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The disaster in China’s Gansu province was caused when a debris-blocked swollen river burst, swamping entire mountain villages in the county seat of Zhouqu.


North, south leaders meet on referendum

KHARTOUM | Northern and southern Sudanese leaders resumed negotiations on Tuesday on the ramifications of southern independence early next year, such as the distribution of oil wealth.

South Sudan, home to much of the country’s proven oil reserves, is set to hold an independence referendum in January as part of a peace agreement that ended two decades of civil war in 2005.

The first round of talks between the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the ruling National Congress Party began on July 20.

The talks center on four points: citizenship, security, the economy and the sharing of oil revenues. They are meant to ensure a peaceful conclusion to the vote.

Under the 2005 peace agreement, the south is entitled to 50 percent of the wealth despite sitting on most of the reserves.


Oil leak plugged on damaged ship

MUMBAI | A fuel leak has been plugged in a container ship that struck another cargo vessel and spewed 500 tons of oil into the Arabian Sea, India’s government said Tuesday.

But the principal port of Mumbai — India’s economic hub — will remain closed until at least Wednesday because of the nearby spill and the 300 cargo containers that fell off the ship and pose a navigational hazard, the Defense Ministry said.

The Panamanian-registered MSC Chitra smashed into the St. Kitts-registered MV-Khalijia-II near Jawaharlal Nehru port Saturday. The MSC Chitra ran aground and has been listing heavily. Its fuel and lubricants spilled into the sea.


Citizenship offered to big investors

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