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Apartment block fire in China’s Nanjing city kills at least 15, officials say

The blaze started on the first floor where electric bikes had been placed, according to officials, but the cause is still unknownAt least 15 people were killed and 44 injured in a fire at a residential building in eastern China’s Nanjing city, local authorities said.The fire broke out early Friday morning, officials said at a press conference, with...

Sat Feb 24, 2024 04:44
Culture, democracy and clout: why three Pacific countries are sticking with Taiwan

Tuvalu, Palau and the Marshall Islands hold diplomatic ties with Taiwan despite pressure from China to switch sidesChina’s rising power in the Pacific explained in 30 secondsAs a king tide swept through Tuvalu this month, flooding homes and disrupting local sea routes, changes in political currents were also buffeting the country.The wild weather delayed...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 21:04
Weather tracker: Contrasts in cold and heat break records in China

Xinjiang in north-west recorded minus 52.3C, while Badu in south recorded 38C – the largest temperature contrast recorded in a single countryChina’s Xinjiang region, in the far west of the country, experienced record-breaking low temperatures of -52.3C on 18 February, surpassing a 64-year-old record for the region. The figure was just shy of the lowest...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 11:47
Huge cybersecurity leak lifts lid on world of China’s hackers for hire

Leaked files shows range of services offered and bought, with data harvested from targets worldwideA big leak of data from a Chinese cybersecurity firm has revealed state security agents paying tens of thousands of pounds to harvest data on targets, including foreign governments, while hackers hoover up huge amounts of information on any person or institution...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 07:11
Growth in CO2 emissions leaves China likely to miss climate targets

Carbon intensity of the country’s economy remains high, despite rapid improvements in clean energy outputChina is off track on all of its core 2025 climate targets, despite the fact that clean energy is now the biggest driver of the country’s economic growth, analysis has found.After years of extraordinarily rapid growth, China is now grappling with...

Thu Feb 22, 2024 02:10
Cost of raising children in China second-highest in world, thinktank reveals

Expense and challenge of balancing work and family life key factors in declining birthrate and shrinking populationChina is one of the most expensive places in the world to raise a child, outstripping the US and Japan in relative terms, a prominent Chinese thinktank has said.A report released on Wednesday by the Beijing-based YuWa Population Research...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 20:06

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