23 January 2018
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Miners in China,the cost ofeconomic development


17/05/2005
China mine gas blast kills 21
Initial investigation: the accident happened due to "improper exploration" and "chaotic administration".

06/04/2005
Coal mining death toll rises by 20pc
But the government is not alarmed: corruption and negligence must be fought.

25/02/2005
Chinese Catholics to help mining victims
Liaoning's dioceses raise funds for victims of Sunjiawan mine explosion, the worst in the last 50 years.

17/02/2005
In two days 220 men die in mining accidents
An illegal mine explodes in Yunnan province, whilst three months after the Shaanxi mining disaster, investigation is hindered by smouldering pit fire.

20/12/2004
Sichuan: mine explosion kills 14, injures 3

Campaigner for farmers' rights detained in Fujian; he offended some officials when he was fighting for farmer' rights.


14/12/2004
Hunan: 4 dead, 16 missing in mine disaster
In Guizhou rescue efforts are continuing to save 36 miners missing.

01/12/2004
Death toll at mine blast rises to 166
No chances for survivors. Today another mine accident has killed 13 people in Guizhou

01/12/2004
China sees no alternative to the vicious circle of mining and deaths

Constraints on investment stand in the way of alternative energy sources.  The economy's semi-private economy is keeping the financial system in bad shape, to the detriment of agriculture and environment.


30/11/2004
Coal mine explosion: an announced tragedy

Fire raging underground announced the explosion but management threatened miners with punishment or job suspension.


29/11/2004
Up to 20,000 miners die every year to meet China roaring coal demand
Most mine accidents are due to poor safety standards and the government's failure to enforce regulations.Corrupt officials often turn a blind eye to unsafe mines in return for kickbacks.

29/11/2004
Shaanxi: no chance of survival for 141 trapped miners

The coal blast already caused 25 victims. Gas inside the mine hampered rescue operations.


22/10/2004
Death toll rises in Chinese coal mine explosion
Safety standards are ignored in the pursuit of profits. In the first nine months of this year, 4,153 miners were killed.

03/08/2004
Coal miners condemned to death

The high costs of health care make lung disease lethal.




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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

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A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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