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Jun 4, 2015

Corrected – Families march to China shipwreck site as survivor hopes fade

JIANLI, China (Reuters) – Dozens of people broke through a police cordon on Wednesday as they marched towards the site of a sunken cruise ship in the Yangtze River to demand news of missing relatives.

Rescuers searched for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly, but hopes were fading of finding more survivors from the worst shipping disaster in modern Chinese history.

Jun 4, 2015

Families march to China shipwreck site as survivor hopes fade

JIANLI, China, June 3 (Reuters) – Dozens of people broke
through a police cordon on Wednesday as they marched towards the
site of a sunken cruise ship in the Yangtze River to demand news
of missing relatives.

Rescuers searched for more than 400 missing people, many of
them elderly, but hopes were fading of finding more survivors
from the worst shipping disaster in modern Chinese history.

Jun 4, 2015

Death toll from capsized China ship rises to 65, families demand answers

JIANLI, China (Reuters) – The death toll from a ship that capsized on China’s Yangtze River has risen to 65, state television reported on Thursday, but more than 370 people were still missing and families broke through a police cordon to march to the site and demand answers.

Another 39 bodies were recovered overnight, CCTV said on its microblog. Only 14 survivors, including the captain, have been found since the ship carrying 456 people capsized in a freak tornado on Monday night, in what could be China’s worst shipping disaster in almost 70 years.

Jun 3, 2015

Divers comb capsized China ship, death toll doubles to 14

JIANLI, China, June 3 (Reuters) – Scores of divers searched
a capsized ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday for more than
400 missing people, many of them elderly tourists, as the death
toll in what could be China’s worst shipping disaster in almost
70 years doubled to 14.

State television carried pictures of rescuers, some standing
on the upturned hull of the stricken Eastern Star cruise ship,
working through the night. So far their efforts have yielded few
successes, with only 14 people found alive.

Jun 3, 2015

Divers comb capsized China ship, Premier Li orders transparent probe

JIANLI, China, June 3 (Reuters) – More than 200 divers
combed a capsized Chinese ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday
looking for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly
Chinese tourists, as Premier Li Keqiang called for a transparent
investigation.

Only seven bodies have been recovered so far and 14 people
found alive. Among the few rescued was an elderly woman who had
been trapped in an air pocket in the ship, which capsized during
a freak tornado on Monday night.

Jun 2, 2015

Hundreds missing, many elderly tourists, after ship capsizes on China’s Yangtze

JIANLI COUNTY, China (Reuters) – Rescuers fought bad weather on Tuesday as they searched for more than 400 people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, missing after a cruise boat was buffeted by a freak tornado and capsized on the Yangtze River.

The accident on Monday night is likely to end up as China’s worst shipping disaster in almost 70 years.

May 28, 2015

Alibaba’s logistics arm to expand warehouse space

HANGZHOU, China, May 28 (Reuters) – The logistics arm of
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is
lining up a major warehouse expansion to streamline deliveries
across the nation, devoting a large slice of long-term $16
billion investment plans to adding new space.

The business, called Cainiao, will nearly quintuple
warehouse space it owns now to around 5 million square metre (54
million sq ft) next year – easily big enough to hold New York’s
Central Park – President Judy Tong said in an interview on
Thursday.

May 24, 2015

Alibaba’s latest gambit in fighting fakes: foster local brands

PUTIAN, China (Reuters) – Criticized and even sued by luxury brand Gucci and others for facilitating the counterfeit goods trade, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has been quietly piloting a scheme to try to curb fakes at source.

In the coastal city of Putian, in Fujian province, Alibaba is working with 17 shoe manufacturers to cultivate home-grown brands online, revitalize a flagging industry and offer would-be counterfeiters an alternative source of livelihood.

May 18, 2015

Exclusive: Help us fight fakes, Alibaba’s security chief tells global brands

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – When it comes to fighting fakes, Alibaba’s head of internet security says cooperation beats the courtroom any day.

Ni Liang, who runs the Hangzhou, China-based company’s anti-counterfeiting operations, was speaking to Reuters days after Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other luxury brands owned by Paris-based Kering SA sued Alibaba in New York, alleging the e-commerce giant had knowingly made it possible for counterfeiters to sell fakes.

May 8, 2015

Alibaba has a new CEO, but it’s still Jack’s house

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – When Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s eccentric founder Jack Ma stepped down as CEO two years ago, he declared “the Internet belongs to young people,” and promised that most of the company’s leaders born in the 1960s would soon retreat from management.

On Thursday, that transition at the e-commerce behemoth appeared complete as Ma trumpeted the appointment of a fresh chief executive, Daniel Zhang, born in 1972, as part of a broader reshuffle.