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Typhoon kills 13 in China

Typhoon kills 13 in China

A typhoon has killed 13 people in China and left thousands in need of basic living supplies, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Sunday. Typhoon Matmo dumped heavy rain on Taiwan before making landfall in China on Wednesday and being downgraded to a tropical storm. It brought strong winds and heavy downpours to several...

Weather not seen as cause of Taiwan plane crash

Weather not seen as cause of Taiwan plane crash

Taiwan authorities said on Thursday it was unlikely bad weather was the cause of the crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane the previous day in which 48 people, including two French nationals, were killed. The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed near the runway while trying to land on the small island of...

Switzerland, China agree swap boosting role of yuan

The Swiss and Chinese central banks signed a currency swap agreement in Beijing on Monday, marking an important step in the development of a market for yuan in Switzerland, the Swiss central bank BNS said. The agreement, highlighting steps towards international use of the yuan, ensures that Swiss francs will be available in China and that yuan, also known as renminbi, will be supplied to financial centres in Switzerland. The BNS statement said that the agreement was "an important step" for...

38 killed in China highway crash

38 killed in China highway crash

A truck loaded with flammable liquid collided with a bus on a highway in southern China today, killing at least 38 people. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said the truck rear-ended the bus around 3:00am on the Hukun Expressway in Hunan province, with the truck's driver and passenger among the dead. Five people were...

Typhoon kills 18 in China

Typhoon kills 18 in China

Heavy rains have killed at least 18 people in southern China and a state news agency said six more were missing Thursday after a landslide. Southern China was also bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Rammasun, with wind gales expected to reach up to 150 kph (90 mph) after it left at least 38...

China removes Vietnam row oil rig

China removes Vietnam row oil rig

China says the oil rig that sparked a major diplomatic row with Vietnam by drilling in disputed waters has finished work and is being removed. In a statement, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said it would now assess the data collected by the rig. China moved the rig into waters near the Paracel Islands -...

US loses trade spat to China, India

US loses trade spat to China, India

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has found the United States violated global trade rules when it imposed tariffs on products from China and India. In response to a 2012 complaint, the WTO said the US improperly imposed tariffs on Chinese steel and solar panels. In a separate ruling, it said the US must change the...

India, China pledge to boost ties

India, China pledge to boost ties

The leaders of India and China have stressed the need to boost bilateral ties during a meeting on the sidelines of the sixth Brics summit in Brazil. Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Chinese President Xi Jinping that India was committed to a peaceful resolution of the boundary dispute with Beijing. The two countries disagree over...

China 'admits' trading in tiger skins

China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species. They said the Chinese authorities had never before reported this to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites). However, during the convention's standing committee meeting in Geneva, China reportedly said that it still banned tiger bones. "A Chinese delegate said, 'we...

Dhaka 11th most populous

Dhaka is the 11th most populous city of the world, according to a United Nations report. The capital city now has a population just under 1.7 crore. Styled "World Urbanisation Prospects: The 2014 Revision", the report was released on Thursday. Tokyo tops the chart with a population of around 3.8 crore, followed by New Delhi and Shanghai with around 2.5 and 2.3 crore of people respectively. Dhaka was 24th in 1990 with only 66.21 lakh people and saw a 3.6 percent annual rise...

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