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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story promises immersive experience

December 16, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in cinemas in time to be counted as a tribute to Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, which turns 40 in May. Fans have been told to expect an immersive experience while viewing Rogue One, the second chapter in the trilogy that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015.

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Meeting of Japanese and Russian leaders a chance for a WWII peace treaty

December 15, 2016 - JAPAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Shinzo Abe in the Prime Minister’s home prefecture of Yamaguchi. Some reports hold out the possibility of a resolution of their dispute over islands that Russia calls the southern Kurile Islands and Japan calls Northern Territories, and even a World War II peace treaty.

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Usually spectacular Geminids show might disappoint on peak night

December 13, 2016 - SPACE

The Geminid meteor shower, considered the most spectacular of the shooting star shows each year, might disappoint sky watchers in 2016. It’s the fault of the Moon, which will be shining too brightly to see a peak show of up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour.

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Paris Agreement on climate change made history one year ago

December 12, 2016 - FRANCE

The first anniversary of the Paris Agreement, an almost unparalleled negotiating feat, gives new life to the question of whether a flawed climate pact is better than no pact. Temporarily, jubilation muted concerns about the agreement, which entered into force on Nov 4.

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Gotthard Base Tunnel in the Alps begins passenger service

December 11, 2016 - SWITZERLAND

Regular passenger train services through the Gotthard Base Tunnel begin. The longest rail tunnel in the world, it is the centrepiece of the planned AlpTransit rail network that will speed people and cargo through Switzerland and under the Alps. It was inaugurated on Jun 1.

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