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War & Terrorism, China


At least 43 people were killed when a fire swept through a poultry processing plant in north-eastern China's Jilin province Monday, dpa reported according to state media.

The fire broke out just after 6 am in a slaughterhouse at the Jilin Baoyuan Poultry Company in Mishazi township, China Central Television said.

Firefighters were still trying to put out the blaze by mid-morning, reports said.

It was not immediately clear if other workers at the plant were missing.


The death toll rose to 112, with others believed missing, after an explosion and fire on Monday at a poultry processing plant in north-eastern China's Jilin province, dpa reported.

At least 30 others were injured after fire broke out around 6 am (2200 GMT Sunday) in a slaughterhouse at the Jilin Baoyuan Poultry Company in Mishazi township, the provincial government said.


Twelve people died and at least 13 were missing Monday after a blast ripped through an explosives workshop in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, dpa reported according to state media.

The explosion scattered rubble up to 200 metres away, killing at least a dozen people at the factory owned by the Poly Explosives (Jinan) Company in Shandong's Caofan township, the semi-official China News Service reported.

Earlier reports said firefighters had rescued nine workers and recovered five bodies.


Six people, including five German nationals and a Chinese driver, died and 14 others were injured after a tourist bus rear-ended a container truck and caught fire Monday near Beijing, police said.

The bus, which had a license plate from Beijing, was carrying a group of German tourists and was driving on an expressway linking the capital with the neighboring port city of Tianjin when the accident happened at around 8:30 a.m., said police authorities in Tianjin.

Police said the tour group was organized by the Beijing-based China Youth Travel Service.


Forty people were injured late Sunday in a fight that broke out among workers at a Foxconn plant in north China's Shanxi Province, government officials said Monday, Xinhua reported.

Among the injured, three were in a serious condition, with most of the others slightly injured, a senior official with the government of Taiyuan City, the provincial capital said.

The fight started at 11 p.m. in the site's dormitory zone in Taiyuan, attracting more than 10,000 spectators and triggering chaos, according to the city's public security bureau.


The United States and Vietnam began joint naval exercises Monday off the coastal town of Da Nang as a territorial dispute with China simmers, DPA reported.

About 1,400 US personnel are taking part in the week-long event, the third of its kind since 2010, Lieutenant Commander Mike Morley said.

The drills come as the Philippines and the US enter the second week of war games in that South-East Asian country. China warned that the timing of the exercises could provoke armed confrontation amid the dispute over waters near the Scarborough Shoal.


China's navy will carry out exercises in the Pacific Ocean in the coming days, amid continuing tension over maritime disputes in the region, BBC reported.

The defence ministry said the drills were routine and were not targeting any specific country.

China is locked in territorial rows with several nations, and the US has recently made a series of announcements bolstering its presence in the region.

A Pentagon spokesman said the US had no problem with the naval exercises.

Captain John Kirby said that China was "entitled to exercise their military in ways they deem fit".


A “pigeon bomb” explosion — suspected to be a terrorist attack — occurred in Shenzhen [...] on the morning of March 31st. A pigeon of unknown origins with a bomb died to it flew to the northwest corner of the News Center Building [信息枢纽大厦] near Futian and suddenly exploded. The bird died a cruel death, but there were no human casualties.


At least 51 miners have survived the underground coal mine explosion that left at least eight dead and one injured in central China's Henan Province Wednesday.

Henan Governor Guo Gengmao said Thursday mine manager Wang Guozheng has not been contactable since the gas explosion occurred at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday in the mine operated by Guomin Mining Co., Ltd. in Yichuan County, Luoyang City.

At least eight have died and it was estimated that 27 others may be still trapped underground, said a spokesman with the rescue headquarters.