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China arrests 12 over Tianjin blasts as toll rises

Tianjin - Chinese police have arrested 12 people over giant explosions that killed at least 145 people and devastated a swathe of a Chinese port city, state media said Thursday as prosecutors probe 11 officials for neglecting their duties.

Iran executes political prisoner in spite of international pleas

Behrouz Alkhani, a 30 year old political prisoner in Iran, was executed on Tuesday despite international calls for a stay in execution and retrial, following an allegedly unfair trail. The execution came even as Alkhani awaited a Supreme Court appeal.

Shanghai shares end down 1.27% despite rate cut

Shanghai - Shanghai stocks closed down 1.27 percent in volatile trading on Wednesday, extending days of falls despite a central bank interest rate cut aimed at boosting the flagging economy and slumping shares, dealers said.

Death toll from Tianjin blasts rises to 135

Bejing - The death toll from huge explosions in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin nearly two weeks ago has risen to 135, officials said Tuesday.

China cuts interest rates by 0.25 percentage points

Bejing - China's central bank on Tuesday cut its benchmark interest rates and the amount of cash banks must keep on hand, the latest stimulus aimed at boosting the world's second-largest economy as it battles a collapse in share prices.

World equities swing as Shanghai plumbs new depths

Shanghai - Equity markets convulsed on Tuesday as Chinese stocks pursued their worst rout in nearly two decades, after concerns of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy sparked panic selling around the globe.

Major Western leaders shun China WWII military parade

Bejing - From Belarus to Vanuatu, China on Tuesday issued a list of world leaders attending next week's huge military parade to mark Japan's defeat in World War II that was notable for its absences.

Shanghai stocks slump, but Asian bourses bounce

Shanghai - Shanghai stocks tumbled on Tuesday, extending their steepest four-day rout in almost 20 years after worries about China's faltering economy sent world markets reeling, but other Asian stocks bounced back from heavy early losses.

China shares in dramatic dive as fears mount over economy

Shanghai - Chinese shares plummeted on Monday, wiping out the year's gains and leading a slump across Asian equities as Beijing's latest market intervention failed to restore confidence, with concern mounting about the stalling economy.

China pushes global market crash doomsday clock to 11:59 PM

In 1997, Asia was practically crippled by an enormous financial crisis. This problem has risen from the grave, and it could get much worse than the current economic conditions in Greece.

China blast death toll rises to 123

Bejing - The death toll from a series of explosions earlier this month that rocked the northern port city of Tianjin rose to 123, state media reported Sunday.

Nine injured in chemical plant explosion in China

An explosion today at a chemical plant in eastern China triggered a fire and injured nine people, according to state news media. This is after a similar explosion at a chemical warehouse last week killed over 100 people.

China blast death toll rises to 121 as probe pledged

Shanghai - China's powerful State Council, or cabinet, has vowed to conduct a "rigorous" investigation into the cause of last week's explosions in the northern port city of Tianjin as the death toll rose to 121, state media reported on Saturday.

China slams Japan after Abe's wife visits war shrine

Bejing - China on Friday hit out at Japan after the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, saying the country should "deeply reflect" on its history of aggression.

'Kids on the frontline': China firefighters in spotlight after blasts

Bejing - As the child of poor Chinese farmers Yang Weigang never dreamt of being a firefighter. But when he grew up, the chance of making a little more money than his poverty-stricken parents outweighed the dangers.

Cyanide 356 times limits found at China blast test point

Bejing - Cyanide levels more than 350 times standard limits have been detected in water close to the site of deadly explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, officials said Thursday.

China's disaster playbook falls short in Tianjin blasts

Bejing - Chinese authorities' handling of the Tianjin explosions bears many of the hallmarks of their standard approach to the litany of disasters in the country -- a clampdown on discussion, official obfuscation, and carefully targeted media condemnation.

Rain in China blast city raises pollution fears

Tianjin - Heavy rain fell Tuesday on the remains of a Chinese industrial site devastated by giant explosions, complicating clean-up efforts and heightening fears about toxic contamination as ceremonies were held to mark the disaster's 114 deaths.

Rain on China blast city raises pollution fears

Tianjin - Rain fell Tuesday on the remains of a Chinese industrial site devastated by giant explosions, complicating clean-up efforts and heightening fears about toxic contamination as ceremonies were held to mark the disaster's 114 deaths.

Homeless Tianjin residents demand compensation, answers

Tianjin - Residents who fled their homes near vast and deadly explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin gathered in anger on Monday to demand redress from a government they say is ignoring their plight.
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