Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ancient China

"Patience, Grasshopper..."

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BBC World News

  • French launch first strikes on IS
  • President Hollande says France has carried out its first air strikes against IS militants in Iraq, joining the US in military action against the group.
  • Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown
  • A three-day curfew begins in Sierra Leone to enable health workers to find and isolate cases of Ebola, but critics warn it will achieve little.
  • Alibaba shares surge on NY debut
  • Alibaba's shares open well above their initial price on the New York Stock Exchange, a sign of the excitement surrounding the Chinese internet giant.
  • Sarkozy announces return to politics
  • French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy returns to politics, announcing on his Facebook page that he will seek the leadership of main centre-right party.
  • Iran Happy dancers given 91 lashes
  • Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song Happy are sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms, their lawyer says.
  • GSK fined $490m by China for bribery
  • China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) for bribery and its former head of Chinese operations is given a suspended jail sentence.