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Analysis: Pushed by China, Tibetans leave Nepal

HYANGJA, Nepal — In one corner of the Tashi Palkhel Tibetan nursery school here, giant alphabet cards gather dust near the chalkboard against the wall. On top of the refrigerator, a yellow toy truck sits idle. Puzzles, counting games, and action figures — worn from years of use — are ignored by the few students remaining in this tiny three-room school house.

Toxic air forces residents indoors

Top News: Beijing was hit by some of the worst sandstorms in recent memory. The dust, blown in from the Gobi desert, turned the streets an eerie yellowish color and officials raised the air quality alert to Level 5, meaning that all residents should stay indoors. Sandstorms have been getting worse due to increasing desertification in northern China and a long-term drought.

Google departs China: the view from Beijing

BEIJING, China — Google has finally made its move, shifting searches from China to Hong Kong more than two months after threatening to quit China over hacking and censorship. But the big questions remain unanswered, in particular Beijing’s next move and how the internet giant’s shift will affect access to information for the world’s biggest net population.

Chatter: What we're hearing

Need to know: It's been a week of back and forth between U.S. and Israeli officials. This morning Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israel's moves to reduce tension "useful and productive." (New York Times)

The China currency flap: reading between the lines

BOSTON — The problem is so severe, so potentially explosive, and so threatens the world's largest economy that U.S. lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans alike — this week worked together furiously to solve it. No, it's not health care reform. It's the so-called manipulation of the Chinese currency. First, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would compel the Obama administration to crack down on Beijing for its "manipulation" of the yuan (in English: keeping its currency low so Chinese exports remain relatively cheap).

Opinion: Why the view is different from Australia

LONDON, United Kingdom — If you want to get away from the mounting feeling of dread in the U.S. and Europe, the sensation that maybe this economic downturn is not quite over and that Barack Obama may not have quite sharp enough elbows to make a success of his job, if you want to get a fresh perspective on things, then you need to go to the far side of the world — just make sure someone else is paying for it.

Nepal: The Big One?

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When disaster specialist Amod Dixit looks out his window in Kathmandu, he sees collapsed bridges, demolished hospitals, schools reduced to rubble and dusty corpses lying in the street, the nightmare of Port-au-Prince revisited on his Himalayan home. “Unfortunately, that is the reality (of what we are facing), if not worse,” said Dixit. “If Kathmandu is impacted with a shaking of an intensity IX on the Mercalli intensity scale, the aftermath is going to be much worse than in Haiti.”

Recovering from a mystery illness

Shanghai reopens the Bund, limits smoking

Top News: After years of renovation and construction, Shanghai’s famous waterfront, the Bund, will reopen on March 28. In addition, the famed Peace Hotel, which was a hotspot during the colonial era, will also reopen after a several-year-long renovation. The timing is to coincide with the fast-approaching start of the 2010 World Expo.

Silicon Sweatshops: The strange death of Li Liang

Editor’s note: This story is part of our series Silicon Sweatshops, an ongoing GlobalPost investigation into the supply chains that make some of your favorite electronic gadgets. In this installment, GlobalPost examined the fallout after a factory that supplies Apple and Nokia used the toxic solvent n-hexane in violation of local codes and without proper safety equipment.
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