June 22nd, 2011
11:15 AM ET
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Zhoushang Village, China - Riding a small rowboat headed home, Deng Jiangyi examined the muddy water all around him - eerily dotted with treetops, electrical poles and flocks of ducks.

"This year's floods were so extreme that almost the entire village got submerged," lamented the 66-year-old farmer. "Everything is gone - everything."

Nearly all of the village's 1,600 residents lost their livelihood - with their crops and livestock under water.

Read - Flooding takes financial, emotional toll on south China villagers

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May 30th, 2011
01:15 PM ET
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Amid deepening public concerns over the country's food safety following a wave of recent scandals, China's highest court has ordered judges nationwide to hand down harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of violating food safety regulations.

In a directive released by the state-run Xinhua news agency over the weekend, the Supreme People's Court said in cases where people die from food safety violations, convicted suspects should be given the death sentence, while criminals involved in non-lethal cases should face longer prison terms and larger fines.

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