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Violence Rocks China’s Xinjian Province

Where: Urumqi, Xinjiang,China July 8, 2009 : Clashes broke out between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese in Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital, on Sunday, July 5, 2009. Over 150 people were killed in clashes, nearly 1,000 were injured, and hundreds were arrested. By Tuesday morning, it looked as if the authorities had Urumqi under control. But gangs of Han Chinese armed...

Saina Nehwal Wins Indonesian Open Badminton Women’s Title

Where: Jakarta, Indonesia June 26, 2009 : Nineteen year old Saina Nehwal, ranked eighth in the world, beat China's Wang Lin (world number three). Saina was seeded sixth in the tournament. She took 49 minutes to beat Wang 12-21, 21-18, 21-9 in an exciting final. Saina became the first Indian to win a super series badminton tournament. In...

International Concern Over North Korea’s Rocket Launch

Where: Pyongyang, North Korea April 5, 2009 : The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea's (North Korea's) plans to launch a rocket had created a stir weeks ahead of the event. It was feared that the launch was actually a missile test. Japan, South Korea, and Alaska in the United States were all under threat if this was so. Finally,...

North Korea Conducts Nuclear Test

Where: Pyongyang, North Korea May 26, 2009 : North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Monday, May 25, 2009, in the face of warnings and opposition from countries around the world. Geological sensors in South Korea detected tremors from an artificial earthquake caused by the explosion. This was followed by an official announcement by the North Korean government agencies...

Japanese Government Announces Green Stimulus Package

Where: Tokyo, Japan April 11, 2009 : The recession has prompted many governments to inject 'stimulus packages' to boost their countries' economies. Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso announced a package with a green focus. His government will encourage the start of mass production of electric cars in three years. It also has plans to boost solar power generation...

Dalai Lama Calls for End of Oppression in Tibet

Where: Dharamsala, India, and Beijing, China March 13, 2009 : The Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan people, has said that Tibetan culture and identity are "nearing extinction". He accused the Chinese government of bringing "hell on Earth" to Tibet. He was addressing thousands of supporters in India on 10 March, 2009, the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan...

Disastrous end to Lunar New Year Firework Display

Where: Beijing, China February 9, 2009 : Beijing's nearly completed Mandarin Oriental hotel, in the heart of the city's business district, caught fire on the day of the Lantern Festival. It was the last day of the Chinese Lunar New Year Festivities, and officials from the state owned China Central Television (CCTV ) were using the new building as...

A Glider at the Railway Station

Where: Sarnath, India December 11, 2008 : Passengers at the Sarnath Railway Station noticed that a paper box, left abandoned near a railway track, was behaving a little oddly. They alerted the railway authorities, who found that the box carried the inscription, "It is a rare animal, please send it to the zoo". It was a Flying Lemur, a...

Climate Change: Some Chilling Facts

Where London: United Kingdom February 5, 2009 : All of Europe and much of North America experienced very chilly weather and battled snow and ice through most of January. Snowfall of unexpected proportions hit Madrid, Spain, and severe storms blew across France, U.K., Germany, and Northern Italy. Since February 2, 2009 the U.K. has seen unusual amounts of snowfall. By...

Death Sentence for Makers of Killer Baby Milk in China

Where: Shijiazhuang, China January 22, 2009 : The Sanlu Group is the largest producer of baby milk powder in China. The toxic substance melamine, which is used in the manufacture of resins, was added to raw milk so that it would appear to be higher in protein content. Six babies died as a result of drinking the milk...

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