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By Reuters
Aug. 19, 2008
The worst of the global financial crisis is yet to come and a large U.S. bank
will fail in the next few months as the world’s biggest economy hits further
troubles, former IMF chief economist Kenneth Rogoff said on Tuesday.

“The U.S. is not out of the woods. I think the financial crisis is at the
halfway point, perhaps. I would even go further to say ‘the worst is to come’,”
he told a financial conference.

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Los Angeles Times
World Briefing
August 24, 2008

CHINA
Falun Gong reports torture

Two members of banned Chinese spiritual sect Falun Gong were tortured and died in police custody in Shandong province in July, the group said.

Zhong Zhenfu, 58, died of injuries sustained in police custody after being held along with others from Pingdu, in Shandong, since May, the group said in a statement. Liu Xiumei, a woman from Zhucheng, Shandong, was detained in July and died 17 days later, it said, without giving further details.

Officials from Shandong province were not immediately available for comment.

Beijing views the sect as a dangerous cult and has severely cracked down on its followers since 1999.

Falun Gong said that more than 8,000 of its followers had been detained in the last several months as China tried to prevent any embarrassing disruption of the Olympic Games in Beijing.

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Wang Xiuying and Wu Dianyuan have been ordered to undergo “re-education” for seeking a protest permit in Beijing

Too Old and Frail to Re-educate? Not in China
By ANDREW JACOBS for The New York Times
Published: August 20, 2008

BEIJING — In the annals of people who have struggled against Communist Party rule, Wu Dianyuan and Wang Xiuying are unlikely to merit even a footnote.

The two women, both in their late 70s, have never spoken out against China’s authoritarian overnment. Both walk with the help of a cane, and Ms. Wang is blind in one eye. Their grievance, receiving insufficient compensation when their homes were seized for redevelopment, is perhaps the most common complaint among Chinese displaced during the country’s long streak of fast economic growth.

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Southern Californians Urged to Join Largest Earthquake Drill in U.S. History
U.S. Geological Survey / USGS Newsroom
Released: 7/30/2008

The magnitude 5.4 earthquake that rocked southern California on July 29, 2008, is about 5,000 times smaller than the magnitude 7.8 earthquake depicted in the “ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario.” This new report is a portrayal of what could happen in a major earthquake on the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. The scenario is the basis of the Great Southern California ShakeOut, a week of special events featuring the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history on November 13, 2008. Details are at www.ShakeOut.org.

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Second China quake in same area kills 3 and injures hundreds
Reuters
August 21, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) – A second earthquake in two days in the same county of southwest China killed at least three people, injured more than 100 and prompted the evacuation of over 120,000, state media reported on Friday.

The two quakes jolted western Yunnan province, south of mountainous Sichuan where a devastating quake on May 12 killed at least 70,000 people.

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On July 18th, 2008, Falun Gong practitioners from all over the world and people from all walks of life gathered together in front of the White House to appeal the persecution of Falun Gong. The persecution of Falun Gong, by the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has lasted for a total of 9 years. Over 3000 people are confirmed to have been tortured to death during this grueling 9 years taken from incomplete statistics. The actual number is suspected to be much higher. Some of those who went to appeal have personally gone through the persecution and witnessed the CCP’s brutality.

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