China’s GDP growth fell 6.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. China, which is holding much of the U.S.’s debt, has had double-digit growth from 2003 to 2008 and grew 9 percent last year, BBC News.
Anti-tax protests were the talk of the nation today as thousands attending “tea parties” in their cities to protests wasteful government spending and Obama administration policies, Wa Po. Check out our live post below for more information.
In Afghanistan, women there protested a new law that deems men raping there wives legal. The 300 women who marched were met by counter-protesters, Afghan men, who shouted slurs at them and hit them with rocks. The law also has other provisions such as wives having to have permission from husbands to work outside of their home or go to school, NY Times.
Follow BBC News’s live coverage of the vote in India here. We’ll follow it all month long until the results are announced on May 16th.