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Final China quake toll near 3000 dead and missing

Nearly 3,000 people are dead or missing after a strong quake in China's northwest last month, the official Xinhua agency said on Monday, giving a final toll for the tremor in largely Tibetan Yushu county.

China census goes past mainland borders for 1st time

Xin Dingding China Daily 11.05.2010
China census goes past mainland borders for 1st time

Foreigners and people from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will, for the first time, be included in China's national census starting on Nov 1.


Would Chinese consumers 'go green' -- if given the choice?

In Qingdao city on the eastern coast of China, Tsingtao beer is the pride of the people. The brewery is the central attraction. More than 3,000 wide-eyed tourists visit every day, filing off buses to marvel at the production site of their favorite...

300,000 mainland-Taiwan couples tie knot

The Chinese mainland and Taiwan have witnessed more than 300,000 cross-Straits marriages since travel from Taiwan to the mainland was first permitted in 1987, statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs show.


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Heavy snow hampered relief efforts on Thursday following last week's devastating earthquake in the mainly Tibetan Yushu area of north-west China's Qinghai province, as the death toll has climbed to nearly 2,200.

Shenzhen dragnet

Beatrice Siu The Standard 30.09.2009
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A massive sweep by police in Shenzhen during the countdown to National Day celebrations has netted about 30 Hong Kong residents among more than 800 people hauled off the streets and detained.


Farewell my concubine

Bonnie Chen The Standard 16.09.2009
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Concubines and good communists do not go together, members of China's ruling elite are being warned.

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Tight security is in place in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, following protests by thousands of Han Chinese.


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Medical authorities in central China have discovered more than 1,300 cases of suspected lead poisoning in children, state media said, in the second such incident this month and bringing the total to 2,200.

Missing students safe

Nickkita Lau The Standard 17.07.2009
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A massive rescue operation in a remote mountain holiday resort in Qinghai province for more than 80 university students from Hong Kong and the mainland ended when they were found alive and well late last night.


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The Xinjiang regional government has now said the number of people injured in last week's riots in was 1,680.

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A mainland official says that mosques in riot-hit Urumqi have been ordered to stay closed for Friday prayers in the wake of ethnic violence that left 156 dead.


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The communist party chief in the Xinjiang city of Urumqi says the situation there is "under control" after the recent rioting in which more than 150 people were killed.

Screaming for blood and revenge

The Standard 08.07.2009
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Thousands of Han Chinese armed with iron bars and machetes roamed Urumqi yesterday looking for Muslim Uygur targets to wreak revenge for bloody ethnic clashes two days earlier which killed 156 and wounded more than 1,000.


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Mainland state media says 140 people have been killed and more than 800 injured in unrest in Western Xinjiang. A brief report by Xinhua news agency gave no other details.

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Flooding and heavy rain in central and southern China have forced 500,000 people to evacuate their homes and killed at least 15, Xinhua news agency reported.


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President Hu Jintao has pledged to closely monitor the use of funds set aside for the reconstruction of earthquake-devastated areas of Sichuan, and ensure that new buildings there can withstand tremors.

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Chief Executive Donald Tsang has called on Hong Kong people to continue to show their care for Sichuan earthquake survivors.


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China is marking the first anniversary of last year's devastating Sichuan earthquake.

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The mainland has confirmed its first case of swine flu. Xinhua news agency said that a man in Sichuan province who had flown home from the United States was infected.



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