plenary room of the EU parliamentFormer Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek was elected president of the European Parliament on July 14, becoming the first leader from Eastern Europe to hold a top EU post.

ChinaFor the first time since rioting broke out on July 5 in Urumqi, capital of China's northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on July 13 Chinese police shot and killed two Uighur men and wounded a third. Officials have reported 184 deaths since the unrest began.

GlobeIn a sign that globalists are running out of patience with the protracted negotiations known as the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organization, leading economic powers (the G-8 plus China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa) pledged this week in a communiqué to reach an accord by 2010.

G-8 summit in ItalyThe G-8 — the Group of Eight leading industrial nations (plus five other add-ons: China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa), meeting in the earthquake-ravaged Italian city of L’Aquila this week — have seldom looked more magisterial.

Uighurs protestFollowing violence in China’s Xinjiang region on July 5, Communist Chinese authorities were quick to blame the Internet. Members of the predominantly Muslim ethnic group known as Uighurs used the Internet to spread information about what they say was a violent crack down on a peaceful protest.