September 26, 2013 |
BEIJING - Chinese people switching on their 7 p.m. television news might have done a double take, suspecting that the state broadcaster had mistakenly plugged in a tape from the 1970s before the death of Mao Tse-tung. For 24 minutes, the flagship Chinese news - probably the television program with the largest viewership - showed President Xi Jinping presiding over an extraordinary public session in which Communist Party cadres in engaged in self-criticism. Self-criticism, the Communist Party's equivalent of group psychotherapy, is a venerable tradition that has largely lost steam since the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, when people denounced themselves and one another, donning dunce caps and delivering beatings.
September 20, 2009 |
In a village tucked deep in a lush valley of Hunan province, 9-year-old Zeng Shangjie dutifully practices writing the English alphabet. When she learns enough to find the words to express herself, she wants to write a letter to the twin she believes has become an American. Dear sister. Do you miss home? When are you coming home to me? The twins were separated before their first birthday, when their mother, Yuan Qianhua, a migrant worker, went off to another province.
January 7, 2009 |
Chinese health authorities closed poultry markets in a province surrounding Beijing today after a woman died of bird flu, the first such death in the country in almost a year. The 19-year-old woman died of the H5N1 virus after coming into contact with poultry in Hebei province. In parts of the province, poultry markets were closed and the sale of live birds stopped as workers in masks sprayed disinfectant.
August 12, 1987 |
Salvadoran guerrillas blew up a bridge in southern Usulutan province, the ninth they have destroyed in a series of attacks since early July, authorities said Tuesday. The bridge, on a secondary road, cut off transport to the town of Jucuaran, 80 miles east of the capital, witnesses said.
September 7, 1988 |
At least one fisherman was dead and two were missing Tuesday after a fleet of herring boats were struck by gale-force winds off northeastern New Brunswick province, rescue officials said.
January 16, 1986 |
Twelve people, including a 10-year-old girl, were killed Wednesday in fresh violence in Sri Lanka's Eastern province, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.
December 8, 1987
Seven people were killed when a bus was hit by a freight train at a crossing in Kitwe in Zambia's northern copper-belt province, the Zambia News Agency reported Monday.
May 29, 1989 |
Nine Pakistanis were killed and 43 were injured when a speeding bus went out of control, hit a fence and plunged into a lake in Punjab province, officials said Sunday.