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Embassy warns of 'possible threats' to tourists in China

The British embassy in China has urged "heightened vigilance" after receiving information of "possible threats" against Westerners in a popular shopping area of Beijing.

British embassy urges 'heightened vigilance' in Sanlitun shopping district of Beijing. Credit: Reuters

The British Embassy Beijing has received information of possible threats against Westerners in the Sanlitun area of Beijing, on or around Christmas Day. British citizens are urged to exercise heightened vigilance.

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Armed police are patrolling Sanlitun, an area popular with tourists with many big-name brands, restaurants and embassies in the vicinity, according to reports from Associated Press.

The American and French embassies have echoed the warnings.


Number of China landslide missing raised to 91

Drone footage shows the devastation caused after a landslide in southern China where 91 people are reported missing.

The number is a sharp increase from earlier reports of the disaster, which saw a a huge mound of construction waste collapse and bury 33 buildings in Shenzhen in China's Guangdong province.

Buildings destroyed include 14 factories, two offices and three dormitories.

Premier Li Keqiang ordered an official investigation into the disaster at the Hengtaiyu industrial park.

The landslide was caused by the build-up of waste construction mud in the vicinity, the Ministry of Land and Resources said in a post on its official Weibo account.

Search for 'at least 27 missing' after China landslide

At least 27 people are missing after a landslide hit the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province, burying 22 buildings.

Rescuers search for survivors after the landslide felled multiple buildings. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of rescuers workers have been searching for survivors among the debris.

Four people have been rescued with three sustaining minor injuries, Xinhua news agency reported.

A firefighter uses a flashlight to search for survivors among the debris Credit: Reuters
Firefighters look on as smoke rises in front of a damaged building at the site of a landslid Credit: Reuters

A nearby section of China's major West-East natural gas pipeline also exploded, the official China Central Television (CCTV) broadcaster said.


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
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