[ noun ] a populous province of south central China <noun.location>
The Legal Daily said the two were executed on Monday after losing appeals in the Sichuan provincial court and the Supreme Court.
The quake, which measured 6.7 on the Richter scale, struck at 5:34 a.m. near the town of Batang, which is close to Sichuan province's western border with Tibet, the State Seismological Bureau said.
The official People's Daily party newspaper Thursday quoted Beijing and Sichuan authorities as denying the story of French reporter Eric Meyer of Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace.
It quoted Zheng Wenju, Sichuan justice department director, as expressing "his deep regret over the French reporter spreading such an appalling lie." Meyer said Thursday he stands by the story, but refused to say how he learned of it.
The official Xinhua news Agency said the quake measured 6.7 on the Richter scale and struck at 11:13 a.m. near Batang County, an isolated region along Sichuan province's border with Tibet.
Drought has struck wide areas of China _ from southwestern Sichuan province to the northern cities of Beijing and Tianjin _ endangering crops and supplies of drinking water, official reports said Wednesday.
The first Tibetan woman, speaking from a hotel in the city, said the last of them departed Thursday, some for the airport to wait for a Friday flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.
A radio report from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, spoke of a continuing rampage by "a handful of thugs."
A hailstorm battered a city in southwest China's Sichuan province early Thursday, killing 45 people and injuring 119, a news report said.
Here in the fields of the lush Sichuan province, one can see firsthand both the positive and the negative aspects of that change.
Harsh weather has caused heavy casualties in China this spring. Hailstorms killed 157 people in southwestern China's Sichuan province in April and seven in neighboring Guizhou province.
The party expelled Liu Xingdong, deputy secretary of Tiefeng Township in Sichuan province, according to the official China Daily.
The travelers spoke in telephone interviews from Lhasa to Chengdu, the capital of neighboring Sichuan province and one of the few points of entry to the remote Himalayan region.
If the market is successful, the government may open futures markets for corn in the northeast city of Changchun, rice in the central city of Wuhan and pigs in southwest China's Sichuan province, the paper said.
On the agenda for the future is a zinc plant, currently under discussion with Australia's BHP. Despite the poverty, emphasised by vice-governor Ma, to the casual foreign eye Sichuan seems prosperous.
Four train accidents have left 169 dead, while the crash of a Chinese airliner, also in Sichuan in January, killed 108.
Earlier news reports said acid rain is a major problem in Sichuan province in southwestern China and neighboring Guizhou province, in the southern provinces of Hunan and Guangxi, and in Shanghai.
The national television news also showed large areas of burned out buildings in the Sichuan capital of Chengdu that it said were attacked by mobs during street protests on Monday.
The CDC said Thursday in its weekly report it has now identified four different variants of A-H3N2 flu virus circulating in the United States in recent months; they are known as the Sichuan flu, the Victoria flu, the Sydney flu and the Shanghai flu.
The two, traveling on tourist visas, were detained Wednesday while filming unrest in the Sichuan capital, Chengdu, then expelled.
The survivors included 129 men and 19 women, the news service said in a report from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, about 930 miles southwest of Beijing.
The Sichuan and Beijing trials followed another mass execution in Zhengzhou, central China, on Saturday, when 11 train robbers were put to death.
Five earthquakes, measuring up to 6.7 on the Richter scale, struck western Sichuan in a three-week period in June and July, killing 11 people.
Chengdu, a city of 2.6 million people in western China's lush Sichuan province, about 760 miles east of Lhasa, became a listening post last week for several Western reporters.
Gaoxian in southern Sichuan, more than 1,000 miles southwest of Beijing, was hit June 25 with storms that triggered mountain torrents and rock-mud flows that cut roads and communications, the report said.
Sichuan province was spending $108,000 for gifts and investment guides and one province had plans to charter an aircraft to transport Americans to its cities.
But from a few sheds in Sichuan province, Mr Mo Goshun says he makes a profit of Dollars 1m per year, writes Alexander Nicoll. His five-year-old enterprise in Xian Yang township cuts, salts and pickles vegetables, and sells them to Japan.
Sichuan is one of China's most quake-prone regions.
"Many students were beaten with clubs with enlarged ends that leave no marks but scramble your brains," said a student at Sichuan University, a center of the democracy movement.
Two girls from Sichuan province, one 15 years old and the other 16, were on their way home after visiting relatives in Zhengzhou when they were abducted at the Zhengzhou railway station.