January 13, 2019

Chinese coal mine roof collapse in Shaanxi kills 21

Chinese coal mine roof collapse in Shaanxi kills 21 At least 21 miners died when a roof collapsed in a coal mine in northern China, officials say. Sixty-six miners were rescued after the accident on Saturday at the Lijiagou mine near the city of Shenmu in Shaanxi province. The cause of the collapse is under investigation, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Mining accidents in China are quite common despite efforts to improve safety. The Lijiagou mine is operated by the Baiji Mining Company, Xinhua said. No further details of the incident were available. Last October, 21 coal miners were killed when an underground rock fall blocked a shaft in eastern Shandong province. According to the latest figures from China's National Coal Mine Safety Administration, there were 375 deaths in coal mines in 2017, a fall of about 28% on the previous year. In a statement last January, the bureau said the "situation of coal mine safety production is still grim" despite improvements.
January 12, 2019

Reality Check: How safe is it to live in China?

Reality Check: How safe is it to live in China? China's Director of Public Order, Li Jingsheng, has claimed it is "one of the safest countries in the world." He says that gun crime fell by 27.6% in 2018. The official China News Service shared a video of Mr Li announcing the decline, which has been viewed more than one million times. So how does China compare with other countries, and can we trust its statistics? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cities in China are generally considered safe, but citizens are closely watched by the authorities Gun crime in ChinaThe Chinese government says that from 2012 to 2017, the government reported an 81.3% drop in gun crimes from 311 to 58. These figures relate to all crimes involving the holding or use of guns, says Dr Xu Jianhua, a crime expert at the University of Macau. "In terms of gun crime, China could be one of the lowest because the government has very tight restrictions. But that doesn't mean other crimes are low,"..
January 12, 2019

Teacher sketches portraits of entire class of 27 pupils

Teacher sketches portraits of entire class of 27 pupils Image copyright Roselyn Barcoma Image caption Ms Barcoma sketched a portrait of every student in her class English teacher Roselyn Barcoma had a surprising gift for her class when they returned from the Christmas holidays. Her grade nine set thought it was just an ordinary school day but when they entered their classroom they found a portrait had been placed on each of desk. Ms Barcoma had secretly been sketching portraits of every class member throughout the whole of December. "When they saw the portrait on everyone's desk, they were surprised, speechless at first, then said, 'Wow, thank you, Teacher Rose,'" Ms Barcoma told the BBC. The 35-year-old teaches English to grades six and nine at the Holy Redeemer School of Cabuyao in the Philippines. Image copyright Roselyn Barcoma "Drawing has been my hobby since I was a kid," Ms Barcoma says. "My childhood dream was to be a comic illustrator because I thought it would..
January 12, 2019

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum A Saudi teenager who fled her family and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention. She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. Skip Twitter post by @OrmistonOnline Rahaf Mohammed Saudi teenager arrives Toronto as@Canada grants asylum. Minister Freeland accompanies her . Rahaf doesnt comment at this time. ⁦@CBCNews⁩ ⁦@CBCTheNational⁩ pic.twitter.com/Dc3CfxH1kc — Susan Ormiston (@OrmistonOnline) January 12, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @Ormi..
January 11, 2019

China powers up electric car market

China powers up electric car market Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rules to cut pollution are expected to boost sales for electric carmakers such as BYD Outside China, few drivers have heard of brands such asHit BYD or Beijing Automobile Works. But they're two of the largest players in the world's biggest market for electric cars. For a decade, the Chinese government has coaxed buyers and manufacturers into the electric vehicle market through subsidies and other incentives. The numbers suggest the strategy worked: the International Energy Agency says China buys more than half of the world's new electric cars. Now, the government is set to push the burden onto manufacturers, through a new "cap and trade" system and rules that make it harder to set up a factory to make combustion-engine cars. The rules were believed to have come into force on 1 January this year. Small but growing rapidlyChina is both the biggest manufacturer and the biggest market for car..
January 11, 2019

Chinese Peppa Pig fans wish to meet Queen

Chinese Peppa Pig fans wish to meet Queen Image copyright @bella_juan mao Tou Image caption These sisters say their dream is to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace Thousands of users on the Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo are discussing a video message sent from the British Ambassador to two little girls. Dame Barbara Woodward, the British ambassador to China, has said she wants to help make their dream come true. You might also like: How #IceBoy's life has changed one year on Peppa Pig blocked from China's Douyin video platform 'I was happier before Banksy came' It comes after the girls Mi Ni and Mi Ai made a video on 31 December sharing their new year's wishes. They said that after watching an episode of Peppa Pig where the animals visit the Queen that they too now wanted to meet her. The girls added that their mother said she would take them to meet the Queen if they worked hard and practised piano. The video, posted by their mother on Sina Weibo ..
January 11, 2019

Ram Rahim Singh: India guru guilty of journalist’s murder

Ram Rahim Singh: India guru guilty of journalist's murder Image copyright AFP Image caption Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape An Indian guru who is already in jail for rape has been convicted for the 2002 murder of a journalist. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was given a 20-year sentence in 2017 for raping two female followers. He will be sentenced for the murder on 17 January. Newspaper editor Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot dead after exposing abuse at Dera's headquarters in the north-western city of Sirsa. Three other men were also convicted of Chhatrapati's murder - Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Security was stepped up in the wake of his 2017 conviction The self-styled holy man appeared at the court in Panchkula in Haryana state through a video link from his prison. During the trial, security was stepped up across the state and in pa..
January 11, 2019

Rahaf al-Qunun flying to Canada in asylum bid

Rahaf al-Qunun flying to Canada in asylum bid Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum A Saudi woman who fled her family and became stranded at Bangkok's main airport is now flying to Canada to seek asylum, Thai officials say. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention. She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. The UN's refugee agency has said it considers her to be a legitimate refugee. Thai immigration officials had initially said she should return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting international attention. Refugee status is n..
January 11, 2019

Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief ‘investigated in French corruption probe’

Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief 'investigated in French corruption probe' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tsunekazu Takeda shown celebrating in 2013 with the award of the Games to Tokyo The head of Japan's Olympic Committee is being formally investigated in France for alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2020 Games to Tokyo, a French judicial source has said. Prosecutors have been investigating a €2m ($2.3m; £1.8m) payment allegedly made by Japan's bidding committee. Tsunekazu Takeda said he had not been indicted, was co-operating and that there was nothing new in the case. Tokyo was awarded the Games in 2013, beating Madrid and Istanbul. Olympics 2020: Tokyo wins race to host GamesThe Japanese government has always insisted its Tokyo bid is clean. The judicial source, quoted by various news agencies and Le Monde, said that Mr Takeda had been "mis en examen" by investigative judges in Paris last month. Mis en examen is the formal start of a crimin..
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