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Illegal construction villas targeted by central government


The central government has sent a group to rectify problems of illegal villa construction at the northern foot of the Qinling Mountains in Shaanxi province and vowed to hold accountable anyone found violating laws and regulations.

New IPR center speeds up patent approval process


A newly-built intellectual property protection center in Shanghai's Pudong New Area has been helping innovative enterprises obtain patent authorization faster and assisting strategic industries to seize opportunities in the international market.

Guangdong police detain 62 economic fugitives in first seven months of year


Police in Guangdong province detained 62 economic fugitives in the first seven months of the year, recovering assets valued at more than 60 million yuan ($9.23 million), a senior police officer said on Friday.

Abbot accused of sexual harassment


China's top religious affairs regulator said on Thursday that Master Xuecheng, abbot of the Beijing-based Longquan Temple and head of the Buddhist Association of China, is under investigation after being accused in a 95-page report of various violations, including sexual harassment of several nuns.

Anti-counterfeiting alliance grows to 105 members


Several international brands, including Adidas and Microsoft, have joined a team combating the online sale of counterfeit products that was formed by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group last year, Alibaba said on Friday.

Rules proposed for hutong tourism


Companies that conduct tours of Beijing's classic alleys, or hutong, should only be allowed to take groups to lanes that display traditional culture or contain historical sites, according to a draft guideline from the city government.

Major websites targeted for vulgar content


To better regulate the internet and online operators, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has begun monitoring more closely the activities of online animation and music streaming providers.

Prosecutors: Nurses beat mentally ill patient


Five nurses from a private hospital in Kunming, Yunnan province, who allegedly assaulted a mentally ill patient in January, were accused of intentional injury on Wednesday by local prosecutors.