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May 26-June 4, 2020, FRANCE-UNITED KINGDOM. The films and documentaries screened for the 80th anniversary of the World War II evacuation of Allied troops from beaches in France could deliver a shot of Dunkirk spirit to anyone afflicted by the coronavirus or the constraints it is placing on daily life. The United Kingdom is one of the many countries severely stricken by the pandemic. Dunkirk spirit has come to signify British determination and courage in the face of adversity.
May 27, 2020, UNITED STATES. NASA has set the May date for the launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, from the Kennedy Space Center, to the International Space Station (ISS). It will be the first orbital launch of NASA astronauts from the United States since the final space shuttle mission, STS-135, in Jul 2011.
Princess Beatrice of York will marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace – if the scandal involving her father, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, does not cause another postponement. Widely cited sources say the wedding has already been delayed twice because of the controversy surrounding his association with the late Jeffrey Epstein.
The May date is the target for the removal of the Taliban from the United Nations sanctions list, part of the deal signed on Feb 29 that is aimed at ending the United States’ 18-plus-year war in Afghanistan. Washington calls it a peace deal, but there is no sign it will measure up to its billing.
The government has built several new cities in an effort to lure Cairenes from overflowing Cairo, and mid 2020 is the new target for a partial move to the latest venture – the desert building site that is known for now as the New Administrative Capital. The government wants to begin running Egypt from the city in that first phase, but it faces setbacks.
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson has targeted the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing for the first commercial flight for SpaceShipTwo from the New Mexico spaceport, and he plans to be on board. In preparation, the company is outfitting the crew cabin and moving operations from California to the spaceport.
The 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) opens in Astana, with virtually unattainable reform of the regulatory body at the top of the agenda
CNN, the world’s first 24-hour cable news network, launched 40 years ago with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. In four decades it has grown from a service to 2 million American households to a news source for 160 million homes around the world – and into a punch bag for an American president.
The organizers of a deadly white supremacist march in 2017 go on trial in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was organized to protest the removal from a park in the town of a statue of Robert E. Lee, who commanded the defeated Confederate armies during the American Civil War.
The former Soviet republic holds a referendum on terminating the powers of the majority of members of Armenia’s Constitutional Court, continuing Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s quest to weaken the party that ruled Armenia before its so-called Velvet revolution in 2018. The Council of Europe (CoE) has sounded the alarm about the tension between Pashinyan and the Court.