Bangladesh Environment and Economy

Bangladesh Environment and Economy

Asia
ENVIRONMENT Fertile and particularly rich in waterways, the Bengali plain is affected by agricultural exploitation and only a small part still hosts woods or forests: the eastern area is characterized by the presence of bamboo, exploited in the paper industry; the central marshy areas host deciduous essences (Madhpur jungle); to the S, in the Sundarbans, is the mangrove forest, one of the largest in the world, which UNESCO declared a World Heritage Site in 1997. In Bangladesh it is possible to find animals such as tigers, leopards, Asian elephants, monkeys, gibbons, lemurs, turtles, crocodiles and numerous species of fish and birds, including the sad starling, kingfisher and vulture. The greatest environmental risks are related to water pollution, especially due to pesticides used in agriculture and arsenic naturally present in the…
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Fortress and Shalimar Gardens in Lahore (World Heritage)

Fortress and Shalimar Gardens in Lahore (World Heritage)

Asia
The fortress and gardens are outstanding examples of the Mughal architecture. The fort was built in the 17th century and, with its audience halls, gardens and palaces, was a showplace and a symbol of wealth and power. The gardens are on three terraces. With over 400 fountains, waterfalls, pavilions and fruit trees, they are among the most beautiful oriental landscape gardens. The world heritage has been on the red list since 2000. Fortress and Shalimar Gardens in Lahore: Facts Official title: Fortress and Shalimar Gardens in Lahore Cultural monument the fort in the northwest of the old town, including with the Hathi and Alamgiri gates, the Moti Masjid (pearl mosque), the Diwan-i-'Amm (hall of 40 columns), in which the last 10 columns are actually pillars, the Daulat-Khana-i-Khas, in which Akbar…
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Bagan, Myanmar History

Bagan, Myanmar History

Asia
Earliest story Before the 11th century, history was characterized by several phases of instability, which can be traced back to disputes over the throne and increased dynasty changes. Its exceptionally favorable location made the city one of the most important places in Upper Burma as early as the 9th century. The city extends on the Irrawaddy (also Ayeyarwady ), a river where the trade routes from China and India met. Already in 849 the city was owned by King Pyinbya(846 - 878), who also made it the capital of the empire, were surrounded by a wall. At that time, Indian and Bengali immigrants lived in the area. The local snake cult mixed with Vajrayana Buddhism (also Tantrism) from India at this time. According to the Burmese tradition, the capital changed…
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WHO Structure

WHO Structure

Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, Oceania, South America
The WHO governing body is the World Health Assembly, which meets in May each year, usually at the organization's headquarters in Geneva. The World Health Assembly appoints the director general and decides on the budget and the direction of the activities and more. Each member state has one vote. The countries' delegations to the World Health Assembly are usually led by the Minister of Social Affairs or Health. The WHO also has a board that, among other things, must ensure that the parish's decisions are enforced and provide advice to the secretariat on medical matters. The board also prepares various proposals for the World Health Assembly's meetings and also has the right to decide on emergency measures in the event of disasters. The board consists of 34 members who are…
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The 10 most beautiful beaches in the world

The 10 most beautiful beaches in the world

Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America
It is not an easy task to answer the question: "Where are the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world?". Surely the impressions and judgments are different. In recent years, surveys have attempted to answer this question several times. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil: Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago in Brazil and was added to the list of World Heritage by UNESCO. Its pristine beaches and incomparable flora and fauna attract tourists from all over the world every year. Baia do Sancho is the most beautiful beach in Brazil and is divided into two sectors. The sea is very calm all year round and well protected from the easterly winds. Strong winds follow in the months from November to April, so that surfers can practice their sport…
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The top 10 most expensive hotel suites in the world

The top 10 most expensive hotel suites in the world

Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania
If you are looking for unusual accommodations, this is the place for you, but it's not that cheap. In the world of the rich and beautiful, the greenback is still the hot currency, so all prices are given in US dollars. The Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel, Geneva The 1800-square-foot suite costs a whopping $ 67,000 a night. It offers twelve feudal bedrooms with 12 marble bathrooms and a terrace that runs along the entire hotel front and offers panoramic views of Geneva, Lake Geneva and the Alps - including Mont Blanc. There is a Steinway grand piano, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and exclusive works of art. Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson and Bill Gates already lived here. The Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons…
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Cambodia Foreign Trade

