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Arsonist identified in deadly China bus blaze: report
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2009
Police have identified the man who started a blaze on board a bus in southwest China that killed 27 passengers and left 74 injured last month, state media reported Thursday. Xinhua new agency quoted police in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, saying that they had identified the arsonist as an unemployed 62-year-old man named Zhang Yunliang, a native of Suzhou city, in eastern Jiangsu ... read more

Top Australia firefighter criticised over deadly wildfires
Melbourne (AFP) July 2, 2009
An inquiry into Australia's worst bush blazes Thursday heard that a top firefighter did not warn residents properly as flames bore down on their homes, engulfing entire towns and killing 173. Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) head Russell Rees failed to perform basic tasks during February's disaster and was "divorced from fundamental aspects" his job, the chief lawyer assisting the ... more
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  • Vienna museum evacuates half its collection: chief
    Vienna (AFP) July 1, 2009
    The Albertina, one of Vienna's most famous museums, said Wednesday it has so far evacuated around half of its vast collection of 950,000 art works after rain flooded its main depot last week. "We've evacuated 50 percent of our total depots," the museum's director Klaus Albrecht Schroeder told a news conference. "But we have to remove everything because the special cardboard containers ... more

    Three killed, 60 injured in China train collision: official
    Beijing (AFP) June 29, 2009
    At least three people were killed and over 60 injured when two passenger trains collided early Monday in central China, a local government official said. The accident happened at 2:34 am (1834 GMT Sunday) at the railway station in Chenzhou city, Hunan province, an official at the provincial work safety bureau, who refused to be named, told AFP. Seven carriages were derailed in the ... more

    Nine investigated over Shanghai building collapse: official
    Shanghai (AFP) June 29, 2009
    Shanghai authorities were investigating nine people after a nearly completed 13-storey apartment building toppled over almost intact, killing one worker, an official said Monday. The building collapse Saturday highlighted the poor quality of Chinese construction standards just as Shanghai undergoes a massive building boom in preparation for next year's World Expo. Those under ... more

    Chinese officials jailed for roles in landslide: state media
    Beijing (AFP) June 28, 2009
    Twelve officials have been jailed for negligence and abuses of power that led to at least 277 people being killed in a landslide in northern China last year, state media reported Sunday. The September 8 disaster in the northern province of Shanxi occurred when an illegal mine dumping pond burst, swamping a village of 1,000 people in a torrent of mud and sludge. Investigations found the ... more

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    Climate disasters: UN report sketches countries with risk profile
    Bonn, Germany (AFP) June 11, 2009
    Disasters caused by climate change will inflict the highest losses in poor countries with weak governments that have dashed for growth and failed to shield populations which settle in exposed areas, a UN report said on Thursday. "Disaster risk is not evenly distributed," said the report, released on the sidelines of the world climate talks in Bonn, as it urged countries to shore up ... more

    65 still missing as China landslide rescue continues: govt
    Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2009
    Rescuers digging through landslide debris in southwestern China have found seven bodies but 65 people were still missing as rains threatened search efforts, the government said Monday. Rescuers had resorted to blasting through debris at the landslide scene in the Chongqing region in a frantic bid to find survivors of Friday's disaster, in which a whole mountainside collapsed onto several ... more

    Police call for public's help in China bus blaze probe
    Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2009
    Investigators probing a bus blaze in southwest China that killed 27 people have issued a public appeal for help in identifying a person suspected of bringing petrol on board the vehicle. "From what we've gathered, someone brought flammable material -- gasoline -- onto the bus," investigator He Jiansheng said at a press conference late Sunday in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan ... more

    Frantic search for survivors of China avalanche
    Beijing (AFP) June 6, 2009
    Hundreds of rescue workers and volunteers were Saturday searching for dozens of people feared buried alive when part of a mountain collapsed in a massive landslide in southwest China, officials said. Seventy-four people were missing after the disaster struck Friday afternoon in an iron ore mining district of the vast Chongqing municipality, a Chongqing government spokesman told a televised ... more

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