Turkey Ankara Places to Visit
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Turkey 2007

Yearbook 2007 Turkey. The year was marked by elections, constitutional crisis and arms rattle. A crucial battle was around the presidential post. The president is elected by Parliament and has been the strongest guarantor of the secular state since Turkey was founded. The ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party AKP’s candidate, Foreign Minister Abdullah G邦l, […]

Afghanistan Kabul Places to Visit
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Afghanistan 2007

Yearbook 2007 Afghanistan. In the sixth year after the fall of the fundamentalist Taliban regime, peace seemed increasingly remote. Struggles occurred daily throughout the year between the two international forces and resistance movements, mainly the Taliban militia, but especially during the second half of the war, intensified especially in the southern and eastern provinces. The […]

Education of Seoul, South Korea
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Architecture and Education of Seoul, South Korea

Architecture The traditional center of Seoul is the ancient city of the Joseon Dynasty, downtown, where most of the palaces, government offices, corporate offices, hotels, and traditional markets are located. Cheonggyecheon, a stream that runs west to east through the valley to empty into the Han River, was covered with concrete for many years, but […]

Armenia Yerevan Places to Visit
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Armenia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Armenia. In March, Prime Minister Andranik Markaryan died after a heart attack. Former Secretary of Defense Serzh Sarkisian was appointed new head of government for the coalition between the Republican Party and the United Workers’ Party. In May, Armenia’s fourth parliamentary elections were held since independence. The opposition made a poor choice and […]

Azerbaijan Baku Places to Visit
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Azerbaijan 2007

Yearbook 2007 Azerbaijan. According to CountryAAH, Baku is the capital city of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan’s great political significance was reinforced during the year when Russia proposed that Washington and Moscow cooperate on missile defense at a Soviet-built radar station in Azerbaijan. The proposal was an attempt to divert the United States from the plans to create […]

Bahrain Manama Places to Visit
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Bahrain 2007

Yearbook 2007 Bahrain. Security forces deployed tear gas and rubber bullets against Shiite protesters on December 19 in a number of villages in the northern part of the kingdom. The protesters reportedly demanded compensation for human rights violations during the 1980s. At least one person was killed in the rattlesnakes, about ten were injured and […]

Bangladesh Dhaka Places to Visit
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Bangladesh 2007

Yearbook 2007 Bangladesh. Political unrest in January led to the canceled parliamentary elections being canceled. The promises made in December 2006 on revised electoral votes did not satisfy the opposition, which claimed that the departed government had prepared extensive electoral fraud. The complaints had such strong credibility that the EU decided not to send any […]

Bhutan Thimphu Places to Visit
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Bhutan 2007

Yearbook 2007 According to CountryAAH, Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan. Bhutan and India’s leaders signed a revised version of the countries’ friendship agreement from 1949 in February. Instead, economic cooperation is now emphasized. The changes gave Bhutan greater independence even though the country is still very dependent on India. In April and May, […]

Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan Places to Visit
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Brunei 2007

Yearbook 2007 Brunei. In June, Brunei signed a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement with Japan. According to CountryAAH, Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital city of Brunei. The two countries will cooperate on, among other things, development of renewable energy, agriculture, forestry, fishing, trade and tourism. That same month, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah divorced his 31-year-old daughter, […]

Cambodia Phnom Penh Places to Visit
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Cambodia 2007

General information about Cambodia The Kingdom of Cambodia is known for its medieval Hindu and Buddhist temples in Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, but also for the later Khmer Rouge rule. Angkor was the most powerful empire in Southeast Asia since the 8th century, with trade links stretching all the way to India for six […]

China Beijing Places to Visit
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China 2007

Yearbook 2007 China. The year was marked by complaints from other countries about piracy and dangerous goods: toothpaste which, instead of glycerine, contained the toxic substance diethylene glycol, dog and cat food laced with melamine, and toys painted with lead paint led to extensive withdrawals of goods in North America and the EU. According to […]

Cyprus Nicosia Places to Visit
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Cyprus 2007

Yearbook 2007 Cyprus. On March 9, Cypriot authorities demolished the concrete wall that had divided the capital of Nicosia since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974. EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn called the demolition “brave”. Foreign Minister Giorgio Lillikas called on the Turkish Cypriot side to respond to the outcry, saying that the […]

East Timor Dili Places to Visit
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East Timor 2007

Yearbook 2007 Timor. According to CountryAAH, Dili is the capital city of Timor-Leste. The young nation was also characterized by political unrest in 2007. Following a violent election campaign, during which dozens of people were injured and a few hundred were arrested, presidential elections were held in April and May. In the decisive round, Prime […]

