In what is likely to be Hong Kong’s largest protest since its return to Chinese control, huge crowds pour onto the streets of the former British colony to protest against Beijing and demand greater democratic rights
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By Bloomberg News – Oct 7, 2013
Air quality index readings for half of Beijing’s 12 urban areas fell below 200, the level dividing medium and heavy pollution, as of 12 p.m. today, according to data on the website of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center.
“Beijing will see light rain tonight, which will make it easier for air pollutants to dissipate,” Beijing Meteorological Bureau said today in its official microblog. The bureau lifted a yellow alert on smog at 8:50 a.m., predicting that visibility will improve.
BEIJING — At least 15 people were killed Saturday after liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in China’s financial hub of Shanghai, the local government said.
Twenty-five people were injured in the accident, which happened at a plant in the Baoshan district of the east coast city, the Shanghai government Information Office said. Five of the injured were in serious condition.
The government identified the plant as Weng’s Cold Storage Industrial Co. Ltd., but gave no further details. The cause of the leak was not immediately known and investigations led by the city’s work safety bureau were under way, it said.The Information Office said an environmental monitoring station in the district did not detect any negative impact from the leak.
BEIJING (AP) – State media and local officials say an earthquake hit a mountainous area in southwestern China Saturday morning, killing at least four people and injuring others.
Officials say thousands of people have had to relocate after many buildings were damaged or destroyed.
Chinese officials say the quake had a magnitude of 5.9 while the U.S. Geological Survey measured 5.8,. The temblor shook several counties in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, including the scenic Shangri-La county.
China’s mountainous areas in its southwest are prone to earthquakes. In May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing.