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China says coal-mining deaths up 21%

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The number of deaths in China’s incident-plagued coal mines surged by nearly 21 percent in the first 3 months of this year, despite a national safety crackdown, the country’s top industrial safety official said in April.

Fires, cave-ins and other incidents killed 1113 miners between January and March, up 20.8% over the same period in 2004, …

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