Explosion kills 15 miners
A gas explosion inside a coal mine in Shanxi Province has killed 15 miners and left another nine injured, authorities said yesterday. The blast occurred on Monday afternoon at a mine operated by Shanxi Pingyao Fengyan Coal and Coke Group in Pingyao County. Rescue work was halted early yesterday morning after everyone was accounted for. The Shanxi provincial work safety administration said that 11 miners had escaped without injury and the cause of the explosion was being investigated.
Fishing boat catches fire
A fishing boat caught fire in southern waters at about 7am yesterday, killing at least one fisherman and triggering a search for 11 others missing, coast guard officials said. Rescue workers found one of the fishermen unconscious in waters 7.4km south of the boat and airlifted him to a hospital on the nearby island of Jeju, where he was pronounced dead. The coast guard and navy were deploying boats, helicopters and a patrol plane to search the waters near the island for survivors, said Lee Geun-han, an official from the coast guard in Jeju. Six of the boat’s crew are locals, including the man killed, and the others are Vietnamese, Lee said.
Houthi capture confirmed
Two out of three vessels seized by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on the weekend are South Korean, Seoul officials said yesterday, as are two out of the 16 people captured. The vessels — a dredger being towed by a South Korean and a Saudi-flagged tug — were seized by the Houthis at the southern end of the Red Sea on Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Those captured were taken to Salif Port where they were being held by the Houthis, the ministry added. “All of our citizens ... are healthy and safe,” officials said in a statement. Seoul has sent a navy ship, the Cheonghae, which had been on anti-piracy standby off the coast of Oman, to waters near where the accident took place. “We are doing our very best for the early release of our citizens,” the statement added.
Avalanche kills six
An avalanche on Monday hit a patrol on the Siachen Glacier, killing four soldiers and two porters, an army spokesman said. The disaster was the latest on the more than 5,000m glacier that is claimed by India and Pakistan. Military spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that the avalanche engulfed eight people in the patrol at the northern end of the glacier in the Karakoram mountain range. Rescue teams managed to dig the patrol members out of the snow, and they were taken by helicopter to hospital.
Thieves throw guinea-pig
A Kentucky pet store owner said that two women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape. News outlets reported that Isabelle Mason, 21, and Jaimee Pack, 19, on Saturday last week tried to smuggle the animals out of Pet Paradise without paying. Owner Scott Gonyaw told WKYT-TV that he confronted the suspects, screaming: “Give me the guinea pigs!” as they got into a vehicle. One suspect rolled down a window and tossed a four-month-old guinea pig named Lucky onto the concrete. The other ran over Gonyaw’s foot with the car. He said he suffered bruising. Lucky was not injured, but the other guinea pig remains missing.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: The publisher’s ‘Apple Daily’ newspaper has had to raise the number of copies printed from 70,000 to 550,000 to meet a huge surge in demand They have occupied Hong Kong’s central business district, marched by the hundreds of thousands through the territory’s streets and endured tear gas and pepper spray in pitched battles with riot police. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters are now wielding a new protest weapon: their stock-market trading accounts. To show support for Jimmy Lai (黎智英), the publisher and outspoken government critic who was on Monday arrested under the territory’s new national security legislation, Hong Kongers have been piling into shares of his media company Next Digital. The result: a more than 1,100 percent surge in two days that propelled the stock to a seven-year