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2007-12-21 12:00:00

BEIJING - After 800 years at the bottom of the sea, a merchant ship loaded with porcelain and other rare antiques was raised to the surface Friday in a specially built basket, a state news agency reported. The Nanhai No. 1, which means "South China Sea No. 1," sank off the south China coast with some 60,000 to 80,000 items on board, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing Wu Jiancheng, head of the excavation project. Archaeologists built a steel basket around the 100-foot vessel, and it took...

2007-06-14 17:18:24

BEIJING (AP) - Archaeologists have discovered a sunken ship laden with Ming Dynasty porcelain, tipped off by local police who learned that fishing boats were carrying out illegal salvage operations off the south China coast, state media reported. The ship, dubbed the South China Sea II, was probably built during the Ming Dynasty, which lasted from 1368 to 1644, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday, citing the Guangdong Archaeology Institute. Archaeologists used GPS earlier this...

2006-09-02 03:41:15

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese health official once hailed as a hero for his work in fighting the spread of SARS has been jailed for life for taking "huge" bribes from vaccine distributors, state media said on Saturday. Luo Yaoxing, an official with the Guangdong Provincial Disease Prevention and Control Center, was convicted and sentenced on Friday, the China Youth Daily reported. From July 2001 to April 2006, Luo took 11.2 million yuan ($1.41 million) in bribes from SARS vaccine...

2006-08-04 07:19:31

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Prapiroon killed 18 people as it lashed south China with heavy rain and winds on Friday after forcing the evacuation of more than half a million and snarling transport links across the region. China Central Television cited the Ministry of Civil Affairs as saying the deaths had occurred in the southern provinces of Guangdong and Hainan and the neighboring region of Guangxi. Another seven were missing, the official broadcaster said. It gave no...

2006-08-03 11:30:00

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Typhoon Prapiroon drove ashore on Thursday in southern China, where tens of thousands of people had been evacuated, after killing six people and forcing thousands to flee their homes in the northern Philippines. Prapiroon reached the coast near Yangjiang in western Guangdong province at 1120 GMT and is moving inland at 15 to 20 km an hour, Xinhua news agency said, citing the Guangdong Provincial Meteorological Station. Prapiroon, "God of rain" in Thai, is bringing heavy...

2006-08-02 20:40:54

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Typhoon Prapiroon, which killed six people and forced thousands to flee their homes in the northern Philippines, closed in on southern China on Thursday and thousands have been evacuated ahead of its arrival. At 0010 GMT, the center of Prapiroon, which means "God of rain" in Thai, was about 280 km (175 miles) south of Hong Kong and is forecast to move at about 14 km an hour toward China's Guangdong province, the Hong Kong observatory said. Southern China,...

2006-08-02 09:39:05

By Wendy Lim and Emma Graham-Harrison HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Hong Kong and the neighboring manufacturing hub of Guangdong plan to launch an emissions trading scheme this year as part of a drive to clear their smoggy skies, a top official said on Wednesday. Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang said earlier that emissions from the city's power companies were the main cause of its air quality problems, and the trading project could help them cut back pollutants at minimal...

2006-07-26 06:53:05

BEIJING (Reuters) - Typhoon Kaemi weakened into a tropical depression on Wednesday as it lashed southern China with heavy rains and strong winds killing nine and forcing the evacuation of over half a million people. Two girls were killed in southern Guangdong province after their house collapsed under a landslide in the early hours of Wednesday. "The family of six were buried. The two granddaughters aged nine and six died," the government in Wuhua county said on its Web site...

2006-07-17 01:25:32

BEIJING (Reuters) - Torrential rains killed at least 164 people across south China over the weekend, flooding major cities, sweeping away houses and cutting off a main rail link, state media reported on Monday. The rains were triggered by Tropical Storm Bilis, which killed dozens in the Philippines and Taiwan before hitting China on Friday. Forecasters had said the storm would weaken as it hit China, but instead it wrought havoc across the country's south. Downpours continued on...

2006-07-17 01:27:17

BEIJING (Reuters) - Torrential rains killed at least 164 people across south China over the weekend, flooding major cities, sweeping away houses and cutting off a main rail link, state media reported on Monday. The rains were triggered by Tropical Storm Bilis, which killed dozens in the Philippines and Taiwan before hitting China on Friday. Forecasters had said the storm would weaken as it hit China, but instead it wrought havoc across the country's south. Downpours continued on...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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