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China Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Founding

Massive celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China have begun in China where it is Thursday, October 1.  Full round-up and coverage of the celebrations, Xinhua. Live video, Xinhua. Heavy security will be in force in Tiananmen Square where a large military parade will highlight China’s position as a world power, Voice of America. Live Blog from Reuters reporter Lucy Hornby at Tiananmen Square, Reuters. Memories of Chairman Mao’s declaration of a new China from those who witnessed the event in Tiananmen Square, AFP. China before Mao, ABC Radio National Rear Vision, Transcript and Audio.

Workers at France Telecom has been committing suicide, sometimes at work, at what some have said is an alarming rate. Since France Telecom was privatized a decade ago, workers have complained about the conditions. 24 workers have committed suicide in the past 18 months, including 8 since this summer alone, NPR.

Members of the Forbes 400, the 400 wealthiest individuals in America, collectively lost $300 billion last year. Microsoft founder Bill Gates is #1 on the list with assets worth $50 billion, CNN Money.

A two-day Distracted Driving Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation is taking place in Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow. Speakers at the summit called for all states to ban texting while driving, Christian Science Monitor. Summit homepage, DOT. Twitter username DistractedDriving.

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The 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

We’re adding news stories, interviews, images, and more commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.


  • Chinese police are cracking down today in order to avoid protests. Foreign journalists are not allowed in the country, and an AFP TV reporter was forced to delete footage from their camera by police, AFP.
  • Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong to hold a vigil for victims. Organizers estimate as many as 150,000 attended, Al Jazeera. BBC News has a video of the vigil here.
  • Frontline’s timeline of the events in 1989.


  • NYT’s Nicholas D. Kristof, who won a Pulitizer for his coverage of the 1989 massacre in China, reflects on the anniversary here. Nicholas also answers readers’ questions.
  • Jeff Widener, the man who took the famous “Tank Man” photo, blogs for the Huffington Post on the anniversary.
  • Five reporters who took photos of “Tank Man,” the unknown man who stood in front of a line of tanks, share their experiences of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Read it here.


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Air France Flight 447 Wreckage (Possibly) Found

Air France Flight 447 wreckage may have been found. Brazilian aviation officials report that seats have been found floating in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Senegal. Officials now think the plane may have been hit by lightening. The aircraft sent a series of four automated messages indicating equipment had failed but there was no contact with the crew. It is believed the plane crashed into the  ocean, CNN International.

A complete list of passengers aboard Flight 447 has not yet been released. A descendant of Brazil’s non-ruling royal family, Prince Pedro Luis de Orleans e Braganca, was on the plane, as well as executives for the Michelin Tire Company. This is a gobal tragedy that reaches far beyond Brazil and France. Nationalities of the 216 passengers are as follows: 61 French, 58 Brazilian, 9 Chinese, 9 Italian, 6 Swiss, 5 British, 5 Lebanese, 4 Hungarian, 3 Irish, 3 Norwegian, 3 Slovak, 2 American, 2 Moroccan, and also individuals from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, the Philippines, The Gambia, Iceland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Turkey. 11 of the crew were French and 1 was Brazilian, Channel News Asia.

BBC News is reporting that a South Korean source tells them Kim Jong-il’s third son, Kim Jong-un will be North Korea’s next leader. North Korea is a completely closed society so it unlikely that the story can be confirmed, BBC News.

At least 61 are dead in an accident at  an illegal gold mine in South Africa, Bloomberg.

GM sells Hummer to an unnamed buyer, New York Times.

China has blocked the social media service Twitter this week in an effort to discourage demonstrations during the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy uprising that was brutal struck down 20 years ago, Reuters.

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Thousands March in Hong Kong in Remberance of Tiananmen

Close to 5,000 people marched in Hong Kong yesterday in remembrance of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy-uprising in which hundreds of people were killed in China in 1989. June 4 will mark the 20th anniversary of the event, BBC News.

Israel stages a five-day “war drill” to prepare the nation for war. The drill will include simulated rockets annd air raids. Israel is concerned about Iran’s nuclear program and says the drill will be useful in preparing the country in case of conflict with Iran, CNN.

Another accident in a Chinese coal mine kills 30, Al Jazeera. 18 died in a mine explosion in China last April. Last year China reported that 3000 people were killed in mining accidents.

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