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First man to set foot on Moon, Neil Armstrong, turns 80

August 5, 2010 - UNITED STATES

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, turns 80. The former NASA astronaut will be feted officially on his birthday, but the low-profile life he has chosen for himself in Lebanon, Ohio, since 1971 suggests he will shun a fuss. The day is likely to see a re-examination of his “That’s one small step for a man … ” proclamation during the 1969 moonwalk, a sales run on his 2005 authorized biography, and a new round of honors: Sites on both the Moon and Earth have been named after Armstrong.

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Voters to decide on curbs to presidential power (date change from July)

August 4, 2010 - KENYA

Violently disputed results from the Dec 2007 Kenyan election led to a power-sharing deal. It mandated a constitutional referendum, which now is set for Aug 4. The president is both a legislator and the head of state and government under the present constitution, a situation blamed for post-election violence that marred Kenya’s image as an African success story. The draft constitution is designed to trim the president’s powers. The draft proposes a Supreme Court and dual citizenship.

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President Barak Obama turns 49

August 1, 2010 - DC US

Barack Obama, born 4 Aug 1961 in Hawaii, was elected the 44th President of the United States in 2008. Though his rankings have dropped since he became the country’s first African-American president, he is certain to be feted on his birthday in the United States and around the world. The capping of the leaking BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and passage of financial reform legislation in both houses of Congress would rank as valued birthday gifts, but only one of them is likely.Stormy seas hampered cleanup efforts in early July as BP’s oil spill became, by one measure, the largest ever oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP continues to bore a relief well to plug the leak, but the operation is unlikely to be complete by the president’s birthday.

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