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Nov 20, 2013

Tacloban bustles with life as Philippines counts the dead

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – The streets around Tacloban’s biggest wet market bustled on Wednesday with residents rebuilding their shattered lives 12 days after the city was reduced to matchwood and rubble by one of the world’s biggest typhoons.

Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the central Philippines on November 8, laying waste to just about everything in its path, killing more than 4,000 people and leaving four million displaced.

Nov 18, 2013

Just three pathologists struggle to identify Philippine dead

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Three pathologists struggled on Monday to identify dozens of fast-decomposing bodies at a mass grave, victims of the strongest typhoon ever recorded, illustrating the scale of the task the Philippines faces in the hardest-hit city of Tacloban.

More than 3,900 people are believed to have been killed when Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines on November 8 and the sea surged ashore like a tsunami.

Oct 15, 2013

Jailing of wheelchair-bound Beijing airport bomber sparks anger

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese man in a wheelchair who detonated a home-made bomb in Beijing’s airport after trying to draw attention to a nearly decade-long legal battle was sentenced to six years in jail, his lawyer said on Tuesday, sparking widespread sympathy and anger.

A Beijing court found Ji Zhongxing, 34, guilty of intentionally causing an explosion, Ji’s lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, told Reuters by telephone. State media confirmed the sentence.

Jul 27, 2013

North Korea heralds anniversary of war ‘victory’ with massive parade

PYONGYANG (Reuters) – North Korea celebrated the 68th anniversary of the Korean War truce on Saturday with a massive military parade trumpeting the revolutionary genius of three generations of leaders that gave it “Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War”.

Leader Kim Jong-un was joined by Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on the podium overlooking Pyongyang’s main Kim Il Sung square to inspect a massive throng of soldiers in goosestep and a display of weapons including its mid-range missiles.

Jul 25, 2013

North Korean leader Kim visits war graves before “victory” day

PYONGYANG (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided on Thursday over a commemoration at a war cemetery as the country prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of what is sees as its victory in the Korean War with defiance of old enemy the United States.

Kim, the grandson of North Korea’s founding father who launched the Korean War, Kim Il-Sung, did not speak at the ceremony but members of the large crowd who attended poured scorn on their foes.

Jun 27, 2013

U.S. boss held captive by angry Chinese employees released

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese factory workers on Thursday released their U.S. boss, held captive for a week, after a compensation dispute was resolved, a company official and union representative said.

Chip Starnes, president of Specialty Medical Supplies, in the Beijing suburb of Huairou, was allowed to leave the factory and was resting in a hotel, the company official said.

Jun 4, 2013

Relatives demand answers after Chinese fire kills 120

DEHUI, China (Reuters) – Relatives of workers killed when fire engulfed a chicken processing plant in rural northeast China blocked traffic and scuffled with police on Tuesday, demanding answers to one of China’s worst industrial disasters in recent years. At least 120 people died, and more than 70 were injured.

A handful of men and woman knelt in the middle of the road in Dehui in Jilin province to stop cars, while a crowd of more than 100 people gathered around them. Police dispersed the protesters after about an hour.

Jun 4, 2013

Relatives scuffle with police after China fire kills 120

DEHUI, China (Reuters) – Relatives of workers killed as fire swept through a poultry slaughterhouse in rural northeast China blocked traffic and scuffled with police on Tuesday demanding answers to one of China’s worst industrial disasters in recent years. At least 120 people died.

A handful of men and woman knelt in the middle of the road in Dehui in Jilin province to stop cars, while a crowd of more than 100 people gathered around them. Police dispersed the protesters after about an hour.

May 31, 2013

China’s Tiananmen Mothers criticize Xi for lack of reforms

BEIJING (Reuters) – A group of families demanding justice for the victims of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has denounced new President Xi Jinping for failing to launch political reforms, saying he was taking China “backwards towards Maoist orthodoxy”.

The Tiananmen Mothers activist group has long urged the leadership to open a dialogue and provide a reassessment of the 1989 pro-democracy movement, bloodily suppressed on June 4 that year by the government which labeled it “counter-revolutionary”.

May 22, 2013

China’s Ai Weiwei launches musical career with heavy metal “Dumbass” single

BEIJING (Reuters) – Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei made his first foray into the musical world on Wednesday with the release of the top single from his debut album, a song called “Dumbass” that takes inspiration from his detention in 2011.

The video for the heavy metal song, which was directed by Ai with cinematography by acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Doyle, depicts Ai’s 81 days in secretive detention in 2011, which sparked an international outcry.