A bus trip intended to reward customers of a health-care products company turned deadly when the vehicle plunged off a road in China's northern Shanxi province, killing 13 people, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.
The official death toll from the China earthquake stood at 12,012 on Wednesday afternoon, but it is expected to rise as soldiers and rescue crews pull more bodies from crumbled buildings at the epicenter in Sichuan province.
Rescue teams on Friday recovered more bodies following a powerful gas explosion at the Xinyao Coal Mine in northern China's Shanxi province, bringing the death toll 105, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.
A powerful gas explosion at a coal mine in northern China's Shanxi province killed at least 46 people and left at least 50 others trapped early Thursday, local safety officials said, according to China's Xinhua news agency.
Gross economic inequality is one of the biggest problems threatening China's stability, and an issue President Hu Jintao has taken up as a cornerstone of his administration. In major speeches and policy addresses he has called for the creation of a "harmonious society," signaling the central government's desire to reduce the gap between the wealthy Chinese elite and the working class, who have seen far fewer benefits from the country's torrid economic growth.