Major Events and Top News Headlines of 14 January 2010:
- In China’s first official response to Google’s threat to leave the country, the government Thursday said foreign Internet companies are welcome but must obey the law and gave no hint of a possible compromise over Web censorship.
- The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) does not bar people with religious belief from joining, but they should not let their faith intrude into the affairs of the state, party chief Prakash Karat said Thursday.
- The spat between Google and China is unlikely to have any impact on Washington’s ties with Beijing, the Obama Administration has said.
- The Indian Ambassador to Cuba is heading to Dominican Republic to assess firsthand the situation in Haiti which was rocked by a massive earthquake.
- It seemed clear that the death toll from Tuesday afternoon’s magnitude-7.0 quake in Haiti would run into the thousands. Among them was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, and France’s Foreign Minister said the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission also was apparently among the dead.