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China adopts law to crack down on illegal foreign workers


BEIJING — China’s national legislature adopted a new law Saturday that will target foreigners who are living and working in China illegally, the official Xinhua News Agency said, adding that the government encourages citizens to inform on suspected illegal workers. The law approved by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee now requires foreigners to obtain valid documents — including employment certificates — to work in China, Xinhua said.


Flooding leaves at least 29 dead

GAUHATI — Surging flood waters have killed at least 29 people and displaced more than 1 million others in northeastern India, officials said Saturday. Monsoon rains have caused the Brahmaputra River — one of Asia’s largest — to overflow its banks and inundate more than 2,000 villages across Assam state.


World Bank cancels bridge loan

DHAKA — The World Bank has canceled a $1.2 billion loan for construction of a bridge in Bangladesh, saying it has evidence of corruption involving a Canadian engineering firm. The bank said it did not get a satisfactory response from Bangladesh after it raised the issue of corruption last year.