Noting that the SARS situation in many regions of China has "improved significantly," the World Health Organization lifted its warning against travel to parts of the country.
World Health Organization experts on Thursday cautiously endorsed China's reported drop in the number of SARS cases after publicly questioning the country's data earlier this week.
As part of its effort to prevent the spread of SARS, the Chinese government announced on Thursday that anyone deliberately spreading the deadly respiratory illness would be punished by imprisonment or death.
As the flu-like disease known as severe acute respiratory syndrome continues to spread, a senior Chinese physician Wednesday accused his government of covering up details about the number of SARS cases in Beijing.
Chinese officials on Thursday announced their support for a joint statement released Wednesday by France, Germany and Russia vowing to block a United Nations resolution authorizing the use of force on Iraq.
Capping more than a decade of service to the China's Communist Party, Vice President Hu Jintao was named the party's new general secretary Friday, making him the highest ranking political leader in Asia's fastest growing economic power.
A Chinese author who published essays on the Internet about politics was arrested on charges of subversion, a U.S.-based journalists' rights group reported this week.
More than a million farmers, soldiers and other residents of China's Hunan province piled sandbags and reinforced dikes Friday to keep a massive lake's rising water levels from swamping nearby towns.
Speaking to university students, President Bush ended his 30-hour visit to China with an appeal for greater personal, political and religious freedoms on Friday.
President Bush met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Beijing today, where Mr. Bush is on the final leg of a week-long East Asian tour.
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