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Hourly News 2014-12-07
   2014-12-08 17:01:26    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han

 

 

Chinese public applauds Zhou's downfall

The Chinese public has voiced its support for the central authorities' decision to expel Zhou Yongkang, a former senior official, from the Communist Party of China.
Zhou Yongkang was a former member of the powerful Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Prosecutors have decided to investigate him for alleged corruption and he is being under detention.

Kid killed in SW China earthquake

A nine-year-old boy was killed after 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck southwest China's Yunnan Province in Saturday evening, according to local authorities.
The boy was sleeping while a wall of his house collapsed. Eight others were injured in the quake.
The tremor was felt strongly in Jinggu County, Pu'er City Saturday evening. About 16 hours before, a 5.8-magnitude quake jolted the county.
Transportation, telecommunications and power supply facilities have remained in operation.
14,000 people have been affected by the two quakes, with 36 houses toppled and more than 3,400 damaged.

Trapped workers rescued from tunnel in east China

The 21 workers trapped in a collapsed tunnel in east China's Fujian Province for more than a day have been rescued.
At a local hospital, their condition was described as fine.

Shanghai reports human bird flu case

A case of human infection of the H7N9 strain of bird flu was reported in east China's Shanghai on Saturday.
The Shanghai health and family planning commission says the patient, surnamed Sheng, is a 38-year-old local resident.
He is under active treatment.

Obama condemns killing of U.S. hostage in failed Yemen rescue mission

U.S. President Barack Obama has denounced the killing of an American hostage in a second failed rescue operation in Yemen, vowing to bring the killers to justice.
Somers, a 33-year-old photojournalist, was seized by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in September 2013. Obama said he authorized a rescue operation on Friday after a video released by Somers' captors announced his killing within 72 hours.
Reports say Somers was badly wounded when the U.S. commandos reached him early Saturday local time, and succumbed to his injuries by the time he was flown to an American naval ship in the region.
Another hostage, from South Africa, was also killed in the rescue attempt.

Hollande's visit to help settle int'l problems: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says French President Francois Hollande's brief visit to Russia will help settle many international problems.
Putin says the visit will contribute to the peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis under the framework of the Normandy dialogue, which was held in France in June.
For his part, Hollande expressed confidence that Russia and France could overcome "obstacles" in bilateral relations.

More Filipinos forced evacuated as Hagupit makes first landfall in C. Philippines

More Filipinos were pre-emptively evacuated as typhoon Hagupit made its first landfall in central Philippine province of Eastern Samar Saturday night.
It is expected to make at least four more landfalls over the next two days.
A total of more than 132 thousand families or over 656 thousand people were forced to be evacuated in six regions, mostly in central Philippines.
The typhoon is expected to exit the Philippines by Tuesday evening.

33 killed in clashes and bombings in Iraq

A total of 33 people were killed in bombings and clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militant group in central Iraq on Saturday according to security sources.
Iraq has been witnessing some of the worst violence in years. Terrorism and violence have killed more than 5 thousand civilians in Iraq in the first half of this year.

Thousands gather to protest controversial secrecy law in Japan

About 1,600 people gathered in Tokyo and around 700 in Nagoya on Saturday to protest against Japan's controversial secrecy law which was enacted a year ago.
They criticized that the legislation undermines the public's right to know and helps cover up official misdeeds, vowing to continue their fight to have it scrapped as the law which will toughen penalties on leakers of state secrets set to take effect from Dec. 10.

Somali PM voted out of office -- parliament

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed was on Saturday voted out of office by the country's lawmakers in a motion of no confidence against his government.
Parliament speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari announced the result in a very moment of tense in the parliament where the two rival groups of the lawmakers had fought in dispute of the same motion before the PM convinced his supporters to accept the voting.

 

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