Wikinews Shorts: May 22, 2007
A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, May 22, 2007.
Kazakhstan: term limit exemption for Nazarbayev
Nazarbayev, who has been president for 17 years, has led the Central-Asian nation through an economic boom that has given the country a higher standard of living than its neighbors.
No election in Kazakhstan has been deemed fair and free by international observers.
- Maria Golovnina. "Kazakh president signs office-for-life amendments" — , May 22, 2007
- Natalia Antelava. "Kazakhs pave way for president for life" — , May 21, 2007
US and China to hold high level trade talks
This week the United States and China will be holding talks called the Strategic Economic Dialogue. China has sent 16 ministers, nearly half the cabinet, whom were received at Andrews Air Force Base by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
It is the second meeting of the Strategic Economic Dialogue series.
- "US and China to hold trade talks" — , May 22, 2007
- Glenn Somerville. "Bush administration pulls out stops in China talks" — , May 22, 2007
Uganda forest gets reprieve
The government of Uganda has said that it will look to find other land for the Sugar Company of Uganda Ltd (SCOUL), which wants to expand its sugar plantations.
In April, there was civil unrest after a proposal to cut down 7000 acres of forest. Two Asian employees of SCOUL's parent company Mehta Group were killed.
Ultimately, it seems that it was warnings from environmental experts about soil erosion, watershed for streams that feed Lake Victoria and the threat to endangered species such as the rare Tit-hylia bird, that changed the government's position.
- Tim Cocks. "Uganda shelves plan to give rainforest to cane farm" — , May 22, 2007
- "Ugandan plan for forest suspended" — , May 22, 2007
US funding bill compromise
- "President Bush and Democrats seek compromise" — Wikinews, May 2, 2007
- "Wikinews Shorts: May 2, 2007" — Wikinews, May 2, 2007
- "Wikinews Shorts: April 26, 2007" — Wikinews, April 26, 2007
- "Wikinews Shorts: March 27, 2007" — Wikinews, March 27, 2007
- Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell. "Democrats to fund Iraq war with no pullout date" — , May 22, 2007
- Carl Hulse. "Democrats Drop Troop Pullout Dates From Iraq Bill" — , May 22, 2007