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Tevatron era ends without “God particle” discovery

September 30, 2011 - UNITED STATES

The Tevatron, the world’s highest energy particle collider from 1985 until the launch of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland in 2009, will be switched off at the end of Fiscal Year 2011. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, located in Batavia, Illinois, switched on the collider amid protests in 1983. The switching off is also controversial. Physicists wanted three years more to continue searching for the Higgs Boson, or “God Particle,” and other elusive phenomena.

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Poland hosts Eastern Partnership Summit

September 29, 2011 - WARSAW

The European Union endorsed a new approach to relations with its Eastern neighbors at the June EU summit. The leaders of the 27 EU member states and the six Eastern Partnership nations will tackle the reported slow start for the 2-year-old body. The Eastern Partnership aims to deepen political and trade ties with six ex-Soviet countries — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine — but money-strapped Europe is struggling to keep the body funded.

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Ig Nobel prizes awarded for 21st time

September 29, 2011 - UNITED STATES

Ten risible research projects will receive Ig Nobel awards at a ceremony at Harvard University in Boston for their thought-provoking qualities rather than the laughs. In 2010 a fruit bat fellatio study won the Biology Prize, and two psychologists shared the Medicine prize for discovering that breathing difficulties brought on by asthma can be alleviated by repeated rollercoaster rides. A possible 2011 contender is a teeth-clenching and mathematics study from Japan.

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Rulers set long-delayed municipal elections

September 29, 2011 - SAUDI ARABIA

The Saudi ruling family has set a date for long-delayed municipal elections, their first concession to protesters who took to the streets of the kingdom in March calling for political reforms. Voter registration opened Apr 23. The kingdom has also announced a significant economic aid package for Saudis to calm unrest, and the question is whether the aid and the election are enough to spare Saudi Arabia from the pro-reform upheavals sweeping the Arab world. Women will not be allowed to vote in the poll.King Abdullah announced unprecedented economic benefits worth nearly US $100 billion, on top of US $36 billion ordered in February. They are aimed at solving chronic unemployment and housing shortages. The monarch also ordered the establishment of a state authority to fight corruption.

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First of two spacecraft due to blast off for in-orbit docking operation ;

September 27, 2011 - CHINA

China launches an unmanned spacecraft for its first in-orbit docking operation, the first stage in Beijing’s plan to field a three-module space complex station by 2020. A 19,000-pound experimental spacecraft with a service module and a pressurized cabin, Tiangong 1, will be launched on a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan space base in China’s Gobi desert. The orbiter will rendezvous in 2012 with manned spacecraft. China’s space plans are picking up speed just as NASA’s are winding down.

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First of two spacecraft due to blast off for in-orbit docking operation

September 27, 2011 - CHINA

China launches an unmanned spacecraft for its first in-orbit docking operation, the first stage in Beijing’s plan to field a three-module space complex station by 2020. A 19,000-pound experimental spacecraft with a service module and a pressurized cabin, Tiangong 1, will be launched on a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan space base in China’s Gobi desert. The orbiter will rendezvous in 2012 with manned spacecraft. China’s space plans are picking up speed just as NASA’s are winding down.

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Irish Bishops’ Conference holds general meeting

September 27, 2011 - DUBLIN

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference brings together all 33 Catholic bishops from the 26 dioceses in the island of Ireland. It seeks to build consensus on top issues facing the Church, without interfering in the personal authority of individual bishops within their own diocese, and comes after revelations in Jan 2011 that the Vatican had indeed advised the Irish Catholic Church in 1997 to keep reports of child abuse by clergy members from outside authorities – or face embarrassing consequences.

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UAE holds limited election

September 24, 2011 - ARAB EMIRATES

Reading messages in the uprisings across the region, United Arab Emirates rulers set a September date for an election that opens the door fractionally to democracy. Voters handpicked by the rulers of the seven emirates that make up the UAE will choose half the members of the 40-member Federal National Council (FNC), an advisory body with limited power. The vote is the second in UAE history. Campaigning began on Sep 4, according to the National Electoral Council, and the election result will be announced on the same date as the vote. Candidates can run campaigns in the local media and can hold press conferences and sessions laying out their campaign promises.

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Palestinians plan to bid for sovereign status

September 23, 2011 - UNITED NATIONS

Over Israel’s objections and warnings, the Palestinians are poised to bid for admission to the United Nations as a sovereign state at the UN General Assembly on Sep 20. They could expect a Yes from the UNGA, but the United States is likely to use its veto in the UN Security Council, through which the bid must first pass. Israel is assuming that a Palestinian declaration of independence will cause a public uprising. It is arming Israeli settlers in the West Bank.Behind the Palestinian UN bid is an intractable dispute over Jewish settlement building in the West Bank and the stalemate in peace talks with Israel. Time Magazine sees the possibility of a possible alternative for the Palestinians, a bid for an upgrade from UN Observer Entity status to UN Observer State, which doesn’t require prior Security Council approval.

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UN summit marks 10th anniversary of racism declaration

September 22, 2011 - NEW YORK

The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action was adopted by consensus at the 2001 UN World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa on 22 Sep 2001. The United Nations will hold a one-day conference at headquarters on 22 Sep 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the blueprint for action against racism. Heads of state and government are expected at the conference. Several leaders plan to boycott it. Israel, Canada and the United States have said they will boycott the controversial 2011 conference, Durban III, and several other countries could follow.

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Pope Benedict XVI visits native Germany

September 22, 2011 - GERMANY

Pope Benedict XVI make his third official state visit to Germany in September, a visit described as a pastoral and political visit with several ecumenical objectives. He plans to meet Lutheran, Jewish and Muslim leaders during the three day visit, which begins in Berlin. Sexual abuse scandals involving priests in Germany have caused a public outcry and a wave of members leaving the church in the pope’s native country. It isn’t known if he will address the damage during his three-day visit.

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