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Two in China first known deaths from H7N9 bird flu

A vendor waits for customers near chicken cages at a market in Fuyang city, in central China's Anhui province, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain, and Chinese authorities said Sunday that it wasn't clear how they were infected, but that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. A third person, a woman in the nearby province of Anhui, also contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu and was in critical condition, China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on its website. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTThe deaths are the first known human fatalities from a lesser-known type of bird flu.

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March 31st, 2013

2 in China first known deaths from H7N9 bird flu

A vendor waits for customers near chicken cages at a market in Fuyang city, in central China's Anhui province, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain, and Chinese authorities said Sunday that it wasn't clear how they were infected, but that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. A third person, a woman in the nearby province of Anhui, also contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu and was in critical condition, China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on its website. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain, and Chinese authorities said it wasn't clear how they were infected but there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

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March 31st, 2013

Insight: China’s losing battle against state-backed polluters

File photo of a Chinese national flag flying in front of Beijing Telegraph Building on a hazy morning in central BeijingBy David Stanway SHANGHANG COUNTY, China (Reuters) – When Zijin Mining Group threatened to move its headquarters some 270 kms from its home county of Shanghang to Xiamen on China's southeast coast, a local Communist Party boss rushed to confront the company's chairman Chen Jinghe. "If you want to move, you'll have to move the Zijin Mountain to Xiamen as well," the official told Chen, referring to a vast local mine that has helped transform the firm into China's top gold producer and second-biggest copper miner. …

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March 31st, 2013

3 killed in 95-vehicle pileup at Virginia-N.C. line

This photo provided by the Virginia State Police shows the scene following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border in Galax, Va., on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Virginia State Police say three people have been killed and more than 20 are injured and traffic is backed up about 8 miles. (AP Photo/Virginia State Police, Sgt. Mike Conroy)Nearly 100 vehicles crashed along a mountainous, foggy stretch of interstate.

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March 31st, 2013

Iran sanctions spur boom for Pakistani diesel smugglers

A man sits on top of plastic canisters of petrol that he says was brought from Iran, as he prepares to unload them from a van at a roadside shop near a Pakistan and Iran borderSome of the fuel is spirited across the border in Pepsi bottles carried by child smugglers.

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March 31st, 2013
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