Nobel laureates pressure China over Darfur

Staff Reporter

A group of Nobel Peace laureates sent a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday urging the Beijing Games host to uphold Olympic ideals by pressing its ally, Sudan, to stop atrocities in Darfur. In more than four years of conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur, 200 000 people have died and 2,5-million have been driven from their homes.

Nearly 15 000 dead in China quake

Emma Graham-Harrison

The toll from China's deadliest earthquake in decades climbed to nearly 15 000 on Wednesday as thousands of troops, firefighters and common civilians battled to save thousands of people buried under rubble and mud. The government sent 50 000 troops to south-western Sichuan province to dig for victims.

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