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Bridge collapses killing three

Bridge collapses killing three

BEIJING — A section of a multi-million dollar bridge in China that opened in November has collapsed, leaving three people dead and five injured, state media say. Four lorries fell off the Yangmingtan Bridge in Harbin City, Heilongjiang province, when part of it collapsed, Xinhua news agency said. Shoddy construction and over-loading have been blamed […]

Teen kills eight in knife attack

BEIJING — A teenager has killed eight people and wounded five others in a knife attack in China’s Liaoning province, state media says. The attack happened late yesterday in Yongling township, a Xinhua report said. Those killed included two relatives of the suspect’s girlfriend and six other people, the report said. The injured were receiving […]

China indicts politician’s wife for murder

China indicts politician’s wife for murder

BEIJING — China has indicted Gu Kailai, the wife of deposed Communist Party politician Bo Xilai, for intentional homicide, in the latest development in a political scandal that has shaken the Party’s once-in-a-decade succession. Gu and family employee Zhang Xiaojun will be prosecuted for allegedly poisoning British businessman Neil Heywood over “conflict of economic interests” […]

China indicts politician's wife for murder

BEIJING — China has indicted Gu Kailai, the wife of deposed Communist Party politician Bo Xilai, for intentional homicide, in the latest development in a political scandal that has shaken the Party’s once-in-a-decade succession. Gu and family employee Zhang Xiaojun will be prosecuted for allegedly poisoning British businessman Neil Heywood over “conflict of economic interests” […]

Protesting nuclear power

TOKYO — In a rare move by a former Japanese prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama joined a boisterous anti-nuclear demonstration outside his old office today, a fresh sign that the ruling party he once led is fracturing over energy and other policies. Japan’s debate over nuclear power has become increasingly heated after incumbent Prime Minister Yoshihiko […]

Kim Jong-un to reform North Korea economy

BEIJING — Impoverished North Korea is gearing up to experiment with agricultural and economic reforms after young leader Kim Jong-un and his powerful uncle purged the country’s top general for opposing change, a source with ties to both Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the cabinet had created a special bureau to take […]

Japan restarts nuclear reactor

Japan restarts nuclear reactor

TOKYO — Japan restarted its second nuclear reactor after the Fukushima crisis closed the nation’s atomic power plants, even as fresh concerns surfaced about the unit’s positioning near a faultline.

Donors pledge $16b. to Afghanistan development

TOKYO — Major donors pledged yesterday to give Afghanistan $16 billion in development aid through 2015 as they try to prevent it from sliding back into chaos when foreign troops leave, but demanded reforms to fight widespread corruption.

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Donors pledge $16b. to Afghanistan development

TOKYO — Major donors pledged yesterday to give Afghanistan $16 billion in development aid through 2015 as they try to prevent it from sliding back into chaos when foreign troops leave, but demanded reforms to fight widespread corruption.

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