CHINA - EARTHQUAKE: Emergency workers in western China are struggling against freezing cold
in the search for more survivors of this week's powerful earthquake
that killed at least 617 people and left thousands homeless.
More than 10,000 people are injured and more than 300 others are
missing in the wake of Wednesday's 6.9-magnitude quake, which toppled
buildings, destroyed roads and knocked out phone and power lines in
Qinghai province, which borders Tibet.
The quake was followed by a series of strong aftershocks, the largest
with a magnitude of 6.3. The main quake was centered in the ethnic
Tibetan county of Yushu, in the southern part of Qinghai.
KYRGYZSTAN: Witnesses say gunfire erupted a rally in Kyrgyzstan's southern city of
Osh Thursday, where ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was speaking.
Mr. Bakiyev had just begun addressing the 2,000-strong crowd when the shots began.
It is not clear who fired the first shots, but television footage shows
a group of Bakiyev opponents approaching the podium where he was
speaking. Mr. Bakiyev's bodyguards lined up in front of the deposed
president to protect him and fired into the air.
Supporters of the interim government had been holding their own rally just 300 meters away.
THAILAND PROTESTS: Anti-government protesters in Bangkok have gathered in one of the
city's wealthiest shopping districts to prepare for another round of
demonstrations against Thailand's prime minister.
Thousands of the protesters, known as "Red Shirts", began moving late
Wednesday to the upscale Rachaprasong shopping district from the
capital's historic square -- scene of Saturday's bloody clashes which
left at least 21 dead and dozens wounded.
Leaders of the Red Shirts called on their followers to gather at the
site for what is being described as a final confrontation with the
BURMA - EXPLOSIONS: Burmese officials say at least nine people are dead and at least 50 wounded after three explosions in a park in the main city of Rangoon Wednesday. The blasts occurred during a water festival marking the Burmese New Year in Kandawgyi Park. Initial reports said at least 30 people had been wounded.<!-- IMAGE -->
ICELAND VOLCANO: China says its economy soared by 11.9 percent in the first quarter of 2010 from the same period the year before. It was the second consecutive quarter of double-digit figures for China's gross domestic product, after posting a 10.7 percent rise in last quarter of 2009. The surge was fueled by a 19.6 percent increase in industrial output, and a 26.4 percent rise in fixed asset investments, such as factories and infrastructure. The new figures show the world's third-largest economy is leading the recovery from the global recession.<!-- IMAGE -->
CHINA ECONOMY: China says its economy soared by 11.9 percent in the first quarter of 2010 from the same period the year before.
It was the second consecutive quarter of double-digit figures for
China's gross domestic product, after posting a 10.7 percent rise in
last quarter of 2009.
The surge was fueled by a 19.6 percent increase in industrial output,
and a 26.4 percent rise in fixed asset investments, such as factories
The new figures show the world's third-largest economy is leading the
recovery from the global recession.
NOKOR - KIM IL SUNG: North Koreans have celebrated the birthday of the communist state's late founder, Kim Il Sung. North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency says residents in Pyongyang lined up along the Taedong River Wednesday night to view a "kaleidoscopic" celebration of fireworks and lights. The fireworks show was staged for the annual celebration of Kim's birthday, which is dubbed "Day of the Sun." KCNA says leader Kim Jong Il marked his late father's birthday by issuing promotions to more than 90 army generals.<!-- IMAGE -->
SOKOR - NAVAL SHIP: Salvage crews have lifted the wreckage of a South Korean warship that broke in half and sank following a mysterious explosion last month in the Yellow Sea. A giant naval crane carefully raised the stern, or the rear section, of the 1,200 ton Cheonan early Thursday and loaded the wreckage on a barge for transport to a naval base for inspection. A team of international experts from the United States and Australia are on hand to assist in the investigation. Officials believe the rear section of the warship contains the bodies of 44 crew members who have been missing since the incident.
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