A total of 176 police officers and 57 temporarily contracted staff have been punished for issuing illegitimate ID certificates for citizens seeking extra government entitlement, according to the Ministry of Public Security. Full Story

Plan to make capital the only hub of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei project: media

The plan of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development project has undergone several amendments to the original draft and stressed that Beijing will be the only core hub of the region, media reported. Full Story

Company fined 3 million yuan for polluting desert

A company in Gansu province that discharged waste water in the Tengger Desert has been shut down and fined 3 million yuan ($484,000), officials have revealed. Full Story

Chinese FM visits Yunnan after bombing incident

China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, visited Yunnan Province and met with local officials over measures to maintain stability in the China-Myanmar border and to safeguard Chinese people's lives and property following a bombing incident in the region, Yunnan Daily reported on Tuesday. Full Story

TAIPEI, March 16 (Xinhua) -- A light trainer aircraft plungedinto a lagoon in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, killing bothonboard, officials said Monday. Full Story

An earthquake in the eastern Chinese city of Fuyang has killed two people and damaged thousands of homes. Full Story