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

Where: Manado, IndonesiaMay 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...

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,...

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...

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...

Antarctic Ice Bridge Collapses

Where: AntarcticaApril 4, 2009 : A satellite picture from the European Space Agency (ESA) showed that a 40 kilometre long strip of ice had splintered at its narrowest point, about 500 meters wide. It was believed to have pinned the Wilkins Ice Shelf in place. The Wilkins Ice Shelf once covered around 16,000 square kilometres. It began...

Militants Attack Police Academy in Pakistan

Where: Lahore, PakistanMarch 30, 2009 : Less than a month after the terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers, militants targeted a police training school in Manawan on the outskirts of Lahore. They killed eight police recruits and two civilians, and injured nearly 100 people.At 7.30 a.m., around 850 unarmed recruits at the school had assembled for their morning...

Japanese Government Announces Green Stimulus Package

Where: Tokyo, JapanApril 11, 2009 : The recession has prompted many governments to inject 'stimulus packages' to boost their countries' economies. Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso announced a package with a green focus. His government will encourage the start of mass production of electric cars in three years. It also has plans to boost solar power generation...

Earthquake in Italy Kills 150

Where: Rome, ItalyApril 6, 2009 : A powerful earthquake rocked the mountainous Abruzzo region of central Italy in the early hours of April 6, 2009 (3.32am local time). Over 150 people were killed and 1,500 were injured. The number of people who may be trapped alive could not be estimated. Thousands of rescue workers searched for survivors. Some...

Dalai Lama Calls for End of Oppression in Tibet

Where: Dharamsala, India, and Beijing, ChinaMarch 13, 2009 : The Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan people, has said that Tibetan culture and identity are "nearing extinction". He accused the Chinese government of bringing "hell on Earth" to Tibet. He was addressing thousands of supporters in India on 10 March, 2009, the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan...

Madagascar’s President Marc Ravalomanana Steps Down

Where: Antananarivo, MadagascarMarch 17, 2009 : President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar stepped down as troops seized control of his offices and the presidential residence. Mr. Andry Rajoelina declared himself president with the support of military forces. He rejected Mr Ravalomanana's offer of a referendum to solve the crisis and called for his arrest. He also announced that there...

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