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NASA issues deadline for private sector lunar probe bids

  • March 25, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    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.

White House issues March bump stock deadline

  • March 26, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    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.

Nuclear power industry still hurting 40 years after Three Mile Island accident

  • March 28, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    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.

Tibet uprising crushed 60 years ago

  • March 28, 2019 - CHINA

    Beijing will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the complete “liberation” of Tibet, while the Tibetans will mourn the loss of their beloved country.

Brexit due date looms but dispute about terms a threat to the timetable

  • March 29, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    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.

Pope Francis notches up another Muslim country – with no sign of homecoming

  • March 30, 2019 - MOROCCO

    Pope Francis visits Rabat and Casablanca at the invitation of King Mohammed VI, his second trip to a Muslim-majority country and third foreign visit in 2019. There is no apparent homecoming on the horizon for the first Latin American pope, and Argentines are reported to feel snubbed.

Child abuse reporting law extended to the confessional in Australian Capital Territory

  • March 31, 2019 - AUSTRALIA

    From this date priests in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) must report child abuse allegations and offences, even if heard in the confessional. The country’s bishops argue that it impinges on religious freedom and will make children less safe.

Ukrainian voters elect president amid continuing tensions with Russia

  • March 31, 2019 - UKRAINE

    The presidential election sees former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and comedian Vladimir Zelensky as frontrunners in a contest that sees a record 44 contenders. Whoever wins will be expected to maintain the country’s growth trend and to continue structural and democratic reforms while squeezed between competing Western and Russian political interests.

30th Arab League summit to consider returning Syria to the fold

  • March 31, 2019 - TUNISIA

    Arab League leaders meet in Tunis in search of consensus on readmitting Syria to the now 21-member body, and with a need to reassure the Palestinians. Full members of the League, the Palestinians are concerned about what they see as the normalization of relations with Israel and the erosion of the stated Arab commitment to their cause.

Turkey’s municipalities go to the polls amid toughening economic climate

  • March 31, 2019 - TURKEY

    Local elections in Turkey’s 81 provinces will test the strength of President Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the face of an ailing economy, particularly in Istanbul, where the shocks have hit hardest. The situation opens the door for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and its potential partners.