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Republic of China celebrates centenary

January 31, 2012 - TAIWAN

A year of festivities marking the centenary of the founding of the Republic of China (Taiwan) ends on Jan 1, 2012. The events on the eve of the big day include a mass bike ride — 1 million cyclists riding simultaneously in a clockwise direction from 10 points around Taiwan — the largest-ever Buddhist procession and an outsized countdown clock in a Taipei park. Taiwanese embassies will also be staging celebrations. Taiwanese embassies will also be staging celebrations. The centenary is looming as a contentious political issue, and occurs in the same month as the island’s election. Despite the contention, memorabilia ranging from sweaters and mugs to flip flops is said to be flying off the shelves. In the past the president gave out chocolate coins. To commemorate the centenary, he will distribute coins.

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ESA hopes to launch new Vega rocket after delays

January 26, 2012 - GUIANA

The European Space Agency was aiming for early 2011 for the launch – three years late – for its new Vega small satellite launcher. A launch pad complication has caused the launch to be moved again. It’s now expected in mid 2011. Vega is designed to carry small Earth observation and research satellites for the ESA and member governments. It will blast off from the ELA-1 launch pad at the French-run spaceport in Kourou.

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BERLIN 20 Jan 2012 Nazi annihilation of Jews approved 70 years ago
On 5 Jan 1942 at the Wannsee Conference near Berlin, 15 high-ranking Nazis approved the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question,” the

January 20, 2012 - NULL

BERLIN 20 Jan 2012 Nazi annihilation of Jews approved 70 years ago
On 5 Jan 1942 at the Wannsee Conference near Berlin, 15 high-ranking Nazis approved the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question,” the systematic annihilation of Europe’s Jews. The plan moved the killing, already under way, to an industrial level. Later known as The Holocaust, it wiped out millions – homosexuals and Roma people as well as Jews. As the trials of perpetrators dwindle with passing time, the Wannsee and related anniversaries become more important for keeping the memory alive.
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