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The Taiwanese government has come under fire after a row in which it apparently denied applications by China Eastern and Xiamen airlines to add flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan during the then coming Spring Festival, the traditional Chinese New Year celebration held this year in mid-February.

On Christmas Eve, four boys in a village in Qiaojia County, Yunnan Province, allegedly died of carbon monoxide poisoning as they were warming themselves by a fire in the bedroom.

The Beijing government triggered fierce public criticism after it began to dismantle large billboards and remove building names from rooftops at the end of November.

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Child abuse has once again caused big concern among Chinese netizens after employees at a private day-care center set up by Shanghai-based tourism service provider Ctrip were accused of beating the children in their care, and feeding them wasabi – a hot Japanese mustard. The center was set up for children, aged under three, of Ctrip employees.

Seven people were fined 15,000 yuan (US$2,300) each for chasing after Tibetan antelope in two off-road vehicles to take photos.

Two sisters in Qinghai Province have triggered wide controversy online after they sold local air online at 15 yuan (US$2.30) per bag.