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Archive for December 2009

Third International EuroSpaceward conference opens

December 5, 2009 - LUXEMBOURG

The Third International Conference on Space Elevator and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Tether Design, organized by the EuroSpaceward Association, brings together experts in extreme space engineering, nanotechnology and power-beaming from around the world. EuroSpaceward’s flagship mission is to send astronauts and payloads spacewards on an Earth-tethered carbon nanotube or ribbon. The challenges include developing tethers that are both long enough and strong enough.

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FIFA announces draw for 2010 World Cup football

December 4, 2009 - SOUTH AFRICA

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, soccer’s global governing body, announces in Cape Town the match-up of the 32 men’s teams that have qualified for the FIFA World Cup competition in South Africa in Jun-Jul 2010. There is particular interest in games where where the teams of mutually hostile countries are matched up, such as the United States vs. Iran or North Korea, and in which countries 2006 champion Italy will meet.

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NATO foreign ministers meet

December 3, 2009 - BRUSSELS

NATO foreign ministers will tackle the priorities of the Alliance’s new Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, at their December meeting. They include assistance to Afghanistan, improving relations with Russia and with partner Muslim nations, and NATO’s new push to define its purpose — the Strategic Concept for the Alliance. The foreign ministers’ work on the Secretary-General’s priorities will form the backbone of the NATO summit agenda in 2010.

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EU leaders aim for December treaty start

December 1, 2009 - BRUSSELS

European Union leaders at their October summit set Dec 1 as a target date to bring into force the hard-fought set of institutional rules aimed at streamlining decision making in the bloc and boosting European clout on the world stage. The entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty across 27 EU states will end an 8-year stretch of negotiating and setbacks. The leaders wishfully thought the end was in sight once before. French and Dutch citizens voted against the treaty in 2005.

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Group challenges Kosovo statehood

December 1, 2009 - THE HAGUE

The International Court of Justice will hear a challenge to the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence. Serbia and Russia will join three European Union states — Spain, Romania and Cyprus — to give anti-Kosovo depositions during the hearings before the United Nations’ top legal body. The challenge was brought by Serbia, which continues to fight against the secession of its former province. Slovakia and Greece also do not recognize Kosovo’s independence.

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