Chinese Provinces Gear up for More Infrastructure Investment on Belt and Road Push

U.S. News

Officials from the Chinese province of Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province in eastern China, said it is planning new Belt and Road-related projects worth 123 billion yuan ($17.8 billion), and about half of that would be spent within the province, mainly on infrastructure.

Coal Mine Accident In China's Shanxi Province Kills At Least 19 People

International Business Times

At least 19 people were killed in a late-night coal mine accident in northern China Wednesday, local news sources reported Thursday, according to the Associated Press (AP). The incident occurred in an underground platform in a mine in Shuozhou city in Shanxi province, an official told Xinhua News Agency. Of the total 129 people who were inside the mine at the time of the incident, 110 came out safely. The mine was run by Shanxi Datong Coal Mine Group, the AP reported, citing Xinhua. In recent years, several mining accidents have been reported in the world's second-largest economy but increased safety regulations have led to lesser deaths.

China's Hebei Province Targets $23 Billion 'Ice and Snow' Industry by 2025

U.S. News

In its "ice and snow industry development plan", the province said it would build 100 ski resorts and 250 ice skating venues by 2025. It also said it would aim to have 15 professional ice sports teams and more than 1,200 ice sports athletes by the time the Olympics are staged in 2022.

Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack

Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities on Saturday raised the casualty toll to 100 in an attack on a military compound in northern Afghanistan a day earlier by gunmen and suicide bombers wearing army uniforms.

Pakistan parliament to vote on tribal province merger

Al Jazeera

Pakistan's parliament is set to vote on whether the FATA tribal regions in the northwest will be absorbed into a neighbouring province. Leaders in Islamabad want FATA to become a formal part of Pakistan by merging it with the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, also known as KPK. It's a move the government hopes will stop the area being a sanctuary for armed groups.