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Thousands Protest ‘Unfair’ Election Result in Iran

Where: Tehran, Iran June 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...

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...

Global Concern Over Possibility of Nuclear Bomb in Iran

Where: Tehran, Iran February 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...

A New Ancient Civilisation

Where: Central Asia May 19, 2001: Imagine people living in large apartment complexes made out of bricks. Their city may have been a major stop for silk traders that is why they were well off, decked in gold and semi-precious stone jewellery and using fine ceramics utensils. Bronze axes were among the implements used for cutting and carvings on alabaster...

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.

Olympic Swim Against the Tide

September 23: Twelve-year-old Fatima Abdeljamid is creating waves at the Sydney Olympics and for all the right reasons. She is one of two Bahraini nationals and among the very few from the Middle East nations to compete in the Olympics. Fatima, a swimmer, and Myriam al-Hili, an athlete, have been invited to the Sydney Olympics by the International Olympic Committee...

Homing in on Prisons

September 9: Lately, newly-weds in Iran have been facing an unusual problem. They just can't find homes to live in after they get married. This is because there is a shortage of housing in Iran. To help solve this housing crisis, Iran's government is planning to turn military centres and prisons into housing units for newly weds. A housing ministry official...

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...

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was elected the 40th president of the United States on November 4, 1980. At the age of 69, he was the oldest man and the first movie star ever sworn into that office. During his two terms in office, the popular president helped raise the nation’s spirits. He also oversaw the creation of large budget and...

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