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Mass stabbing kills 28 in China

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An attack by knife-wielding men at a railway station in Kunming in south-west China has left at least 28 dead, the state news agency Xinhua says.

Nothing is known so far about the motivation behind the attack, in which 113 people are said to have been hurt.

However, authorities described it as an “organised, premeditated, violent terrorist attack”.

Five suspects were shot dead but their identities have not been confirmed, Xinhua said.

Witnesses said that the men attacked people at random.

A survivor named Yang Haifei, who was wounded in the back and chest, told Xinhua he had been buying a train ticket when the attackers, most of them dressed in black, rushed into the station.

“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,” he said.

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Chinese tourist bus crashes

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A bus carrying 13 chinese people and two indonesian has crashed in a ravine in Bali island, Indonesia, killing at least six people.

Amongst the victims are four chinese tourists, an indonese and the bus driver.

The bus was on its way to the cliff-top Uluwatu temple, when the bus plunged into a ravine. Official reports say there might have been engine issues before the bus fell 15 meters (50 feet) into the ravine.

Three other chinese tourists are being treated for serious injuries, six tourists are being taken care of for minor injuries.

The bus driver was also killed in the accident
The bus driver was also killed in the accident

China police station attacked

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Nine assailants attacked a police statoin in the western part of the Xinjiang province, they were all shot dead.

Xinhua news agency reports that two auxiliary police officers died in Saturday’s clashes in Bachu county’s Serikbuya, near the city of Kashgar.

Another two policemen were injured. Xinhua provided no further details.

Xinjiang – where Muslim Uighurs make up a large part of the population – has seen several clashes this year.

Last month, five people died when a car ploughed into a crowd in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square – an attack the authorities blamed on the separatist East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

China often blames the ETIM for incidents in Xinjiang. But a few believe that the group has any capacity to carry out any serious acts of terror in China.

Uighur groups claim China uses ETIM as an excuse to justify repressive security in Xinjiang.

There are nine million Uighurs living in the province, but they are now a minority in the region, which is now dominated politically and economically by Han Chinese.

There were violent clashes in Xinjiang in April, June and August this year

 

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Gambia cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

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Gambia announced that all of it’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan have been ceased.

President Yahya Jammeh’s office said the move was for reasons of “national strategic interest”.

The West African state was one of a few African countries to recognise Taiwan, which China regards as part of its territory. Correspondents say it is unclear if the move is linked to the development of relations with China, which has a growing influence in Africa.

Despite the announcement, President Jammeh said Gambia hoped to “remain friends” with the Taiwanese people. “This decision has been taken in our strategic national interest,” a statement from his office read, without elaborating.

“We are proud that we have been a very strong and reliable partner of the Republic of China [Taiwan] for the past 18 years, the results of which are there for every Taiwanese to see. Despite the end of diplomatic ties with Taiwan, we will still remain friends with the people of Taiwan.”

Taiwan was separated from mainland China in 1949 at the end of the civil war between communists and nationalists. Beijing still refuses to recognise its independence.

Initially, most African states recognised the Taipei government but their number has steadily declined.

Gambia’s decision means that Swaziland, Sao Tome and Principe and Burkina Faso are the only African countries that remain allies with Taiwan. However, earlier this week officials in Sao Tome and Principe said China plans to open a trade mission to promote projects there.

It comes 16 years after Beijing broke off relations with the tiny Central African nation over its diplomatic recognition of Taiwan.

 

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Drug smuggler may recieve death penalty in Indonesia

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A woman from Brittain is facing the death penalty for introducing 1.4 kilograms of cristal meth into Indonesia.

A woman identified as Andrea Waldeck, 43, from Great Britain was arrested for possesion in her hotel room in Surabaya, Indonesia, last April, and will be judged on November 25th.

She told the court she was forced to bring the drugs from China.

The woman used to be a police officer in Gloucestershire, Great Britain, and left the force in February 2012.

Indonesian law has one of the toughest consequences when it comes to drug dealing and distribution, and practices death sentences.

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China bomber arrested

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The responsible for yesterday’s bombing in China’s Communist offices in Taiyuan, Shanxi (http://wp.me/p43zri-z) was arrested.

Police say nine bombs were used in the attack. They say eight of the bombs were detonated and one was disarmed. There were reportedly ball bearings inside the self-made bombs. Local media reports say a suspect has been arrested in connection with the attack.

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Bombings in China

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On November 6th, 2013, China’s Communist offices in Taiyuan, Shanxi were attacked with a series of explosions. The bombs were placed in flower bushes in front of the gate of the Communist Party. The bombs shattered the windows of close cars.

One person was killed and eight were wounded, at least one was injured severely, although the exact number of casualities is not known. Police suspect that the bombs were homemade.

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On a side note, when I was looking for more details and pictures of this, Google barely showed any results, instead images and news of the Boston Marathon Bombings were shown. This shows how much media is altered and how they try to take away our attention.

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