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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi raises $1 billion in funding round, valuing company at more than $45 billion, @WSJ reports

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China

China offers $3 billion aid in loans to neighbours Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos - @Reuters

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Sony cyberattack 2014

Chinese state media editorial says 'The Interview' is 'nothing to be proud of for Hollywood and US society'; says US should 'show some good manners instead of being too aggressive' - @SBSNews

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American aid worker detained in China, December 2014

China arrests American aid worker near North Korean border; the North Korean-born naturalized US citizen is charged with embezzlement and counterfeiting receipts, his lawyer says - @AFP

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Chinese president Xi Jinping tells Macau audience he promises to 'both adhere to the one-China principle and respect the differences of the two systems' - @XHNews

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China

China proposes long-term plan to buy Thailand produce, doubling previous year's purchase - @HXNews

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Beijing, Beijing, CN

Beijing court rules against psychiatric counseling center in 'gay conversion' case - @ChinaRealTime

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China

China arrests US missionary near North Korea border on charges of embezzlement and counterfeiting receipts - @Reuters

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Sony cyberattack 2014

Official says US has consulted with Japan, South Korea, China and Russia seeking assistance reining in North Korea cyber attacks, per @Reuters - @CNBCnow

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China

Local media: 3 dead, 14 missing after boat, which was allegedly being used for human smuggling, capsized off east China coast - @XHNews

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China

Chinese court sentences plane captain to 3 years in prison for 2010 crash that killed 44 people, saying he violated regulations by trying to land plane in low visibility - @AP

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China

Photo: President Xi Jinping arrives in Macao to attend celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of Macao's return to China - @cctvnews

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China revises estimated gross domestic product for 2013 upward 3.4% - @Reuters

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China

Earthquake: M 5.0 - 26km SSE of Zuobude, China

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Russian ruble crisis 2014

Editor's note: Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference has ended. Among many sweeping topics discussed, Putin reinforced his belief in Russia overcoming the crisis in Ukraine and defended Russia's protection of its own interests in the political struggle. He maintained that Russia's economy would rebound within two years amid tough Western sanctions and a failing ruble, both residual effects of the crisis and other factors. Putin also took questions on foreign relations with countries like China and Turkey, but no significant new ground was broken on those topics. - Aaron

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Vladimir Putin's 2014 press conference

Putin: Gas deal with China will benefit Russia on many levels - @RT_com

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China

Avon to pay $135 million fine to settle corruption probe in China, SEC says - @ChannelNewsAsia

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China

China's game market grows 37.7% year-on-year, state media reports - @XHNews

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New home prices in China down 3.7% year-on-year - @CNBCWorld

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China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record - @CPJ

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