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HONG Kong's new chief executive Leung Chun-ying today said the new government will lead the city to develop the economy, improve people's livelihood, promote democracy and build a more prosperous, progressive and righteous society.

Leung made the pledge in his inaugural speech delivered at the swearing-in ceremony of the fourth-term government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

PM2.5 readings of all of the city's 10 monitoring spots and average density of local PM2.5 will be released starting today at the website of Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.

The city's latest hourly PM2.5 reading, the latest 24-hour reading and a chart illustrating PM2.5 change within 24 hours will all be available at the website and at Weibo sites of the Shanghai Environmental Protec
China is planning a new law that will shorten the minimum stay for foreigners who come to China to work to 90 days while the period of validity for a residence permit will range from 180 days to five years.

The draft law is being discussed by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, the country's top legislature.

It stipulates that foreigners should obtain valid identity documents
China UnionPay Co. Ltd.(CUP), the country's largest bank card payment processor, announced Saturday that it has inked cooperation agreement with NETS, a leading payment service provider in North Europe, to expand CUP's service in Europe.

The CUP and NETS will work together to expand CUP's card acceptance in more European regions, provide CUP card processing and transaction services to more Eur
But a lack of regulation and standards pose a big challenge. Wang Wen reports.

Office worker Candy Xie sent her Gucci purse to a small store near the World Trade Center in Beijing after the shopkeeper promised to remove ink stains for 300 yuan ($47.1).

"I had to do it because the brand's franchise store refused to," the 28-year-old said.

Xie is just one of the hundreds of millions of lux
HUAYI Brothers Media has decided to use Shanghai Media Group's BesTV as a new channel to release its new films, company officials said this week.
SHANGHAI quarantine authorities reported a type of bacteria found for the first time on China's mainland on Wednesday. The bacteria was found on a fly and is related to a fatal disease, city quarantine officials said yesterday, but adding that there is no need to worry that it poses immediate threat to the public with infection.

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau nabbed 2
THE reality competition series "China's Got Talent" has invested 1 million yuan (US$157,000) in selecting outstanding short films and original scripts, producers of the show said at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival.

So far, several thousand short films made by amateur filmmakers have been submitted through 10 or so websites such as Youku.com and Sina.com. All of the entries are th

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