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Chinese coal mine blast kills 14
Fourteen mine workers in China have been killed in an underground explosion at a coal mine in the south-western province of Sichuan.

Another three people were injured in Sunday morning's blast.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately known, but mine accidents are frequent in China and the country has a dismal mine safety record.

According to official figures released last week, about 5,200 Chinese miners have died in accidents this year.

Last month a mine blast in Shaanxi province killed 166 people - the country's worst mining accident for a decade.

China, the world's largest producer and consumer of coal, has significantly increased coal production in the past year to meet the demands of rapid industrialisation.

Critics say lives are being sacrificed in the quest for energy.

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