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Archive for October 2014

President-elect Joko Widodo takes office

October 20, 2014 - Jakarta, INDONESIA

President-elect Joko Widodo, known throughout Indonesia as Jokowo, takes office with high hopes that this “man of the people” represents change and a decisive break from Indonesia’s old order.

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Climate change conference prepares for pivotal Lima meeting

October 20, 2014 - GERMANY

The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) meets in Bonn to prepare a preliminary draft of a universal agreement. This agreement could then be signed by world leaders at the 2015 UN Climate Change Summit in Paris and go into effect in 2010.

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Busan hosts ITU Conference PP-14

October 20, 2014 - SOUTH KOREA

Busan hosts the quadrennial Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union (PP-14) from 20 Oct to 7 Nov 2014.

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Comet Siding Spring near Mars?

October 19, 2014 - SPACE

The comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring), discovered in Jan 2013, became an object of great interest when it was announced its orbit could take it to or near Mars on 19 Oct 2014.

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Existence of Higgs Boson postulated 50 years ago

October 19, 2014 - UNITED STATES

Fifty years ago on 19 Oct 2014, the Physical Review Letters of the American Physical Society published “Broken Symmetries and the Masses of Gauge Bosons” by British scientist Peter Higgs.

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First atomic bomb detonation 50 years ago

October 16, 2014 - CHINA

China, eager to join the nuclear arms race, successfully detonated its first atomic bomb at the Lop Nur test ground, 1,500 miles west of Beijing, 50 years ago on 16 Oct 2014.

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Presidential election in Mozambique raises fears of civil war

October 15, 2014 - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE

Opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama contests a presidential election after two years in hiding and clashes with government forces. Fighting between Renamo guerrillas and Frelimo had raised fears of the return of civil war, which ravaged Mozambique from 1975 to 1992.

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The 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureate

October 13, 2014 - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

The 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates takes place without the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader was refused a visa for the third time in five years, intensifying speculation over Beijing’s sway.

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Oscar Pistrorius faces sentencing

October 13, 2014 - Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted the double amputee believed he was tackling a burglar.

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25th Fusion Energy Conference

October 13, 2014 - RUSSIA

St. Petersburg hosts the 25th Fusion Energy Conference on 13-18 Oct 2014, the 25th milestone a testament to the enduring appeal of the dream of a potentially inexhaustible energy supply without radioactive waste or the worry of meltdown.

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