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China to Abolish Labor Camps, Loosen One-Child Policy

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China's Communist Party says it will loosen its decades-long one-child policy and abolish labor camps.

The official Xinhua news agency reported Friday that the party released a key policy document that said it will now allow couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child.

Xinhua also said China will abolish its re-education though labor system, under which police can sentence offenders to years in camps without a trial.

The news agency said the reforms were part of efforts to improve human rights and judicial practices. The report added that Beijing will also reduce "step by step" the number of crimes subject to the death penalty.

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