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2,350 involved in SW China forest fire rescue Authorities in Yunnan say more than 2-thousand people are working to put out a forest fire in the province. The fire erupted Thursday afternoon in the Yulong Naxi Autonomous County, around 100-kilometers

2,350 involved in SW China forest fire rescue
Authorities in Yunnan say more than 2-thousand people are working to put out a forest fire in the province.
The fire erupted Thursday afternoon in the Yulong Naxi Autonomous County, around 100-kilometers from the Yulong Snow Mountain, a famous scenic spot.
Helicopters are also involved in the operation.
No casualties have been reported.
It is not yet clear how much of the forest area has been affected.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fires kill 36 people during China's Spring Festival
More than 6 thousand fires broke out over the past week across China, leaving 36 people dead and 11 injured.
The fires caused property losses of 58 million yuan (9.2 million U.S. dollars) during the seven-day Spring Festival holiday according to a statement of the fire department of the Ministry of Public Security .
In accordance with an action plan of the ministry, 170,000 firefighters were placed on guard nationwide to ensure a safe festive period for the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year.
No major fire event, which refers to one resulting in five or more deaths, took place during the period.

China's railways brace for post-holiday travel rush
China's railways are braced for a post-holiday travel rush when passenger flows peak at the end of the Spring Festival holiday.
The Ministry of Railways estimates more than 7.4 million trips will be made on the country's railways with travelers returning to work after the Lunar New Year celebration.
The ministry deployed 783 temporary trains on Friday to cope with increasing demand for seats.
This year's Spring Festival travel season began January 26th and will last until March 6th.
The ministry has forecast a total of 224.5 million trips will be made on railways during the travel season.

Beijing tourism revenue up 15 pct during holiday
Local authorities in Beijing say the city has made some 3.9 billion yuan in tourism revenue during this year's seven-day Spring Festival holiday.
That's a 15-percent increase year on year.
According to the municipal tourism commission, Beijing received nearly 8.7 million tourists during the past week, up 7.5 percent year on year.
Nearly 13-percent of tourists were from outside Beijing.
The commission is partly attributing the rise to the toll-free highway passage policy during the holiday.

China, AU pledge to enhance friendly cooperation
China and the African Union held their fifth strategic dialogue to boost cooperation in Beijing on Friday.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and AU Commission Chairman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma co-chaired the dialogue, the first of which was held in 2008.
Yang Jiechi said China is willing to expand cooperation with the AU in a variety of fields, including infrastructure, agriculture, human resources and media, in a bid to advance the development of China-Africa ties.
He said China and the AU should further coordination in international and regional affairs.

Putin orders assistance after meteor explodes over Ural Mountains
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered immediate assistance for people living in Russia's Ural Mountains after a meteor exploded over the region, injuring at least 520.
He said every effort should be made to objectively estimate the damage.
The meteor has damaged some 300 houses, 12 schools, and a number of factories.
Officials say the explosions broke an estimated 100,000 square meters of glass in Chelyabink, a city of 1 million about 1,500 km east of Moscow.
Soldiers are heading to the region to carry out rescue and relief operations.

Pakistan asks India to investigate killing of its soldier after questioning
Pakistan has asked India to investigate the killing of its soldier, who had inadvertently crossed into the Indian part of Kashmir Thursday night.
The Pakistan Army says the soldier crossed the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region, and was killed after questioning.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the killing of its soldier by the Indian army and has called upon the government of India to carry out a thorough investigation into this unfortunate incident and to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

EU horsemeat control plan approved
Member states of the European Union have agreed on a plan to control fraudulently labeled horsemeat in the food market.
The one-month plan, effective immediately, is to detect the presence of unlabeled horsemeat via testing thousands of samples across the EU, as well as possible residues of a veterinary medicinal product in horsemeat known as phenylbutazone or bute.
A scandal erupted across Europe after horsemeat was found in food products such as burgers and lasagna while being mislabeled as beef, thus bringing into question food control in Europe's single market and damaging consumer confidence.

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