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Published:April 24th, 2008 13:38 EST
World Chronicle: April 24

World Chronicle: April 24

By Krzys Wasilewski

It happened today in Beijing, China...

The Chinese government will take any steps to keep Tibet secure and calm, the Chinese press agency informed on Thursday. An official, quoted by the Associated Press, said that: “We will severely root out and give no indulgence to people with ulterior motives who spread rumors or excite popular feelings.” The communist regime hopes to stabilize the situation in the restive region of Tibet, before millions of tourists flood the country during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. According to government sources, around 20 people have lost their lives in clashes with the police that broke out two months ago. Some human rights organizations, however, claim that the death toll is much higher and exceeds 100 people.

It happened today in Moscow, Russia...

Russia will continue close relations with two regions that rebelled against Georgia, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday afternoon. The situation on the border with Georgia has greatly intensified since authorities in Tbilisi informed that the Russians had shot down their unmanned plane. What angers Georgia and threatens its integrity, is the fact that Moscow recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two Georgian regions that seek a way to independence. Yesterday, the Georgian president said in a televised speech that “the Russians have attacked our country.” Calls for peaceful solutions issued by the U.N. Security Council were downplayed by Moscow. Russia reminds that similar steps were taken by western countries in case of Kosovo, which rebelled against Serbia and was granted independence by the European Union and United States.

It happened 73 years ago in Istanbul, Turkey...

The Armenian Genocide, mass murders orchestrated by Turkey authorities that could have claimed over a million people, was unleashed today in the then capital of Turkey, Istanbul. On April 24, 1915, the Turkish government ordered the police to arrest Armenian intelligentsia, several hundred people, most of whom would be later executed. Five days earlier, Turkish forces seized the city of Van, inhabited mostly by Armenians. Only due to the heroic resistance of the citizenry, did the Turkish withdraw and the city was finally liberated by the advancing Russian army. Pursuing in their attempt to clean the country of Armenians, the central authorities issued a law that allowed them to confiscate Armenian property and arrest citizens without charges. One of Turkish politicians wrote: “Those who oppose the extermination of Armenians do not deserve to be public servants.” It is unknown how many Armenians were killed between 1915 and 1917, but some figures speak of as many as over one million men, women, and children. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt called the extermination “the greatest crime of the war.” All consecutive Turkish governments have been refusing to accept the accusations of conducting genocide.

It happened 3192 years ago in Greece...

The ancient city of Troy is believe to have been conquered by Athenian forces today, marking the end of the Trojan War. It remains unknown whether the war really happened as all that we know about it is written in the Greek myths, which often confuse reality with local legends. The city, however, did exist and its first remnants were discovered in present Turkey in 1870 by the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. Historically questionable, the Trojan War was the theme of many stories, including such masterpieces as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. It is there that we meet ancient gods and heroes and we learn about the cunning idea of the Trojan Horse. Being unable to conquer the city by traditional methods, the Athenians decided to trick their enemy and sent them a huge horse made of wood as a sign of peaceful intentions. The Trojans accepted the gift but little did they know that inside the horse there are hundreds of Athenian soldiers who within the sunset, would slaughter the entire city.

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