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Fishermen sue ConocoPhillips over China oil spill

A group of Chinese fishermen is suing ConocoPhillips for damages allegedly caused by a huge oil spill at an offshore field operated by the US energy giant, their lawyer said Friday. The early-June spill leaked more than 3,000 barrels of oil and oil-based mud — a substance used as a lubricant in drilling —…

Four dead, 57 missing in China mine accident

BEIJING — Four miners died and 57 were left missing in a central China coal mine, an official said Friday, in the latest fatal mishap to hit the nation’s notoriously dangerous mining industry. The accident occurred Thursday evening at the Qianqiu coal mine in Henan province, which belongs to the…

Tibetan nun dies in self-immolation in China

A Tibetan nun died after setting herself on fire in southwest China on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said, in the 11th such incident involving Buddhist monks and nuns in the restive region. The International Campaign for Tibet confirmed the death of the nun, named Qiu Xiang and aged…

China may send first woman into space

China may send its first woman into space next year as part of a programme to build a space station by 2020, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. The announcement came as China said it would launch an unmanned space craft, the Shenzhou VIII, early Tuesday to carry out the country’s first ever space docking…

China coal mine blast kills 29: media

A gas explosion at a coal mine in central China has killed 29 miners, according to state media, the latest in a series of deadly accidents to hit the country’s mining industry. Some 35 miners were working in the state-owned mine at the time of the blast, which happened early…

China orders cutback on TV entertainment

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will limit the number of entertainment programs allowed to air on television, from match-making game shows to dance broadcasts, and push to replace them with morality-building programing, Chinese media reported on Tuesday. China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television starting next year will restrict shows…

China and Vietnam to strengthen military ties: report

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China and Vietnam have agreed to strengthen military cooperation, increase contacts between high-ranking officers and establish a hotline for the two defense ministries, in a bid to cool tensions between the Communist-ruled neighbors. The two countries, which have a history of distrust, also agreed to launch a…

China’s top newspaper slams U.S. currency bill

China’s top newspaper on Wednesday accused US lawmakers of “passing the buck” over America’s economic problems with a bill to punish Beijing for alleged currency manipulation. A commentary in the People’s Daily — viewed as the Communist Party mouthpiece – said the bill was an attempt by lawmakers to cover up their…

U.S. to upgrade Taiwan jets, China protests

The United States on Wednesday announced a $5.85 billion upgrade of Taiwan’s F-16 fighter jets, leading to a swift rebuke by China even though the deal stopped short of selling new planes. Taiwanese and US officials insisted that the upgrade would improve the island’s defences as it faces a rising…

‘Violent protests’ over China pollution

BEIJING — Hundreds of Chinese have mounted violent protests against a solar panel factory in eastern China over three days, accusing it of cancer-causing pollution, state media reported Sunday Around 500 protesters gathered in Haining city, Zhejiang province, on Thursday, demanding an explanations for the death of large numbers of…

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