Cambodia Foreign Trade

Asia
Cambodia imported goods worth $ 18.8 billion in 2018 and exported goods worth $ 13.6 billion. The trade deficit was 21.5 percent of the gross domestic product and thus higher than ever. The deficit in the current account balance is financed by an almost equally high inflow of capital in urgently needed foreign direct investment (2017 according to the World Bank around 1.6 billion USD and almost 11% of GDP). The clothing industry continues to be the backbone of Cambodia's foreign trade and the most important factor in its steady prosperity, with exports worth US $ 10 billion (2018, up US $ 2 billion year-on-year). The most important market is and remains the European Union, to which around 29% of all exports went in 2018, ahead of the USA (24%)…
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Leende Cambodia

Leende Cambodia

Asia
The Kingdom of Cambodia borders Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Our trip to Cambodia offers hospitable people, fantastic culture, beautiful nature, good food, cozy colonial cities, sun, swimming and beautiful beaches. A land in the shadow of the past but with its face facing the future. On our Cambodia trip, we take a deep dive into the Cambodian culture and get to take part in the everyday life of the locals and also experience the classic sights such as the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and the fantastic temple area Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. In addition, we get to enjoy a few days of sunbathing and swimming on Sihanoukville´'s beaches, which are considered the best in the country. Day 1: Travel to Cambodia Flight to Phnom Penh. Meals are included…
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Sri Lanka and India

Sri Lanka and India

Asia
Welcome to a tour during which you will see the main sights of India and Sri Lanka and experience the diversity that characterizes the region. In India, we travel along the so-called "Golden Triangle" and visit New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, among other places, and see the world heritage sites that are usually on the wish list of most Indian travelers. Then we visit the country's southern state of Kerala with its famous Bakvatten, where we do a relaxing trip by rice boat. In tropical Sri Lanka with its fantastic nature, we spend a few days swimming and sunbathing, but before that we visit Sri Lanka's main cultural heritage and get acquainted with the Buddhist traditions found in the island nation. Among many other things, on this journey you will…
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The natural wonders of Krabi

The natural wonders of Krabi

Asia
Krabi is a natural place that is still sparsely populated and has not been properly inhabited, even for a long time. Its dramatic hills give Krabi vacation its own unique setting, and especially near the city of Krabi, Noppharat Thara and Railay have iconic Krabi scenery. Many of course go to Krabi for a beach holiday, and the best beaches are in Railay, Noppharat Thara and Ao Nang, which is the busiest beach resort in Krabi. Other natural wonders in Krabi are the darkest in the clouds, and together with the area’s tours, food and diverse entertainment options, they make up the best of the holiday. Khao Khanab Nam There are a few natural wonders near the city of Krabi, and Khao Khanab Nam [ on the map ] is…
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Yemen 2007

Yemen 2007

Asia
Yearbook 2007 Yemen. In January-June, battles raged in the province of Sada between government troops and the Shiite militant Young People's Organization (Shabab al-Mumin), also known as the al-Huthi group. In March, it was reported that 416 government soldiers and 136 rebels had been killed so far during the fighting. In June, Qatar intervened and established a ceasefire. According to the agreement, the rebel leaders would go into exile in Qatar where they would be prohibited from engaging in political activities directed against Yemen. Other rebels would be granted amnesty in Yemen. According to CountryAAH, Sanaa is the capital city of Yemen. Eight Spanish tourists and two Yemenites were killed on July 2 in a suicide attack at the Queen of Saba's temple in Marib. Yemeni security forces were reported…
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Vietnam 2007

Vietnam 2007

Asia
Yearbook 2007 Vietnam. In January, the ruling Communist Party decided that the military and the Communist Party should be deprived of control over dozens of companies. At that time, the military owned over a hundred companies, but would only retain control over those directly linked to military operations. According to CountryAAH, Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. The plan was to sell equity interests to private investors. In May, general elections were held for the National Assembly. No political significance would be given to the election, as all 900 candidates were either members of the Communist Party or independent politicians approved by the Party. 493 members were elected for a five-year term. A quarter of them were women, while just under a fifth belonged to an ethnic minority. In…
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United Arab Emirates 2007

United Arab Emirates 2007

Asia
Yearbook 2007 United Arab Emirates. In November, the human rights organization Human Rights Watch criticized the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon for their treatment of female migrant workers from Sri Lanka. According to CountryAAH, Abu Dhabi is the capital city of United Arab Emirates. The women, who work as maids, are often locked up, beaten and subjected to sexual abuse. Their working hours are rarely regulated and their pay can be equivalent to one or two kronor per hour. Anwar Gargash, representative of the United Arab Emirates government, dismissed the criticism, saying that the United Arab Emirates has improved the working conditions of the maids. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi and France agreed in March that Abu Dhabi would build a branch for the French Art Museum…
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Turkmenistan 2007

