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In Chinese community, one-night stands are getting old

ZHABA, China, Aug 22: (AFP) - Nimble after years of practice, Trinley Norbu is used to hoisting himself three stories up the side of a stone house and through the window for a one-night stand in his southwest China community. While other young men squire their love interests to dinner or a movie, Norbu has honed his climbing skills, long the key to successful courtship for men in the small matrilineal Zhaba ethnic group of Sichuan province. The Zhaba eschew monogamous relationships for traditional "walking marriages" -- so-called since men typically walk to their rendezvous before slipping through their lover's window. But the 37-year-old truck driver and others in the remote area on the edge of the Tibetan plateau lament that the tradition is waning, as women increasingly want a bit

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Turkey detains ex-national footballer over ‘coup links’

ISTANBUL, Aug 22: (AFP) - Turkish authorities have Tuesday detained former international football goalkeeper Omer Catkic on suspicion of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Dogan news agency said Tuesday.Catkic was taken into police custody as part of the investigation into the group led by the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, it said. He is accused of downloading and sending messages through the Bylock messaging app which authorities suspect was used by Gulen's supporters to coordinate the July 15, 2016, coup, Dogan said. Gulen denies involvement in the plot.Catkic was taken to Istanbul police headquarters for questioning. According to the Sabah newspaper, his home was also searched. The goalkeeper was picked 19

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Dozens reported dead in US-led strikes as battle nears Raqa heart

BEIRUT, Aug 22: (AFP) - Dozens of civilians have died in two days of intense US-led strikes on Raqa, a monitor said Tuesday, as fighting to retake the Syrian city from jihadists nears its densely populated centre. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured just under 60 percent of Raqa, monitors say, leaving jihadists from the Islamic State group in control of about 10 square kilometres (four square miles) in the heart of the city.But as clashes approach central Raqa, monitors and activists have reported scores killed in intensifying coalition bombardment of the city. On Monday, US-led air strikes killed at least 42 civilians in several neighbourhoods in Raqa under IS control, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.Nineteen children and

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China has over 700,000 social organizations

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) --China had about 702,000 social organizations as of the end of 2016, according to data released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs Thursday. The organizations include 336,000 social groups and associations, 5,559 foundations and 361,000 private non-enterprise organizations. As of the end of last year, social organizations nationwide had over 7.63 million employees, up by 3.9 percent from the previous year. In 2016 authorities investigated 2,363 cases of social organization-related violations, closing illegal organizations in 16 cases and handing down punishments in 2,347 cases, it said. In China, private non-enterprise organizations generally include schools, hospitals, elderly-care centers and

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Journalist shot dead in northwestern Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Aug 1: (Xinhua) -- A Mexican journalist, Luciano Rivera, was shot dead in the early hours on Monday in a bar in Rosarito in the northwestern state of Baja California. The murder took place in a bar in the center of Rosarito, a city 16 km from the border town of Tijuana, according to a statement issued by the state's prosecutor-general. An investigation has been opened and a man, identified as Alfredo N., was arrested by police as he travelled in a taxi carrying a firearm. Rivera, 33, was an editor for the local channel CNR TV Noticias, and a reporter for a news website. Police told the local press that witnesses said Rivera was shot in the head. The suspect was arrested in the ongoing search. In a news report, CNR TV Noticias said that Rivera had fallen victim to the

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China will protect its sovereignty: Xi

BEIJING, Aug 1: (AFP) - China will fiercely protect its sovereignty against "any people, organisation or political party", President Xi Jinping warned Tuesday, as the country celebrated the 90th anniversary of its military, the People's Liberation Army. The message comes as the ruling Communist Party faces political resistance in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, where many locals fear Beijing is tightening its grip, and in self-ruled Taiwan, which China views as a rebel province awaiting reunification. The Asian giant is also mired in several bitter border disputes with its neighbours, including an ongoing stand-off with India over territory on China's border with Bhutan. "We will never allow any people, organisation or political party to split any part of Chinese territory out of the

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