Georgia Tbilisi Places to Visit
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Georgia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Georgia. It was a dramatic year with a continued foreign policy crisis in relation to Russia and with an exception to the domestic opposition. In January, the border with Russia was blocked by long truck queues due to Russian ban on imports of Georgian fruit. According to CountryAAH, Tbilisi is the capital city […]

India New Delhi Places to Visit
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India 2007

Yearbook 2007 India. The rapid economic development, which is about to make India an economic superpower, continued. A risk of overheating was considered to exist, but a series of interest rate hikes meant that the inflation threat appeared to be averted. In September, the annual inflation rate was 3.52 percent, clearly below the central bank’s […]

Indonesia Jakarta Places to Visit
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Indonesia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Indonesia. Proof of Indonesia’s transformation of a few years into one of Asia’s stronger democracies was given in February, when former guerrilla Irwandi Yusuf took office as governor of Aceh province in northern Sumatra. He was imprisoned when the huge tsunami hit Aceh in December 2004, but managed to break out when the […]

Iran Tehran Places to Visit
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Iran 2007

Yearbook 2007 Iran. The tone around Iran’s nuclear fission program was raised during the year to suddenly be lowered in December when the US intelligence service reported that Iran had most likely stopped the program. In February, the United Nations Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had reported that Iran had not complied with UN Resolution 1696 […]

Israel Jerusalem Places to Visit
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Israel 2007

Yearbook 2007 Israel. According to CountryAAH, Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was the subject of several different investigations on corruption during the year. during his time as Minister of Trade and Industry in 2003 and 2005 and in connection with a house purchase in 2004. On May 3, over […]

Japan Tokyo Places to Visit
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Japan 2007

Yearbook 2007 Japan. Growth in the economy, the world’s largest after the US, landed at a moderate 2.6 percent. The focus of exports was changed so that for the first time in modern times, China was moving on to the United States as Japan’s largest exporting country. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigned in September. His […]

Jordan Amman Places to Visit
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Jordan 2007

Yearbook 2007 Jordan. After an election campaign in which the economy was in focus, most mandates in the parliamentary elections on November 20 went to independent clan-based candidates loyal to the royal house. The largest opposition party, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), received only 6 seats against earlier 17. The IAF claimed that electoral fraud […]

Kuwait City Places to Visit
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Kuwait 2007

Yearbook 2007 Kuwait. According to CountryAAH, Kuwait City is the capital city of Kuwait. The government resigned on March 4, of all judges to avoid a distrust vote against one of the ministers, but the emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir as-Sabah by decree appointed a new government with the same prime minister, Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad al-Sabah. […]

Laos Vientiane Places to Visit
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Laos 2007

Yearbook 2007 Laos. According to CountryAAH, Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. Vang Pao, former general and leader of the CIA-backed Hmonggerilla who has fought the communist regime in L. since the 1970s, was arrested in his home in California by the U.S. police in June. Vang Pao, along with nine other people, were […]

Lebanon Beirut Places to Visit
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Lebanon 2007

Yearbook 2007 Lebanon. During the year, Lebanon fell deeper into political chaos. At least six people were killed in riots in connection with demonstrations in January. The protesters, loyal to the Shiite Muslim Hizbullah guerrilla, demanded that the government resign under the Western-friendly Fouad Siniora. In April, Parliament’s President Nabih Berri, a Syrian-friendly Shiite Muslim, […]

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Places to Visit
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Malaysia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Malaysia. In southern Malaysia, the year began with heavy floods forcing at least 100,000 people to leave their homes. The government warned of food shortages and the spread of infection among the homeless. The worst was the situation in the area around Johor Baharu. The crisis center was built in 300 places where […]

Maldives Male Places to Visit
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Maldives 2007

Yearbook 2007 Maldives. According to CountryAAH, Male is the capital city of Maldives. About 61 percent of the participants said in a referendum in August that the Maldives should have a political system with a strong US model presidential power. The alternative was a parliamentary system based on the British model. President Maumun Abdul Gayum, […]

Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Places to Visit
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Mongolia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Mongolia. According to CountryAAH, Ulaanbaatar is the capital city of Mongolia. Six years after Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines found large copper and gold deposits at Oyu Tolgoi in the Gobi Desert, the Mongolian government signed an agreement with the company to open a mine there. Under the agreement, the state must own […]

Myanmar Nay Pyi Taw Places to Visit
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Myanmar 2007

Yearbook 2007 Burma. A veto from China in January halted an attempt by the UN Security Council to demand in a resolution that the military junta in Burma release all political prisoners and put an end to the military’s sexual assault on civilians. According to CountryAAH, Naypyidaw is the capital city of Burma. The isolated […]

Nepal Kathmandu Places to Visit
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Nepal 2007

