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Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2011
Thirteen people have been killed in a coal mine gas explosion in China's central Chongqing region, the official news agency Xinhua said Wednesday.
Nine miners died instantly in Monday's blast while the remains of four others were found later, it said, citing a statement issued by the Chongqing municipality.
Three miners who were in the facility at the time of the accident were rescued, it added.
Xinhua said that six people have been taken into custody in connection with the accident.
China's coal mines have a notoriously poor safety record, which the government has repeatedly pledged to address.
In 2010, 2,433 people died in coal mine accidents in China, according to official statistics -- a rate of more than six workers per day.
Labour rights groups, however, say the actual death toll is likely much higher, partly due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.
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Sundance says 'no reason' to doubt Hanlong deal
Sydney (AFP) Oct 11, 2011
Australia's Sundance Resources on Tuesday said China's Hanlong Mining had assured it there was "no reason" to doubt its Aus$1.65 billion (Aus$1.65 billion) takeover despite an insider trading probe linked to the deal. Hanlong won Sundance over with a sweetened 57 cents-per-share offer last week but the takeover cannot proceed without regulatory approval which is said to be waiting on an anti ... read more
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