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Some might even call it an obsession
Posted On 04/27/2010 03:03:02 by cliviaa

"Oh no, 4 hours are enough! Please, let's go home," I beg. But my Chinese friends, without even listening to me, enthusiastically keep on singing. Where does the Asian desire to spend half their life in karaoke bars (in Japan), KTV (in China), or noraebang (in South Korea), come from? Karaoke is one aspect of pop culture where the trend is not set by the US or Europe. Originating in Japan in the early 1970s, it has exploded into a regional craze, and even enjoyed a brief spate of pop... Read More

most of the needs of the survivors
Posted On 04/27/2010 02:59:44 by cliviaa

Efforts to rebuild remote and mountainous Yushu after the deadly April 14 earthquake should fit local disaster-prone conditions so as to avoid wasting money and resources, experts warned Monday. Meanwhile, a senior official urged that sufficient funding was vital to reconstruction, as chal-lenges such as limited transportation routes and fragile power supplies persisted. As the death toll from the 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which almost flattened Yushu Prefecture in Qinghai Province, rea... Read More

we have reasons to believe that the support to the distressed
Posted On 04/27/2010 02:56:15 by cliviaa

The recent earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai Province, affected the Chinese public deeply. Donations and volunteers have flown into the quake-hit area. But what are the obstacles in the rescue process? How can the country be better prepared for future disasters? The following is an interview between the Qiangguo Forum of (PO) and Shan Chunchang (Shan), head of the State Council expert team on emergency response, on preparing for future calamities. PO: Compared to the Wenchuan earth... Read More

will help lay to rest the scandal and ease protests
Posted On 04/27/2010 02:53:23 by cliviaa

Britain's Foreign Office apologized Saturday for a memorandum by a civil servant suggesting that Pope Benedict should open a hospital abortion ward when he comes to Britain this year. The document, which was leaked to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, also included proposals that the pope should bless a gay marriage and launch papal-branded condoms when he visits in September. The paper said the ideas, ridiculing the teachings of the Catholic Church against abortion and contraception, res... Read More

I could not see anything 50 meters in front of me
Posted On 04/27/2010 02:50:26 by cliviaa

Choking sandstorms, worsened by gale-force winds, swept through a huge swathe of the country's north and northwest regions over the weekend, leading to the closure of a major regional airport and causing deaths. Xining airport in Qinghai Province suspended all flights Sunday, including six to Yushu pre-fecture, the epicenter of a devastating earthquake almost two weeks ago, an airport spokesperson told the Xinhua News Agency. The closure temporarily severed the air transport of relief p... Read More

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