Protesters in China have a duty to "calmly and reasonably" express their love of country, the Communist Party said Sunday after an outpouring of nationalism spread to more cities. The demonstrations, many of them outside stores in France's Carrefour supermarket chain, represent a backlash against protests over the Olympic torch relay, Tibetan independence, and Western news coverage of both subjects. The protesters accuse Carrefour of publicly supporting the Dalai Lama, a claim it denies. The demonstrations have taken place in Xian, Harbin, Wuhan, Qingdao, Dalian, and Jinan.Skip to next paragraph
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Another local office of Spain's ruling Socialist Party was damaged Sunday in a bomb explosion forewarned by the Basque separatist organization ETA. The blast, in the city of Elgoibar, caused no injuries since police had time to evacuate nearby residents. It was the second incident of its type in four days. Last Thursday, ETA warned of a bomb that ultimately wrecked Socialist Party offices in Bilbao and injured seven policemen.
For the second time in a row, a returning Soyuz space capsule made a hard landing far off target Saturday in the ex-Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. The craft touched down 260 miles from its intended landing site, and search helicopters could not find it for almost half an hour. The astronauts aboard, Peggy Whitson of the US, Yi So-yeon of South Korea, and Russian flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko, were pronounced "healthy" after undergoing medical tests.