Tens of thousands march through Hong Kong to demand democracy

A child holds up a banner during a pro-democracy rally seeking greater democracy in Hong Kong

A child holds up a banner during a pro-democracy rally seeking greater democracy in Hong Kong         Photo: Getty

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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Super smog in northern Chinese city of Harbin closes schools, cancels flight and halts buses

(Kyodo News/ Associated Press ) – A woman wearing a mask walk through a street covered by dense smog in Harbin, northern China, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season.

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China arrests man suspected of killing his pregnant wife and 6 more, including young nieces

China arrests man suspected of killing his pregnant wife and 6 more, including young nieces

In this photo released by Ningxia Police Department, Ma Yongdong, a murder suspect, is seen Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in an undisclosed location in northwest China’s Ningxia autonomous region. Chinese authorities on Friday captured Ma they suspect fatally stabbed his pregnant wife and six of her relatives, including two elderly grandparents and two young nieces on Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Ningxia Police Department)

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China Reopens Beijing Roads, Airports After Smog Shutdown

By Bloomberg News – Oct 7, 2013

China started reopening roads and airports in Beijing and surrounding areas that were shut by heavy smog, allowing millions of travelers to return from a week-long holiday.

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.

Air Pollution in Beijing

Tennis fans wear masks to watch the women’s semi-final match of the 2013 China Open during severe pollution at the National Tennis Center in Beijing on Oct. 5, 2013.    Feng Li/Getty Images

“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.

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Liquid ammonia leak kills 15 people, injures 25 at cold storage plant in Shanghai

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.

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Reports say earthquake kills 4 in China

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.