An episode of 60 Seconds covering Bill Richardson's endorsement of Barak Obama, Taiwan's new President elect Ma Ying-jeou, Dali Lama announces support for Olympic games in Beijing, China blocking 25 video sharing websites, employees from private contractor peak at presidential candidates passport records.
These days, burnt out actors and flaky pop stars get all the attention. "Is Anybody Home?" pays tribute to heroes, past and present, and asks who will be there to take their place.
The song is from an upcoming CD release titled, "Now It's Personal," by Neal Fox. All photography is courtesy of National Archives.
Yet another twist in the US Democratic Primary- find out what Obama said coming up on this edition of Get the Daily.
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The Dalai Lama commented on Sunday that his aides had undertaken "some efforts" at diplomacy with the Chinese government. He said, however, that no further talks are in the works and that the Tibetan people would be unwilling to make concessions to facilitate such a process. The Dalai Lama explained this by saying that his people had become refugees and had little left to concede. The talks are taking place despite heavy criticism emanating from Beijing. Chinese officials have accused the Dalai Lama of inciting the protests, some of which turned violent, that have been ongoing in Tibet since March 10. This latest Chinese crackdown fueled widespread protests along the Olympic Torch world tour in recent weeks. The Dalai Lama vehemently denied these accusations and called on China to release Tibetan political prisoners and to provide them with adequate medical care. He also made a point of mentioning that the Tibetan people are not pressing for independence, but rather a greater degree of autonomy in their homeland. He also stressed that his people are not anti-Chinese and do not oppose China hosting the upcoming Olympic Games.
At a San Francisco campaign event late last week, Barack Obama commented that people in depressed small towns "cling" to issues as religion and guns. The comments ignited a mini-firestorm in the media and rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton seized on the remarks and accused Obama of reinforcing stereotypes and being out of touch with the common American voter. Obama responded with his own critique, saying that the Clinton was playing politics as she had taken vast amounts of money from Wall Street types. He went on to say that his comments were meant in a positive way and were based on his work with such people in Chicago.
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This amazing video covers the magnificent culture, history and beauty of China. This is your one-stop guide to China - one of the world's oldest civilizations and an extraordinary travel destination. And the videos are indexed so you can plan your tour.
SPECTACULAR VIDEOS - You'll visit dramatic sites including the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven. You'll explore China's leading cities with their incredible shopping and nightlife. Beijing is China's capital and site of the 2008 Olympics and here you'll see its most famous sites including the Forbidden City, where the emperor ruled the Middle Kingdom. See Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, the famous Terracotta Warriors near Xi'an and the remarkable city of Shanghai, which has more skyscrapers than New York. See cute Pandas, explore China's vast countryside including beautiful Guilin and take a soul-searching trip to mysterious Tibet.
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This country is filled with dramatic sites, including the Great Wall of China, which is one of the wonders of the world and at one time it was over 3,500 miles long. And, you'll see the famous terra cotta warriors, which guarded China's emperor for over 2,000 years. But we'll take you far beyond China's past, and look ahead to its amazing future. This country is quickly transforming from an agrarian society into one of the world's leading economic powers. And you'll explore china's rich traditions including dance and acrobatic shows, which feature colorful views of this diverse culture. You will also see wildlife. In fact, you'll get so close to Pandas that you can literally reach out and touch them. And you'll also explore China's vast countryside. So enjoy your tour of this amazing country - a land with a rich culture, breathtaking scenery and a nation, which is poised to assume a key role in the 21st century.
Beijing is China's capital and it's also the location of the 2008 Olympics. The Temple of Heaven is one of Beijing's most well known tourist destinations. The Hall of Prayer for Good harvests is where the emperor prayed for a good farming season. This wooden building is over 120 ft high. It's supported by 28 pillars, which represent the constellations, the 4 seasons and 12 months of the year.
The Summer Place was the private retreat of emperors and empresses for centuries. It has a large manmade lake, temples and gardens.
China exports massive amounts of goods, which are sold in the west. And if you are wondering, yes they do have Wal-marts in China.
The outside of the Shanghai Museum is stunning. And inside you'll find some of the great treasures of Chinese history.
GIANT PANDAS are mammals which can weigh over 200 lbs and eat almost 50 pounds of bamboo per day. They are white and have black arms, legs, and ears, and black beneath their eyes.
In the museum there is an incredible display of chariots and horses. These were made of silver, gold and bronze.
XIAN is a treasure trove of key historical sites such as The Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This stored valuable Buddhist writings, which were brought from India by a monk. He also wrote about his journey along the Silk Road, the legendary trading route between China, Europe and the Mideast. Many cities and temples had both drum and bell towers and the drums and bells rang throughout the day.
Tea has been an important part of Chinese life since at least the 8th century. There was an elaborate ceremony when it was served.
One of the most stunning sites in Tibet is the Potala Palace, which stands majestically on a hillside. This was the former home of the fourteenth Dali Lama.
GUILIN has bee called the most beautiful part of china. This is one of the top meccas for tourists. It's an exotic landscape of limestone hills covered in lush vegetation, which rise above a flat plain.
Hong Kong is a center of banking and trade.
Best time to visit - spring fall - summer can be very hot - winter can be very cold
Currency - RMB, Yuan
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