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Briefs, December 21, 2012

Taiwan's ex-president Chen Shui-bian - already serving an 18-1/2-year prison term for corruption and money-laundering - was yesterday convicted and sentenced to another 10 years for taking bribes from a local financial group, the island's Supreme Court said. 

Friday, 21 December, 2012, 4:34am

Official response to Guizhou child deaths invokes anger

Refuse bins in Guizhou showing the new local government warning. Picture: SCMP Photos

The deaths of five boys in a refuse bin in Bijie city, Guizhou province, last month has heightened concerns over the plight of China’s street children.

The boys succumbed to carbon-monoxide poisoning from burning charcoal.

20 Dec 2012 - 5:33pm 1 comment

Boys' deaths highlight 'left-behind children'

The rubbish bin in Bijie where the children died. Photo: AP

Mainland news outlets have been brushing up on their Danish fairy tales as they struggle to understand the deaths of five young boys who were huddled in a large refuse bin on chilly night in remote Guizhou province this month.

25 Nov 2012 - 4:11am

Guizhou man who broke tragic story of dumpster boys sent on 'vacation'

A former journalist who broke the story of the deaths of five street children in Bijie, Guizhou, a week ago has been sent on "a vacation" by local authorities trying to contain the fallout from the tragedy.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:54pm 7 comments

Officials sacked as five boys die in Guizhou dumpster

Officials acknowledged five boys died in this bin after outrage on the internet. Photo: SCMP

Eight officials in the Guizhou city of Bijie have been sacked or suspended for failing to protect the welfare of five boys found dead in a rubbish bin last week.

The victims, aged nine to 13, appeared to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning, after climbing into the dumpster and lighting a fire to escape the cold, the Bijie municipal government said in a statement yesterday.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am 1 comment