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China Releases More Detailed Air Pollution Data
2012-01-22 05:53:50

For the first time on Saturday, Beijing officials released data disclosing the amount of minute particles polluting the air in what Reuters has called "of the world's most heavily polluted capitals." According to the Xinhua news agency, the Beijing Environment Protection Monitoring Center revealed that a monitoring station in the city detected 0.003 micrograms of fine particular matter of 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter (PM2.5), which equates to an air-quality rating of "good." The...

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2009-08-04 12:48:40

Beijing is starting to see smog pollute the skies again, a year after staging a mostly pollution-free Olympics. Beijing took action to prevent damaging athlete's health by moving or cleaning up polluting factories, curbing traffic, and ordering a halt to all construction work. Even the state-of-the-art facilities the city built, like "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium and "Water Cube" aquatic center, were created with the latest in energy-efficiency design. "All of the steps Beijing took to stage...

2008-09-18 09:10:00

By Paul Schemm and Ahmed al-Haj Associated Press SAN'A, Yemen -- Militants linked to al-Qaida launched a brazen attack against the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital Wednesday, firing automatic weapons and setting off grenades and a car bomb in a furious fusillade that failed to breach the walls but killed 16 people, including a newly wed New York woman. It was the deadliest direct assault on a U.S. Embassy in a decade, claiming the lives of six attackers, six Yemeni guards and four...

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2008-05-05 10:00:00

Forget the rocket attacks, concrete blast walls and lack of a sewer system. Now try to imagine luxury hotels, a shopping center and even condos in the heart of Baghdad. That's all part of a five-year development "dream list" - or what some dub an improbable fantasy - to transform the U.S.-protected Green Zone from a walled fortress into a centerpiece for Baghdad's future. But the $5 billion plan has the backing of the Pentagon and apparently the interest of some deep pockets in the world of...

2006-09-06 00:13:09

BISHKEK (Reuters) - An American citizen working at a U.S. military airbase in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan has gone missing, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday. The incident happened just weeks after the United States agreed terms with Kyrgyzstan to carry on using the Manas airbase to support operations in nearby Afghanistan. The embassy said the serviceperson went missing on Tuesday while shopping with a group of other Manas staff members. It did not reveal the person's...

2006-08-25 20:26:30

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela charged on Friday that the U.S. Embassy had illegally transported goods, including military hardware, into the country in the latest dispute to roil relations between Washington and Caracas. The charge came a day after U.S. officials accused Venezuelan soldiers of illegally stopping and impounding a cargo protected by diplomatic protocol as it was transported from the international airport near Caracas to the embassy. Venezuelan Interior...

2006-08-06 05:16:16

By Telly Nathalia JAKARTA (Reuters) - Protesters from a wide ideological and religious spectrum demonstrated in cities across Indonesia on Sunday against Israeli actions in Lebanon, but a key rally in Jakarta drew far fewer participants than forecast. The leader of Indonesia's second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, had spoken earlier of a million person march, but less than 2,000 appeared at the capital's main traffic circle to hear speeches condemning Israel and the United...

2006-06-23 20:45:48

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - The United States will renew travel visa applications for Hondurans on Monday after suspending them over what it called lax documentation rules in the Central American nation, the U.S. Embassy said on Friday. The embassy in Honduras ceased issuing the visas last week, saying third-country nationals had been able to obtain local passports in Honduras used for travel to the United States. U.S. officials said they were concerned about the ease with...

2006-05-24 03:24:17

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States embassy said on Wednesday it had received a possible threat against U.S. facilities in Japan and urged U.S. citizens to exercise caution. "The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible threat against American facilities in Japan, the credibility of which has yet to be determined," the U.S. embassy in Tokyo said in a statement. "Given the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, we advise American citizens to exercise caution and report any suspicious...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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