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Teenage Girl Lone Survivor from Yemeni Air Crash

Where: Moroni, ComorosJuly 2, 2009 : Weeks after an Air France airliner crashed into the Pacific Ocean, a Yemeni jetliner went down into the Indian Ocean near Comoros, where it was scheduled to land. All passengers were killed, except one teenage girl.The passengers on the ill-fated plane Airbus that crashed into the Indian Ocean were flying the last...

World Leaders Propose Solutions to Global Hunger

Where: L'Aquila, ItalyJuly 10, 2009 : The leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) countries met at a summit in L'Aquila, Italy. The G-8 is a group of industrialized countries that includes Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Japan and the United States. After three days of talks, the leaders of these countries launched a new plan...

Killer Storm Rages Through Western Europe

Where: Paris, FranceMarch 1, 2010 : A violent storm originating in the Atlantic Ocean crashed into the western coasts of France, Portugal and Spain on February 28, 2010. The storm, named Xynthia, left more than 50 people dead and thousands homeless along France's Atlantic coast. The storm killed people in Germany, Spain and Portugal, but France had...

French President Calls For Ban on Burqas For Muslim Women

Where: Paris, FranceJune 23, 2009 : A small but growing group of French women wear burqas and niqabs, while many more wear the simple Muslim headscarf. Burqas and niqabs cloak the entire body and cover everything but the eyes. Last week, President Sarkozy told Parliament he proposed banning burqas in public, calling them ``a sign of debasement'' for...

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,...

Federer Wins French Open Crown

Where: Paris, FranceJune 8, 2009 : Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis player who is ranked world Number Two* and believed by many to be the best player of all time, won the prize that had been eluding him for years. He won the French Open men's singles title in Paris, defeating Swedish player Robin Soderling in straight sets....

Mystery Surrounds Air France Plane Crash

Where: Rio de Janeiro, BrazilJune 16, 2009 : Air France Flight 447 carrying 228 people on board disappeared while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris hours after it took off on June 1, 2009. The plane vanished from radar when it was some distance away from the Brazilian coast. The Airbus A330-200 made its last radio...

American Woman Athlete, Aged 56, Swims Across Atlantic

Where: TrinidadFebruary 9, 2009 : Jennifer Figge, a 56-year-old American athlete, swam across the Atlantic Ocean, taking 24 days, spending eight hours in the water each day. Ms Figge claims she is the first woman on record to swim the Atlantic. She left Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa on January 12, tackling waves up to...

Bullet Train for India

Where: New Delhi, IndiaJanuary 19, 2009 : Mr. Lalu Prasad and his team of railway officials took a ride on one of Japan's bullet trains, which covers the 515 kilometres between Tokyo and Kyoto in two hours and 20 minutes. Back home, the minister announced, "The day is not far off when the bullet train will run...

International Appeal to stop Iceland’s Whaling for Jobs Program

Where: Reykjavik, IcelandFebruary 16, 2009 : In a letter signed by senior diplomats in Reykjavik, the governments of six countries appealed to Iceland to rethink its decision to permit the hunting of 150 fin and 100 minke whales in a year. The countries are the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Finland and Sweden. The former Iceland government took...

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