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Death toll in China landslide rises to 11, rescuers still search for missing

Beijing, China Reuters The death toll from a landslide in China’s Yunnan province rose to 11 on Tuesday as rescue workers battled freezing temperatures and snow to locate dozens of missing people.  Rescuers worked through the night sifting deep mounds of earth at the site of the landslide in Zhenxiong County, state-owned China Central Television […]

Dozens missing in landslide in south-west China’s Yunnan province

Updated: 5:30pm (AEDT) Beijing, China Reuters A landslide in China’s Yunnan province killed two people on Monday with dozens missing as rescue operations are underway in snowy sub-zero weather. At least 47 people from 18 households were missing, state-owned China Central Television reported. Two of the missing people had been found dead in early Monday […]

Christmas in China brings glittering decor and foreign influence concerns

A child holds a toy near a Christmas tree outside the South Cathedral, a Catholic church at Xuanwumen, on Christmas Eve in Beijing, China on 24th December, 2023

Beijing, China Reuters Giant Christmas trees adorned with lights, tinsel and gift boxes greet shoppers at glittering malls in big Chinese cities like Shanghai and Chongqing, but in many parts of China, extending season’s greetings is out of the question.  In southwest Yunnan province, a property management company issued a notice to shopping mall tenants […]

China’s deadly weather from heat to hailstorms take a toll

Electrical workers wade through waters next to a damaged power pole in Haogenping village, after heavy rainfall lashed Guzhang county in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture, Hunan province, China, on 2nd July, 2023.

Beijing, ChinaReuters Torrential rain triggered flash floods in northern China killing one person and sweeping away two, state media reported on Monday, the latest victims of weeks of extreme weather that has brought misery to many and shows no sign of ending. The heavy rain, heat and recent hail have been damaging infrastructure, crops and […]

China’s wild elephants head to safety after long trek

China elephants

Shanghai, ChinaReuters Fourteen wild elephants are heading south towards their protected habitat in south-west China’s Yunnan province following a 1,300-kilometre trek that captured the public’s imagination, provincial officials said late on Monday.  Wildlife protection officials told a press briefing the elephants safely crossed a bridge over the Yuan River, returning south towards a nature reserve […]

Six Christians jailed as pressure on churches increases in China

Golden Lampstand demolition

World Watch Monitor The Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi province, was demolished earlier this month. PICTURE: A still taken from a Guardian video. A Chinese court in the southwestern province of Yunnan sent six Protestant Christians to prison last week for their membership of an “evil cult”. The verdict comes as part of a provincial […]