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  • Three missing Chinese mining engineers found dead in Albanian chromium mine

    10 February 2017

    After six days of intensive rescue efforts, the bodies of the three Chinese engineers who had been trapped in a chromium mine in Bulqize following a gas explosion on February 4 have been found by Albanian rescue teams. Albanian President Bujar Nishani expressed his condolences, calling upon state institutions to improve the safety of the country’s mines....

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  • Philippines furniture factory fire injures more than one hundred workers, with six missing

    03 February 2017

    A major fire at a Philippine factory complex which broke out on February 1 has injured at least 126 workers, according to Cavite province Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla, with a further six unaccounted for. The six hectare site in General Trias town, south of Manila, was still ablaze two days later but firefighters said they hoped to have dowsed the flames by nightfall....

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires caused by battery design flaws and manufacturing defects

    24 January 2017

    Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions were caused by defects in the smartphone's battery, and the company has now released details of its investigation into the issue.The South Korean tech giant said that leading industry consultancy groups UL, Exponent and TUV Rheinland also conducted investigations into the problem....

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  • China's largest coal province to cut 20 million tonnes of capacity in 2017 - Xinhua

    16 January 2017

    China's top coal-producing province Shanxi will cut 20 million tonnes of output capacity this year, state news agency Xinhua reported. Tackling excess coal production capacity will remain the provincial government's priority in 2017, Xinhua quoted Shanxi Governor Lou Yangsheng as saying on January 14....

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  • China coal mine explosion kills 12

    06 January 2017

    At least twelve people were killed after a gas explosion and roof collapse at a coal mine in central China’s Henan Province. The explosion took place on January 4 at Xingyu Colliery in Xuzhuang Township in the city of Dengfeng. After gas density in the colliery was lowered to safe levels, rescuers entered the shaft and found first five and then another seven bodies, according to Xinhua....

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Toilet explosion kills 1, injures 7 in Shaanxi 03 January 2017

A blast in a public toilet in northwest China's Shaanxi Province on January 1 was triggered by an explosive mixture of sewer gas in the toilet, local authorities said two days later. The toilet, in Hengshan District of Yulin city, collapsed in the explosion, killing one person and injuring seven others, according to Xinhua....

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Fire, explosion deaths surge in Vietnam in 2016 03 January 2017

The Vietnamese Fire Prevention and Fight Department said a total of 3,256 fires and explosions were recorded across Vietnam over 2016, killing 135 people and injuring 278. Losses caused by these fires and explosions came to 1,474 billion Vietnamese dong (66.1 million US dollars) the organisation said, in a report picked up and disseminated by Xinhua....

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Oil tanker explosion in Manila Bay injures 18 19 December 2016

An oil tanker anchored a mile out from the Filipino town of Limay in Manila Bay caught fire on December 14, causing an explosion that injured the ship’s captain and 17 members of his crew, according to the Manila Bulletin. Police said fire broke out in the engine room of the Reia Faye, a marine oil tanker anchored one nautical mile off Barangay Luz, Limay, Bataan....

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Third China mine explosion in a week brings death toll to 60 07 December 2016

Seven coal miners are confirmed dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a mine in the central province of Hubei, Chinese authorities said on December 7. Rescuers were still trying to reach the missing miners and are pumping air into the mine shaft to aid the rescue effort. Five miners were able to escape immediately after the blast....

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News Extra: China coal mine closure plan too successful 01 December 2016

China has been seeking to curb overcapacity in its coal sector by closing smaller, less efficient mines. According to state news agency Xinhua, as recently as a few months ago Chinese policymakers were cricitising certain local authorities for not doing enough to implement the closure programme. Now, however, restricted supplies and a surge in demand have led to an unexpected increase in coal prices....

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