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Small town with a big heart

Humphrey Hawksley travels to Framingham, Massachusetts, where a long-running heart study gives crucial data to doctors all over the world.

Why Uganda hates the plastic bag

The BBC’s Mark Whitaker reports on the environmental problems which have led Uganda to ban plastic bags.

Mind your language at Geno’s

James Coomarasamy revisits a food stall owner in Philadelphia whose campaign for the English language has struck a chord in America.

“Strategic Culmination” And More Proof The President Doesn’t Have A Clue About The Real World

The other day, Mr. Bush was busy spending hard earned Taxpayer Dollars on yet another PR junket, this time to the Naval War College in Rhode Island. Of course, the President was busy gallivanting about in Marine One
On the way toward the War College, the President will have an aerial tour of Tall Ships […]

Hong Kong ten years on

How Hong Kong is faring ten years after China took over

THE torrential rain that fell on Britain’s end-of-empire parade on the night of June 30th 1997 conjured up apocalyptic visions of the future of Hong Kong. Prince Charles bequeathed a sodden city to Jiang Zemin, China’s president, and left on board his yacht with Chris (now Lord) Patten, the last British governor. That very night the city’s new masters swore in a new “provisional” legislature appointed to replace one elected under British rule. But there were no round-ups of degenerates, dissidents or democrats, and no newspaper closures.

It is tempting to argue that Hong Kong has changed China more than the other way round. Certainly China has changed the more, though Hong Kong’s role in this is debatable. Yet as Hong Kong and China celebrate the tenth anniversary of their reunion, their self-congratulation seems justified. An experiment without historic precedent, the transfer of Hong Kong’s sovereignty while keeping its unique way of life, has come off–so far.

Hong Kong to mark handover

Hong Kong is set for a weekend of events marking 10 years since its handover from the UK to China.

Four indicted for JFK ‘bomb plot’

A grand jury in New York charges four men with plotting to bomb John F Kennedy airport.

Two car bombs in central London

There were two explosive devices placed in separate Mercedes cars in London’s West End, police confirm.

Pope aims to normalise China ties

Pope Benedict XVI sends a letter to China’s Catholics in an effort to start a new dialogue with Beijing.

Apple’s iPhone makes it to stores

Apple’s much-hyped iPhone handset goes on sale across the US, after thousands queued for hours.