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Search called off at Myanmar jade mine YANGON: Rescuers Friday called off the search at a jade mine in war-torn northern Myanmar that was struck by a landslide this week after all missing people were accounted for, police said.Four bodies were pulled from the rubble at the mine in Hpakant town, Kachin state, which was engulfed by a wall of mud on Tuesday evening.The landslide is believed to have occurred when debris heaped beside the mine collapsed after it was loosened by heavy rains."We stopped our search and rescue today as we found all missing persons," Police Major Naing Win of Hpakant police station told AFP.The death toll could have been considerably higher had the landslide hit earlier in the day, he added. Instead it struck around 7:05 pm (1235 GMT) after most miners had returned home to eat dinner. "About eight tents selling food were there with very few customers inside when the landslide occurred. That's ...

Two dead, unknown number missing in Myanmar jade mine landslide YANGON: Rescuers continued to comb through rubble Thursday for victims of a landslide at a jade mine in war-torn northern Myanmar that killed at least two people, according to police.An unknown number of miners are missing after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Hpakant town in Kachin state on Tuesday evening, a local police officer told AFP.The landslide is believed to have occurred after debris heaped beside the mine collapsed after it was loosened by ...
China pushes for bigger Latin America, Caribbean role BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to increase cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean Thursday as he opened a forum in Beijing with leaders from 30 countries in the region.The China-CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) gathering comes as China pushes for more influence in what has traditionally been Washington's backyard, and with many in the area looking to the Asian nation to offset US dominance."China will focus on overall cooperation with ...
Korean Air heiress charged over 'nut rage' case SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday charged Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-Ah with causing a safety hazard on a flight following a "nut rage" incident that sparked a national uproar.Cho, daughter of the airline's boss and herself a KAL executive at the time, ordered the chief purser off a December 5 New York-Seoul flight and compelled the taxiing plane to return to the terminal gate so he could disembark.She had taken exception to being served ...
Korean Air chairman's daughter charged over nut case outburst SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors charged the daughter of the chairman of Korean Air Lines on Wednesday for delaying a flight following an outburst over the way she was served nuts, in a case that stirred public outrage and ridicule. Heather Cho, a former executive of the airline and head of in-flight service before she resigned, had demanded the chief steward be removed from the flight at John F. Kennedy airport in New York after another ...
5.4-magnitude quake rocks Taiwan TAIPEI: A 5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted the east of Taiwan Wednesday afternoon and shook buildings in the capital Taipei, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.The quake struck at 12:48 pm (0448 GMT) northeast of Hualien, a coastal city in the east, Taiwan's Seismology Center said.It was 22 kilometres (13.7 miles) deep and an earthquake report showed that it was felt islandwide, including in Taipei which lies 120 km to the north.It came ...
China encourages NGOs to sue in environmental oversight BEIJING: China on Wednesday granted non governmental organisations more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country's highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities.NGOs that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People's Court said on its website.They will also be allowed to sue firms or individuals across China, regardless of where the NGO ...

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