Chinese state media reported the death of a second baby due to a spiralling contaminated milk-powder scandal that has sickened nearly 500 babies. The product was recalled after melamine was found in the powder.
China said it will check that the Coca-Cola project to take over juice producer Huiyuan, the biggest acquisition of a Chinese company by a foreign one, does not break the latest antitrust law voted last month.
For millions of Chinese children, a private school is the only route to education. Indeed, public institutions are only open to kids whose parents have valid residence permits, though authorities say they are looking to end the discrimination.
Over three hundred Chinese athletes will compete in 18 different sports at the forthcoming Paralympic Games in Beijing, amid signs that the country is slowly changing the way it looks at its 83 million disabled people.
US beverage giant Coca-Cola made a decisive push in the Chinese market by offering $2.4bn for the local Huiyuan Juice Group, its largest bid in the country so far. Chinese authorities are yet to approve the deal.
Previously planned for November, the launch of manned Chinese flight Shenzhou VII has been moved up to the middle of September, according to a report. It will be the third human flight for China since 2003.
Chinese authorities announced Olympic efforts against pollution had given Beijing the best air in 10 years. Main pollutants were down 50 percent from normal levels during the Beijing Olympics, according to official Chinese figures.
An earthquake killed 25 people and injured more than 100 in the southwest Chinese province of Sichuan - a province that suffered a devastating 8.0 quake in May. Rescue operations have been hampered by heavy rains.