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Updated: 2013-08-13 07:25

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Love is blind

A man mistakes a woman for his wife during an activity that tests the tacit understanding between couples in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Sunday, two days before Chinese Valentine's Day. His wife (center) finds the error highly amusing. Photo by Yi Tian / for China Daily


Would-be burglar engrossed in work

A potential house burglar was so engrossed in his work that he didn't notice the police creeping up on him, Huashang Morning News reported on Monday. On Aug 8, a man surnamed Zhen in Huanren county returned home in the afternoon to find the door of his house was open and a man inside. Zhen left quietly without being noticed and informed the police. When police officers arrived, they were able to creep up on the thief and detain him.


Bomb suspect to be prosecuted

Police have ended the investigation of a man suspected of detonating a homemade explosive device at Beijing Capital International Airport on July 20. Authorities confirmed on Monday that the case of Ji Zhongxing had been transferred to Chaoyang District People's Procuratorate for prosecution. Police said that Ji had confessed to the crime. The 34-year-old suspect, who uses a wheelchair, has been petitioning the government for more than 10 years alleging that police abuse caused his paralysis.

Organ failure kills bird flu patient

A H7N9 patient being treated in Beijing Chaoyang Hospital died from multiple organ failure on Sunday, Beijing Health Bureau announced on Monday. The 61-year-old woman from Langfang, Hebei province, was transferred to the hospital with a high temperature and breathing problems on July 18, where she was later confirmed to be infected with H7N9. Her health improved in August, and she tested negative for the virus on Friday, but her condition worsened on Saturday and she died the next day.

Heart diseases nation's top killer

Cardiovascular diseases are now the biggest killers of Chinese people, accounting for more than 41 percent of disease-related deaths, a report by the National Center for Cardiovascular Disease shows. About 3.5 million people die from cardiovascular diseases in China every year, mainly due to increasingly unhealthy lifestyles, including poor diet, smoking and a lack of exercise. Chinese people now consume 12 grams of salt a day on average - double the recommended amount - and not enough vegetables and fruit.


Thieves arrested in police crackdown

Police in Guangdong province have arrested 50 people suspected of involvement in vehicle theft and sales in Shanwei and Jieyang, provincial police said on Monday. In a special crackdown last week, police also seized 27 high-end vehicles, 16 motorcycles and car theft tools, authorities said. Police sources said some 13,000 to 22,000 vehicles were stolen in the past year in Guangdong, and Shanwei and Jieyang were car theft hotbeds.


Man gets 4 years for drowning wife

A man, 70, in Wuhan was sentenced to four years for drowning his wife, who was diagnosed with colon cancer, Wuhan Morning News reported on Monday. According to the man, his wife, 67, asked him to take her to a river because her condition had become too painful. A fisherman reported the case to police, who later detained the man. While on trial, the man said he only meant to relieve his wife of her pain. The court allowed the man, who is disabled, to serve his sentence outside prison.


Homes and roads hit by earthquake

No casualties have been reported from Tibet after it was hit by an earthquake on Monday morning, although houses were toppled and roads were damaged, according to the local government. The magnitude-6.1 quake jolted the border region of Zogang county and Markam county in Qamdo prefecture, about 1,000 km southeast of Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region. Zhang Hongjun, Party chief of Zogang, said the authorities had received no immediate report of casualties due to the earthquake.


Robbers suffocate while raiding tomb

Two would-be robbers became trapped digging their way into an ancient tomb in Xi'an and suffocated on Saturday morning. Three other men were keeping lookout, and two of them contacted police to get help. One of the buried men was found dead and the other died on the way to a hospital. One of the three lookouts escaped, and the other two were arrested.


Offender damages cars to vent anger

A young man damaged eight cars with a chair in a Shanghai neighborhood on Sunday in a violent outburst, according to the Shanghai Morning Post. The man, in his early 20s, went into the neighborhood at around 1:30 am and damaged the parked cars with a chair he found on the footpath. He damaged the cars, he said, to "vent my anger". He was subdued by police, who arrived quickly on the scene.


Drugs hidden in truckload of litchis

Hefei police seized more than 2.5 kg of methamphetamine hidden among 3,500 kg of litchis in a truck, the Xin'an Evening News reported. Police made the seizure after an investigation of more than six months. As of Aug 6, police had arrested 16 people on suspicion of trafficking the drugs. The 2.5 kg of drugs were sent by a man identified as A Jie to Hefei, Anhui province, from Lufeng, Guangdong province, where drugs are extensively produced and traded.

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(China Daily USA 08/13/2013 page3)