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China to ban all coal use in Beijing by 2020

Aug 5, 2014

China to ban all coal use in Beijing by 2020

China’s smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities. Beijing’s Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau posted the plan on its website Monday, saying the city ...

Aug 5, 2014

China probes two Canadians for alleged theft of state secrets

China is investigating a Canadian couple who ran a coffee shop on the Chinese border with North Korea for the suspected theft of military and intelligence information and for threatening national security, China’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The official Xinhua News Agency identified the ...

Lakes formed by earthquake in China threaten flooding

Aug 5, 2014

Lakes formed by earthquake in China threaten flooding

Rescuers raced Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and has left thousands homeless. Rescue teams have freed scores of trapped survivors as they dig ...

China controls narrative of violence in tense west

Aug 4, 2014

China controls narrative of violence in tense west

When a remote county in China’s far west exploded last week in what appeared to be the country’s worst ethnic violence since 2009, it took the government six days to put out an exact death toll. It isn’t clear when a full picture of ...

Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh

Aug 4, 2014

Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh

A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized Monday in central Bangladesh, killing at least two people and probably many more as horrified villagers watched from the shore, authorities said. It was unclear exactly how many people were on board the M.V. Pinak because ...

Rescuers scramble after nearly 400 die in China quake

Aug 4, 2014

Rescuers scramble after nearly 400 die in China quake

An intense rescue operation was under way in China Monday after an earthquake killed at least 381 people and injured thousands more, leaving scenes of devastation across a mountainous area. More than 12,000 houses collapsed and 30,000 were damaged in the quake zone in ...

Aug 3, 2014

96 people killed in Xinjiang attack last week: China

Chinese state media said Sunday that 37 civilians and 59 “terrorists” had been killed in an attack earlier in the week in Xinjiang, home to China’s mainly Muslim Uighur minority. The total toll makes the incident by far the bloodiest since rioting involving Uighurs ...

India right-wing party says rape charges now 'fashionable'

Aug 3, 2014

India right-wing party says rape charges now 'fashionable'

Indian right-wing Hindu party Shiv Sena said Saturday filing sexual assault charges has “become a fashion” in an article backing a police officer accused of rape. The hard-line Hindu nationalist outfit, based in western Maharashtra state and a key ally of Prime Minister Narendra ...

Nepal landslide death toll likely to exceed 100

Aug 3, 2014

Nepal landslide death toll likely to exceed 100

Fresh rainfall was hampering a search Sunday for scores of villagers believed to be buried by a massive landslide in northern Nepal, where army troops used explosives to blast a river blockage in an attempt to release a dangerous water buildup. Police said eight ...