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China expected to clamp down on train crash coverage

BEIJING — Chinese journalists and web users have defied censors with scathing criticism of the state after a deadly high-speed rail crash, but analysts predict the government will soon clamp down. Internet users have unleashed unusually high levels of vitriol towards the government in the wake of the crash, and…

Asian shares fall on U.S. default fears

Asian stocks fell on Monday as US talks aimed at raising the country’s debt limit fell apart, raising the spectre of a default, although losses were muted on expectations a deal would be reached. The crisis weighed on the dollar, sending it to its lowest level against the yen since…

China revises rail crash toll to 36

China on Monday revised the death toll from a high-speed train crash to 36, with 192 people wounded, in the country’s worst rail accident since 2008. A statement from the railway ministry gave the new figures and said the cause of the accident on the outskirts of the eastern Chinese…

China boasts biggest high-speed rail network

BEIJING — China only opened its high-speed rail service to passengers four years ago, but it now boasts the world’s biggest network, with more than 8,300 kilometres of track — a figure that is growing rapidly. Trains are by far the most popular form of long-distance transport in the country…

China double high-speed train crash kills 16

A Chinese high-speed train derailed Saturday when it was hit by another express, state media said, throwing two carriages off a viaduct and killing at least 16 people. The derailed train had been crippled by a lightning strike and was stationary when the second one ploughed into it, the reports…

Maoists derail train in India, 71 killed

SARDIHA, India (AFP) – Maoist rebels derailed a high-speed train packed with sleeping passengers into the path of a freight train in eastern India on Friday, killing at least 71 people, police said. It was the latest in a series of deadly Maoist attacks that have put the government under…

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