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Anti-terrorism expert appointed to bolster Olympic security

THE central government has appointed an anti-terrorism expert to oversee security work during the Beijing Olympics in August, a Beijing-based Website reported today.

Ocean Park to rebuild panda bases

news.gov.hk 12.06.2008
Ocean Park to rebuild panda bases

Ocean Park has launched a fund to help repair Sichuan's giant panda bases damaged in the May 12 earthquake.


Over 4,000 in China named 'Olympic Games': report

BEIJING - MORE than 4,000 Chinese have been named 'Aoyun' or 'Olympic Games' in an apparent nod to the Beijing Olympics, state media reported on Wednesday.

Flood water sweep through the quake stricken town of Beichuan, southwestern China's Sichuan province, Wednesday, June 11, 2008.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

MIANYANG, China (AP) — Evacuees hauled mattresses and carts down from temporary camps in the hills Wednesday after Chinese authorities declared the flood threat over from an earthquake-formed lake that was drained the day before.


China to check all schools for quake resistance

China has ordered nationwide safety checks for schools a month after the Sichuan earthquake saw many collapse, killing at least 9,000 children.

Militiamen search for a missing helicopter in the Zhaogong Mountain near Dujiangyan City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, June 2, 2008 (Xinhua Photo)

Searchers have found the remains of the missing Chinese helicopter and people on board in the mountains near the quake epicenter town Yingxiu, according to a military source here Tuesday.


Experts have spent days creating a channel to drain the lake

Chinese troops have managed to reduce the water level in an unstable lake formed by last month's earthquake, by channelling water to an abandoned town.

Beijing to impose 14-week ban on crackers, fireworks

BEIJING -- Crackers and fireworks will be banned across Beijing from July 1 to October 8 for safety considerations before and during the Olympics and the Paralympics, the city's safety administration said Monday.


Aftershock violently rocks "quake lake" dam in SW China

A relatively strong aftershock rocked the dam of the Tangjiashan "quake lake" for about 20 seconds on Sunday and caused massive landslides on surrounding mountains.

A boy plays at a temporary tent camp in Mianyang near the Tangjiashan "quake lake" in earthquake-hit Beichuan

CHENGDU, China (AFP) — Efforts to drain a swollen "quake lake" in southwest China have been succeeding, but a government minister warned the situation remained dangerous, state media said.


Shanghai opens Jewish refugee database to public

Li Xinran Shanghai Daily 06.06.2008
Shanghai opens Jewish refugee database to public

SHANGHAI launched a Jewish refugee database today to record the history of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II, Labor Daily reported today.

Flooding fears grow. Photo: Reuters.

Soldiers in Sichuan have been ordered to deepen a diversion channel to speed the draining of an unstable earthquake-formed lake that is threatening to burst its banks.


China ready to ease pressure on 'quake lake'

Mainland authorities are preparing to ease pressure on a swollen "quake lake" threatening hundreds of thousands of people as the water level rises toward a man-made sluice.

'Shoddy buildings factor in high quake toll'

Mainland engineers say shoddy construction and poor planning contributed to the Sichuan earthquake's high death toll.


Soldiers working to reduce the level of a lake to prevent flooding. Photo: Reuters.

A powerful aftershock has hit Sichuan province amid concerns over rising water levels in a lake formed by landslides from last month's earthquake.

A mother (R) holding a portrait of her 12-year-old son Feng Junwei cries next to the ruins of destroyed Fuxing primary school in the earthquake-hit Wufu town of Mianzhu county, Sichuan province May 21, 2008. [Agencies]

CHENGDU -- A special working team has been formed to help parents of students killed in the May 12 earthquake, the Sichuan provincial government said Wednesday.


Hip-hop dancers perform at an open space near the West Lake in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, in this October 13, 2003 file photo.   REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV/Files

BEIJING (Reuters) - Nineteen years after a brutal crackdown against student protesters at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China's youth are more focused on iPods, designer jeans and buying their first car than political reform.

Magnitude 5.3 aftershock hits China

CARA ANNA Associated Press 05.06.2008
Magnitude 5.3 aftershock hits China

A 5.3 magnitude aftershock struck China's quake-battered Sichuan province Thursday amid concerns over rising water levels in a lake formed by landslides from the massive May 12 temblor.


Sharon Stone Photo by: Mike Marsland / WireImage

Sharon Stone issued another apology for her remarks at the Cannes Film Festival about the earthquakes in China.

Photo: AFP

DUJIANGYAN, China (AFP) - A massive quake-induced lake was approaching hazardous levels in China Wednesday, as a ranking official characterised the situation there as "extremely dangerous," state media said.



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