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Bus Driver in China Abandons Vehicle After Fire, Killing 35

Thick smoke emerging from the bus
Thick smoke emerging from the bus

After the tour bus he was driving crashed into a guardrail on a mountain highway and caught fire on June 26, Liu Dahui, rather than...

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  • Wen Wen and her father in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, on June 13. They will start their journey from here. (via Sina Weibo)

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  • The scene of the conflict. (via Sina Weibo)

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  • Zhan Haite holds a sign saying “Return my right to take the high school entrance exam.” (via

    Barred From Education by Draconian Chinese Policy, Young Woman Self-Studies Her Way to Purdue

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  • A screenshot from the video taken by one of the women, showing the police officer. (Screenshot via Miaopai)

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  • Li Jianmin's shabby cave dwelling in his hometown. (via Xinhua)

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  • The scene of the factory explosion. (via Beijing News)

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  • Children climbing on the ladder of the mountain. (via Beijing News)

    Schoolchildren in Remote Chinese Village Climb 2600-Foot Cliffs to Get to and From School

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