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China Chemical Plant Blast Kills 19, Injures 12

An explosion at a chemical plant in China's southwestern province of Sichuan has killed 19 people and injured 12, the local government said Friday. It is not yet clear what caused Thursday evening's blast at Yibin Hengda Technology in an industrial park several hours from the provincial capital of Chengdu, authorities in Jiang'an county said in a short statement. Photos on Chinese social media showed a huge fire and plumes of smoke rising from the facility. China has...

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