Turkmenistan 2007

Asia
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 said to be over 98 percent. But this was the first time Turkmenistan held presidential elections with several candidates, and European election observers said that although it was not a free and fair election, it was a step forward in view of the authoritarian rule that prevailed in the country so far. President Berdimuchammedov gave the outside world some hope for political openness. He reintroduced pensions, maternity benefits and sickness benefits which the former leader…
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Turkey 2007

Turkey 2007

Asia, Europe
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, failed in the first round of voting on April 27 to get the two-thirds majority required. According to CountryAAH, Ankara is the capital city of Turkey. The vote was also annulled because not enough members had been present when the secular Republican People's Party (CHP) had boycotted the session. On May 6, a new vote was held, which the CHP also boycotted, whereupon Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to secure a more stable majority, announced…
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Thailand 2007

Thailand 2007

Asia
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 former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has lived abroad since he was deposed in a military coup in September 2006. A few days later, the ban on normal political activity was lifted for the country's other parties, which could thus start preparing for the job. the new election promised by the military government in December. According to CountryAAH, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. A new constitution was adopted in a referendum in August.…
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Tajikistan 2007

Tajikistan 2007

Asia
Yearbook 2007 Tajikistan. At the beginning of the year, President Imomali Rachmonov declared that Tajikistanis would cope with the old crackdown on family names in the country. The president decided to delete the ending -ov in his own name and urged the people to follow and abolish all Slavonic names. However, the name change was said to be voluntary. In April, the president announced a plan to make Tajikistan the world's leading hydropower producer. He hoped that the country would attract foreign investors for the construction of 80 new hydropower plants. According to CountryAAH, Dushanbe is the capital city of Tajikistan. The regime in Tajikistan expects the export of electricity from hydropower to lift the economy of the poor country. According to experts, the mountainous Tajikistan with its many rivers…
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Taiwan 2007

Taiwan 2007

Asia
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 as if the entire people "went underground" by pretending to to belong to another people group, ami. As ethnic rights began to gain more attention in Taiwan, in 2005 sakizaya launched a movement that eventually led to its recognition as a distinct Taiwanese people. In political life, the many corruption scandals continued to hail. In February, it was Ma Ying-jeou, the leader of the large opposition party Guomindang, who was allowed to resign after being…
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Syria 2007

Syria 2007

Asia
Yearbook 2007 Syria. In the April 22-23 parliamentary elections, the ruling Bath Party and its allies in the National Progressive Front (six parties, all of whom referred to themselves as socialist or communist) received 172 out of 250 seats. The other mandates went to independent candidates. The turnout was said to have been 56 percent. In a referendum on May 27, 98 percent voted for Bashar al-Asad as president for another seven years. The turnout here was said to have been 96 percent. According to CountryAAH, Damascus is the capital city of Syria. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Javier Solana, visited Syria in March and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in April, both to try to persuade Syria to contribute to Middle East peace by ceasing its support…
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Sri Lanka 2007

Sri Lanka 2007

Asia
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, its ability to strike back was unbroken, and during the year LTTE conducted several air strikes against military targets both outside the capital Colombo and on the Jaffna Peninsula in the north. The fact that the guerrillas had gained flight seemed to confirm the suspicions the army had long had for light planes smuggled into the country in small parts and assembled on guerrilla-controlled land. According to CountryAAH, Colombo; Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is the capital…
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South Korea 2007

South Korea 2007

Asia
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 of that year. In May, 20 of those dropped out announced that they formed the New Party for Liberal Reform and Alliance. Another party, the United New Democratic Party (UNDP), was formed in August. The power outages continued, and Uri went from the largest party in the National Assembly to third, after the Conservative opposition party Great National Party (GNP) and UNDP. Shortly thereafter, Uri disbanded and the majority of its MPs went to UNDP.…
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Singapore 2007

Singapore 2007

Asia
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 banned seven members of the European Parliament, a Cambodian parliamentarian and a Philippine congresswoman from speaking at a democracy forum organized by the Singaporean opposition party SDP. According to the government, the speakers' comments were not of "public interest". The world's largest passenger aircraft, the newly built Airbus A380, made its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney in October. The plane was owned by Singapore Airlines, which, after heavy delays, had the so-called Superjumbon…
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Saudi Arabia 2007

