New Year's Tragedy: 36 Dead in China Stampede

Thirty-six people died in a stampede during New Year's celebrations in downtown Shanghai, city officials said Thursday — the worst disaster to hit one of China's showcase cities in recent years, The Associated Press reported. A Shanghai government statement said another 47 people were injured amid the chaos about a half-hour before midnight. The deaths and injuries occurred at Shanghai's popular riverfront Bund area, which is often jammed with spectators for major events.

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