The 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.
Following 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.
In his first speech since being appointed to Britain's cabinet by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on June 5, Secretary of State for Defense Bob Ainsworth said on July 8 that the war in Afghanistan was a serious struggle that required patience.
Ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya — whose attempt to return to Honduras two days earlier was thwarted when the new government blocked the runways at Tegucigalpa's airport — traveled to Washington on July 7 for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The violence continued to escalate in China’s far-west Xinjiang province after protests and riots left more than 150 people dead over the weekend. According to multiple reports, rioters armed with machetes, axes, knives, and clubs clashed with police and government forces in what is being called China’s worst social violence since the notorious government crackdown at Tiananmen Square in 1989.