International News for May 3 - 16

May 16, 2008, midnight | By Betsir Zemen | 15 years, 9 months ago

This is not original reporting. All information has been compiled from the New York Times International News. Silver Chips Online posts this news summary to provide readers with a forum for discussion.


May 11 - An earthquake struck Western China, destroying homes, schools and offices and killing nearly 15,000 people. The Chinese government led by Prime Minister Wen Jiabo launched a rescue effort sending tens of thousands of troops to the danger zone.


May 5 - A powerful cyclone killed 3,900 people and possibly up to 12,000 more. Another 30,000 were missing, making the death toll the highest in Asia since the December 2004 tsunami.
May 10 - The election in Myanmar will continue to proceed on May 16 and May 24. Monks expected to protest are spending their time providing aid for cyclone victims.
May 14 - The Myanmar government is continuing to block large-scale aid relief from the United Nations and the United States.


May 10 - American forces killed at least 25 militants over a course of two days in Sadr City. The gunmen were killed during clashes where militiamen attempted to launch rockets or shoot at American troops.


May 4 - Leaders of Zimbabwe's opposition party persuaded the African Union to verify the vote count of the March 29 presidential election.


May 16 - A fatal fire ignited when a construction vehicle struck an oil pipe in the outskirts of Lagos. The fire blazed through surrounding homes and schools, killing an estimated 100 people.

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