People's Daily Online releases top ten international stories 2009

10:21, December 31, 2009      

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The top ten international stories have been selected in People's Daily Online's poll of "Events of 2009: Pick Your Top Ten".

Find out 2009's top ten international stories below.

Number 1. China's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 8.9 percent in the third quarter this year compared with the same period last year despite global financial downturn. This positive sign shows that the country's growth is stimulating a rebound of the global economy.

Number 2. The UN Climate Change Conference opened Dec. 7 in Copenhagen, where negotiators from around the globe tried to seal a deal that is expected to slow rising world temperatures which could bring more heat, expand deserts, floods and rising sea levels. More than 15,000 participants, including delegates from more than 190 countries, were taking part in the conference that is seen as offering a historical opportunity to step up international action on climate change.

Number 3. Michael Jackson, "King of Pop", died of a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 50. Despite a career dogged by controversy, Michael Jackson was an inspirational figure for millions, a pioneer of modern pop and R&B music responsible for the biggest selling album of all time, Thriller, and one of the most mesmerizing performers ever to grace the global stage.

Number 4. At least 9,500 people across the globe have succumbed to A/H1N1influenza by the end of November as the number of infections continues to rise in most regions of the northern hemisphere. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that there are currently more than 206 countries and territories that have reported laboratory confirmed cases and revealed that the virus remains fairly stable and suggests no signs of mutation.

Number 5. The crisis in the global financial markets has finally had its presence felt in the almost untouchable Dubai, causing panic and concerns across the world.

Number 6. U.S. President Barack Obama approved adding some 30,000 U.S. troops for the war in Afghanistan, his first significant move to change the course of a conflict that his closest military advisers have warned the U.S. is not winning.

Number 7. Somali pirates hijacked a ship with at least 20 US crew on board in a night-time attack in the Indian Ocean about 645 km east of the capital Mogadishu, triggering new fears of alleged Somali pirates fishing in new and least expect waters.

Number 8. The solar eclipse in July was the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century. It lasted a maximum of six minutes and 39 seconds off the coast of Southeast Asia.

Number 9. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said it would withdraw from the six-party talks and restore the nuclear facilities that had been disassembled on April 14 in a response to a UN Security Council presidential statement on its rocket launch.

Number10. U.S. President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 9, ten months after taking office. He was awarded the prize for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.

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