BEIJING - A man who is said to have carried out an axe attack in China's volatile Xinjiang region apologises on television, saying he was persuaded to go through with it in the name of ‘jihad’. The man is supposed to be the only surviving member of a gang of three who slashed people playing mahjong in the remote city of Hotan a week ago, wounding four, one of the latest in a series of attacks in the far west region.

LEISHAN - Mahjong parlors in the Guiyang region are massively closing down now the county has issued a strict ban that forbids government officials from playing the game anytime, anywhere, whether on the job or off.
Leishan county, a popular tourist attraction in Southwest China's Guizhou province, issued the ban in March. The public's response has been mixed.

Wu is arrested over the callous murder of mahjong bar owner Mr. Chang.

HEYUAN - When Wang Wu was thrown out and banned from the local mahjong club, that set of a chain of events that resulted in him jumping out of a building - only for him to survive and get arrested.

BEIJING - Disciplinary authorities have identified 220 recent violations of the Party's frugality rules, the country's top anti-graft agency announced on Monday. A total of 313 Party and government officials have received punishments, from serious warnings to removal from public office, with all names and misbehaviors publicized on the website of the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

CHONGGU - A Qingpu district resident set a mahjong parlor on fire because he suspected that his wife was having an affair with someone there, police said Monday.

Police display mahjong tiles seized in a raid at Shau Kei Wan Main Street East. Photo: Felix Wong

HONG KONG, China - Police arrested 129 people when they closed down 11 illegal mahjong parlours in a Shau Kei Wan residential block yesterday. But the raids upset elderly customers of the informal parlours, who said they had been enjoying low-stakes games there for 20 years.

The Jeff Bonner R&D in-flight version of the mahjong table.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Jeff Bonner Research & Development, a San Antonio-based aircraft cabin component developer and subassembly fabricator, has responded with a high-tech version of the ancient game of mahjong for installation in private jets. The company has taken the game of mahjong to new heights of technology while retaining the ancient virtues it represents.

The Mahjong Museum in Chiba, Japan.

TOKYO/BEIJING – The collection of the Japanese Mahjong Museum will be transferred to China after all. Also the research and promotional institutes of the museum will be moved to China. This can be concluded from a press release of two Chinese mahjong organizations, handed out yesterday.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

AMSTERDAM - Chinese internet company and World of Warcraft regional publisher NetEase has made a limited edition ‘World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria’-themed mahjong set.