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Dutch celebrate 30th anniversary of Queen Beatrix coronation

April 30, 2010 - THE NETHERLANDS

The 30th anniversary of Queen Beatrix’ reign and her 72nd birthday, celebrated with a national holiday and street parties, are likely to be marked with conspicuous efforts to keep the monarch, her family and celebrations safe. A suspected attack on the the queen during the 2009 birthday parade was a reminder of the vulnerability of even popular monarchs. There is speculation she will use the anniversary to announce her abdication.

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Dutch celebrate 30th anniversary of Queen Beatrix coronation

April 30, 2010 - THE NETHERLANDS

The 30th anniversary of Queen Beatrix’ reign and her 72nd birthday, celebrated with a national holiday and street parties, are likely to be marked with conspicuous efforts to keep the monarch, her family and celebrations safe. A suspected attack on the the queen during the 2009 birthday parade was a reminder of the vulnerability of even popular monarchs. There is speculation she will use the anniversary to announce her abdication.

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Bhutan hosts 16th SAARC summit

April 28, 2010 - THIMPHU

Bhutan hosts the 16th South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation summit for the first time. Security around the region’s leaders will be heavy because of concerns about the Communist Party of Bhutan, which seeks to overthrow the newly-elected government. Nepali immigrants form the core of the insurgency. Under Bhutan’s one nation, one people policy, many of the minority Nepalese were stripped of Bhutan citizenship and expelled to camps, and their grievances feed the insurgency.

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Dutch Crown Prince turns 43, with bets made

April 27, 2010 - THE NETHERLANDS

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander turns 43 on 27 Apr. Bookies are taking bets on whether he will be king by his birthday, or will have to wait three days for the 30th anniversary of the investiture of his mother, Queen Beatrix—or even longer. Another question is whether he will change Queen’s Day, the national day marking his mother’s birthday on Apr 30, to King’s Day when he eventually becomes king. If he does, it would only be a few decades before it is Queen’s Day again. He has three daughters in line to the throne.

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President Barak Obama hosts nuclear security summit

April 27, 2010 - WASHINGTON DC

At the nuclear security summit hosted by President Barak Obama, participating nations will be pressed for a commitment to securing vulnerable nuclear material in their ambit within four years. The summit is a warm-up for the next five-yearly review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which will be held in May. A new US strategy will reflect Obama’s declared wish of seeing a world free of nuclear weapons.

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Dutch Crown Prince turns 43, with bets made

April 27, 2010 - THE NETHERLANDS

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander turns 43 on 27 Apr. Bookies are taking bets on whether he will be king by his birthday, or will have to wait three days for the 30th anniversary of the investiture of his mother, Queen Beatrix—or even longer. Another question is whether he will change Queen’s Day, the national day marking his mother’s birthday on Apr 30, to King’s Day when he eventually becomes king. If he does, it would only be a few decades before it is Queen’s Day again. He has three daughters in line to the throne.

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Hubble Space Telescope turns 20

April 24, 2010 - IN SPACE

On the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA and European Space Agency scientists will be toasting one of their most acclaimed projects, and are likely to release new commemorative images taken by Hubble. By Aug 2008, Hubble had completed over 100,000 orbits around Earth since it was launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990. Its images have helped determine the age of the universe, the identity of quasars and the existence of dark energy.

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NATO foreign ministers meet

April 22, 2010 - TALLINN

NATO foreign ministers gather for their Spring meeting, an event Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet described recently as one of Estonia’s biggest-ever international events. Official news reports about the preparations hint at worries about the cost of hosting the event, and also reflect doubts that Tallinn Airport can handle the arriving entourages of the 28 NATO foreign ministers and the Russian foreign minister. Afghanistan continues to be the ministers’ main worry.

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Thirtieth anniversary of Berber Spring sees gains for Kabylians

April 20, 2010 - ALGERIA

The Berber (Amazigh) Spring refers to the 1980 period of unrest in the Kabylie region that began on 10 Mar and ended on 20 Apr with the arrest of hundreds of Berber activists. The fight for Berber rights predated the 1980 unrest, and is ongoing. An estimated 200,000 Berbers protested in Algiers in 2001, and four died in clashes with police. Some Kabylians demand autonomy. Berbers have made made some gains and these could keep the 30th anniversary observances peaceful.

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Zimbabwe celebrates 30th independence anniversary

April 17, 2010 - ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe’s economy is in ruins, with hyperinflation and unemployment at around 90 percent. Millions are in need of food aid, and the country’s infrastructure and institutions in shambles. Nonetheless, the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of independence from Britain are likely to be lavish. The line-up of dignitaries at the official events can be taken as a guide to the success or failure of President Robert Mugabe’s plan to end the isolation of the country formerly known as Rhodesia.

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