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Ancient Tibetan village near Shangri-La partially destroyed in a giant inferno

An ancient Tibetan village in the popular tourist area of Shangri-La in China’s southwest Yunnan province has been partially destroyed in a giant inferno, state media reported Saturday. The fire, which began at about 1:30 am on Saturday, destroyed more than 100 traditional wooden houses after it tore through the…

42 dead after swarms of ‘killer hornets’ invade Chinese cities

Swarms of hornets have killed 42 people in northwestern China in recent months, state media said Thursday, as temperatures rise and development drives the stinging insects into cities. The terrifying attacks started in July, the official Xinhua news agency said Thursday, with 1,640 people having been stung. Of those, 206…

100,000 kilograms of dead fish cleared from polluted Chinese river after ‘chemical discharge’

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials said Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country’s battered environment. About 100,000 kilograms of fish were cleared from 40 kilometres of the Fu river in Wuhan, the capital of the…

New case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China: Xinhua

A 61-year-old woman from northern China was confirmed Saturday as having contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, state media reported. The woman, from the city of Langfang in Hebei province, developed a cough and fever on July 10 and four days later was given a diagnosis of severe pneumonia,…

Updated: Poultry plant fire kills 119 in China

At least 93 people were killed in a fire at a poultry processing plant in northeastern China on Monday, local officials said, in what appeared to be the country’s worst blaze for 12 years. More than 300 workers were at the Baoyuan poultry plant at Dehui in Jilin province when…

China shutters websites, deletes 210,000 posts over ‘rumors’

BEIJING (AFP) – China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 posts since mid-March in a crackdown on online “rumours”, state media said Thursday, as a major political scandal rocked the country. The announcement on the official Xinhua news agency came as Chinese authorities ramped up efforts to…

China cracks down on Internet after coup rumours

China has shut down websites, made a string of arrests and punished two popular microblogs after rumours of a coup linked to a major scandal that brought down a top politician. Authorities closed 16 websites for spreading rumours of “military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on in Beijing”,…

Tibetan dies after setting himself on fire

BEIJING — A Tibetan man died after he and another man set themselves on fire in southwestern China, state media said Sunday, taking the total number of similar acts to 14 in the restive region in less than a year. The incidents happened Friday near the Kirti monastery in Sichuan…

China tightens rules for bloggers

BEIJING (Reuters) – China further tightened rules on microblogs on Thursday, requiring new authors on seven websites in southern Guangdong province to register their real names, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, in a move users decried as ineffective. Microblogs such as Sina’s Weibo allow users to issue messages of a…

Thousands evacuated after China chemical plant blast

BEIJING — Around 6,000 people were evacuated Thursday after an explosion at a chemical plant near the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, state media reported. The accident occurred early afternoon at the Futian Chemical Company in Panyu district, Xinhua news agency said, quoting the local government. Residents were evacuated after…

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