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Box office hit Dunkirk is boycotted in China

While movie Dunkirk has been a box office hit here in the UK, Chinese audiences have avoided the film declaring that 'running away' does not represent Chinese values. State mouthpiece the Global Times reported in an opinion piece that people in China had been avoiding the film because praising an evacuation does not strike a chord with Chinese audiences. The film has also raised questions over whether General Harold Alexander should be considered a war hero.
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China ponders new rule for disrespecting national anthem

China has drafted a new law that will see those who disrespect the country's national anthem jailed. The draft legislation was given a second reading during the National People's Congress Committee on Monday, according to state media. It claims that those found disrespecting or distorting the national anthem will be detained for 15 days or found criminally liable. Authorities are drafting a new law on the appropriate use of the national anthem, reports state mouth piece Xinhua.
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China bans children from attending church services

Authorities in China have tightened their grip on the country's churches by ordering that children are to be banned from joining religious groups. The ban also prohibits children from attending religious sermons and other activities in several provinces across the country. Control on the country's churches began several years ago when places of worship were ordered to remove crosses from their buildings in Zhejiang province.
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Europe must accept terror attacks are the new normal, say experts

Terrorist attacks using vehicles such as in Barcelona are 'becoming a new reality for Europeans' according to experts. Nathalie Goulet, a French senator said: 'Someone who gets in their car and crashes into a crowd, unfortunately we need to learn to live with that and every citizen must remain vigilant.' The latest attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils on Thursday has left at least 14 dead and 100 injured.
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China's Muslims are banned from using their language in schools

Authorities in China's Xinjiang region have banned China's Muslims from using their language in schools. Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools including pre-school. The new move comes after strict restrictions on Muslims in the region including a ban on fasting during Ramadan. The move was announced in a notice on the website of Xinjiang's Hotan region.
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Woman has abortion to later find the child survived

A woman in China who had an abortion was shocked to find that the midwife had 'saved' the child and sold him to another family. In April 2013, 18-year-old Lili from Inner Mongolia found out she was pregnant and didn't tell anyone until she reached 35 weeks. Accompanied by her brother, she underwent an abortion which she was told was successful. However some three days later she was told by police that the child had been saved by a nurse.
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Man spends 16 years decorating staircase to look like Versailles

A pensioner has spent the past 16 years redecorating the staircase in his block of flats to look like a 17th century palace. Though parts of the staircase look like the French palace of Versailles, the block of flats are actually located in Kiev, Ukraine. Vladimir Chaika, 65, started the project in 2001 and is still working on it today. Photos from the block situated in Ukraine show the staircase covered in reproductions of famous paintings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci.
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Dog meat found for sale on China's biggest online retail platforms

China's equivalent of Ebay has been found selling dog meat on its site and since vowed to ban the sale of such meat. Over 130 dog meat products were found online by animal protection group Animals Asia. It comes just weeks after European supermarket giant Carrefour were found selling dog meat products in its Chinese stores. Taobao, the Chinese equivalent of Ebay had banned the sale of dog meat and bear bile from its site in 2010.
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China requires all cinemas to show a propaganda video

Cinema goers in China are now subject to watching a three-and-a-half minute long propaganda video before watching the film they were intending to see. From now up until the 19th National People's Congress later this autumn, people will sit through the video aiming to promote national unity and 'the Chinese dream'. The video has had a mixed response with claims that some movie-goers have been avoiding going into the screening before the advert comes on.
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Chinese man wins lawsuit over forced conversion therapy

A man in China has successfully sued a psychiatric hospital for forcing him to undergo conversion therapy that was meant to 'cure him' of being a homosexual. The 37- year-old had been placed in the hospital by his family in October 2015 after he revealed his homosexuality to his wife and asked for a divorce. A court in Zhumadian, central China's Henan province ruled that the hospital issue him a public apology and pay him 5,000 yuan (£568).
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Thai man jailed for 35 years for insulting monarchy on Facebook

Thailand has today jailed a man for 35 years for insulting the monarchy marking the toughest sentence for the 'crime' ever recorded. Vichai Thepwong, a former insurance salesman was initially sentenced to 70 years which was later halved after he pleaded guilty. He was accused of posting ten messages and pictures on Facebook insulting the country's royal family. Thailand has strict 'lese majeste' laws which mean that it is illegal to insult, defame or threaten the monarchy.
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North Korea says missile launch a new type of 'cruise rocket'

North Korea has successfully tested a new 'ground-to-sea cruise rocket', according to state media. The KCNA news agency declared today that the rocket was 'capable of striking any enemy group of battleships attempting a military attack on the DPRK.' This marks the fifth test in less than a month and comes less than a week after the United Nations expanded sanctions against the country. The state news agency described the new missile as a 'powerful attack means.'
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Thai man jailed for 35 years for insulting monarchy on Facebook

Thailand has today jailed a man for 35 years for insulting the monarchy marking the toughest sentence for the 'crime' ever recorded. Vichai Thepwong, a former insurance salesman was initially sentenced to 70 years which was later halved after he pleaded guilty. He was accused of posting ten messages and pictures on Facebook insulting the country's royal family. Thailand has strict 'lese majeste' laws which mean that it is illegal to insult, defame or threaten the monarchy.
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North Korea says missile launch a new type of 'cruise rocket'

North Korea has successfully tested a new 'ground-to-sea cruise rocket', according to state media. The KCNA news agency declared today that the rocket was 'capable of striking any enemy group of battleships attempting a military attack on the DPRK.' This marks the fifth test in less than a month and comes less than a week after the United Nations expanded sanctions against the country. The state news agency described the new missile as a 'powerful attack means.'
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