Yearbook 2007 Nepal. After a peace agreement in November 2006 ended a ten-year civil war, the Maoist guerrillas in January began storing their weapons in UN-supervised storage. The army began to fulfill its commitment to relinquish the same number of weapons. A provisional constitution gave the former guerrilla representation in Parliament and transferred the executive […]

North Korea Pyongyang Places to Visit
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North Korea 2007

Yearbook 2007 North Korea. According to CountryAAH, Pyongyang is the capital city of North Korea. Several steps towards a solution to the international conflict surrounding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program were taken during the year. In February, new so-called six-party talks in Beijing led to the regime in Pyongyang promising to close the nuclear reactor […]

Oman Muscat Places to Visit
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Oman 2007

Yearbook 2007 Oman. According to CountryAAH, Muscat is the capital city of Oman. Forty-nine people perished in the powerful cyclone Gonu that swept across eastern Oman on June 5. It was reportedly the most powerful tropical cyclone ever ravaged the Arabian Peninsula. Large parts of the capital Muskat were flooded and the natural gas terminal […]

Philippines Manila Places to Visit
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Philippines 2007

Yearbook 2007 Philippines. Dozens of people were killed during the year in a series of bomb attacks in the south, where several separatist Islamist groups have long been active. According to CountryAAH, Manila is the capital city of Philippines. The separatist groups also continued to be responsible for kidnappings and other abuses against civilians. In […]

Qatar Doha Places to Visit
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Qatar 2007

Yearbook 2007 Qatar. On April 3, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa appointed his cousin, the country’s influential foreign minister Hamad bin Jassem bin Jadr, as new prime minister. The new prime minister also retained the post of foreign minister. According to CountryAAH, Doha is the capital city of Qatar. Former Prime Minister Abdallah bin Khalifa, who […]

Russia Moscow Places to Visit
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Russia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Russian Federation. The year was characterized by growing economy, more concentration of power in the Kremlin and hardening foreign policy rhetoric. At the same time, the nomination of Dmitry Medvedev as presidential candidate was seen as a sign of possible liberalization. The energy conflict with the neighboring countries continued. At the turn of […]

Saudi Arabia Riyadh Places to Visit
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Saudi Arabia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Sauiarabien. According to CountryAAH, Riyadh is the capital city of Saudi Arabia. A verdict against a woman who was subjected to group rape aroused the world’s disgust in November. The woman and a male friend of hers were sentenced to 90 whipsaws for having been alone in a car before the rape, a […]

Singapore Places to Visit
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Singapore 2007

Yearbook 2007 Singapore. In April, Singapore and Indonesia signed a long-awaited extradition agreement from Indonesia. According to CountryAAH, Singapore is the capital city of Singapore. Indonesia had wanted since the Asian crisis in 1997 that Singapore could extradite corruption-suspected Indonesian businessmen who have taken refuge in the neighboring country. On April 13, the country’s government […]

South Korea Seoul Places to Visit
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South Korea 2007

Yearbook 2007 South Korea. In 2007, it was a crisis year for South Korea’s government party Uri and President Roh Moo Hyun. A rapidly declining support for public opinion in February caused 25 Urile members of the National Assembly to break out to form their own party ahead of the important presidential election in December […]

Sri Lanka Colombo Places to Visit
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Sri Lanka 2007

Yearbook 2007 Sri Lanka. Hard battles were fought throughout the year between the army and the separatist guerrilla Tamil Eelam’s Liberation Tigers (LTTE) both on land and at sea in the country’s northern and eastern parts. The guerrillas were slowly driven to retreat and reportedly lost their last fort in the east in July. However, […]

Taiwan Taipei Places to Visit
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Taiwan 2007

Yearbook 2007 Taiwan. At a solemn ceremony on January 17, the Sakizaya people were officially recognized as Taiwan’s thirteenth indigenous people. Scientists long believed that sakizaya, who lives in the eastern part of the country, died in the ethnic cleansing that took place after a battle against a Chinese army in 1878. It now seems […]

Thailand Bangkok Places to Visit
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Thailand 2007

Yearbook 2007 Thailand. In June, the Constitutional Court ordered the former ruling party Thai straight Thai (‘Thais love Thais’) to be dissolved for cheating in general elections in 2006. At the same time, its 111 most prominent leaders were banned from working politically for five years. One of those excluded from the political arena was […]

Turkmenistan Ashgabat Places to Visit
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Turkmenistan 2007

Yearbook 2007 Turkmenistan. In February, Gurbanguli Berdimuchammedov was elected Turkmenistan’s new president. He succeeded “the father of all Turkmen”, the dictator Saparmurat Nijazov, who had died the year before. According to CountryAAH, Ashgabat is the capital city of Turkmenistan. Berdimuchammedov was said to have received close to 90 percent of the vote, and participation was […]