Severe drought has sent river levels in parts of central and northern China to record lows.
Geng Yansheng began the 37th monthly news conference with a warm welcome for the eight foreign correspondents.
Chinese migrant workers living in cities will gradually have full access to schools and hospitals where they work.
Travel agencies have reported brisk sales of flight-delay insurance policies in the past two weeks.
The campers spend the eight days cooking, swimming, boating and mingling with their DPRK counterparts.
Dozens of civilians were killed or injured in a terrorist attack in Kashgar prefecture of the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.
The fate of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers held at sea for almost a month before being brought to a detention center in Australia was stuck in limbo.
US-based OSI Group announced on Monday that it would invest 10 million yuan ($1.62 million) three-year food safety education campaign in China.
Legal experts and industry insiders are calling for more stringent legislation on food safety after a scandal involving the Shanghai Husi Food Co.
Ann Nicholson had been counting the days to her first summer camp in China.
The court did not reply on Thursday, but under procedural law, it must give an answer within seven days on whether it will hear the case.
As the convoy traveled through a remote area nearby, roadside bombs went off and militants opened fire.