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Strong quake in southwestern China kills at least 175

At least 175 people died after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in southwestern China.

Hundreds of houses collapsed after an earthquake hit Ludian county. Credit: REUTERS/China Daily

More than 180 people are missing and 1,400 injured in a remote area of Yunnan province, where thousands of buildings, including a school, collapsed after the quake.

Policemen carry an injured resident after an earthquake hit Ludian county. Credit: REUTERS/China Daily

The government is sending 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the disaster zone, where heavy rain forecast for the coming days will add to the misery, the official Xinhua news agency said.


Emergency blood-donor drive for China blast victims

Chinese authorities have set up an emergency blood-donation drive to help casualties after an explosion at a factory in the eastern Jiangsu Province.

People line up in front of a bus to donate blood for the victims of the explosion. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Some of the blast victims will be taken to Shanghai for treatment later today, state broadcaster China Central Television reported.

Chinese factory blast kills 65 and injures more than 150

An explosion at a factory in China has killed 65 people and injured more than 150 more, Chinese state media have said.

An injured man is helped by a rescue worker after the massive explosion. Credit: Reuters

The blast happened at around 7.37am local time inside a polishing workshop in the Kunshan City of east China's Jiangsu Province, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

Initial investigations indicate the explosion might be caused by flames igniting dusts, the Ministry of Public Security said via its official website.

Bystanders look on as injured victims of the blast are taken to hospital. Credit: Reuters


China visits 600 fast food outlets over 'rotten' meat scare

Security guards stand inside the OSI group where the meat is alleged to have been processed. Credit: Reuters

China's food regulator has visited 600 fast food outlets and food distributors over fears out-of-date or rotten meat is being sold for consumption, the watchdog said in a statement.

Big chains like McDonald's, Starbucks and KFC-parent group Yum Brands Inc have already been dragged into the safety scare.

The investigation comes after five people from OSI Group, the US parent of China-based meat-processing factory at the center of the incident, were arrested. Yum has now severed ties with the group.

Footage shows wreckage after China bus crash

Footage shows the aftermath of a bus accident in southern China that reportedly left 38 people dead.

The clip from the CCTV network shows the charred wreck of a bus after it collided with a truck carrying flammable liquid in Hunan province.

The Xinhua news agency said the blaze had destroyed five vehicles before emergency workers managed to extinguish it.

China wants 'fair and objective' probe into crash

China's president has called for a fair and objective investigation into how Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down over eastern Ukraine.

Xi Jinping has called for an 'objective' investigation into the crash. Credit: BREUEL-BILD/Juri Reetz/DPA/Press Association Images

The Chinese government's official website quoted Xi Jinping saying the probe should find out the truth "as soon as possible".

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