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Indian Ocean Tsunami Strikes

A tsunami is a series of massive waves generated when a body of water is rapidly displaced. The deadliest tsunami in recorded history, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 200,000 people. It was triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean that registered a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3. The disaster prompted a huge worldwide effort to help victims of the tragedy. How far away were the effects of the tsunami felt?



Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

Fabricated or induced illness (FII), originally and more commonly known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, involves a caregiver feigning or inducing an illness in another person, usually to gain control over the victim as well as to elicit attention or sympathy from others. The caregiver is usually a parent, guardian, or spouse, and the victim is usually a vulnerable child or adult. Is FII listed as a recognized mental disorder in the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders?

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Mao Zedong

Chairman Mao established the People's Republic of China in 1949. His Great Leap Forward was an initially successful effort to establish a system of collective farms and small industry, but it eventually led to the starvation of millions of people. Mao also launched a massive movement to eliminate counterrevolutionary elements in the country's institutions, which led to the destruction of much of China's cultural heritage and the imprisonment of many Chinese intellectuals. What was it called?

Last updated on Sunday, 27th December 2009

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