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Giant feathered dinosaur Yutyrannus discovered in China

It is by far the biggest feathered dinosaur ever to have been unearthed and raises intriguing questions as to why some of these scaly reptiles developed plumage. Three nearly complete skeletons of the dinosaur have been uncovered in beds of sediment in Liaoning province, northeastern China, scientists reported in Nature.

 

China lets North Korean defectors leave for Seoul

China has allowed five North Korean defectors to leave for South Korea after they spent months or years holed up in Seoul’s Beijing embassy to avoid arrest, media reports say.  Chosun Ilbo newspaper, citing a diplomatic source, said they arrived in South Korea on Sunday after China changed its policy of refusing to let them depart.

 

China grocery market overtakes US

China’s grocery sector is now the largest in the world, overtaking the US in 2011 and tripling in value between 2006 and 2015, according to industry body IGD.  The Chinese grocery sector was worth 607 billion pounds in 2011 and is forecast to reach nearly one trillion pounds by 2015, said the research by British grocery industry group IGD.

 

Diabetes continuing to spike in China

The more common type of diabetes in China grew by 30 percent in just seven years, according to a new survey of thousands of Shanghai residents.  The curse of affluence appears to be affecting China as it has many other developing countries.

 

Anonymous Hacks Chinese Government Websites

After wreaking havoc on the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year, the global hacker group Anonymous appears to have turned its attention to the U.S.’s largest trading partner. A handful of local Chinese government websites and several dozen websites belonging to Chinese companies and other groups appear to have been compromised over the past few days, many of them defaced with a message, accompanied by The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” saying the sites were hacked by Anonymous.

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