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CRI Hourly News (updated at 14:00 2010/10/25)
    2010-10-25 13:17:08     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Liao



Search continues for missing Chinese tourists
Authorities in Taiwan have made an unsettling discovery in their search for a group of missing visitors from the mainland, days after powerful Typhoon Megi swept past the island, killing at least 13 people.
Searcher have found the damaged vehicle parts they believe belonged to the bus the tourists were traveling in.
Meantime, the families of the 20 mainland tourists have arrived in Taiwan, hoping for a miracle.

Oil tank fire extinguished at northeast China port
An oil fire at the Dalian Xingang Harbor in Dalian has now been put out.
The accident began when oil in a China National Petroleum tank caught fire.
No casualties have been reported and authorities say no crude has been found to have spilled into the sea.
The Dalian Xingang Harbour was also the site of a large oil pipeline explosion back in July.

M-4.0 earthquake hits China's Sichuan
An earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter Scale hit the border area of Wenchuan County and Chongzhou City in Sichuan Province Monday Morning.
No casualties have been reported so far.

8 killed, 20 injured in shrine blast in Pakistan
At least eight people have been killed and 20 others injured as a blast hit a shrine in Pakpattan, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province.
The blast took place at about 06:34 a. m. local time when a motorcycle-planted bomb exploded at the eastern gate of the shrine of Baba Farid.
Police have cordoned off the area and rescue workers have rushed the injured people to nearby hospital. Hospital sources said that at least ten people were critically injured and the death toll could further rise.
No group has claimed the responsibility for the blast yet.

Cholera death toll jumps in Haiti
The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Haiti has now leapt past 250.
Gabriel Thimote, director general of Haiti's health department, says more than 3,000 people are infected.
"There are 3,015 in the most affected region. This is the official count of lower Artibonite plus the Central Plateau and 253 dead."
Five cases of cholera have also been confirmed in the densly-populated capital of Port-au-Prince, but UN officials say the patients have been quickly diagnosed and isolated.
Around a million survivors of January's earthquake are living in tents near the city, mostly living in poor sanitary conditions.

Paris still faces fuel shortages
Many petrol stations remain dry in Paris, despite the government's push to reopen refineries that have been shut down by the lingering strikes.
Thirty percent of Paris's gas stations are still shut.
Jean-Louis Borloo, French Minister for Ecology, Energy and Sustainable Development, says the fuel supply situation in France is slowly improving.
"We have had to invert the entire system, since we don't export (fuel) anymore and we rely on imports. So it means that we have actually had to modify pipeline directions, rail infrastructure, harbour management, the way we stock (fuel)."
Recent polling now indicates President Nicholas Sarkozy's approval rating has fallen to its lowest level because of the protests over the conservative leader's proposed pension reform plan to raise the retirment age by two years.

Somali pirates seize German vessel
Somali pirate have seized a German vessel in the Indian Ocean, according to the East Africa Seafarers Assistance program.
There are no details at the moment on where the vessel may be heading and how many crew members were on board.
Somalia sits at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden, which leads to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, one of the world's most important shipping channels

S. Korea, U.S. cancel joint naval drill due to G20 summit: media
South Korea and the US have decided to cancel a joint naval drill in the Yellow Sea, originally scheduled to take place later this month.
The two allies originally sought to stage a joint exercise as part of a response to North Korea's alleged sinking of a South Korean warship earlier this year.
South Korea's state run broadcaster, KBS, is quoting government sources as saying the joint drills will not be held for the time being.

Singapore stock exchange bids $8.2bn for Australian ASX
The Singapore stock exchange has unveiled a multi-billion dollar bid for the company that owns the Australian Stock Exchange in Sydney.
If approved, the 8.2 billion US dollar takeover would mark the first stock exchange merger in the Asia Pacific region.
Currently, the Singapore exchange is the second-largest in Asia, with Sydney ranked third.
A merged exchange is believed to compete more effectively with Hong Kong.

S.China survey finds elderly entering old age without support of kids
A recent study of the elderly in parts of Guangdong province, in southern China, has shown that the tradition of children supporting their aged parents is slowly fading away.
The survey of nearly 1,300 people aged 60 or above, living in urban areas, found that, more and more, the elderly are living by themselves and are instead providing financial support to their adult children.
The study was done by the Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences' elderly affairs research center, from July to September of this year. It found that more than 10 percent of those surveyed have to give monetary support to their adult children on a monthly basis. A third of them give money to their children from time to time.

 
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