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World Environment Day on June 5: Become an Earth Warrior

Where: WorldwideJune 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...

Heads of Government to Seek Solutions to World Economic Crisis at G20 Summit

Where: London, United KingdomMarch 30, 2009 : The heads of the world's 20 largest economic powers, the Group of 20 or G20, will assemble in London on April 2, 2009. The London summit will focus on finding solutions to the present global economic crisis.The G20 is a forum that includes G-7, the world's seven leading industrialized nations...

Pope Benedict XVI Completes Weeklong Tour of Holy Land

Where: Nazareth, IsraelMay 15, 2009 : Pope Benedict XVI, head of the worldwide Catholic Church, made a weeklong trip to the Middle East, touring the Holy Land in a bid to promote peace and unity in the region. The pope prayed at some of Christianity's most sacred destinations and visited Muslim and Jewish holy sites. He also...

Spate of Attacks on Indian Students in Australia

Where: Melbourne, AustraliaMay 31, 2009 : A number of Indian students were attacked in a series of violent incidents in Melbourne over the last few days. One of the most shocking incidents was the one in which 25-year-old Shravan Kumar was stabbed by a group of teenagers who forced their way into his house. Kumar, who almost...

International Concern Over North Korea’s Rocket Launch

Where: Pyongyang, North KoreaApril 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,...

Cyclone Aila Rages Through Eastern India and Bangladesh

Where: Kolkata, IndiaMay 28, 2009 : Cyclone Aila, which formed over the Bay of Bengal last weekend, hit the coast of India's eastern state of West Bengal on Monday, May 25,2009. Winds blowing at the speed of 100 kilometres an hour with heavy rain caused havoc and paralysed life in the state's capital city Kolkata. At least...

Fiji’s President Revokes Constitution

Where: Suvo, FijiApril 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...

Thousands Protest ‘Unfair’ Election Result in Iran

Where: Tehran, IranJune 19, 2009 : The Iranian Presidential election results were announced on June 13, 2009, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner for a second term. The popular reformist leader Mirhossein Mousavi was declared defeated. Ever since then, the country has been rocked by widespread demonstrations. Tens of thousands of angry voters took out...

Volcano Erupts in Chile

Where: Santiago, ChileApril 4, 2009 : Llaima volcano, which is located in Chile's scenic lake region, erupted on Saturday, 4 April, 2009. It is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. It emitted a river of lava more than 1,000 metres long. People could see bright red bursts of lava in the night sky during the...

Madhav Kumar Nepal Takes Office as Prime Minister of Nepal

Where: Kathmandu, NepalMay 30, 2009 : Mr.Madhav Kumar Nepal took office as Prime Minister of Nepal on Monday. Earlier this month the Maoist-led government of Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal (“Prachanda") had collapsed. "Prachanda" had led the Maoist movement to establish a republic and abolish monarchy. The Shah kings had been the rulers of Nepal since 1768. The rebellion...

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