Liaoning mine accident killed 24
China's state media, Xinhua, says 24 workers have been killed and 52 injured Wednesday in a fire at a coal mine in the northeastern part of the country in Liaoning province.
The incident occurred at a mine run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Company and is the latest deadly mining disaster in China.
Government figures show there were 589 mining-related accidents in China last year, leaving over a thousand people dead or missing.
That is down 23 percent from a year before, but analysts say the actual figure is likely much higher since many incidents are not reported.
Authorities have been working to implement tighter safety standards and shut down small coal mines that often go unregulated.
China is the world's largest consumer of coal.
India Seeks Greater Influence in South Asia
South Asian leaders met in Nepal Wednesday, with regional superpower India seeking to expand its trade and investment influence.
India this week reached an agreement with Kathmandu to build a hydropower plant in Nepal.
India also wants to expand its influence in Afghanistan, where NATO-led troops are winding down their mission after more than a decade.
The meeting in Kathmandu comes amid increased tensions between India and rival Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir.
The two sides have recently traded deadly cross-border artillery and gunfire there.