Nearly 9 percent of China's wetlands have vanished over the past decade as urban development has increased.
In 2000, president Jiang Zemin met Sharon, then leader of Israel's Likud party, when visiting Israel.
Telemarketing scams have become a growing problem in China, often targeting the rich and famous.
The stranded Chinese icebreaker, Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, broke through the Antarctic's heavy floes at about 6 pm on Tuesday.
A US judge on Monday sentenced a US woman who called herself Jihad Jane to 10 years in prison.
China has destroyed 6.1 metric tons of elephant ivory seized over the years, hoping to send a zero-tolerance message to poachers.
Zhang Yimou has disputed an official calculation of his earnings used to determine a fine he is due to pay for violating the family planning policy.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi begins his six-day tour of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Ghana and Senegal on Monday.
News anchors and TV guests must speak in Mandarin and should avoid dialects and foreign languages.
Propelled by the policy change, multinational companies in the baby diaper industry have embarked on expansion plans in China.
Beijing's warmest New Year's Day in decades saw people flood outdoors on Wednesday, the first day of 2014.
Beijing has declared Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "not welcome" by the Chinese people and said Chinese leaders won't meet him.