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Cannes International Film Festival opens

May 12, 2010 - FRANCE

With tiny green shoots discernible in the economies of the prime film-making and film-buying countries, the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival is likely to open in a more optimistic climate than its predecessor. There were reports of less glitz, empty seats and fewer independent films at the 2009 salon, but the enduring starpower of the event kept it buoyant. The question for Cannes watchers is whether the economic hit to the industry will change the flavor of the film lineup at Cannes 2010.

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Catholics mark 400th anniversary of Jesuit Father Matteo Ricci

May 11, 2010 - ROME

Chinese and Italian Catholics commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Father Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit missionary who died in Beijing on 11 May 1610 after some three decades of evangelizing in China. Distinguished as the first man to open cultural relations between Europe and China, the missionary built what is now the cathedral of Beijing. According to Independent Catholic News, Emperor Wan Li esteemed the Jesuit and donated land for his burial in central Beijing.

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Austrian-born American geoscientist receives 2010 Crafoord Prize

May 11, 2010 - STOCKHOLM

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences presents its 2010 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences to 92-year-old Walter Munk at a ceremony attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Professor Munk, who has been at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 1940, receives the 4 million kronor (US $560,000) prize for what the award panel describes as his invaluable contributions to our understanding of the dynamics not of the oceans alone, but of the entire globe.

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Pope Benedict XVI visits Fatima shrine

May 11, 2010 - PORTUGAL

Pope Benedict XVI holds open air masses for capacity crowds in Lisbon and Porto, and visits the Marian shrine of Fatima to celebrate the anniversary of the day in 1917 when the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children there. While in Portugal he could announce plans to canonize Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children, who died in 2005 at the age of 97. He could scold the Socialist government for legalizing abortion and gay marriage.

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Restored Shroud of Turin goes on display

May 10, 2010 - ITALY

The public exposition in Turin’s cathedral will give Catholics their first opportunity to see the Shroud of Turin, believed to be the burial cloth of Christ, since it underwent major cleaning and restoration in 2002. It bears an image that is believed to be an imprint of a cruicified man, and is one of Catholics’ most revered relics. In 1989 a team of researchers published a paper that concluded the shroud is a medieval fake. The debate about its authenticity is likely to gain steam once the cloth is again in the public eye.

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Filipinos elect president, legislature

May 10, 2010 - PHILIPPINES

The Philippines is due to elect a successor to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and members of the bicameral Congress on May 10. Several Filipinos want her job, one a scandal-tainted former president. If her supporters succeed in engineering a constitutional change to allow for a third term, Arroyo could be on the ballot. The country’s apparent financial resiliance in the teeth of the global economic downturn could help keep her at the helm. Another potential rival is a priest.

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Birth control pill approved 50 years ago

May 9, 2010 - UNITED STATES

On 9 May 1960 the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the world’s first birth control pill, a drug that has reshaped the cultural landscape in much of the world. The Pill allowed women to explore sexuality for the first time without fear of unwanted pregnancy. The anniversary invites a look at the questions surrounding oral contraception. One question for the anniversary is why, 50 years on, science has come up with a potency pill for men but not a male birth control pill.

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Europe marks 65th anniversary of end of WWII

May 8, 2010 - EUROPE

If the parades and ceremonies marking the end of WWII in Europe are muted for the 65th anniversary, commemoration fatigue could be responsible. The 70th anniversary of its start and the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall precede VE Day 2010 by just a few months, so there is little to say that is new. There are fewer WWII veterans for VE Day 2010 events, and except in Russia, interest at the top is fading: few leaders of WWII countries were born before 1945.

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Vulnerable Labour Party announces election date

May 6, 2010 - UNITED KINGDOM

When some 12 parties vie for seats in Britain’s House of Commons, the Labour Party will be looking for an historic fourth term. The election is considered the least predictable in decades. The opposition Conservative Party enjoys a lead in the polls, which also show voters disenchanted with both parties. The party that voters perceive as offering the best map out of the economic recession is likely to be the winner.

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Courts hands down verdict on Mumbai attacker, a Pakistani national ;

May 3, 2010 - MUMBAI

The court delivers the verdict on Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani accused of being one of 10 men who rampaged through Mumbai for some 60 hours in Nov 2008, killing 166 people and injuring 288. The 86 charges against him include murder and waging war against the state, which carry the death penalty. The gunmen, armed with automatic rifles and grenades, split into pairs and killed people at a railway station, a Jewish center, a hospital and two five-star hotels. His trial ended on Mar 31.

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