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2008-04-30 Wed 00:00
The Qingdao-Jinan Railway reopened to traffic at 2:16 Tuesday morning after more than 20 hours of interruption caused by train collision that leaves 70 people and 416 injured..
High speed was the cause of a train collision in eastern China , state media has reported.
2008-04-30 Wed 00:00
2008-04-29 Tue 00:00
At least 70 people killed and 400 injured, many of them seriously, after two passenger trains collided in eastern China, Xinhua reported.
A train from Beijing to the eastern city of Qingdao derailed and hit the other, which was going from Yantai to Xuzhou.
Monday's crash is the worst in China since 1997, when 126 people were killed when two trains collided in central Hunan province.
Four French citizens were among the injured.
2008-04-28 Mon 00:00
More than 3,000 police officers were brought in to guard the event in Nagano ,the host city of the 1998 Winter Games.
The Olympic torch met with protests and scuffles on the relay.
The start of the relay was closed to the public.
Thousands of Chinese students, waving red flags,p gathered in Nagano outside the setting-off site.
They shouted all at once such as "One World, One Dream, One China".
Supporters holding Chinese flags and protests shaking the flag of Tibet lined the relay route.
Japanese nationalists and pro-Tibet activists clashed with pro-Chinese groups
Four people were injured and six men arrested in scuffles.
The relay was started by Senichi Hoshino, the manager of Japan's national baseball team.
Mizuki Noguchi, a long-distance athlete, was credited to run the last leg.
2008-04-27 Sun 00:00
North Korea was helping Syria build a nuclear reactor, the CIA officials are to tell members of Congress during closed-door briefings Thursday .
Unnamed officials told that the US had video footage of the Syrian facility with North Koreans inside.
But Syria's ambassador to the UN denied the links.
"There was no Syria-North Korea co-operation whatsoever in Syria. We deny these rumours," he said.
2008-04-27 Sun 00:00
China received positive responses Friday after announcing that the central government will meet with the Dalai Lama's private representative in the coming days, Xinhua reported.
The United States said Friday it was pleased to hear China's announcement to resume talks with an envoy of the Dalai Lama very soon.
Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said, "I hope that this dialogue will be a success."
2008-04-26 Sat 00:14
The Olympic torch arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo from Australia Canberra Friday morning.
At Haneda Airport, about 30 people greeted the arrival of the torch.
The torch was transferred to a bus,which departed immediately for the Joshinetsu Expressway.
The torch arrived at Nagano-shi , where the torch relay will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, around 11:40 a.m.
2008-04-25 Fri 00:00
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) will send seeds to its science lab, Kibo, at the International Space Station (ISS).
The experiment will observe how the seeds are affected by microgravity.
The Kibo lab will itself be despatched to the ISS next month, in the payload bay of the US space shuttle Discovery.
2008-04-24 Thu 00:00
Xinhua reported that China on Tuesday expressed its strong discontent and resolute opposition to Paris city council awarding the Dalai Lama honorary citizenship of the city.
Paris city council voted on Monday to award honorary citizenship to the Dalai Lama.
Jiang Yu, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman,said at a press conference, that this act grossly interferes in China's internal affairs and severely infringes on Sino-French relations, as well as the existing friendly relations between Beijing and Paris in particular.
2008-04-23 Wed 11:43
Sen. Hillary Clinton was declared the winner of the Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania Tuesday.
With 5 percent of precincts reporting results, Clinton led rival Barrack Obama of Illinois 53 percent to 47 percent, CNN reported.
2008-04-23 Wed 00:00
The People's Daily said patriotism should be expressed rationally.
China has urged its citizens to be calm amid further anti-Western protests in the country.
The protesters have been angered by disruption of the Olympic torch relay in Paris and London.
The Xinhua news agency said more than 1,000 people carrying banners had gathered in front of a Carrefour store in the city of Xian, and there were also protests in Harbin and Jinan
Protesters denounced French President Nicolas Sarkozy's refusal to confirm whether he would attend the opening ceremony of the Games.
But Beijing does not want to see any escalation in the protests.
2008-04-22 Tue 00:00
Thousands of Chinese demonstrated outside a French supermarket in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Saturday.
They were angry about anti-Chinese French protests that disrupted the Olympic torch relay in Paris,
The protesters ,mostly Chinese students ,appeared very organized and peaceful.
Chinese anger against France began stirring on Internet message boards.
Hundreds of people demonstrated in cities including Beijing, Wuhan, Hefei, Kunming, and Qingdao, often outside stores of the French chain Carrefour.
In Hefei, protesters used lorries to block access to a Carrefour shop.
2008-04-21 Mon 00:00
China says that it has cracked a terror plot to kidnap athletes, journalists and tourists at the Beijing Olympics.
The security ministry said 35 arrests had been made in recent weeks and explosives seized in Xinjiang province.
A Ministry of Public Security spokesman said ,in recent weeks, police had seized nearly 10kg of explosives and "jihadist" literature during raids in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi,
and the militants had sought volunteers to carry out suicide bombings in Urumqi and other Chinese cities.
2008-04-20 Sun 00:00
Food prices have risen rapidly in China so far this year.
The surge was confirmed by the National Bureau of Statistics.
It also revealed that economic growth eased slightly in the first quarter.
Growth dipped to 10.6% from 11.2% in the last three months of 2007.
It has been warned rising food prices could cause major global instability.
At its annual meeting , the World Bank warned that rapid action had to be taken to tackle food shortages, which are causing unrest and violence in some developing countries.
2008-04-19 Sat 00:00
A Buddhist temple has withdrawn from plans to host Japan's opening stage of the Olympic torch relay.
