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Sunken World War II Merchant Ship Found

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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A 1941 casualty of war has been located off the coast of Britain. The British merchant ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat while carrying 200 tons of silver. The silver was to help fund the British war effort. Odyssey Marine — an American underwater salvage firm — announced Monday it had located the S.S.Gairsoppa […]

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Authorities Boost Compensation Offered in Chinese Train Wreck

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say authorities have dramatically increased financial compensation offered to the families of those killed in a train wreck nine days ago. The Communist Party-affiliated Global Times newspaper said Monday that 31 families who lost relatives in the crash are being offered $143,000 in compensation, up from the $77,000 being offered last week. […]

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Chinese Premier Promises Full Probe of Deadly Train Crash

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao promised Thursday a complete and open investigation into the nation’s deadliest train accident since 2008, saying anyone found to have been at fault will be punished severely. Mr. Wen also said the government’s top priority is to protect peoples’ lives during a visit Thursday to the site of Saturday’s train wreck, […]

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China Blames Signaling Equipment for Deadly Train Crash

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say a design flaw and human error combined to cause the nation’s deadliest train accident since 2008. State media Thursday quoted railway officials saying a severe flaw in the design of signaling equipment prevented a green light from turning to red after a lightning strike halted a train on a high-speed line south […]

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Criticism Mounts Over Chinese Rail Accident

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese newspapers and websites leveled relentless criticism at railway officials Wednesday for their handling of a train wreck that killed 39 people and left 192 injured. Railway officials have struggled to explain the reasons for the collision Saturday, which sent several carriages tumbling off a bridge in eastern China. Late Tuesday, they began issuing compensation […]

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China Faces Public Anger in Train Wreck Aftermath

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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China’s official Xinhua news agency is reporting widespread public outrage at the government’s handing of the deadly crash of two a high-speed trains, including moves to bury at least one wrecked passenger carriage before determining the cause of the collision. Controversy surrounding Saturday’s wreck south of Shanghai swelled Tuesday, after an online video showed a […]

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China Meets Public Anger With Rail Safety Review

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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China has ordered a two-month review of safety measures on its railways amid rising public anger over a train crash Saturday that killed 39 people. Railway Minister Sheng Guangzu was quoted in state media Tuesday saying the inspection campaign will focus on rectifying safety problems and “stabilizing the safety situation.” Major Chinese newspapers carried prominent […]

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Doctors Voice Hope for Chinese Train Wreck Toddler

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese doctors believe they can save the leg of a 2-year-old child who was pulled from the wreckage of a high-speed train almost 24 hours after the crash. The official Xinhua news agency quoted doctors Tuesday saying they no longer expect to amputate the left leg of Xiang Weiyi. Doctors said previously that the girl […]

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