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Tourists Pluck, Kill 2 Peacocks for ... Selfies

Animals died on Feb. 12 at China's Yunnan Zoo

(Newser) - We just don't learn, do we? Shortly after beachgoers in Argentina killed a baby dolphin , tourists in China are accused of killing two peacocks in an attempt to snap a selfie. Officials say the visitors were told not to touch the animals at Yunnan Zoo in Kunming on Feb.... More »

China: 367 Dead, 1.8K Hurt in Quake

6.1 temblor is strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years

(Newser) - The death toll in the strong earthquake that rocked southwestern China, which initially was reported at 26 people, has now risen to at least 367 and looks likely to continue to rise. Some 1,881 people are reported injured. Yunnan province's information bureau earlier reported at least 120 of... More »

China: Knife Attack Was Our '9/11'

Blames Uighurs, vows to respond with 'iron fists'

(Newser) - China is blaming Uighur separatists for yesterday's knife rampage that left 33 people dead, and state media isn't exactly downplaying the attack, notes the LA Times , calling it "a typical terrorist attack and also a severe crime against humanity. It was China’s 9/11." With four... More »

28 Dead, 113 Hurt in China Knife Attack

Assailants storm railway station in Sunnan province

(Newser) - Reports of a horrific knife attack at a train station in southwest China say 28 people are dead and 113 injured. The official Xinhua News Agency says a group of men carried out the attack at the Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province, report the BBC and AP . It remains... More »

China Hunts Scammer Who Pretended to Be Party Honcho

Zhao Xiyong pulled stunt off for years

(Newser) - With his dark suits, cigarettes, interminable speeches, and fondness for lavish banquets, Zhao Xiyong was in many ways a typical Chinese Communist Party official—except he wasn't one. Police in China are hunting a man who spent three years in Yunnan province pretending to be a high-ranking official from... More »

18 Students Confirmed Dead in China Landslide

Children were making up days missed due to earthquake

(Newser) - There were no survivors from a landslide that buried 18 children inside an elementary school in southwest China yesterday, authorities have confirmed. Rescuers recovered the last child's body from the school in Yunnan province early this morning, reports the AP . One adult is still missing. Yesterday was a holiday... More »

Wave of Earthquakes Hits Southern China, Killing 50

A hundred thousand more evacuate after series of 5.6 quakes

(Newser) - A string of earthquakes shook southwestern China today, killing at least 50 people and injuring 150 more. At least 100,000 have been forced to evacuate, and more than 20,000 homes have been destroyed, the BBC says, based on Chinese state-run media reports. The quakes hit the mountainous region... More »

Ram, Doe to Marry in China

Zoologists caution against over-analyzing the interspecies bond

(Newser) - A ram and a deer living in a southwestern Chinese zoo who have formed an "unconventional relationship" are set to be "married" on Valentine's Day, reports the BBC . The zoo tried to separate the animals in November, but found that the ram acted violently toward other sheep—... More »

Chinese Flock to Ethnic Minority Theme Parks

Money-spinning parks also serve political purpose

(Newser) - The fastest-growing theme park experience in China involves meeting not Mickey or Goofy, but actual members of some of the country's 55 official ethnic minorities. Parks like the Dai Minority Park in the ethnic group's Yunnan homeland offer Han Chinese—who make up 96% of the country's 1.3 billion... More »

Hundreds Injured in Deadly China Quake

(Newser) - At least one person was killed and hundreds injured when a powerful 6.0 earthquake rocked China's Yunnan province yesterday evening, Bloomberg reports. Officials say 18,000 houses in the region have been destroyed and 75,000 other buildings damaged. Eight aftershocks hit as rescue teams and relief officials rushed... More »

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