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Coal mine fire kills 24 in China

BEIJING–A coal-mine fire in northeastern China killed 24 workers and left 54 others injured on Wednesday, Chinese state media said, in one of the worst accidents so far this year in the country’s accident-prone mining industry.

Rescue operations have ended at the mine, which is located in Liaoning province and operated by a subsidiary of the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp., the official Xinhua News Agency said. All the injured workers have been sent to hospital, it added.

Hengda Coal, the Fuxin subsidiary that operates the mine, has halted all work at its facilities to conduct safety checks, Xinhua said.

China is the world’s largest coal-producing nation, but its more than 12,000 mines are notoriously deadly.