The Global Times reports that the Hebei Provincial High People’s Court announced on Wednesday that the state will award 2.68 million yuan ($388,998) to the parents of a man who was wrongfully executed over two decades ago. Nie Shubin was found guilty in 1995, at the age of 20, for raping and murdering a woman near the northern city of Shijiazhuang. Nie was sentenced to death the same year after Hebei Province’s highest court dismissed his appeal. In 2005, another man confessed to the crimes that Nie was executed for, yet little progress was made in the ensuing years in the court’s review of the case despite repeated petitions by Nie’s family to overturn the conviction. It was not until December 2016 that the Supreme People’s Court reversed the guilty verdict for Nie, calling the evidence of his conviction and sentencing “unreliable and incomplete.”
War on boutique hotels: Dali’s determination to save Erhai Lake from pollution / Southern Weekly (in Chinese)
Dali in Yunnan Province, once a travel hot spot for tourists from home and overseas due to its uncontaminated natural landscapes and exotic vibe, is now facing serious pollution problems. In order to restore the beauty of Erhai Lake, an iconic lake at the heart of Dali, the local government declared a war on boutique hotels, which are believed to be one of the main sources of pollution.
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