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Chinese factory wall collapses in heavy rain, killing 18 BEIJING: A factory wall collapsed in heavy rain in eastern China on Sunday, killing 18 people working inside, Xinhua news agency said.About 40 workers for a renewable energy company in the scenic coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong province, were in the factory at the time, Xinhua said, without explaining what the factory made. Three were taken to hospital with injuries. China, the world's second-largest economy, has a poor record on workplace safety with coal mine disasters a common occurrence. In June 2013, a fire at a poultry slaughterhouse in the northeastern Jilin province killed 120 people. In November, an oil pipeline explosion in Qingdao killed 62 people.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

North Korea renews threat of nuclear test SEOUL: North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal.North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the country was justified in using all available means at its disposal to counter aggressive challenges by the United States and South Korea aimed at stifling ...
Philippines probes diplomat in Canada 'nanny trafficking' MANILA: The Philippine government said Saturday it was investigating a Filipina diplomat charged in Canada for alleged human trafficking involving the exploitation of her nanny."The (foreign affairs) department takes very seriously any allegations of misconduct of its employees. The department is conducting an inquiry into the matter," its spokesman Charles Jose said in a statement to news agencies.He said Buenaflor Cruz was formerly assigned to the Philippine embassy in Ottawa but had since been reassigned ...
Indonesia races to count parliamentary poll results JAKARTA: Indonesian officials raced against time Friday to finish counting votes from last month's legislative polls before a midnight deadline, as fears grew the announcement of the results may have to be delayed.The final results are expected to confirm earlier unofficial tallies showing the main opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) won the biggest share of the vote, but with less support than expected. The April 9 elections set the stage for presidential polls ...
US, Philippine marines launch South China Sea drills SAN ANTONIO: Scores of US and Filipino marines launched mock assaults on a South China Sea beach in the Philippines on Friday in war games aimed at honing the allies' combat skills.The exercise came as tensions simmer between the Philippines and China over rival claims to the strategic waters.Three US rubber raiding craft and two small-unit Filipino riverine boats made repeated sallies at a desolate beach at a northern Philippines navy base in a practise ...
New Zealand bans synthetic drugs WELLINGTON: New Zealand on Thursday banned synthetic drugs after Prime Minister John Key conceded an attempt to regulate the market in so-called "legal highs" had failed.The sale of products such as synthetic cannabis and legal "party pills", which mimic the effects of drugs like ecstasy, were banned after the government introduced legislation this week following protests from the families of users affected by the substances."All psychoactive products will become unapproved from Thursday and it will ...
Vietnam says China fired water cannon, rammed ships near oil rig HANOI: Hanoi said on Wednesday that Chinese ships protecting a deep-water drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea had used water cannon to attack Vietnamese patrol vessels and repeatedly rammed them, injuring six people.Tensions between the communist neighbours have risen sharply since Beijing unilaterally announced last week it would move the deep-water drilling rig into disputed waters a move the United States has described as "provocative".Vietnam deployed patrol vessels after the China ...

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