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The big question over the first summit of the Romanian EU presidency, in Brussels, is whether it will be Britain’s last. The country is due to depart on Mar 29, but continuing arguments in Westminster about the terms of the exit open the possibility of a protracted delay. The non-Brexit issues for the summit include defense, trade warfare and migration.
The Iranian navy will deploy warships in the Atlantic after the start of the Iranian new year, which begins on March 21.
The vote for the 57th Parliament of New South Wales looms as a second test for Australia’s governing Liberal-National coalition ahead of federal elections as early as May.
The Thai regime has set this date for the long-delayed election, and appears ready to follow through. It is the first vote under a rewritten constitution.
Thirty years ago the Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck Bligh Reef in Alaska’s pristine Prince William Sound and spilled 11 million gallons of crude. Until the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, it was the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The aftermath images serve as an environmental impact warning to the Trump Administration, which plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
In a hurry, NASA has invited private companies to submit bids for building a lunar probe by the March date. The agency is targeting 2024 for an unmanned lunar landing and 2028 for the next U.S. mission to land humans on the Moon.
The White House has announced that bump stocks, devices that let rifles fire like machine guns, must be destroyed or turned in by Mar 26. Litigation might delay the impact as gun lobbying groups vow to sue the Administration.
The country’s worst nuclear power accident began at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania 40 years ago when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor failed to close and created a near-meltdown. The image of nuclear power took a hit, and didn’t recover completely. No new plants have been built, and some owners of now-aged reactors are struggling for rescue packages.
Beijing will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the complete “liberation” of Tibet, while the Tibetans will mourn the loss of their beloved country.
Britain is due to make history at 2300 GMT on Mar 29 as the first full European Union member to quit the bloc, but a split in Parliament over the terms of the exit threatens every part of the timetable.