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Deadly bus arson fuels debate on social ills

Mainland media revealed more details last week about the life of Chen Shuizong, the arsonist who killed himself and 46 other passengers this month in a bus fire in Xiamen.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 2:25am

Man sentenced to death over vengeful arson attack

Lin Binwei confessed to setting the fire on February 23 in revenge against a man he thought was having an affair with his girlfriend. Eight people were killed in the attack.

9 Jun 2013 - 12:53pm

Depressed vendor blamed for deadly Xiamen bus fire

Police in Xiamen believe a disgruntled street vendor started the fire on an express bus on Friday in which he and 46 other passengers were killed and 34 injured, many seriously.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:34am

China Digest, February 25, 2013

Environmental protection officials urged Beijing residents to refrain from setting off fireworks yesterday - the last day they were allowed to do so for the Lunar New Year celebrations - because of heavy air pollution that again shrouded the capital in smog, The Beijing News reports.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

China Digest, February 18, 2013

Sales of consumer goods totalled 1.7 billion yuan (HK$2.09 billion) for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday in Lanzhou, a 21 per cent increase from the holiday last year, Xinhua reports, citing figures from the municipal commerce bureau.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:57am

Briefs, February 12, 2013

Two teenagers yesterday appeared in Tuen Mun Court on a joint charge of arson for allegedly setting fire to umbrellas and other items at a Tin Shui Wai estate on Friday. 

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

Chile's indigenous activists blamed for arson deaths

A farmer and his wife were burned to death as their house was set on fire in southern Chile, with authorities blaming indigenous activists for the "terrorist" act.

The fire comes amid a wave of attacks in recent weeks in territories where the indigenous Mapuche Indians claim historic rights. The government has blamed the violence on a radical movement within the group.

6 Jan 2013 - 3:40am

South Korea turns down Japanese extradition request over Chinese arsonist

A South Korean court has turned down a Japanese extradition request for a Chinese national who served a 10-month jail sentence for an arson attack on the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

The court said Liu Qiang, 38, should now be sent home to China.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:15am

New York gunman wrote note before shooting

Before William Spengler opened fire on firefighters who had arrived to put out a fire at his home in the upstate New York town of Webster, killing two and seriously wounding two others, he typed a couple of pages announcing his plans.

"I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighbourhood I can burn down and do what I do best: killing people," Spengler wrote, police said.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:45am

Taiwan man indicted in fatal hospital fire

A Taiwanese man has been indicted on murder and arson charges for allegedly starting a fire at a hospital in October that killed 13 people and injured 60 others, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said they ruled out seeking the death penalty for the 67-year-old, identified only by his surname Lin, due to his confession of the crime and his poor health.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am