The Week in review: 16 August- 22 August 2010

Here are the stories that were the subject of discussion of the previous week

What is to become of the millions affected by the floods in Pakistan? UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called the floods the worst natural disaster the he had ever seen and is pleading for more foreign aid after he and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan met this Sunday. So far up to 1600 people have killed and as many as 20 million have been left homeless. Fears are now growing of a cholera epidemic, after first the cases have been confirmed.

China held a day of mourning today for the victims in the Zhouqu Country in China’s Gansu Province, and relief efforts will be continuing after the mudslide that struck the region. At least 1,239 people have died and over 500 are a listed as missing. After new rains on Saturday in China’s Sichuan province another 38 people have gone missing.

Australia is holding its General Election and it looks to be a tight race between Labor party leader and current prime minster Julia Gillard and her Liberal opposition party leader Tony Abbot. Tony Abbot only became the leader of the opposition a couple of months ago but has quickly gained a  strong following. Australians will head for the polls on Saturday, August 21.

Also coming up in the week ahead.

Japan will be publishing its official GDP figures this week, and they are expected to show a slowing growth. Some experts are guessing that they will show that China has taken over as the world second largest economy.

In Russia firefighters are continuing to battle the many wildfires in the country. So far  more than 50 people have died as a result of the fires and thousands have been displaced.

Friday, August 20, marks the one year anniversary of the release of the Lockerbie bomber, and on Thursday, August 19, it will be 100 days since David Cameron took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.