Saudi Arabia 2007

Asia
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 violation of strict Saudi gender segregation laws. When the woman appealed, the sentence was sharpened, because of her contacts with the media, to 200 whips and six months in prison, but in December King Abdullah rescinded the sentence. The seven rapists were sentenced to imprisonment for up to ten years and a thousand whips were each. In October, it was announced that the country's legal system would be modernized. Among other things, two Supreme Courts,…
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Russia 2007

Russia 2007

Asia, Europe
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 the year, the Russian Federation imposed export tax on the oil to Belarus, which responded by taxing Russian crude oil exported to Western Europe through Belarus. Then the Russian Federation temporarily closed one of the world's largest crude oil pipelines to, among other things, Poland and Germany. The EU reacted strongly, explaining that the Russian Federation risked its reputation as an oil and gas supplier. According to CountryAAH, Moscow is the capital city of Russia.…
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Qatar 2007

Qatar 2007

Asia
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 is the emir's brother, was reported to have "tired" his office. At the end of September, the state-owned holding company Qatar Holding bought almost 10 percent of the shares in the Stockholm Stock Exchange's owner, OMX. Qatar Holding had plans to buy a larger part of OMX but put those plans on the shelf in December. At a meeting in Qatar in December with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), member states stuck to plans to…
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Philippines 2007

Philippines 2007

Asia
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 July, dozens of government soldiers were found decapitated and stymied after fighting between the Philippine military and rebels in search of a kidnapped Italian priest. At the end of July/August, the government army launched an offensive against hard-line Islamist Abu Sayyaf on the islands of Jolo and Basilan. Much indicated that there was cooperation between Abu Sayyaf and members of the National Liberation Front Moro (MNLF) and Moro's Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), even though these…
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Pakistan 2007

Pakistan 2007

Asia
Yearbook 2007 Pakistan. Pakistan celebrated 60 years as a country near collapse. The year was marked by extremist violence and political chaos. Protests erupted across the country since President Pervez Musharraf dismissed Supreme Court President Iftikhar Chaudhry in March after accusations of unspecified abuse of office. Assessors likely found that Musharraf, before the presidential election to be held towards the end of the year, wanted to get rid of the chief judge, who made himself known as a critical reviewer of the state's actions and defenders of human rights. Musharraf's supposed plans to allow the incumbent, loyal parliament to re-elect him and only then announce new elections to the presidential post, as well as to be re-elected without first leaving the post of defense chief, were expected to lead to…
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Oman 2007

Oman 2007

Asia
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 in Sur was damaged. In addition to the dead, 27 people were missing after the whirlwind. In the election to the 84 seats of the Majlis al-Shura Consultative Assembly on October 27, 38 members were re-elected and 46 new were elected. There was not a single woman among the elected members, but on November 7, Sultan Qabus ibn Said appointed six women as MPs in non-electable seats. Women have the right to vote and are…
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North Korea 2007

North Korea 2007

Asia
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 in Yongbyon within 60 days and then to close other plants for the production of weapons use plutonium. In addition, IAEA nuclear inspectors would be given access to Yongbyon to monitor the closure. North Korea, for his part, would get fuel oil and other financial aid. The United States pledged to begin normalizing diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, removing North Korea from the list of countries that support terrorism, and removing trade sanctions against the country.…
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Nepal 2007

Nepal 2007

Asia
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 power to the prime minister. According to CountryAAH, Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Deb, who had already been deprived of all political powers, was thus also deprived of the formal role of head of state. When calm settled in the mountainous areas, unrest erupted in the lowlands of southern Nepal. The people groups, often Hindus commonly known as madheshi, considered themselves overlooked and demanded increased self-government, better representation…
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Myanmar 2007

Myanmar 2007

Asia
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 Burmese junta remained one of the world's most despised regimes, and did not take the impression of a collaboration from the partners of the Southeast Asian organization ASEAN to speed up a reconciliation process and release political prisoners. Nor did the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) condemn the regime's gross human rights violations in June, as well as the UN International Labor Organization (ILO) criticizing the widespread forced labor in Burma later this…
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Mongolia 2007

