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Mining tycoon stands trial in China on allegations of running gang that gunned down rivals

BEIJING, China - A mining tycoon, his brother and 34 associates stood trial Monday on allegations of running a vast criminal gang in China's Sichuan province that gunned down rivals, maintained fleets of Ferraris and bribed police to avoid prosecution. The trial centres around Liu Han, former multimillionaire chairman of energy conglomerate Sichuan Hanlong Group, with stakes in Australian and U.S. miners, in a case that has exposed ties between organized crime and Chinese officialdom.

Six dead, 25 injured in China bus-truck crash

CHENGDU, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Six people died and 25 others were injured after a bus rear-ended a truck on Friday morning in southwest China's Sichuan Province, according to provincial work safety authorities. The bus, which was carrying 31 people, crashed into a truck on a highway in the provincial capital of Chengdu at 11 a.m. Friday, said the Sichuan Work Safety Administration. The bus was bound for Chengdu from Dujiangyan, Sichuan. All of the injured, including one in serious condition, have been rushed to hospitals for treatment.

China, Taiwan brace for typhoon as flood toll exceeds 200

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China and Taiwan braced on Friday for the impact of Typhoon Soulik as the toll of dead and missing from torrential rain across a broad swath of China climbed beyond 200. Soulik is expected to hit northern Taiwan later in the day, before crossing the narrow Taiwan Strait and slamming into China's provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang on Saturday.

Death toll in China rainstorms rises to 28

Beijing, Jul 11 (EFE).- At least 28 people have died and dozens more are missing due to severe rainstorms affecting central and southwestern China since last weekend, according to the latest figures from the Civil Affairs Ministry cited Thursday by the official Xinhua news agency. The serious flooding and mudslides triggered by torrential rains, occasionally accompanied by hail, have affected 1.67 million people, the ministry said.

China rain, landslides leave 28 dead, 66 missing

Heavy rain across China has left at least 28 people dead and 66 missing, officials reported Thursday, after landslides crushed homes, bridges collapsed, and dozens of villages were cut off. The storms, which began Sunday, have affected more than three million people, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on its website. Nearly half of those -- 1.45 million people -- were in Sichuan, where 62 were missing, the government of the southwestern province said on its Sina Weibo microblog account.

China rain, landslides leave 9 dead, 62 missing

Heavy rain in southwest China has left at least nine dead and 62 missing, officials reported Thursday, after landslides crushed homes, bridges collapsed, and dozens of villages were cut off. The storms which began Monday have affected some 1.45 million people in Sichuan, the provincial government said, giving the figures on its Sina Weibo microblog account. Swathes of China have been hit by heavy rainfall in recent days, and mountainous areas in the southwest such as Sichuan are prone to landslides.

17 buried in China landslide: state media

A landslide buried 17 people in southwest China on Wednesday, state media said, as heavy rains in the area also destroyed homes and bridges. The landslide in Zhongxing, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, was triggered by rain, the fire brigade of the provincial capital Chengdu said on its verified microblog account. An official from the township told AFP by phone that "so far we only know 11 families were buried and more than 200 residents have been evacuated", but that workers were still searching for others.

30-40 buried in China landslide

Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in southwest China on Wednesday, local officials said, as heavy rains in the area also destroyed homes and bridges. The landslide in Zhongxing, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, was triggered by rain, the fire brigade of the provincial capital Chengdu said on its verified microblog account. A Zhongxing official told AFP by phone that "so far we only know 11 families were buried and more than 200 residents have been evacuated", but that workers were still searching for others.

H.K. legislature approves quake relief for Sichuan

The Hong Kong legislature approved Friday relief funding to southwestern China's Sichuan government for the April 20 earthquake after voting down the proposal last week. Legislators who support the government proposal said the victims, not corrupt officials, would be punished if the HK$100 million (about $12.9 million) funding was blocked. Those who oppose donating directly to the Sichuan provincial government said they doubt the funding will go to the needy and are worried that corrupt officials will pocket it.

Survivors frustrated by lack of help after China quake

By Michael Martina LUSHAN, China (Reuters) - Hundreds of survivors of an earthquake that killed nearly 200 people in southwest China pushed into traffic on a main road on Monday, waving protest signs, demanding help and shouting at police. "We are in the open air here. No place to sleep, nothing to eat. No one is paying any attention to us," said Peng Qiong, 45, a farmer from Chaoyang village on the outskirts of Lushan, near the epicentre.
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