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Pakistan’s Armed Forces Take on Taliban : Civilians Flee War Zone

Where: Islamabad, Pakistan May 14, 2009 : Pakistan's government signed a peace agreement with the Taliban*, which had taken control of the country's Swat valley region in February 2009, and allowed it to impose Islamic Sharia law there. The militants started moving towards the capital Islamabad in the following months. Pakistani forces launched a military operation against them...

US Navy Rescue Mission Recaptures Ship, Frees Captain From Somali Pirates

Where: Mogadishu, Somalia April 13, 2009 : Somalian pirates captured the MV Maersk Alabama, an American cargo ship which was carrying 5,000 tonnes of United Nations emergency relief supplies to Kenya. The crew managed to regain control of the ship, but pirates captured the Captain and escaped with him as hostage on a lifeboat. Four days later (on...

Vast Coral Reef in South-East Asia May Disappear by End of Century, Warns WWF Report

Where: Manado, Indonesia May 14, 2009 : The World Ocean's Conference, a two-day meeting of ministers and officials from more than 80 countries was held in Manado, Indonesia. Rising sea levels, warming waters and increased acidity caused by global warming were some of the major issues discussed here. A World Wildlife Fund report released to coincide with the conference reveals...

World Environment Day on June 5: Become an Earth Warrior

Where: Worldwide June 4, 2009 : World Environment Day is observed every year on June 5. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. The guiding principle is that people have to take responsibility for the environment. The earth's rain forests are disappearing, chemicals have poisoned our air, marine life is dying in our polluted...

International Concern Over North Korea’s Rocket Launch

Where: Pyongyang, North Korea April 5, 2009 : The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea's (North Korea's) plans to launch a rocket had created a stir weeks ahead of the event. It was feared that the launch was actually a missile test. Japan, South Korea, and Alaska in the United States were all under threat if this was so. Finally,...

Fiji’s President Revokes Constitution

Where: Suvo, Fiji April 10, 2009 : Fiji's Court of Appeal declared that President Ratu Josefa Iloilo's military government was illegal. Three judges of the Court of Appeal ruled that the president should appoint an independent caretaker prime minister to dissolve Parliament and call a general election. In retaliation, the President revoked the constitution and sacked the judges. He...

North Korea Conducts Nuclear Test

Where: Pyongyang, North Korea May 26, 2009 : North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Monday, May 25, 2009, in the face of warnings and opposition from countries around the world. Geological sensors in South Korea detected tremors from an artificial earthquake caused by the explosion. This was followed by an official announcement by the North Korean government agencies...

World Hunger Figure Reaches One Billion

Where: Rome, Italy June 22, 2009 : The global financial meltdown is responsible for pushing the figure for the world's hungry people to a record one billion. This means hunger now affects one in six people. These depressing figures, which show a rise of 100 million over 2008, were released by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)....

New Government Takes Over in Israel

Where: Jerusalem, Israel April 1, 2009 : Benjamin Netanyahu became the prime minister of Israel for a second time, to head a coalition government. The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed the hope that the new government would work for peace, and towards establishing an independent Palestinian state. The United Nations is part of what is called the...

World Health Organisation Declares Swine Flu Pandemic

Where: Geneva, Switzerland June 12, 2009 : The World Health Organisation (WHO), one of the United Nations organisations, officially declared a worldwide swine flu pandemic* after an emergency meeting on June 11, 2009. The flu, which has spread all over the world, is a new strain of the influenza A virus subtype H1N1. The virus was identified in...

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