1864: Birth of Li Yuanhong, Chinese general and political figure during the Qing dynasty and the republican era, twice president of the Republic of China, who died on June 3, 1928 http://www.gwpda.org/bio/l/li.html
1916: Death of Huang Xing, Chinese revolutionary leader, militarist, and statesman, the first army commander-in-chief of the Republic of China. One of the founders of the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Republic of China, born on October 25, 1874 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huang_Xing
1968: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of “all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam” effective November 1
1970: South president Thieu vows to never accept a coalition government http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thieu-vows-to-never-accept-a-coalition-government
2009: South Korea announces its decision to dispatch military forces to Afghanistan to augment Korean civilian operations, but said the troops would be strictly noncombat. Korea will send about 300 troops and police officers
2009: Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou calls on China to withdraw missiles targeting the island to ensure peace between the two former bitter rivals
2013: In a rare crossing to North, a group of South Korean lawmakers cross the fortified border into North Korea to visit a jointly run industrial park that recently re-opened after military tensions caused a five-month closure
Two violinists, a cellist and a viola player were aboard a flight that was delayed for three hours on the tarmac in Beijing on Friday. They took out their instruments and played an impromptu concert for the appreciative — if captive — audience. Several passengers whipped out their smartphones and began recording as the orchestra played a selection from Dvorak’s “American” string quartet.
Ferrari driven by nine-year-old in Kerala leads to father being charged
A father has been charged in India after his nine-year-old son drove his Ferrari. Police in the southern Indian state of Kerala charged Mohammed Nisham with endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive. Nisham’s wife filmed the boy driving ninth birthday two weeks ago, with his seven-year-old brother in the passenger seat. The video caused outrage after being posted on YouTube. “I am proud of him. He’s been driving since he was five,” said his mother. She added that the boy also drove the family’s Lamborghini and Bentley http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/apr/29/ferrari-driven-child-kerala-father-charged-video
23 APRIL 2013
Taliban ‘little commandos’ in terror camp training video
Japan’s zombies: the walking dead of Tokyo – video
People dressed as zombies wander through the streets of Tokyo on Easter Sunday for a parade of the undead. While over 150 willing participants showed up to the event, only the first 40 people were allowed to take part due to permit restrictions in Japan. The zombie gathering lasted about 45 minutes as the slow-moving living dead made their way along the parade route http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/mar/31/japan-zombies-walking-dead-tokyo-video
15 FEBRUARY 2013
In Thailand, 30,000 children are boxing to help their poor family
Girls’ Generation has released two Japanese music videos (standard and dance version) for Flower Power, title track of their upcoming single which will be released in mid-November. They will also release their second Japanese studio album, Girls & Peace, a couple of weeks later. Check out the MV and some concept photos… http://yeinjee.com/girls-generation-flower-power-peace/
25 OCTOBER 2012
Outrage after video shows China teacher abusing kindergarteners
The Philippines has signed a framework peace plan with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The deal follows lengthy negotiations aimed at ending a 40-year conflict that has cost an estimated 120,000 lives.
The election of Aung San Suu Kyi to Myanmar’s parliament on April 1 caps a remarkable turn around for the pro-democracy campaigner, who was kept under house arrest for a total of 15 years by the country’s military junta. Long-imprisoned Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party claimed victory Monday in parliamentary elections in Myanmar, a dramatic development in the southeast Asian country’s efforts to end its international isolation.
Eating dog does happen in Cambodia, even though many people will blame the habit on the Vietnamese. Many dog owners choose to look very closely after their dogs, being worried that they may be stolen by hungry people looking for food. You will also find dog in some rare restaurants http://cambodiatales.com/2009/11/21/barbequeing-a-dog-for-dinner/
6 MARCH 2012
Dog playing piano (Nothing to do with Asia, but so fun)
US to probe video of troops urinating on Taliban corpses
Another scandal is erupting for U.S. forces in Afghanistan – this time in the form of a YouTube video – which appears to show American marines urinating on the corpses of Afghan fighters. The video went viral in just hours – causing outrage and revulsion among viewers
28 DECEMBER 2011
Kim Jong-il funeral
19 DECEMBER 2011
North Koreans weeping hysterically over the death of Kim Jong-il
14 DECEMBER 2011
The Wukan rebellion (a Guangdong village) will prove a tougher dilemma for Beijing to solve
Wang Dalin, a 42-year-old beekeeper, won the annual bee-wearing competition in Shaoyang City, central China’s Hunan Province, by attracting 58 pounds of bees to his body in one hour. Wang was going head to head with 20-year-old farmer Lu Kongjiang and both of them were wearing just shorts, nose plugs and goggles while being covered with bees.
15 JUNE 2011
New footage to support war crimes allegations against the Sri Lankan government has emerged
A documentary broadcast in Britain by Channel 4 has shown previously unseen material from the end of the country’s civil war in 2009. It claims to show evidence of systematic murder, abuse and sexual violence against the Tamil minority – by the Sri Lankan army. Charles Stratford reports, and Callum MacRae, director of the documentary, tells Al Jazeera why he believes the film is so important.
WARNING: Some viewers may find some of the scenes disturbing.
The Philippines is marking 25 years since its own “people power” revolution forced Ferdinad Marcos from power. As Al Jazeera’s Marga Ortigas reports from Manila, there is a lesson for what is happening right now in the Middle East and North Africa.
On August 3, 2009, Yawen Wayeni in the Indonesian province of Papua, was captured by Indonesian paramililtary police (BRIMOB). Wayeni was an escaped political prisoner. During interrogation BRIMOB officers sliced Wayeni’s abdomen open with a bayonet, causing his death The following photos and video of the incident were taken by BRIMOB officers and leaked by unknown sources
A group of protesters in Pakistan burned an effigy of British Prime Minister David Cameron as they chanted slogans over comments he made during a visit last week to neighbouring India where he suggested Pakistan exports terrorism. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10841485
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