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UPDATED: January 14, 2013 NO. 3 JANUARY 17, 2013

Foster Mother

Yuan Lihai, 49, from Lankao County in central China's Henan Province, became known recently for taking in homeless children and raising them on her meager income. Over the past 20 years, she has adopted more than 100 kids .

A fire broke out in Yuan's home while she took a number of her older children to school on the morning of January 4. Six kids aged from 7 months to 5 years and one 20-year-old man, died in the blaze. Investigations found that trouble occurred when children started playing with fire.

People say the local government is to blame for the tragedy.

Best Female Diver

Chinese athlete Wu Minxia was named best female diver of 2012 by FINA (the Fédération Internationale de Natation) on January 5. Wu won the same title in 2011.

She scooped the women's 3-meter springboard diving gold medal and the women's 3-meter synchronized gold at the 2012 London Olympics, becoming a grand slam star.

"The Internet phrase 'killed within a second,' which means making an order immediately when shopping online, is now used to describe the destiny of officials investigated and sacked shortly after being exposed for corruption via microblog."

Jiang Ming'an, a law professor at Peking University, commenting on China's anti-graft campaign progress in Beijing on January 9

"Tokyo's frequent resort to military tactics is not favorable for the resolution of the islands row. However, there is little chance of the situation spiraling out of control."

Ruan Zongze, Vice President of the China Institute of International Studies, when interviewed in Beijing on January 9

"Apart from the fact that more imported blockbusters joined the box office race last year, another important reason for domestic movies losing share is the lack of core creativity. China's film industrialization is still far from other leading film producers."

Tong Gang, Director of the Film Bureau of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, commenting on the decline of market share of China's domestic films on January 9

"Italy lacks a fiscal system able to take an exact picture of reality."

Lucio Battistotti, Director of the European Commission Representative Office for Italy, commenting on the current political and economic situation in the country

"The upcoming talks with the IAEA may fail if they do not consider Iran's rights to peaceful nuclear activities and enter the negotiations with 'prejudgments.'"

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereidoon Abbasi, speaking in Teheran on January 9 about the upcoming nuclear talks between Iran and IAEA

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