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NASA astronauts stage scholarship fundraiser

November 6, 2009 - UNITED STATES

Visitors to the 2009 Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov 6-8 will have the opportunity to meet and dine with some 60 NASA astronauts, incuding the first two men to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz (Edwin) Aldrin. The event invites retrospectives on the Apollo program, scrutiny of NASA’s plan to return to the Moon, and a look at the post-Apollo lives of the only humans to walked on the Moon.

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G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meet

November 6, 2009 - UNITED KINGDOM

G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meet with a long agenda in St. Andrews, Scotland, on the 10th anniversary of their first meeting. They will be expected to move ahead on the decisions taken at two G20 crisis summits in 2009. The leaders have agreed to changes in the global financial architecture to battle the global recession, and have also pledged a US $1.1 trillion injection into the world economy. It will be up to the ministers to help turn the agreements into results.

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NATO defense ministers meet

November 6, 2009 - BRUSSELS

NATO’s defense ministers have added piracy in the Gulf of Aden to the long list of Alliance security concerns, which is topped by the Afghanistan insurgency. They must also consider the new tensions with Russia over upcoming NATO-Georgia war games. The ministers will be responsible for working on the Alliance’s new Strategic Concept and the April summit decision to ensure deployable forces prepared conduct the full range of military operations and missions to strengthen the Alliance’s ability to confront 21st century threats.

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United States Navy commissions USS New York

November 2, 2009 - NEW YORK

On Nov 7 the United States Navy commissions the USS New York, an amphibious transport ship containing almost 200,000 pounds of steel in its bow stem that was salvaged from the ruins of the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks of 11 Sep 2001. Constructed in New Orleans, it was christened “New York” to honor the 9/11 attack victims in that city. The original USS New York was decommissioned at the end of WWII.

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