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Deputy Director-General of the Protocol Department of the Foreign Ministry Wu Jianghao Accepts Copy of Credentials from Newly-appointed Bulgarian Ambassador to China

On November 28, 2016, Deputy Director-General of the Protocol Department of the Foreign Ministry Wu Jianghao accepted the copy of credentials presented by newly-appointed Bulgarian Ambassador to China Grigor Kaliniv Porozhanov.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

Chinese embassies applauded for swift evacuations of Chinese nationals

China’s embassies in New Zealand and Israel were recently applauded for their swift evacuations of Chinese nationals from the two countries. The effective action taken by the embassies prompted many citizens to state how proud they are to be Chinese.

On Nov. 24, mass wildfires engulfed large swaths of land in Israel, especially near the northern city of Haifa. While overseas students from other countries sought help from their local relatives and friends, the Chinese students in Haifa, including two from Hong Kong and one from Taiwan, were among the first to be transferred to the Israeli port city Tel Aviv, and provided with shelter and food.

Two weeks ago, the Chinese embassy in New Zealand swiftly evacuated a number of Chinese tourists who were stranded in Kaikoura when a high-magnitude earthquake hit. This successful maneuver by the embassy was similarly lauded.

‘Spider-men’ save lives during apartment building fire

'Spider-men' save lives during apartment building fire

A 28-story residential building in Jinan, Shandong province caught fire around 9 a.m. on Nov. 26. Four “spider-men” dressed in black arrived at the scene with ropes tied around their bodies, eventually carrying five residents out of the burning building. The mysterious rescuers weren’t from the local fire department; instead, they were just four workers who were cleaning the exterior of a building nearby at the time of the fire.

Ancient salt-boiling sites excavated in Hebei

Archaeologists are conducting excavations of several salt-boiling sites constructed during the Tang Dynasty (618—907) in Huanghua, Hebei province. The majority of the sites are intact, although some are damaged. The diameters of the sites range from 1 to 6 meters. There are also a number of ash ditches and holes around the salt-boiling areas.

3 new insects discovered in Three Gorges nature reserve

Three new species of insects have been discovered in the Dalaoling Nature Reserve in the Three Gorges region. Preliminary information on the insects was released to the public last Sunday. The newly discovered species were discovered by an insect biodiversity research group led by Xie Guanglin, a doctor at Yangtze University. After an assessment by Shi Fuming, a renowned taxonomist specializing in katydids, the insects were confirmed as previously unrecorded species.

Dalaoling Natural Reserve is located in the Yangtze River’s Xiling Gorge, which boasts a good biological environment and biodiversity.

17-year-old boy kills mother after childhood spent ‘imprisoned’ in own home

Wang Xing, a 17-year-old boy from Jimo, Shandong province, killed his mother with an ax and buried her in a shallow grave under their chicken coop. Wang’s mother’s body was found several days later by the boy’s grandmother, Liu Kaolan, who lives next door. The boy was later arrested by police.

According to the investigation, the victim, Li Juan, was always overprotective of her son, forbidding him from leaving the house without her permission and supervision. Li was so cautious that other locals and even Wang’s grandparents next door hadn’t seen the boy in a long time.

Wang was eager to look for work outside the village, but Li discouraged his ambitions, claiming that the world outside was too dangerous for him. After killing Li, Wang took his mother’s phone along with 1,200 RMB and fled to Qingdao, securing the lock on the gate outside his house as he left. From Qingdao, Wang continued on to Jinan and then Chengdu, but he was finally apprehended by police on Sept. 22.

In court, the teenager was very calm, relating the events of his crime without any visible sadness or remorse.

3 grave robbers die in Shaanxi cave-in

On Nov. 27, three grave scavengers were buried alive after a cave-in occurred at an ancient grave site in Baoji, Shaanxi province. Although the local fire department quickly responded to the emergency, the lives of the men could not be saved.

The fire department received the emergency call at around 9 p.m., dispatching 14 firefighters and two rescue vehicles to deal with the incident. The rescue team used bare hands instead of tools to search for the buried men, for fear of accidentally injuring them with metal equipment. All three bodies were eventually recovered.

The ancient grave was first located by a construction team. After finding two rusty swords and one iron vessel in the soil around the site, the contractor contacted the local cultural relics management department, which sent experts to the site and found that the grave dated back to the Tang Dynasty. Word soon spread to nearby villages, and many villagers came to see the site for themselves.

Japanese skating rink closed after freezing 5,000 fish into ice block

An amusement park in Japan was forced to close on Nov. 27 after receiving a barrage of criticism for freezing 5,000 fish into the ice of its skating rink. The stunt was intended to draw crowds.

Space World, located in the city of Kitakyushu, was only open for two weeks before its suspension, according to Kyodo News. The facility hoped to offer visitors the opportunity to glide on a “sea” filled with 25 kinds of fish. However, the feat was widely condemned by the public for its cruelty.

Some people pitied the embedded fish, arguing that, far from novelty, it was actually unpleasant to look at the rink. Meanwhile, misunderstandings spread online that the fish were frozen while they were still alive.

A spokesperson for the park apologized to everyone who was upset by the stunt. The skating rink will reopen in the next month, after the fish are removed, said the spokesperson.