Briefs, November 18, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 5:12am

9 die, 19 injured in Guizhou collisions

Nine people were killed in a series of collisions yesterday on roads in the southwest, traffic police said. In Anshun, Guizhou, a total of 36 vehicles collided along a one-kilometre section of the expressway linking Shanghai and Kunming at 9am as a result of fog, police said. Seven cars caught fire. Xinhua


Beijing backs down over steel imports

China says it will change its restrictive policy on certain steel imports from the United States after the World Trade Organisation declared it was in breach of international trade rules. After a meeting of the WTO's dispute settlement body in Geneva, China said that although it "may not agree" with all the WTO's findings, it would respect and "work hard to implement" them. Last month the WTO's appellate body upheld a US complaint that Chinese duties on its high-value specialist magnetic rolled steel were illegal. AFP


Satellite deal signed with DR Congo

The state-owned China Aerospace & Technology Corporation will team up with China Telecom to provide communication satellite in-orbit delivery for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the second African country to sign a satellite delivery contract with China after Nigeria in 2004. The satellite will be launched from the Xichang Launch Centre in Sichuan province within three years. Xinhua


Teacher in child abuse scandal released

A kindergarten teacher detained by police for her role in a child abuse scandal has been released, Wenling city police announced late on Friday. Police said Yan Yanhong was not found to have committed acts that constitute a criminal offence. Yan and another teacher were taken into custody on October 25 on charges of creating a disturbance after pictures surfaced online showing Yan picking a child up by the ears and sealing another boy's mouth with tape. Xinhua