Christopher Bodeen

Chinese dairy blames subcontractors for tainting

A dairy ensnared in China's chemical-tainting scandal said it was a victim of unscrupulous subcontractors who provided raw milk.

China snubs CNN apology over remarks

China on Thursday snubbed an apology from CNN over remarks by one of its commentators as a wave of verbal assaults on foreign media raised concerns over coverage at this summer's Beijing Olympics. CNN's explanation that a commentator was referring to China's leaders -- not the people -- as a ''bunch of goons and thugs''.

Sudan told to speed deployment of peacekeepers

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called Friday for Sudan to speed up the deployment of peacekeepers to Darfur and to end aerial bombing in the troubled region's western districts. Miliband said the international community is united in the need for a hybrid United Nations-African Union force, but the effort is stalled by a lack of necessary support from Khartoum.

China denies cyber-spying charges

From the German chancellery to the Pentagon, government computer networks have been targeted by cyber spies that media reports say were directed by China's military. The reported Pentagon attack was the ''most flagrant and brazen to date'', said Alex Neill, an expert on the Chinese military at London's Royal United Services Institute.

Stoner wins Chinese Grand Prix

Casey Stoner won the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday to notch up back-to-back MotoGP victories and firm his hold on the championship lead. The Australian started fourth on the grid, but his Ducati blew past pole-sitter Valentino Rossi at the start of the second lap, forcing the seven-time world champion into second place.

Chinese pet-food makers unfazed over melamine

The mildly toxic chemical melamine is commonly added to animal feed in China, a manager of a feed company and one of the chemical's producers said on Monday, describing a process that fraudulently boosts the feed's sales value but risks introducing the chemical into meat eaten by humans.

IOC never expected so much traffic in Beijing

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had not envisaged how fast Beijing's traffic situation would worsen, and are waiting to see the city's plans for avoiding gridlock during the 2008 Summer Games. Hein Verbruggen, who leads the IOC's coordination commission for the Beijing games, said the rise in vehicle numbers had taken the IOC by surprise.

Attacks kill 66 Iraqis

A pair of mortar rounds slammed into a soccer field while young men were playing a game in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad on Wednesday, as more than 60 people were killed in attacks nationwide. United States forces also said they killed 14 suspected insurgents, detained 48 and rescued a kidnapped Iraqi policeman in a pair of raids outside Baghdad.

China launches another mass dog slaughter

The dog days of summer are murder on China's canines. For the second time in days, a Chinese region has ordered a mass slaughter of dogs to curb a rabies outbreak, drawing criticism from animal lovers but also support from many who say such culls are the only sure way to contain the disease.

Typhoon threatens severe destruction in China

Tropical Storm Prapiroon strengthened into a full-blown typhoon on Wednesday, with forecasters warning of possible severe destruction to parts of southern China. The storm had been steadily gathering strength while churning across the South China Sea from the Philippines, where six deaths were blamed on the severe weather.

Chemical explosions kill several in China

An explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China killed at least 12 people on Friday and prompted the evacuation of 7 000 others, state media and officials said. Also on Friday, two unrelated explosions at another chemical plant and aboard an oil tanker injured at least five people, with two others missing and feared dead.

China ‘prepares for worst’ after mining disaster

Electricity shortages were slowing attempts to clear a flooded mine shaft on Monday, and community members began to lose hope for 57 miners trapped for a fourth day in China's worst mining accident this year. ''We must go all out to rescue these men. But we also need to start preparing for the worst,'' said the mayor of the nearby city Datong.

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