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Blast leaves 9 missing in south China mine
BEIJING, China
A mine gas blast in south China has left nine people missing as 181 coal miners in an eastern province remained trapped underground more than 10 days after their pits were flooded, state media said yesterday.
The explosion happened on Tuesday when the workers were exploring reserves in a mine in Huaihua in Hunan province, Xinhua news agency said without specifying what kind of mine it was.
Hopes have faded for the 181 miners trapped in a state-owned colliery in Shandong province since August 17 though rescuers were still struggling to pump the water out.
China has been hit by a string of fatal work safety accidents in the past month.
Merkel, Abe hold talks
TOKYO, Japan
The leaders of Germany and Japan pledged to push for a global treaty to slash emissions of greenhouse gases in a summit yesterday in which they also called for close cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, kicking off a three-day visit to Japan, met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss global warming, Afghanistan, and other security issues.
Both countries are promoting a plan to cut emissions of so-called greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2050. Merkel said Japan would take center stage in that effort as host of next year's Group of Eight summit of industrialized countries.
"We still expect difficult negotiations in the time leading up to the next summit hosted by Japan, and we expect the Japanese government to play a very important role," Merkel told reporters in a joint news conference with Abe after the talks.
Tenant restrictions
SHANGHAI, China
Once dubbed the "Whore of the Orient" for its colonial-era sleaze, China's financial capital Shanghai is drafting rules urging landlords not to rent rooms to unmarried couples and gays, local media reported yesterday.
The city's housing bureau said it would issue new guidelines to landlords which would advocate only renting rooms to families and individuals, the Beijing News said, citing a local newspaper.
"This means limits will be placed on boyfriends and girlfriends, or same-sex partners, from renting a room together," the paper said.
The articles, which also banned landlords renting out individual beds and sub-dividing rooms, would demand that tenants occupy a minimum 5 square meters of space each, the paper said.
Many Shanghai residents, particularly students and newly arrived migrant workers from poorer rural areas, often rent bunk beds in cramped communal rooms to save costs in a city where property prices and rents have soared in recent years.
Permission to travel
MANILA, Philippines
The Philippines' former first lady Imelda Marcos has asked an anti-graft court to allow her to go to Hong Kong and China for medical treatment and to attend a trade show, her lawyer said yesterday.
The widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos faces civil and criminal cases over billions of dollars in unexplained wealth amassed during her husband's 20-year rule. She is not in detention but must get court permission to leave the country.
Imelda's lawyer, Robert Sison, said he asked the court on Tuesday to allow the former first lady to leave on August 31 for Hong Kong and China.


Updated : 2021-04-19 03:11 GMT+08:00