Mongolia 2007

Asia
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 34 percent of the mine. However, the ratification of the agreement necessary for it to enter into force was postponed due to doubts in Parliament as to whether the contract is sufficiently favorable to Mongolia. After many decades of Soviet exploitation of the country's natural resources and a painful transition to market economy, there is widespread skepticism in the Mongolian society towards foreign economic interests. After less than two years in power, Prime Minister Miyeegombo…
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Maldives 2007

Maldives 2007

Asia
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, who has been ruling since 1978 and quite reluctantly agreed to the introduction of democracy, was the main proponent of a strong presidential office. Shortly after the referendum, Foreign Minister Ahmed Shahid resigned in protest against what he described as conservative forces' delay in democratization. Before him, the Justice Minister and the Chancellor of Justice had also resigned after fierce criticism of the President. In September, twelve foreign tourists - eight Chinese, two Japanese and…
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Malaysia 2007

Malaysia 2007

Asia
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 the affected could get food and roof over their heads. About 20 people died in what was referred to as the worst floods in the country in nearly 40 years. A filling election in the Ijok district in April attracted considerable attention, as it marked the former Finance and Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim's political comeback. Anwar Ibrahim himself was banned from running for political office until 2008 because of a corruption conviction, but he chose…
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Lebanon 2007

Lebanon 2007

Asia
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, locked out government members of parliament and refused to call for a vote on the plans for an international tribunal regarding the murder of the country's former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri in 2005. Siniora asked the UN to set up the tribunal anyway and in May, the UN Security Council voted through Resolution 1757, which laid the foundation for the tribunal. The murders of Western-friendly politicians continued. MP Walid Eido was killed on June 13…
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Laos 2007

Laos 2007

Asia
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 accused of planning an armed coup against the Vientiane regime. The ten should have accepted an offer from FBI agents, dressed to gun dealers, to buy weapons and explosives for nearly $ 10 million. According to information from a California court, the ten planned to send the weapons along with more than 1,200 mercenaries to the Thai-Lao border to attack Vientiane from there. The arrest of 77-year-old Vang Pao aroused upset feelings in the approximately…
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Kyrgyzstan 2007

Kyrgyzstan 2007

Asia
Yearbook 2007 Kyrgyzstan. According to CountryAAH, Bishkek is the capital city of Kyrgyzstan. The year began with a government crisis since the previous government resigned at the end of 2006. After the parliament twice rejected President Kurmanbek Bakijev's candidate for new head of government, Azim Isabekov was approved in January as a compromise candidate. His victory, however, fell short. In March, he resigned after continued political unrest. Moderate opposition leader Almazbek Atambayev was nominated in his place, a nomination that was seen as President Bakijev's attempt to appease the opponents who demanded his resignation. Bakijev's former ally Felix Kulov, who led the government in 2006, however, gathered his supporters in protest demonstrations with continued demands for Bakijev's resignation and diminished presidential power. Bakijev, who himself was elected after similar demonstrations…
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Kuwait 2007

Kuwait 2007

Asia
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. In the new government there were two women, Minister of Health Masuma al-Mubarak and Minister of Education Nouriya Subeeh Barrak al-Subeeh. al-Mubarak resigned in August after criticizing her way of managing a fire at al-Jahra Hospital in Kuwait City where two people were killed. She was when she assumed Kuwait's first female minister in 2005. In May, Kuwait left its fixed exchange rate against the US dollar and replaced it with a currency basket likely…
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Kazakhstan 2007

Kazakhstan 2007

Asia
Yearbook 2007 Kazakhstan. According to CountryAAH, Astana is the capital city of Kazakhstan. Prime Minister Danial Akhmetov and the entire government resigned in January. Karim Masimov was appointed as new Prime Minister. Chinese and was expected to have significance for the growing trade with China. At the beginning of the year, 21 health workers were brought to trial in the city of Tjimkent in the south accused of having spread the virus through blood transfusion through negligence. Over 120 children had been infected and ten children had died. The defendants were found guilty. Parliament voted in May for a constitutional amendment that allows the president to stand for re-election indefinitely. Then a power struggle within the Nazarbayev family broke out in front of an open curtain. President Nursultan Nazarbayev dismissed…
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Jordan 2007

Jordan 2007

Asia
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 occurred and the authorities arrested 17 people suspected of trying to disrupt voting and influence the election results. According to CountryAAH, Amman is the capital city of Jordan. The government under Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit resigned and was replaced by a new government with former Transport Minister and Air Force Officer Nadir al-Dhabi as chief. King Abdullah commissioned al-Dhabi to focus on raising the standard of living for the population and more investment. Otherwise, the…
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