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Man who survived 47-story fall discharged from hospital

By RIA Novosti

New York : Alcides Moreno, a window cleaner who survived after falling 47 floors from an Upper East Side building last month, has been moved from hospital to a rehabilitation center, local media said on Monday.

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Heavy snow blamed for 10 deaths in China

By SPA

Beijing : Unusually heavy snowfall in central China has been blamed for at least 10 deaths and has stranded hundreds of thousands of people ahead of the peak Lunar New Year travel season, state media said Monday.

Frigid temperatures caused pipes to burst, leading to water shortages for thousands of residents, the Xinhua News Agency and newspapers reported.

Heavy snow accumulation damaged thousands of homes, and at least one person was crushed to death when a roof collapsed at a gas station, the reports said. Xinhua said nine others died, but gave no details.

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One-child rule: China's celebrity violators to pay more

By Xinhua

Beijing : The administration of China's capital city said it would impose hefty fines on celebrities who violate the one-child rule, a senior family planning official said Sunday.

"Celebrities and wealthy people would be more heavily fined for giving birth to more than one child. The commission is still deliberating on the amount of the penalty," Deng Xingzhou, head of the Beijing Municipal Commission on Family Planning, told a meeting of the municipal political advisory body.

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20 killed in coalmine blast in China

By Xinhua

Taiyuan (China) : At least 20 people, trying to illegally procure coal in an officially closed unsafe mine in northern China, have been killed when deadly methane gas exploded in the pit, work safety officials said Monday.

The blast occurred early Sunday in Weijialing coal mine in Fenxi county, local authorities said.

According to Work Safety Administration, the mine, which opened in 2004, was subsequently closed down for failing to meet safety requirements.

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Asia''s top refiner Sinopec boosts crude oil output, refining

By KUNA

Tokyo : Asia's largest oil refiner China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) has increased its crude oil output to 291.67 million barrels last year, up 2.27 percent from 2006, state-run Xinhua News Agency said Monday.

It added that Sinopec had also processed 155.58 million tons of crude in 2007, a year-on-year increase of 6.33 percent. Sinopec produced 283 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2007, up 10.33 percent. Listed in Hong Kong, New York, London and Shanghai, Sinopec is the biggest oil producers in China.

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Three arrested for Corsican arson but new attacks reported

By KUNA

Paris : Three individuals have been arrested on the Mediterranean island of Corsica for their suspected role in torching part of the local assembly building in the town of Ajaccio on January 13, security and media sources reported Monday.

The arrests follow an intense enquiry into the fire, which caused massive damage to a wing of the building and met with widespread condemnation from the government and local political parties.

The fire followed the occupation of the building by Corsican, separatist militants.

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Gas explosion kills 20 in illegal China mine

By SPA

Beijing, China : A gas explosion in an illegal mine in northern China has killed at least 20 people, state media said Monday.

Xinhua News Agency said the accident happened when miners were attempting to reopen an illegal mine in Shanxi province that the government had used explosives to close in 2004.

It gave no other details of the accident in Linfen city.

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Ten people killed as renewed violence shakes Kenya

By DPA

Nairobi : At least ten people were killed as fresh violence erupted in Kenya, with angry mobs torching dozens of houses in the wave of violence that has plagued the East African nation after last month's allegedly flawed elections, media reported Monday.

The violence comes a day before former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is set to arrive in the country to jump start a new round of mediation to find a political solution to the conflict.

Volcano eruption under Antarctica ice sheet confirmed

By Xinhua

Beijing : Evidence of a powerful volcano, which erupted under the ice sheet of West Antarctica around 325 BC and might still be active now, has been confirmed by British scientists, according to media reports Monday.

A layer of volcanic ash and glass shards frozen within an ice sheet in West Antarctica was identified in an article published in the journal Nature Geosciences by Hugh F. J. Corr and David G. Vaughan.

Russian Navy begins exercises in the Atlantic

By RIA Novosti

Moscow : A Russian naval task force started exercises in the northern Atlantic on Monday, a Navy spokesman said.

The task force, consisting of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Udaloy-Class destroyers Admiral Levchenko and Admiral Chabanenko, as well as auxiliary vessels, is currently on a two-month tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic.

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