First miner rescued in Chile 31-year-old Florencio Avalos has become the first of the 33 Chilean miners to be lifted to the surface after being trapped deep underground for two months.
The final resuce began as a rescuer was lowered in a capsule down a rescue shaft to reach the trapped miners some 700 meters deep underground.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is on the scene witnessing the rescue.
"I hope that today - tonight - this long journey will end with a very happy end. This story, that started as a possible tragedy, I hope it will end as a real blessing. And I'm sure that the miners will not be the same people that they were before this accident. And the Chilean people will not be the same people."
It will take around 48 hours until all 33 miners are safely on the ground again.
MOFA: Aerial Inspections over Diaoyu Islands by Japanese Politicians Violate China's Territorial Sovereignty China has slammed some Japanese lawmakers' aerial inspection of the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu says the move is in gross violation of China's territorial sovereignty.
"The Diaoyu Islands have been an integral part of China since ancient times. Some people in Japan attempted to use the so-called aerial inspection to undermine China's sovereignty and sabotage Sino-Japan relations. These inspections are illegal. They will not succeed in their attempt."
Media reports say four Japanese lawmakers, including former cabinet member Kazuhiro Haraguchi, inspected the Diaoyu Islands from the air on a chartered plane last week.
Ma Zhaoxu says China believes the two countries should properly handle the relevant sensitive issue through talks and consultation.
China studying Philippines' second report into hostage-taking incident: FM spokesman The Chinese Embassy in Manila has received the Philippine government's second report into a hostage-taking incident that left eight Hong Kong tourist dead back in August.
Hong Kong's government has already seen the report and has issued a statement saying it is disappointed with the investigation. It sites the decision to lesson recommended punishments against officers involved in the bungled-rescue as unsatisfactory.
8 tourists were killed when their bus was hijacked by a former Filipino police officer on August 23rd.
Nationwide Strike Held in France Against Retirement Age Reform Workers have tried to shut down France with strikes affecting transportation, schools and the postal service in a showdown with President Nicolas Sarkozy over his government's attempt to raise the retirement age.
More than 200 street protests have been planned throughout the country.
Unions say 330,000 people have joined the Paris protest, the largest figure so far.
Collision Between Bus and Train Kills 43 in Ukraine A train has crashed into a crowded bus in eastern Ukraine, killing 43 people on the bus and injuring 9 others, which is regarded by local media as the worst crash in Ukrainian history.
The Interior Ministry said the accident occurred outside the town of Marhanets after the bus attempted to cross the track, ignoring a siren that indicated an oncoming train.
5 killed, 9 wounded after school wall collapses in SW China 5 people are dead and nine are injured in southwest China's Guizhou province after a wall at a rural middle school suddenly collapsed.
Local officials say the dead and injured were taking a rest during a sports class when the cement and brick wall fell apart at the Longshan Middle School in Anlong County.
Its unclear how many of the casualties are students. Officials say some teachers are among the dead.
Nearly 1,000 people dispersed following wage protest in SW China In neighboring Sichuan Province, police in Dujiangyan city have dispersed nearly 1000 people who blocked a highway during wage protests.
Hundreds of migrant workers gathered to protest the death and injury of two construction workers who had tried to claim unpaid wages from their employer, the Jiaxun Labor Service Company.
The protestors were joined by more onlookers, blocking the exit ramp on the highway leading to Dujiangyan city.
China pledges more support for orphans The Chinese government has pledged to improve the support systems for orphans to ensure they have happy lives with dignity.
The State Council, China's Cabinet, has called for diversified channels for orphan resettlement, including placement with relatives' families, welfare houses and with adoptive families.
It says governments at all levels should allocate special funds to ensure orphans' living expenses are covered in a timely and sufficient manner.
The central government will provide 2.5 billion yuan or 374 million US dollars as special funds in 2010.
China to beef up school food safety standards China's Ministry of Education has ordered schools to enhance food safety management, stressing accountability in the case of food poisoning incidents.
In a circular on its website, the Ministry says officials at schools where food poisoning occurs will be "seriously dealt with."
The circular comes after a number of food poisoning cases and other diseases were reported in several regions.