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China coal mine blast leaves 12 missing
BEIJING, China
Twelve Chinese miners were missing yesterday after an explosion at their pit as hopes faded for 181 miners in an eastern province trapped underground for two weeks, state media said.
The blast ripped through the coal mine when workers were repairing the shaft in Baofeng in Henan province, Xinhua news agency said.
"Rescuers and police officers are struggling to get into the pit after clearing up the entrance," it said.
China's coal industry is the deadliest in the world, with 2,163 miners killed in 1,320 accidents in the first seven months of 2007.
Japan in Afghanistan
TOKYO, Japan
U.S. President George W. Bush praised Japan's contributions to global anti-terror efforts and said he hoped Tokyo's military mission in support of troops in Afghanistan will continue, a news report said yesterday.
Bush told Asian media organizations in a round-table interview held before next week's Asia-Pacific leaders meeting in Sydney that his talks planned for September with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will "center on the war on terror," according to Kyodo News agency.
"Japan has been a positive contributor to dealing with the extremists in this ideological war," Kyodo quoted Bush as saying. "I hope that they will continue to maintain their positive influence."
New Zealand obesity
WELLINGTON, New Zealand
Food and beverage companies in New Zealand should implement a "traffic light" labeling system to inform consumers about obesity-causing ingredients in their products, a parliamentary committee said yesterday.
After a 10-month inquiry, a majority of lawmakers on Parliament's health select committee recommended a system of red, amber and green labels on products to advise consumers about the levels of fat, salt and sugar.
The labeling system is needed to fight obesity in the country, the committee said. More than half of New Zealand's 4 million people are either overweight or obese.
Food labeled red under the system - including cakes, pies and chocolates - would warn the products should only be consumed sparingly.
Amber-labeled foods like pizza should be eaten "sometimes," while green-labeled products like low-fat yogurt would indicate it can be eaten every day.
Marcos can travel
MANILA, Philippines
Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos will fly to China and Hong Kong after her travel plans were approved by two courts trying her over alleged ill-gotten wealth, her lawyer said yesterday.
Marcos will leave today for the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin, where she has been invited as a guest of honor at a September 1-5 trade exhibition, her lawyer Robert Sison said. She will then proceed to Hong Kong, where she will visit an eye doctor for glaucoma.
The Manila regional trial court and the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court have allowed Marcos to travel for two weeks until September 14, but asked her to post a travel bond of 950,000 pesos (US$20,300), Sison said.
The 78-year-old widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos has not been detained, but faces a string of criminal and civil cases related to billions of U.S. dollars in alleged ill-gotten wealth amassed by her family during her husband's two-decades in office.


Updated : 2021-04-22 01:49 GMT+08:00