Maxim Duncan

Relatives plead for answers after 120 killed in China fire tragedy

Relatives of workers killed in a fire at a Chinese slaughterhouse have blocked traffic and scuffled with police, demanding answers to the disaster.

China quake death toll climbs

Rescuers have been struggling to reach a remote corner of southwestern China as the toll of the dead and missing climbed to 208.

Despite rocket fiasco, North Korea’s Kim lauds military

North Korea's Kim Jong-un delivered his first major public speech, calling for a push to "final victory" despite a failed rocket launch.

North Korea’s failure to launch

North Korea has admitted its much hyped long-range rocket failed to deliver a satellite into orbit, dealing a blow to the reclusive state.

Prominent Chinese dissident freed from jail

One of China's most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, was reunited with his family early on Sunday after serving three-and-a-half-years in jail.

China silent on North Korea’s Kim visit

China kept silent on Friday about a reported visit by North Korea's Kim Jong-il that appears intended to line up Beijing behind succession plans.

China executes Briton over drugs

China has executed a British citizen caught smuggling heroin, the British Foreign Office said, in a move condemned by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Over 80 killed in Chinese mine explosion

The death toll from China's latest coal mine disaster reached 87 as hopes dimmed on Sunday that more survivors would be found.

Scores killed in gas explosion at Chinese mine

A gas explosion killed 42 miners in a Chinese mine on Saturday and 66 remain trapped hundreds of metres underground.

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