Friday, May 19, 2006

Multi Party Fiji

Fijian opposition (Labour) led by Mahendra Chaudhry decides to join Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's United Fiji Party to form a multi-party multi-ethnic cabinet

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Typhoon Chanchu

Typhoon Chanchu, the strongest storm on record to have entered the South China Sea in May, makes landfall between the cities of Shantou, Guangdong and Xiamen, Fujian in China.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Branch Stacking by Labor Party

George Seitz, a Labour Party Member of the state Legislative Assembly in Victoria, Australia, is accused of running an elaborate branch stacking operation to manipulate results in state and federal elections and pre-selections.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia

Authorities in Indonesia issue a red alert for active volcano Mt. Merapi, evacuating 17,000 people in expectation of an eruption.

Faked Stem Cell Research

Cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk is indicted for fraud, embezzlement and violation of bioethics law in a scandal in South Korea over his faked stem cell research.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Baidu Baike Launch in China

Baidu Baike, a collaborative online encyclopedia, is launched in People's Republic of China by Baidu.com, modelled on Wikipedia but heavily self censored. Wikipedia is largely inaccessible without a proxy in China.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Australian Miners Rescued

Two Australian miners are rescued after 14 days trapped in the Beaconsfield mine collapse in Tasmania.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

China New Satellites

The People's Republic of China plans to launch satellites for lunar surveying, probing the moon's surface, physiognomy, landform and geological structure.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Tsunami Warning for Fiji

A tsunami warning was issued for Fiji and New Zealand following a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Tonga which occurred at 04:26 May 4, local time. The warning was canceled when it was found that the earthquake did not produce a tsunami.

Monday, May 01, 2006

China Ordains Another Bishop

Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association outraged Vatican by planning to ordain another bishop, Liu Xinhong in Anhui Province. On Sunday, China has already ordained Ma Yinglin, not approved by the Holy See, as a bishop in Yunnan. Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen urged the Vatican to stop diplomatic talks with China.