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Reporters on the Job

June 2, 2008

Protest: Police dispersed hundreds of protesters from the Gujjar community in New Delhi on Sunday. The traditional shepherds found across many states in north and western India want to be listed under the Scheduled Tribe category, which entitles them to government jobs and admission to college.

Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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Great Minds: Looking around a day-care center for earthquake refugees in China's Sichuan Province this weekend (see story), Peter Ford was impressed by how quickly the prefabricated housing and tents had been erected. Seven days ago, the place had been a wheat field, he was told.

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"As I was introduced, over the course of the afternoon, to the Chinese volunteers from the non-governmental organization that had built the site, I began to understand how it had happened," Peter says. "The boss is a Harvard Law School graduate, one of his colleagues went to Yale, and another was at Oxford University. Goodwill is energizing the tens of thousands of volunteers working in the earthquake zone, but concentrated brainpower seems to help, too."

– Matthew Clark

Americas/Africa editor

This Week's Look Ahead

Monday, June 2:Bonn, Germany – United Nations climate meeting.

Tuesday, June 3:RomeUN hosts summit on food security. San Salvador – US Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte visits to discuss trade, security, and development.

WEDNESDAY, June 4:LondonCharles Dickens' writing desk and chair to be auctioned by Christie's.

THURSDAY, June 5:FrankfurtEuropean Central Bank's governing council meets to set interest rates for the 15-nation eurozone.

FRIDAY, June 6:AthensFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy visits Greece as part of a European tour.

Associated Press

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