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China mourns worker's heroic death in lavatory

China has produced all kinds of heroes in the six decades since the revolution. But it is hard to believe that many among their number died in the toilet.

Latest China landslide leaves at least 67 missing

Fresh landslides rocked another area of China today, sweeping through a mountain town in the southwest of the country after days of heavy rains and leaving at least 67 people missing and cutting off access to the area.

China declares day of mourning after landslide

China declared a national day of mourning for victims of a massive landslide in the remote northwest, as authorities today stressed the importance of hygiene and safety for the thousands now living in temporary shelters.

Mushroom blamed for mystery deaths in China

A five-year study has blamed an innocuous-looking mushroom known as "little white" for hundreds of mysterious deaths in south-western China.

Strange fruit: The secrets of the River Cottage garden

As head gardener at River Cottage HQ, Mark Diacono grows all kinds of things you can eat. But it's in his own backyard that he really branches out, as Anna Pavord discovers.

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Behind the facade of Chinese rule in Tibet

A state-sponsored visit to the Himalayan enclave was supposed to mollify journalists with an image of happy co-existence. The truth, as Clifford Coonan discovered, was very different

157 magistrates' and county courts to close in cutbacks

The Government yesterday announced plans to close 157 magistrates' and county courts across England and Wales. Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, said the move could save £15.3m a year and a one-off maintenance backlog bill of £21.5m.

Unearthing a newly-found terracotta army

The Independent Online brings you fantastic new photographs of the terracotta army excavation site on the outskirts of Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China where 120 clay figures have recently been unearthed by archaeologists.

'World's Ugliest Dog' Miss Ellie dies at 17

Miss Ellie, a small, bug-eyed Chinese Crested Hairless dog whose pimples and lolling tongue helped her win Animal Planet's "World's Ugliest Dog" contest in 2009, has died at age 17 after a career in resort show business in America's Smoky Mountains.

Man shoots judges in Chinese court

A man firing an automatic weapon burst into a court office in central China, fatally shooting three judges and wounding three other people before killing himself.

'Victory for Philippines massacre victims'

The Philippine deputy mayor, whose wife, two sisters and four other relatives were among 57 people killed in an election-related massacre last year, was yesterday declared winner of the governorship of his troubled province.

Flooding kills 70 in southern China

Torrential rains caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon have swept across parts of southern China, toppling homes, destroying crops and killing at least 70 people, state media reported today. More flooding was expected.

Man stabs eight to death in latest China killings

Chinese state media said a man stabbed eight people to death including his mother, wife and daughter.

Sutton defies doubters to keep Lancashire upright

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