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BERLIN *30 Aug 2012 Zoo Berlin takes delivery of Knut statue
Berlin Zoological Garden takes delivery of a bronze statue of polar bear Knut as a cub, a point in his short life when his celebrity was gr

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BERLIN *30 Aug 2012 Zoo Berlin takes delivery of Knut statue
Berlin Zoological Garden takes delivery of a bronze statue of polar bear Knut as a cub, a point in his short life when his celebrity was greatest. He had millions of fans around the world and a Facebook page. The statue can be counted on to revive a little “Knutmania,” which waned when Knut became an adult and looked like the other bears in the enclosure. Knut’s sudden death at the zoo in Mar 2011 revived the mania for a time, with many paying tribute to the bear on

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SPACE 30 Aug 2012 NASA’s GRAIL begins second phase of mission
NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, launched in Sep 2011 to study the Moon from crust to core, begins its ext

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SPACE 30 Aug 2012 NASA’s GRAIL begins second phase of mission
NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, launched in Sep 2011 to study the Moon from crust to core, begins its extended science phase on Aug 30. The twin-probe mission is expected to yield precise topographic maps of the Moon, a boon for future human explorers, and a high-resolution map of the moon’s gravitational field. The first phase ended in May, and GRAIL has been powered down ahead of the second, which is due to end on Dec 3.

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Transitional government given UN deadline for reforms

The United Nations facilitated the formation of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) through negotiations than beg

August 20, 2012 - SOMALIA

The United Nations facilitated the formation of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) through negotiations than began some 10 years ago. The government is buttressed by AMISOM, troops deployed by the African Union to keep the Islamic militant group, al-Shabab, at bay. It’s a conditional deal: the TFG is expected to implement reforms leading to elections by Aug 20. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited in December to take stock and remind TGF leaders of the deadline.

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KENYA *15 Aug 2012 Electoral body begins new-type election preparations
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IBEC) embarks on a new voter registration exercise in August that targets a

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KENYA *15 Aug 2012 Electoral body begins new-type election preparations
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IBEC) embarks on a new voter registration exercise in August that targets an estimated 19 million Kenyans. The exercise, ahead of the Mar 4 presidential and legislative elections, is one of several measures that reflect the requirements of the country’s new constitution. It was passed in Dec 2010 to try to avert a repetition of the violence associated with the 2007 presidential election. The final preparations include the publication of 80 new constituencies, with maps showing boundaries.

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Social Security Act became law 77 years ago

August 14, 2012 - UNITED STATES

The United States government plans to resume the sale of deep sea exploration leases in the Gulf of Mexico on Dec 14. The sale is the first since the massive offshore Gulf spill in 2010. The oil industry is railing against the planned doubled price for the leases and the regulations on leaseholders. And September could see approval of drilling off the US east coast. The oil industry argument that drilling means jobs and economic benefits finds sympathetic ears in difficult economic times.

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EDINBURGH 3 Aug – 2 Sep 2012 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe court the world
Edinburgh International Festival (Aug 9-Sep 2) anticipated that international visitors to the 2012 Olympics in

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EDINBURGH 3 Aug – 2 Sep 2012 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe court the world
Edinburgh International Festival (Aug 9-Sep 2) anticipated that international visitors to the 2012 Olympics in London will head north afterward to sample Scotland’s annual arts extravaganza, and they broadened the search for performers: the 3000 artists will be drawn from 47 countries. The EIF and the parallel Fringe Festival (Aug 3-27) are billed as the largest festivals of their kind in the world. They draw millions of visitors. Jazz, film and literature festivals and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Aug 3-25) offer more entertainment bounty. The

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