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Clock ticking on Cotonou pact between EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific states

  • February 29, 2020 - EUROPEAN UNION

    The Cotonou Agreement expires on the February date, and there are doubts that the parties to the pact – the European Union, and 79 countries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) – will complete talks in time for renewal. The complications include the migration issue and China’s arrival on the scene.

Leap day 2020 a chance for long-awaited birthday cakes and big leaps

  • February 29, 2020 - WORLD

    The four-year wait for a birthday is over in 2020, a leap year, for the countless people around the world born on Feb 29, and for the many who have targeted the day for their big leap. Leap day people will have to wait until 2024 for their next birthday. If they feel aggrieved about the missing birthdays, they can blame an irregularity in the Solar System.

Delta launches carbon-neutral flights to boost environmental mission

  • March 1, 2020 - UNITED STATES

    Delta Air Lines plans to go fully carbon-neutral by the March date as a way to reduce its environmental impact, and has announced it will commit at least $1 billion over the next decade to the mission. Delta doesn’t fly the Boeing 737 MAX, a circumstance that has boosted its market share and given it new resources to fund the environmental initiative.

Nepal to conduct a census of greater one-horned rhinos

  • March 1, 2020 - NEPAL

    Nepal’s government plans to conduct a census of greater one-horned rhinos in March, a year after postponing the count due to lack of funds. The census aims to determine the effectiveness of past conservation efforts and help craft a future plan of action.

Israel holds unprecedented third election in 12 months

  • March 2, 2020 - ISRAEL

    Israelis are headed for a third election in 12 months following the failure of right-wing Likud and the center-left Kahol Lavan alliance to form a majority coalition in the Knesset. Elections in April and September 2019 left Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz unsuccessfully scrambling for partners.

NASA accepting application for astronaut trainees in scramble to fill ranks

  • March 2, 2020 - UNITED STATES

    NASA is scrambling to fill its astronaut ranks because of its ambitious Moon and Mars schedule, and will be taking applications in March from aspiring spacefarers. The space agency has selected 350 people to train for space service since the 1960s, and it regards the 48 astronauts in active service to be inadequate for its plans.

Super Tuesday fateful for Democratic presidential candidates

  • March 3, 2020 - UNITED STATES

    Super Tuesday is the day when the biggest number of states and entities hold a primary contest ahead of the mid-year presidential nominating conventions, and it should separate the Democratic front-runners from the also-rans in the race to defeat Republican President Donald Trump on Nov 3. The Republicans have already made their choice. The Democrats are dithering.

Military trial of Iraqi man accused of post-9/11 attacks in Afghanistan

  • March 4, 2020 - CUBA

    Jury selection begins at the U.S. Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay for the trial of an Iraqi man accused of commanding al-Qaeda’s army in Afghanistan following the terror attacks in the United States on Sep 11, 2001 (9/11). It is one of Guantanamo’s three contested war crimes trials, and his medical fitness for trial might complicate the proceedings.

Supreme Court to hear potentially pivotal abortion case

  • March 4, 2020 - UNITED STATES

    The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case related to Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide 47 years ago. Abortion ranks as one of the country’s most divisive issues, and over 200 Republican House and Senate legislators have filed a brief urging the justices to use the new case to overturn Roe v. Wade once and for all.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ratified 50 years ago

  • March 5, 2020 - UNITED NATIONS

    The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) turns 50 on the March date in a year when Russia, the United States, Iran and North Korea are testing its limitations. The United Nations warned in Apr 2019 that the threat of a nuclear war is “higher than it has been in generations.”