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2008-07-10 Thu 10:59
The U.N. said. that seven members of a joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping patrol have been killed by a heavily armed militia group in Sudan's Darfur region,
Five of those killed were Rwandan and the other two were a Ugandan and a Ghanaian.
Twenty-two others were wounded in the attack,
The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers who lost their lives.
2008-07-10 Thu 00:00
The Gion Matsuri is an annual festival that takes place in Kyoto.
It is a festival of Yasaka shrine in Kyoto and is said to be one of the three Japanese major festivals along with Tenjin Matsuri of Osaka and Sanno Matsuri of Tokyo.
The festival is crowned by the beautiful parade, the Yama-boko Junkō on July 17.
There are 9 of the larger Hoko and 23 of the smaller Yama.
All the floats are decorated with beautiful tapestries both from Nishijin and imported from all over the world.
There are many traditional musicians and artists sitting in the floats.
Naginata Hoko enacts the head of the Yama-boko Junkō parade every year.
It is the only float with which the chigo , a young boy in Shinto robes and crowned by a golden phoenix, chosen from among the Kyoto merchant families as the sacred page, has ridden.