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Iraq Celebrates As US Troops Withdraw

Where: Baghdad, IraqJune 30, 2009 : A national holiday and a full military parade marked "National Sovereignty Day" as Iraq celebrated the withdrawal of American troops. USA's troops pulled out of Iraq's towns and cities, six years after they led coalition forces, including troops from four other countries, into Iraq. The forces invaded Iraq in 2003 to remove...

Global Concern Over Possibility of Nuclear Bomb in Iran

Where: Tehran, IranFebruary 26, 2009 : Bushehr, located on Iran's Gulf coast, houses the country's first nuclear facility. It was inaugurated with much ceremony, but will only become fully functional later in the year. The 1000-megawatt reactor was built with Russian help. Russia is a permanent member of the United Nations security council, which has repeatedly imposed *economic...

Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th American President

Where: Washington, DC, U.S.A.January 20, 2009 : Barack Obama became the first African-American President of the U.S.A. in a year which is also the 200th birth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln, the President who abolished slavery in that country. African-Americans first went to America as slaves, and they did not have the same rights as white people even...

The first animals tamed and kept for milk…

The first animals tamed and kept for milk and meat were goats and sheep. Bones of these animals have been found with human remains in Iraq and Iran dating back to 8,500 BC.

Schoolboy’s Diary – 4000 years ago

Rrelief sculpture of ancient Assyrian warriors
When I was in the fourth standard, I got my first real diary as a present from a cousin. It made me feel very important because it was gifted to me in the year for which it had been printed. Until then the elders had always shoved at me, two or three-year-old diaries in which the listed holidays and...

Where does the Pigeon Post Operate?

Where does the Pigeon Post Operate?
Among birds, pigeons have a natural and unerring instinct of returning to their nests or homes after long flights. In the early days besides domesticating animals like the horse, dog and cow, people also bred pigeons to carry messages back and forth. These pigeons are called homing pigeons.Racing pigeons have a life span of 15-20 years. A healthy bird...

What Lies Beneath?

October 28: When archaeologist Donny Youkhanna started excavating an ancient mound in the Umm al-Ajarib cemetery, located 400 km of Iraq's capital Baghdad, he had no idea what he was going to unearth. He dug up a huge graveyard belonging to the ancient civilization of Sumer, which flourished in Iraq nearly 5000 years ago, says an Associated Press report...

Where is the Tower of Babel?

Tower of Babel (Babylon)
The 'Tower of Babel' is a structure that is mentioned in the Bible in the Old Testament in Genesis. The Biblical account describes how the descendants of Noe who migrated from Armenia towards Babylon (in Mesopotamia) decided to build a city and a tower whose architectural excellence would make them famous. But, God caused confusion by confounding their tongues,...

Where Did Numerals Originate?

old-typeset-numbers
We deal with numbers all the time. Not just while doing math lessons at school, but also while counting money at the shop, memorising the numbers of our favourite TV channels or even keeping tabs on the number of hours we spend in front of the Internet! But we are so used to numbers that it has never occurred...

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

The Ayatollah (Arabic, "Reflection of Allah") Ruhollah Khomeini became leader of Iran in 1979 by forcing the overthrow of the shah and Prime Minister Shahpur Bakhtiar. Born in Khomein, Iran on May 27, 1900, the son of an ayatollah of the Shiite sect, he studied theology and by 1962 was one of the six grand ayatollahs of Iran's Shiite...

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