Taiwan Blocks Dalai Lama Visit

Taiwanese authorities have refused to provide a visa for the Dalai Lama, who was due to address a women’s organisation there next month. From the AFP: The Taiwan chapter of the Federation of Business and Professional...

Seven Die as Typhoon Koppu Hits China

From the Times of India: Seven people have died and six others are missing after Typhoon Koppu slammed into south China, causing torrential rain, mudslides and an oil spill, the government and state media said on Thursday. Four...

Dalai Lama Visits Typhoon-hit Taiwan

The Dalai Lama is paying a visit to victims of Taiwan’s Typhoon Morakot in what he calls a “purely humanitarian” gesture. From the Guardian: The exiled spiritual leader offered prayers for recent victims of...

Storm Topples Six China Buildings (Updated)

[Originally posted August 9; updates below] AP reports: A typhoon pummeled China’s eastern coast Sunday, toppling houses, flooding villages and forcing nearly a million people to flee to safety. Officials rode bicycles to...

Taiwan Shuts Exchanges, Businesses as Typhoon Strikes

From Bloomberg: Taiwan’s government ordered financial markets and businesses to shut and closed schools as Typhoon Fung-Wong struck the island, bringing torrential rains and winds gusting at 155 kilometers (96 miles) an...

Students missing amid China storm

From BBC News At least 60 students at a military training school have been swept away during a typhoon in south-east China, state media has reported. The students went missing when two buildings were struck by a landslide in the coastal province of Fujian, Xinhua news agency said. Chinese President Hu Jintao has ordered a […]


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