Celebrity Educator Converts to Buddhism
Li Yang, creator of the Crazy English method of language learning, became a layman disciple of Shi Yongxin, head of the Shaolin Temple in central China’s Henan Province
Scandalous Socialite Under Investigation
Guo Meimei, the 23-year-old best known for landing the Red Cross Society of China in a credibility crisis, has been investigated for her involvement in illegal gambling and sex trade and for spreading rumors

"The ovum trade is the same as trade in human organs: illegal. A regulation related to assisted reproduction bans trade in embryos."

Kang Kai, a lawyer with the Beijing Jinghua Law Firm, responding to an online advertisement seeking female undergraduates in Beijing willing to sell their ova, or unfertilized eggs, on August 4

"Many elderly people in rural areas can no longer depend on their children as a result of the great economic and social changes over the past three decades, and the pension system fails to compensate."

Liu Yanwu, a sociologist at Wuhan University, drawing on his recent research which found that the suicide rate among the rural elderly has increased from 100 per 100,000 to 500 per 100,000 in the last two decades

"Children should be taught how to protect themselves, but the deletion of 'acting bravely' can only bring forth selfish citizens."

Tonghuaizu, a user of Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo, responding to the draft of a new code of conduct for primary and middle school students recently issued by the Ministry of Education, which removed stipulations calling on students to "act bravely, stop violations of social norms and report serious criminal acts."

"Many Chinese have less knowledge of breast cancer and feel that cancer is very threatening, and they associate it with immediate death."

Qian Lu, Director of the Culture and Health Research Center at the University of Houston, drawing on her study which shows that Chinese survivors of breast cancer have a better chance of recovery if they write about their fears and emotions, on August 5

Unintended Consequences of Cosmetic Surgeries

Beijing Youth Daily

August 5

According to the China Consumers' Association, the plastic surgery industry has received an increasing number of complaints from consumers in recent years. Statistics from 2012 show that every year, nearly 20,000 complaints regarding failed plastic surgeries are filed.

A recent China Central Television broadcast revealed the process behind producing fake or poor-quality materials to be used in these operations, showing where the materials are produced, how they are sold and how much profit is gained. Additionally, some cosmetic surgery hospitals don't even hold the basic necessary qualifications.

Warfare in the Modern Age

China Newsweek

July 28

One hundred years have passed since World War I (WWI) broke out following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. By the end of this war in 1918, around 17 million people had lost their lives. Now costly wars are still taking place in nations like Syria, Iraq and Somalia.

All wars involve violence, bloodshed and death. However, the causes of individual wars vary: Territorial disputes, differing value systems and even arguments over ideology can lead to war.

Summer Flow Chinese railways have so far carried a record number of passengers during the summer peak travel period that started in July (ZHANG WENKUI)
Special Education Aid A teacher teaches students with hearing loss in a special-education school in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (JIN YU)
Home for Orphans
China will build more child welfare institutions in county-level regions as part of its efforts to improve welfare networks
Student ID
China's education authority is to assign each primary and secondary student with an exclusive ID number
Lab Underground
China has begun expanding the world's deepest underground lab in southwestern Sichuan Province
A Rising Star Workers process chips in Lattice Power Corp., a light-emitting diode (LED) producer based in central China’s Jiangxi Province (ZHOU KE)
Tanks a Lot Two 160,000-cubic-meter storage tanks of liquefied natural gas (LNG) that are to be put into use shortly (ZHAO YINGQUAN)
Strong Recovery
China's manufacturing activity quickens to its highest level in more than two years in July
Web Management
The Chinese Government launches a regulation to tighten management of instant messaging services
Tackling Overcapacity
China has seen positive developments in reducing excess production capacity as it works to improve economic structure
Lan Xinzhen

Currently, China's economic and credit structure is, to some extent, irrational, and the root cause is the severely twisted price mechanism in the financial market. If expectation management of monetary policy and the decisive role of price-based monetary measures to the market are neglected, the targeted reduction will turn into another over-expansion of commercial bank credit.

    Army personnel fire 10,105mm Howitzers in a 100-gun salute during a ceremony commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I in Wellington on August 4 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Teenagers from North Korea and foreign countries take part in student summer camp activities at the Songdowon International Children’s Camp in Wonsan on August 6 (XINHUA/KCNA)
    People mourn their missing relatives on August 5 after an overloaded ferry carrying up to 200 passengers capsized the day before in the Padma River in Munshiganj, where around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river (XINHUA/AFP)
    People hold a banner reading "prevent Japan from becoming a nuclear weapon state" during an August 6 gathering marking the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 (XINHUA)
    A Palestinian girl carries her belongings as she leaves a UN school in northern Gaza Strip for her home on August 5, after a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect that day (XINHUA/AFP)
    Clowns take part in a 10-km benefit race in Caracas on August 3 as part of an all-volunteer organization to bring joy to hospitalized children and adolescents (XINHUA/AFP)
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