on Tuesday. “As of 6pm local (6am EST), 21 people have unfortunately died,” CCTV said. Additionally, 71 hospital patients were evacuated. The fire, reported at around 1 p.m. local time (1 […]

China resorts to extraordinary measures to soothe entrepreneurs amid deep retreat of private business

Hong Kong CNN  —  After years of regulatory crackdowns and draconian Covid curbs, private entrepreneurs in China are low on enthusiasm. The Chinese government is resorting to surprising measures to restore their confidence, but the campaign has inspired more nervousness than optimism. The province of Hainan, an island that Beijing plans to turn into the […]

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route: Japan’s 20-meter-deep snow corridor reopens for visitors

Editor’s Note: Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news about destinations opening, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. CNN  —  A giant snow corridor near the otherworldly Mount Tateyama, one of Japan’s three sacred mountains, is reopening […]

US ‘disappointed’ by Chinese court’s decision to uphold death sentence for American citizen

CNN  —  The US State Department said Thursday it is “disappointed” by a Chinese court’s decision to uphold the death sentence for American citizen Mark Swidan and called for his immediate release. “Today the People’s Republic of China’s Jiangmen Intermediate Court denied wrongfully detained US national Mark Swidan’s appeal, and upheld his death penalty with […]

North Korea says it tested a new solid-fuel ICBM

CNN  —  North Korea said it launched a new solid-fueled Hwasong-18 Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Thursday (local time), according to state media KCNA on Friday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guided the “first test launch of the new ICBM” and the launch had no “negative impact” to the safety of the neighboring countries, […]

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