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BEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- About 5.6 percent of villages in north China's 28 cities had reported short natural gas supply for winter heating Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Silver Australia , an official inspection found.

Inspection teams into these cities in or near the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region found that 426,000 households in 1,208 villages had faced natural gas shortage after their homes were heated with gas instead of coal, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said in an online statement.

Officials took measures such as increasing gas supply or temporarily heating the homes with coal to ensure all the residents in these villages enjoy a warm winter as of Wednesday night.

To make the air cleaner, China has been replacing coal-fired boilers with natural gas and electricity-powered boilers in the smog-plagued northern region.

Over 4.7 million households in 21 Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Gold Australia ,516 villages in the inspected region have completed the coal-to-gas or coal-to-electricity conversion, 3.94 million of which finished the switch this year, according to the MEP.

China is intensifying efforts to fight pollution and environmental degradation after decades of growth left the country saddled with problems such as smog and contaminated soil.

Tackling pollution has also been listed as one of "the three tough battles" that China aims to win in the next three years, according to the Central Economic Work Conference, which concluded earlier this month.

Thanks to the initiatives Men's Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Burgundy White Australia , China's northern region has been enjoying cleaner air this winter. The density of hazardous fine particle matter PM2.5 in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region stood at 60 micrograms per cubic meter in November, 41.2 percent lower than the same period last year, previous data showed.

A court adjourned an arson trial Thursday after the defendant’s lawyer walked out of the courtroom when his objection to jurisdiction was denied by the judge.

A woman and her three children were killed in the house fire

Mo Huanjing, a family nanny, stood trial at Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court for allegedly stealing from her employer and setting fire to their house Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Red White Australia , killing a young mother and her three children aged six to 11, the court heard.

The defendant's lawyer insisted the case be heard somewhere other than Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, where the incident occurred. The judge denied his request.

The lawyer, Dang Linshan Men's Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Yellow Black Australia , then ignored the court's order and left the courtroom, 26 minutes after the trial began.

The case was adjourned and will resume at a later date.

The court said Mo could find another lawyer to represent her or it would appoint one for her.

Dang said on his Weibo account that he withdrew from the trial as a form of protest. He claimed the trial is now "against the law".

  The brother of a woman killed in the fire takes part in an interview outside the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court on December 21.

He has filed an application with the Supreme People's Court, asking that the case be tried at another place and is waiting for the reply.

Dang has accused the Hangzhou court of "breaching the law" in opening the case today, as a response from the Supreme People's Court has yet to arrive.

Mo, 34 Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 White Australia , is accused of setting fire to the apartment on the 18th floor of Sapphire Mansion, a luxury apartment compound in Hangzhou, at 5am on June 22. The father, Lin Shengbin, was on a business trip at the time.

Police said the mother and her three children were found unconscious in the apartment after firefighters broke in. Despite the efforts of emergency services to revive them Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Black Gold Australia , they later died of smoke inhalation.

Mo was accused of having a serious gambling problem, and police alleged she stole items from the family and pawned them off to feed her gambling addiction. She also borrowed 100,000 yuan (US$15,204) from them, claiming she needed to buy a house in her hometown.

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After the family discovered the theft, they fired the nanny but chose not to call police. A few days later, the fire was set.

Lin said he wouldn’t file a civil lawsuit against Mo to seek compensation so that Mo would receive the harshest punishment possible and the trail would be expedited.

Dang posted a hand-written letter from Mo on his Weibo account today, in which Mo said she is "willing to accept the death penalty if the sentence could make everything start over again."

BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Following is a list of major world sports events for the year of 2017 (tabulated under date, event and venue):

Jan. 1-7, Shenzhen WTA Open, Shenzhen, China

Jan. 2, Xiamen International Marathon, Xiamen, China

Jan. 2-14, Dakar Rally, BoliviaArgentinaParaguay

Jan. 10-15, China Cup International Soccer Championship, Nanning, China

Jan. 14-Feb. 5, Africa Nations' Cup, Gabon

Jan. 16-29, Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia

Jan. 29-Feb. 8, 28th Winter Universiade, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Feb. 14-19, Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Gangneung, South Ko.