China has submitted its first report on its human rights record for review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The document focuses on improvements brought about by economic development, but also admits that China faces serious challenges. The report will be reviewed by a three-country panel, which will then make recommendations by Feb. 11, a process that puts China's frequently-criticized rights record under unprecedented scrutiny. In other news, rain fell in drought-stricken north central China after the government brought in rain-making scientists, and officials have promised to divert two major rivers to help farmers. PM Wen Jiabao has visited drought-stricken areas, where a state of emergency is in effect. (BBC, Reuters)

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