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  • Wife of Malaysian entrepreneur thought to have been killed by exploding mobile phone charged with his murder

    04 March 2019

    The wife of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan, her two sons and an Indonesian national were charged with his murder in a Malaysian court on March 4, according to local media. Samirah Muzzafar, her two sons from her first marriage, and their Indonesian maid, who is still at large, were charged with murdering Nazrin at the house they shared in Petaling Jaya. The charge carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction....

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  • South Korea ammunition plant blast kills three

    18 February 2019

    Inspectors from the regional labor office and the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency are examining Hanhwa’s Daejeon ammunition facility in central South Korea after an explosion there killed three workers on February 14. The blast took place in a rocket propellant manufacturing facility and inspectors will check safety measures there, according to the Korea Times....

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  • Dozens to be punished over China explosion that killed 19

    14 February 2019

    Around 60 people are to be punished for their roles in a chemical plant explosion that killed 19 workers and injured 12 in southwest China's Sichuan Province last July, according to a report from the Xinhua news agency. The blast at the Yibin Hengda Technology Co. in Jiang'an County in the city of Yibin on July 12 caused a direct economic loss of 41.4 million yuan (6.1 million US dollars)....

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  • South Korea reports increase in marine oil spills in 2018

    24 January 2019

    On January 23, South Korean news agency reported Korea Coast Guard (KCG) saying the number of marine pollution and oil spill accidents in South Korea increased last year. A total of 288 accidents of sea pollution were reported nationwide in 2018, up 6%, or 271, from the previous year, the KCG said....

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  • Explosion aboard Vietnamese tanker in Hong Kong harbour kills one, three missing

    08 January 2019

    The product tanker Aulac Fortune suffered an explosion and fire on January 8 at Lamma Island Anchorage, Hong Kong. Of the 26 crew, 22 were rescued, one died and three are still missing. Some of the crew were thrown overboard by the explosion on the Vietnamese-flagged vessel, local media said, while others had to jump into the water to escape the fire....

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Chemical plant explosion kills three in western China 03 January 2019

Three people died and six others were injured after an explosion on December 25 at the Xinjiang Xinzhi Energy Chemicals plant in western China’s Xinjiang region, coverage by news wire service Reuters said, citing information from Chinese news organisation Tianshan. ...

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Three students killed in explosion at Beijing university 02 January 2019

Three graduate students are dead after an explosion occurred at Beijing’s Jiaotong University on December 26. According to the Beijing Fire Department, the explosion occurred at a lab facility located in Haidian District used by the university’s environmental engineering department. ...

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Fire, explosion fatalities drop in Vietnam in 2018 02 January 2019

In its annual report on fire and explosion fatalities, the Vietnamese Fire Prevention Department said a total of 4,075 fires and explosions happened across the country in 2018, killing 112 people and injuring 263 others. These incidents caused property losses of some 1,700 billion Vietnamese dong (US $73.9 million). ...

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Gas from deodorant spray cans believed to have caused major explosion in Japan 17 December 2018

According to a report by Kyodo, police believe an explosion in the provincial capital of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido that left 42 people injured on December 16 was caused by gas leaking from more than 100 deodorant spray cans which were intended for disposal. The wooden building in Sapporo, containing a Japanese-style pub and a clinic, collapsed in the blast, local authorities said....

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Poor maintenance cited in China chemical plant blast 11 December 2018

According to the Chinese news website, a safety expert from the Ministry of Emergency Management said that the explosion at a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, that claimed 23 lives last month, was the result of sloppy management, poor maintenance and the mishandling of the emergency...

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