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· January, 2009

Stories about Breaking News from January, 2009

31 January 2009

Madagascar: The mayor proclaims himself president

A dispute between the president of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanan, and the mayor of the capital, Andry Rajoelina, thrust Malagasy citizens into violent rioting and looting last week, and has now...

Japan: My darling wife, I love you!

29 January 2009

Madagascar: “Unmitigated Disaster”

After two days of upheaval that resulted in an estimated death toll at 80 nationally, and the looting of dozens of stores, a day of relative calm greeted a stunned...

Guadeloupe: A new social movement

Guadeloupe has been in a state of social unrest for about a week now as record numbers of trade unions, cultural and political associations have united around a motto: "Lyannaj...

Korea: Death of 5 Evictees in the middle of Seoul

On the 20th of January, residents who were told to be evicted to make way for a new development by February in Yongsan, which is the middle of Seoul, opposed...

27 January 2009

Reporting the University of Philippines Student Referendum

Indonesia: Top Religous Council Perceived Corrupt

Madagascar: Negotiations canceled as unrest spreads

There was a slight hope of a rapid resolution in the currently undergoing social unrest in Madagascar. Leaders of both government and opposition announced a meeting would be held yesterday....

26 January 2009

Madagascar: Looting scenes on video as uncertainty prevails

Madagascar: More reports President Ravalomanana has fled

Several bloggers and a Malgasy media website report that President Ravalomanana has fled the country. Still others say the rumors of Ravalomanana's departure are false.

Live Tweeting Madagascar: Antananarivo on fire, rumors of president fleeing

Citizens in Madagascar, twittering via internet and SMS, report that several buildings in Antananarivo, the capital, are burning and the President has left the country following days of protests.

24 January 2009

Japan: Bloggers on TV-Asahi and “Uso Basutaa”

Heated has been the reaction of many Japanese bloggers over the last week who felt cheated by TV Asahi after it turned out that in the variety show ウソバスター! (Uso...

23 January 2009

Egypt: Bloggers Divided over Geert Wilders

Amsterdam Appeals Court decided that Geert Wilders, Dutch MP, will be put on trial for his views on Islam. Wilders, and his movie had caused a huge anger wave last...

Uganda: Mountain Gorilla Population May Have Declined

We have always known that there are around 700 Mountain Gorillas still alive in the wild today – 336 of which are in Uganda - but a new study published...

22 January 2009

Madagascar: Major Damages from Tropical Storm Eric & Cyclone Fanele

In the past days, Madagascar has been sandwiched between both Tropical Storm Eric and Cyclone Fanele. Considering that last year's cyclone season was particularly deadly, bloggers in Madagascar are weary...

18 January 2009

Madagascar: Massive Political Meeting as Tension Arises

Israel: Unilateral “Ceasefire” Goes Into and Out of Effect

Israel declared operation ‘Cast Lead' a success and announced that its security cabinet has voted in favor of a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Although the ceasefire has since...

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