Zenkoji Temple had been due to serve as the starting point for the parade on 26 April at Nagano.
In Japan, the torch is to be paraded 18.5km through Nagano, which hosted the 1998 Winter Olympic Games.
The monks of Zenkoji were worried about safety, but another report suggested they were acting out of concern over recent unrest in Tibet.
2008-04-18 Fri 00:00
A UN agency has warned North Korea is facing a humanitarian crisis caused by acute food shortages.
The situation there was clearly bad and getting worse ,he said.
North Korea has been dependent on international food aid for years.
But the severe flood last year led the agriculture of North Korea to a poor harvest.
The World Food Programme official estimates that 6.5 million North Koreans do not have enough to eat.
2008-04-17 Thu 00:00
The Chinese authorities put to death at least 470 people last year.
But It is said probably killed many more.
China's foreign ministry defended the death penalty, saying China limited it to a small number of criminals.
At least 1,252 people have been executed in 24 countries in 2007.
2008-04-16 Wed 00:00
Nepal's Maoist party has taken a lead in an election to form an assembly tasked with writing a new constitution.
The Maoists have won 102 of the 180 seats so far more than many analysts had expected.
The Maoists' deputy leader has told that he believes the monarchy will be abolished within three weeks.
2008-04-15 Tue 00:00
All major Asian markets fell following a 2.0 percent drop in the Dow Jones industrial average last Friday.Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 406.22 points, or 3.05 pct, to close at 12,917.51, while Hong Kong's was down 3.3 percent at 23,854.7 by the end of its morning session.
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 196.22 points Monday to close at 3,296.67.
2008-04-14 Mon 00:00
The former Communist Party chief in Shanghai has been sentenced to 18 years in jail.
A court in the northern city of Tianjin, at the No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court, found that Chen Liangyu, 61, was guilty of taking bribes, accepting $340,000 ,and abusing his position.
Chen's trial began in late March 2008.
His sentence could have been harsher, but it was said his co-operation with investigators, and his links to Jiang Zemin, probably helped him avoid a death sentence.
2008-04-13 Sun 00:00
2008-04-12 Sat 00:00
India's wholesale price index hit 7% for the year up to 22 March, the highest since December 2004 as a result of spiralling food and energy costs.
The government has been taking steps to control prices, banning exports of non-basmati rice and scrapping import duties on cooking oils and maize.
The government is considering a price ceiling on commodities if all other measures fail to bring down inflation - a law last used in the 1970s, India's Economic Times says.
2008-04-11 Fri 00:00
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will skip the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
He became the second major world leader to decide to stay away from the opening ceremonies
after German Chancellor Angela Merkel .
But Brown's office insisted Wednesday that he was not boycotting the Olympics and would attend the closing ceremony.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will not attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
The decision was due to schedule issues.
2008-04-10 Thu 00:00
The Soyuz rocket carrying South Korea's first astronaut, Yi So-yeon, has launched from Kazakhstan's Baikonur space centre.
The 29-year-old bio-engineer will spend about 10 days in space and conduct a series of scientific tests.
Ms Yi was chosen from about 36,000 applicants for the historic flight
2008-04-09 Wed 00:00
South Korea has confirmed a second outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus at a duck farm.
The Farm Ministry said workers are culling thousands of ducks at the Jeongeup farm in the south-west of the country.
They are also investigating two nearby farms where birds had died over the weekend.
The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed more than 230 people since it emerged in South East Asia in 2003.
Scientists fear it could trigger a pandemic if it varies to a man to man type.
2008-04-08 Tue 00:00
Protesters angry over China's recent actions in Tibet scuffled with police and made attempts to grab the Olympic torch on Sunday.
Protests over China's human rights record began soon after the relay began at Wembley. and prompted an increasing police presence through the city.
Hundreds of police officers guarded the 31-mile relay in London.
At least 35 people have been arrested for public disorder offences, the Metropolitan Police said.
2008-04-07 Mon 00:00
Police and demonstrators have clashed in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Shops and businesses have been shut and government offices are affected in most parts of the region.
A faction of the Kashmiri separatist group All Party Hurriyat Conference called the one-day strike in protest against the alleged ill-treatment of political prisoners.
Rights activists say Kashmiri political prisoners are tortured in Indian jails, but Indian officials deny this.
Three demonstrators and two police were injured as protesters threw rocks and police responded with tear gas.
2008-04-06 Sun 00:00
North Korea cut off dialogue with South Korea on Thursday, claiming the peninsula was on the brink of another war.
That threat came in response to comments from a senior South Korean military official that South Korea would attack suspected nuclear weapons sites in North Korea if the north tried to attack the South with atomic bombs.
The communist nation is seeking an apology from the South the $outh Korean top military officials .
On Wednesday, South Korea's Defence Ministry sent a statement to North Korea asking it to stop slander and activities that would disrupt the stability of the Korean peninsula.
2008-04-05 Sat 00:00
A prominent activist who publicised human rights abuses in China has been convicted of inciting subversion of state power and the socialist system and jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Hu Jia, 34, was convicted of "inciting subversion of state power and the socialist system", his lawyer said.
Hu Jia, 34, has long campaigned for the environment, religious freedom and for the rights of people with HIV and Aids.
His sentence comes a day after a rights group accused China of a campaign to silence dissent ahead of the Olympics.
2008-04-04 Fri 00:00
China claims that Tibetan independence forces are planning to launch suicide attacks as part of a wider uprising to establish an independent Tibet.
A Public Security Ministry spokesman Wu said these suicide squads fear neither bloodshed nor sacrifice.
He did not produce any evidence to back up the claims - but said China would release proof later.