• Strong earthquake strikes western China
  • 16 die in Pakistan after drinking cough syrup
  • Bangladeshis protest after fire that killed 112
  • Shrinking nation Poland needs to boost births
  • Apple to start selling new iMacs on Friday

Strong earthquake strikes western China
A strong earthquake has damaged buildings in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. The magnitude-5.5 quake struck at early Monday afternoon near the town of Ruoqiang in the vast but lightly populated region. Homes were damaged, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

16 die in Pakistan after drinking cough syrup
Sixteen people have died in Pakistan after drinking cough syrup suspected of being toxic, police said Monday after three additional victims expired in hospital. All those affected by the syrup were drug addicts who apparently drank it to get high, said police officers.

Bangladeshis protest after fire that killed 112
Thousands of Bangladeshi workers demanding justice after a garment-factory fire killed at least 112 people are blocking the streets of a Dhaka suburb in a protest that has turned violent at times.

Shrinking nation Poland needs to boost births
Poland’s prime minister says economic and welfare measures should be taken to encourage women to have more babies and to discourage emigration, to reduce population decline. Experts warn that with the current fertility rate of 1.3, the nation of 38 million will shrink to 32 million in the next 30 years.

Apple to start selling new iMacs on Friday
Apple says the smaller version of its new, slimmed-down iMac desktop computers will go on sale Friday. It will also start taking orders for the larger model, but the units won’t ship until next month.

Republicans propose plan for undocumented young
Two Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled their version of the Dream Act, stalled legislation that would provide a path to legal status for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many who have spent most of their lives in the United States.

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