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Archive for July 2015

JK Rowling turns 50

July 31, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling turns 50 without her crown as the world’s richest author but still on lists of the fabulously wealthy.

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Microsoft Skips Windows9, releases Windows 10 — as free upgrade

July 29, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Microsoft releases Windows 10 as a free upgrade and also HoloLens, which looks like a wireless visor and allows users to see three-dimensional renderings of computer-generated images. The initial Windows 10 release is limited. The public might not be able to download it until August.

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New eagerly awaited Dr. Seuss book published

July 28, 2015 - UNITED STATES

A recently-unearthed children’s tale in rhyme by Dr. Seuss, What Pet Should I Get?, comes to the market so eagerly anticipated that the first printing will be 1 million copies.

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United States invaded Haiti 100 years ago

July 28, 2015 - HAITI

The centenary of the United States military invasion of Haiti, the start of a 19-year occupation and the first of several US military deployments to the impoverished country, is a prompt for anti-American demonstrations in Port-Au-Prince.

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Seattle hearing may crimp Dutch Royal Shell plan to resume Arctic drilling

July 23, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet plans to resume its search for fossil fuels in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas as early as July, but a permit hearing in Seattle, Washington, threatens the timetable. Environmentalists have protested against Arctic drilling, fearing destruction of one of the world’s most ecologically sensitive regions.

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Protests and new museum on outlook for Revolution Day

July 23, 2015 - EGYPT

Revolution Day represents a possible protest target for Islamist supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi, who has been sentenced to death, and offers a symbolic target for the opening of a museum centred on Gamal Abdel Nasser.

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Former Internet film Pixels released as feature

July 22, 2015 - MOVIES

Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus and starring Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage, is released. When aliens misinterpret classic 80s arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack New York City. A group of video game experts are recruited by the government to help deal with the threat.

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FIFA Executive Committee meets to plan election for Blatter successor

July 20, 2015 - SWITZERLAND

FIFA’s executive committee meets to plan the election of its next president to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter, which will include confirming a date. FIFA critics and supporters alike will watch the meeting for news of reforms to rid world football’s governing body of corruption.

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