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China reports three new H7N9 bird flu deaths

Three Chinese people have died of the H7N9 bird flu, the state news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday, adding to a spike in cases this year. Two men, ages 76 and 52, died in southern Guangdong province on Monday, while a third patient passed away in eastern……

‘Dead’ baby wakes at Chinese funeral parlor before cremation

A Chinese baby boy who had been declared dead was saved from being cremated alive when he started crying at a funeral parlour, media reported Thursday. The parents of the critically-ill boy, who was less than one month old, had agreed to end his medical treatment at Anhui Provincial Children’s…

Death toll from China flooding tops 100

Devastating floods at opposite ends of China have left 105 people dead and another 115 missing in recent days, state media said Monday. Flooding in the northeast which left 72 people dead was described as “the worst in decades” by state news agency Xinhua, while another 33 people died in…

China instructs popular bloggers to ‘promote virtues’

Chinese Internet celebrities have been told to “promote virtues” by a leading official, state media said Sunday, after a singer sparked a free speech debate by venting about bombing government offices. Beijing expects celebrities to “uphold law”, state news agency Xinhua reported the official as saying, after singer Wu Hongfei…

Third Boston Marathon bombing victim identified as Chinese national Lu Lingzi

A Chinese student has been identified as the third person to have died in the Boston marathon bombings. Boston University confirmed that a statistics student, Lu Lingzi, 23, died when she was watching the race on Monday. China’s state newswire Xinhua said she been watching the race with two friends…

China lead pollution poisons 160 children: report

BEIJING (Reuters) – Lead emission from factories and the natural environment in China’s manufacturing heart of Guangdong has poisoned 160 children, Xinhua said on Sunday in the country’s latest case of unfettered industrial toxins. Children from Dongtang town in Renhua country were found to have “elevated” levels of lead in…

China dismisses reports Jiang has died

China’s official media said Thursday that reports claiming former president Jiang Zemin had died were “pure rumour”, after days of intense speculation about his health. The state-run Xinhua news agency quoted “authoritative sources” in its report denying the rumour, which emerged last Friday after the 84-year-old failed to appear at…

Multi-party system would bring chaos, China media says

China’s state media said a multi-party political system would unleash chaos equal to the turbulent period of the Cultural Revolution, as the country marks the Communist Party’s 90th birthday. The state-run Xinhua news agency, in a focus piece published late Friday after the one-party regime celebrated the anniversary, said Western…

Man admits to killing spree, murdered 10 with a hammer

A man in China has admitted using a hammer to kill 10 people including his father, wife and son after he was refused a loan to prop up his struggling business, state media said Saturday. Zhou Yuxin, 33, said he also wanted to kill his father-in-law after he called Zhou…

Floods wash 3,000 chemical barrels into China river

BEIJING (AFP) – Authorities were scrambling on Thursday to recover 3,000 barrels full of hazardous chemicals that were washed into a major river in northeastern China by recent flooding. A total of 7,000 barrels were swept into the Songhua river in Jilin province on Wednesday following heavy rains, but most…

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