Pollution in key cities around the country continue to worsen despite new attempts by the government to keep the environment clean, according to the New York Times. Air quality is increasingly contaminated by coal exhaust from factories and power plants, urban roads are congested by millions of new cars and waterways are increasingly becoming polluted, according to a government report cited by the NYT. Meanwhile, floods in northeast China have reportedly killed at least 29 people and forced more than 254,000 to evacuate. Electricity, water and telecommunication services were also affected in the worst-hit county of Yongji, Xinhua News says.

    Elsewhere, China is seen as ushering a connection between Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin American through a high-speed rail link that the China Railway Construction Corp. is building in Saudi Arabia. The railway link, according to several economists, will boost trade between the four regions by connecting key trade routes in areas where commerce is expected to boom in the next century, Bloomberg says.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.