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Death toll from China train derailment hits 19


    Updated: 2010-05-23 20:34

    Rescuers work at the site where a passenger train bound for South China's Guilin city derailed in Dongxiang county of Fuzhou city, East China's Jiangxi province, May 23, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

    DONGXIANG, Jiangxi - The death toll from a train derailment in east China Sunday has risen to 19, said rescue authorities. Another 71 people were injured, 11 of them seriously, after the accident in Jiangxi Province, said a statement from the rescue headquarters.

    A spokesman of the headquarters said the train and 8,000 cubic meters of mud and rocks from the landslide were removed from the tracks, after 2,000 rescuers using heavy machinery completed the rescue operation.

    The train was en route from Shanghai to the scenic city of Guilin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, when it came off the tracks at around 2:10 am in Dongxiang county, Fuzhou city.

    It derailed after hitting a section of track that had been damaged by a landslide, the Ministry of Railways said in a press release early Sunday. The Shanghai-Kunming railway line was closed after the accident.

    "Only southbound trains to Guilin are expected to resume at around 8 p.m.," said the spokesman.

    Northbound trains might resume at midnight, as workers were still repairing the damaged rail bed and cables.

    President Hu Jintao has urged railway authorities to reopen the lines as soon as possible.

Kindergarten attacker sentenced to death


    Updated: 2010-05-15 14:28

    TAIZHOU, Jiangsu - A local court on Saturday sentenced to death a man who attacked and hurt 29 children and three teachers at an eastern Chinese city kindergarten last month.

    The Taixing Intermediate Court found Xu Yuyuan guilty of intentional homicide after a half-day open trial, which was attended by 300 people.

    Xu admitted to the court his motive was to vent his rage against society.

    It was not known whether Xu would appeal his sentence. Twenty-nine children and three adults were injured when Xu attacked them with a knife, at Zhongxin Kindergarten in Taixing city on April 29.

    A string of school attacks has shocked China in recent weeks. Police have been ordered to beef up security at school compounds and nearby residential communities.

    Cross-dresser on TV sparks controversy By Gan Tian (China Daily)

    Updated: 2010-05-22 08:49

    Beijing - A cross-dressing competitor

    has triggered a major controversy

    after participating in Hunan TV's

    2010 Happy Boys, the male

    equivalent of the channel's popular

    female talent show Super Girls.

     Liu Zhu, 19, from Sichuan province, Liu Zhu, a competitor in

    who has been nicknamed

    Hunan TV's 2010 Happy

    "pseudo-girl" by his fans, has risen to Boys, triggered a major

    stardom overnight with his

    controversy for her

    cross-dressing performance in the cross-dressing style.


    [File Photo]

    Though Liu's appearance has boosted the program's ratings and popularity, it has been reported that

    the program might have to vote him out during the show on

    Saturday night.

    According to Chinese media reports, an anonymous source claiming to be associated with the program sent messages to the country's entertainment reporters earlier this week, saying Liu's vote-out would be arranged in tonight's competition, as requested by the country's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).

    The Beijing Youth Daily report said SARFT demands the country's TV programs to promote positive and mainstream cultures, while the "pseudo-girl" and cross-dressing phenomenon, as part of a marginal culture, should be checked.

Businesswomen show mettle in man's world

    By Yu Tianyu (China Daily)

    Updated: 2010-05-24 09:13

    Dong Mingzhu, president of Gree

    Electric Appliances, China's top air

    conditioner maker, said that women

    always looking at the positive aspects of

    issues, which makes them more

    stress-resistant than men.

    Women more risk averse and less reckless in chasing success, say observers

    BEIJING: The financial crisis has created more opportunities for Chinese female entrepreneurs in the traditionally

    male-dominated world of business.

    Some financial commentators have described the credit crunch as a "man-made" disaster. Liu Donghua, director of China Entrepreneur magazine, put the blame on a lack of female bosses.

    "Male entrepreneurs are always keen on risk-taking. They often break through the bottom line when they are doing business," he said in a recent speech. "Women seem to be more risk-averse. Besides, women entrepreneurs care more about nature and the value of life, rather than recklessly pursuing success."

    Obama sets up presidential commission for oil spill probe (Xinhua)

    Updated: 2010-05-23 11:21

    The Discoverer Enterprise drill ship uses a flare to burn

    natural gas and oil from an insertion pipe connected to the

    broken oil well under the surface at the BP oil spill site,

    approximately 42 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the

    Gulf of Mexico May 22, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]

    WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama announced Saturday the establishment of an independent presidential

    commission to investigate the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Former senator Bob Graham, a Democrat, and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency William Reilly, a Republican, will serve as co-chairmen of the seven-member body, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.

    "The purpose of this commission is to consider both the root causes of the disaster and offer options on what safety and environmental precautions we need to take to prevent a similar disaster from happening again," Obama said.

    The remaining five members of the panel, which is similar to panels created to investigate the space shuttle Challenger disaster and the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, will be appointed in coming days. It will include scientists, engineers, and environmental advocates, but no current government employee or elected official.

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