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Apr 21, 2013

Rescuers struggle to reach China quake zone as toll climbs

LUSHAN, China (Reuters) – Rescuers struggled to reach a remote corner of southwestern China on Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing from the country’s worst earthquake in three years climbed to 203 with more than 11,000 injured.

The 6.6 magnitude quake struck in Lushan county, near the city of Ya’an in the southwestern province of Sichuan, close to where a devastating 7.9 temblor hit in May 2008 killing some 70,000.

Apr 12, 2013

North Korean helicopter puts on lonely show of force

DANDONG, China, April 12 (Reuters) – A single,
ancient-looking North Korean helicopter dropped five
paratroopers on their side of the Chinese border on Friday in a
rather less-than-defiant, lonely show of force following weeks
of angry war rhetoric from Pyongyang.

North Korea has ramped up its threats after being hit by new
U.N. sanctions since carrying out a third nuclear test in
February, prompting the United States to fly stealth jets over
the peninsula and to prepare anti-missile systems for Guam and
Alaska.

Apr 10, 2013

China halts some overland tourism to North Korea-travel agencies

DANDONG, China (Reuters) – Some Chinese tour operators have halted travel to North Korea at the behest of local authorities and because of rising safety concerns as Pyongyang whips up war rhetoric following weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula.

Authorities in the northeastern city of Dandong have told tour agencies to halt overland tourism into North Korea, local travel agents said on Wednesday.

Oct 12, 2012

China Nobel winner Mo Yan calls for jailed laureate’s freedom

GAOMI, China (Reuters) – Chinese Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan unexpectedly called for the release of jailed compatriot Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize two years ago, having come under fire from rights activists for not speaking up for him.

The author, a portly 57-year-old whose adopted pen name Mo Yan means “don’t speak”, said he had read some of Liu’s literary criticisms in the 1980s, but that he had no understanding of Liu’s work once it had turned towards politics.

Sep 15, 2012

Anti-Japan protests erupt in China over islands row

BEIJING, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters
besieged the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday, hurling
rocks and bottles at the building as police struggled to keep
control, amid growing tensions between Asia’s two biggest
economies over a group of disputed islands.

Paramilitary police with shields and batons barricaded the
embassy, holding back slogan-chanting, flag-waving protesters
who at times appeared to be trying to storm the building.

Jul 21, 2012

Judo “wrestler” mining for more gold for Mongolia

ULAN BATOR (Reuters) – Mongolian judoka Naidan Tuvshinbayar begins the day jogging through the glistening grasslands he says helped make him the country’s first Olympic gold medalist.

Back in the training centre, set in verdant hills 1,400 meters above sea level, he wiggles his hefty frame to thumping house music, as he slams younger athletes into the ground one-by-one with a sly grin, occasionally giving them a playful headlock for good measure.

Jul 21, 2012

Olympics-Judo ‘wrestler’ mining for more gold for Mongolia

ULAN BATOR, July 21 (Reuters) – Mongolian judoka Naidan
Tuvshinbayar begins the day jogging through the glistening
grasslands he says helped make him the country’s first Olympic
gold medallist.

Back in the training centre, set in verdant hills 1,400
metres above sea level, he wiggles his hefty frame to thumping
house music, as he slams younger athletes into the ground
one-by-one with a sly grin, occasionally giving them a playful
headlock for good measure.

Jul 12, 2012

With wild rides and grapples, Mongolia celebrates muscular past

ZUUNMOD, Mongolia (Reuters) – A small cloud of dust rising in the distance sparks fevered chatter from hundreds of herders pressed around a wooden bandstand on the verdant Mongolian prairie.

Seconds later, dozens of small children on horseback, many of them under ten years old and most without helmets, thunder past the crowd, now whooping wildly.

Jun 29, 2012

Mongolia’s free-market MDP claims election lead

ULAN BATOR, June 29 (Reuters) – The pro-free market
Mongolian Democratic Party (MDP), part of a grand coalition
until January, said on Friday it was leading in parliamentary
elections which are being closely watched to see how the new
government handles a spectacular mining boom.

The right-leaning party said it had won at least 36 of 76
seats in the legislature, the Great Khural, though the election
commission has yet to confirm the result of Thursday’s poll.

Jun 27, 2012

Resource nationalism to irk investors as Mongolia goes to polls

ULAN BATOR, June 27 (Reuters) – Resurgent nationalism in
mineral-rich Mongolia, which will vote for a new government this
week, will irk foreign investors, but it is unlikely to wreck
sentiment, with politicians still desperate to keep the dollars
flowing in.

Foreign investment in Mongolia’s much coveted mines like the
$7 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper project helped expand the economy
at the fastest pace in all of Asia last year. But many of the
country’s 3 million voters say the bulk of the nation’s nouveau
wealth still lies in the hands of the political elite.