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Spain hosts concert as the main Mandela Day event

July 18, 2010 - MADRID

The 46664 Campaign plans a concert at the 100,000-capacity City of Rock as the main event of Mandela Day 2010. The body is named after Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prisoner number, and it focuses on aiding the humanitarian work of organisations associated with the iconic former political prisoner, South African president and Nobel laureate. Mandela Day 2010 is his 92nd birthday. The Campaign asks people to honor his legacy by donating 67 minutes to their chosen social cause.

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World marks first Nelson Mandela International Day

July 18, 2010 - WORLD

On 11 Nov 2009, the United Nations declared Jul 18 Nelson Mandela International Day to honor the South African anti-apartheid leader’s contribution to resolving conflicts and promoting race relations, human rights and reconciliation. The date is the Nobel laureate’s birthday, and he will be 92 on the first Nelson Mandela Day. The Nelson Mandela Foundation reports that Mandela will withdraw almost entirely from public life, so he might not be present at special events on the big day.

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Virgin Atlantic-owner Sir Richard Branson turns 60

July 18, 2010 - GREAT BRITAIN

If the 25th birthday celebration in June for his airline is any indication, Sir Richard Branson will celebrate his 60th birthday with headline-grabbing gusto. Often described, in so many words, as a flamboyant British entrepreneur with an insatiable appetite for new businesses and adventures, Virgin Atlantic-owner Branson helped to boost the world economy on the airline’s birthday and could do the same on his own. In 2010, the Virgin brand turns 50.

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Bastille Day celebrations take on African flavor

July 14, 2010 - PARIS

Many African heads of state will be present when President Nicolas Sarkozy takes the salute during the traditional military parade down the Champs Elysees on Bastille Day, and African troops will march with French troops. The invitations from France and other events in 2010 celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence of 14 of France’s former colonies. The also reflect a French policy described, not always admiringly, as pragmatic.

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Developments, marches mark 15th Srebrenica massacre anniversary

July 11, 2010 - HERZEGOVINA

The 15th anniversary of Europe’s largest massacre since World War II will bring mourners and marchers to Srebrenica, where ethnic Serb troops attacked and killed some 7000 Muslim men during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. The date will also be marked for the first time across the European Union. Recent developments include an official apology, the capture of Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, suspected of being the main culprit, and the sentencing of seven other key figures. Karadzic’s co-accused, Ratko Mladic, is still at large.

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Southern hemisphere experiences total solar eclipse

July 11, 2010 - SPACE

The only total solar eclipse of 2010 can’t measure up to its 2009 counterpart, the longest of the 21st century, but it has a two unique attractions. Its 6,898-mile path takes in top South Pacific tourist locations. These include 63-square-mile Easter Island, 2375 miles off the coast of Chile, which is home to iconic and mysterious monumental stones in human forms that have intrigued people around the globe for centuries. The second attraction is that it will be the last total solar eclipse for 29 months.

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New Orleans stages its own running of the bulls

July 10, 2010 - UNITED STATES

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans is promoted as an homage to the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, but it is better described as a send-up: the 300 bulls are RollerBulls from around the nation, led by the Big Easy Roller Girls. In the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter, these bulls chase down thousands of runners wearing the traditional white outfits and red sashes of bull runners. Some of the proceeds will help fund efforts to save the Louisiana coast from the recent Gulf Coast oil spill. Unlike the Spanish event, no animals are killed or injured in this bull run. Another part of the proceeds go to Animal Rescue of New Orleans.

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Yusuf Islam AKA Cat Stevens on rare tour

July 10, 2010 - NEW ZEALAND

Yusuf Islam, the British singer-songwriter better known as Cat Stevens, makes his first tour to Australia in 37 years and his first tour ever to New Zealand. One of pop’s most prolific talents, he has sold over 40 million records. He later turned his back on fame, converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusuf Islam and withdrew from the world of entertainment. He will tour as Yusef, but he is expected to play many of his hits from his Cat Stevens days

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Montreal hosts first festival of circus arts

July 8, 2010 - CANADA

The government of Quebec is contributing Can. $1.85 million and the city of Montreal Can. $1.5 million to the first Festival international des arts du cirque. Activist pressure, recent attacks by performing animals on trainers and the global success of Cirque du Soleil and other all-human extravaganzas such as the Chinese State Circus could keep classical circuses, which use animal acts, off the program. It the organizers includes circuses with animal acts, such as the United States circus Ringling Bros., they can count on protesters as well as patrons.

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Princess Maxima names Dutch passenger ship

July 4, 2010 - ITALY

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands names Holland America Line’s new Signature-class ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam IV, in a Venice ceremony that concludes with the smashing of a bottle of champagne across the ship’s bow. The Dutch royals have named Holland America ships for 80 of the company’s 137 years. The ceremony comes amid mixed times for the cruise industry: it appears to have survived the global recession, but some areas are bracing for a difficult period.

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Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo to open without royals

July 1, 2010 - CANADA

The 2010 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax will feature some 2000 Canadian and international military and civilian acts, but won’t be able to parade them before Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh because of a row with Buckingham Palace. The couple had been due to attend the event, the world’s largest indoor gathering of its kind. Tattoo organizers deemed the 17 steps onto the stage too dangerous for the 83-year-old queen and 88-year-old prince, who disagreed.

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United Nations climate change chief leaves office

July 1, 2010 - NEW YORK

The resignation of Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), takes effect from 1 Jul. His resignation is widely attributed to his frustration with the inability of world leaders to forge a binding plan for the post-Kyoto Protocol period at the climate change summit in Copenhagen. Reporting errors in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a separate UN climate body, are the newest setback.

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