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21 coal miners killed and one missing after fire breaks out

Twenty-one coal miners have been killed and one man is missing after a fire ripped through pits in north-east China.

The blaze broke out at a coal mine in China Credit: CCTV

The fire at the Xinghua Mine in Jixi, Heilongjiang Province, was brought under control overnight.

A total of 38 workers were in the coal mine when the blaze broke out, 16 of whom managed to escape.

The bodies have been removed and searches continue for the one still missing.

Sixteen of the workers managed to escape Credit: CCTV
The fire is now under control Credit: CCTV


Chinese and Taiwan presidents set for historic meeting

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (left) will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) on Saturday Credit: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday.

Xinhua did not elaborate on the meeting, the first between the two sides since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949.

Taiwan's government had earlier announced the meeting, saying the leaders would discuss cross-strait issues.

Building collapse kills 17 in China

The building collapse reportedly killed at least 17 Credit: APTN

At least 17 people have died after a two-storey building collapsed on construction workers in central China.

According to the Associated Press the building collapsed as workers tried to prop up the structure's second floor during renovations in Henan province on Friday afternoon.

China warns against 'provocative' US naval actions

China has threatened the United States with war after an American warship was sent into disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to statement by the Chinese navy.

China has tried to claim waters around the Spratly islands. Credit: ITV News

China's naval commander Admiral Wu Shengli, in a teleconference with his US counterpart Admiral John Richardson, said that if the US continued what it called the "dangerous and provocative acts", there was a risk it could lead to "a minor incident that sparks war."

China has tried to claim waters around the Spratly islands reaching 12 nautical miles out to sea, which the US has refused to recognise.


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