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UNITED STATES 4 Feb 2013 Civil rights icon Rosa Parks born 100 years ago
Rosa Parks, an African-American civil rights activist best known for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955, a

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UNITED STATES 4 Feb 2013 Civil rights icon Rosa Parks born 100 years ago
Rosa Parks, an African-American civil rights activist best known for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955, an offense under the laws of racial segregation, was born 100 years ago on Feb 4. She is credited with helping to spark the civil rights movement, which called for racial equality, in the United States of the 1950s and 1960s.The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development will organize nationwide commemorative celebrations. Rosa Parks, who died at 92 on 24

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PARIS 2 Feb 2013 New bells blessed for Notre Dame 850th birthday
Notre Dame Cathedral turns 850 in 2013 with four of its bells under threat of destruction and with eight new bells, which will be bless

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PARIS 2 Feb 2013 New bells blessed for Notre Dame 850th birthday
Notre Dame Cathedral turns 850 in 2013 with four of its bells under threat of destruction and with eight new bells, which will be blessed on Feb 2. The four were hung in 1856 to replace the original bells, which were melted down for cannon during the French Revolution. They have been called cheap and discordant, yet they have friends who are fighting efforts to have them melted down for scrap. The appeals to preserve them go to the French government, not the Catholic Church, under an awkward

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MOROCCO 1-28 Feb 2013 Middle East country hosts latest Mars simulation
Though there is little sign that space agencies will put feet on Mars any time soon, simulations preparing for that eventuality h

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MOROCCO 1-28 Feb 2013 Middle East country hosts latest Mars simulation
Though there is little sign that space agencies will put feet on Mars any time soon, simulations preparing for that eventuality have been underway for years. The Battuta Center in Marrakesh, in partnership with the Austrian Space Forum, is hosting the latest as part of the MARS2013 project of the European Space Agency. A field crew will conduct experiments from 10 different nations in the northern Sahara, near Erfoud, Morocco, a proxy for topographical and geological conditions on Mars. At least one analysis of the future of Mars exploration

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GERMANY 1-3 Feb 2013 World figures gather for 49th Munich Security Conference
At the 49th Munich Security Conference, in Munich, the hot conflict in Syria and the looming global threat from cyber war

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GERMANY 1-3 Feb 2013 World figures gather for 49th Munich Security Conference
At the 49th Munich Security Conference, in Munich, the hot conflict in Syria and the looming global threat from cyber warfare are likely to seem more pressing than a goal set at the 48th conference — resolving “frozen conflicts. ” At the 2012 event, representatives from Russia, Europe and the United States launched the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI) to lay “the legacies of the Cold War and early post-Cold War period to rest.” Both the Syrian and cyber warfare issues could lead to considerable finger pointing, with Russia

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LIBYA Feb 2013 Dictator’s son trial planned in Libya over ICC objections
Libyan officials insisted in October at the first of the public hearings of the International Criminal court in The Hague that

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LIBYA Feb 2013 Dictator’s son trial planned in Libya over ICC objections
Libyan officials insisted in October at the first of the public hearings of the International Criminal court in The Hague that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, must be tried in his homeland. The ICC has charged him with committing war crimes in the uprising that toppled his father in 2011. His ICC lawyer argues he will not receive a fair trial in Libya, where he is currently held in the mountain town of Zintan, and predict he will be hanged as

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CANADA 1 Feb 2013 (NEW DATE) Canadian penny begins road to extinction
The Royal Canadian Mint planed to stop producing pennies in September, but the big day was postponed to February because of object

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CANADA 1 Feb 2013 (NEW DATE) Canadian penny begins road to extinction
The Royal Canadian Mint planed to stop producing pennies in September, but the big day was postponed to February because of objections from merchants. It will take some time before the supply dries up. Ending production is aimed at saving money. It costs the Mint 1.6 cents in production and materials to produce one penny, for a total cost of Can. $11 million a year. Only cash transactions will be affected, with prices at cash registers rounded up or down to the nearest five-cents. Credit, debit and

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UNITED STATES 1 Feb 2013 Columbia shuttle explosion 10 years ago
Ten years ago on Feb 1, NASA Space Shuttle Columbia exploded 16 minutes from its scheduled landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Flori

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UNITED STATES 1 Feb 2013 Columbia shuttle explosion 10 years ago
Ten years ago on Feb 1, NASA Space Shuttle Columbia exploded 16 minutes from its scheduled landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a 16-day mission to the International Space Station. The explosion killed the crew of seven. Anniversary services can be expected at the center and in the home countries of the two foreign-born members of the crew, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla from India and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon of Israel. For some, the anniversary also looms as a day of mourning for shuttle

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