ALBANIA 28 Nov 2012 Albania celebrates 100 years of independenceRead More
UNITED STATES 27 Nov 2012 California court tries Guatemalan massacre suspect
Jorge Sosa, a former Guatemalan Army commander suspected in a massacre during the country’s civil war, will be tried in a California court on charges of making false statements to immigration officials about his past as he sought United States citizenship in 2008. On Sep 24, a week after Sosa was extradited from Canada to the United States, the US District Court in Riverside, California, ordered Sosa to be held without bond until the trial. If convicted, after servicing his sentence in the United States, Sosa might be sent
BRAZIL 25 Nov 2012 Formula One season ends. Last F1 race for motor-racing icon
The final race in the 63rd Formula One season on Nov 25 in São Paulo ends the F1 contract of Richard Schumacher with the Mercedes team and also his motor-racing career. The seven-times F1 world champion announced in October that he will retire again at the end of the season. The first time around, in 2006, he exited in the aftermath of his 90th victory. The second retirement won’t be as triumphal. The 2012 season has not been kind to the champion.
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BRUSSELS 22-23 Nov 2012 Special EU summit focus on budgetRead More
CAIRO 18 Nov 2012 Coptic Pope enthroned
The successor to Egypt’s Coptic Christian Pope, Shenouda III, will be enthroned at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Two bishops and a monks are on the shortlist, and a blindfolded child will choose 118th pope from the three names in a box on the altar on Nov 4. Shenouda, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt for four decades, died at 88 in March. His successor will be the 118th in a line of Coptic leaders that began with St Mark. The process for selecting the successor was moved forward by a month, reflecting
PHNOM PENH 18-20 Nov 2012 Cambodia hosts 21st ASEAN summit
Cambodia, 2012 president of the 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations, hosts its second ASEAN summit of the year. The 7th East Asia Summit (EAS) follows, bringing eight additional world leaders, all keen for fuller access to the vast SE-Asian market, to the city. With Europe’s crisis showing just what can go wrong with integration, there are signs that the bloc’s enthusiasm for full regional integration by 2015, with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), is cooling. At both summits, China would prefer to keep the debate on
PHNOM PENH 17 Nov 2012 ASEAN foreign ministers meet: stubborn territorial dispute a key issue
It falls to the foreign ministers of the 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations to find a way at their last meeting of 2012 to ease tensions over the South China Sea ahead of the Nov 18 ASEAN summit and the East Asia Summit. China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines claim part or all of the waterway – maritime territory rich in natural resources, including oil. China is backing up its claim to all of the disputed area with military muscle. There is
UNITED NATIONS 16 Nov 2012 Human rights seats up for the contentious annual voteRead More
DJIBOUTI 15-17 Nov 2012 Organization of Islamic Cooperation foreign ministers meet
Political developments in Europe and Israel could keep the focus of the 39th meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation foreign ministers stuck on historic OIC issues — Islamophobia and the Palestinians. The developments include the rise of the anti-Islamic far-right in Europe and Israel’s growing talk of a strike on Iran. Such a strike could exacerbate existing conflicts while distracting attention from Palestinian rights and aspirations of statehood.
GERMANY 14 Nov 2012 – 28 Apr 2013 Best Picture exhibition honors Oscars
An exhibition titled: “And the Oscar goes to … 85 years of Best Pictures” opens on Nov 14 at the German Film Museum in Frankfurt and moves to Los Angeles for three months from June. The exhibition, which focuses on the importance of the Oscar trophy and the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is the world’s first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the competition. The Academy opened its archives for the show. The exhibition will feature the Best Film category, the only one in which all of
CHINA 13-18 Nov 2012 Zhuhai hosts Airshow China
The China International Aviation Aerospace Exhibition is the country’s only official aviation show. Held every two years in Zhuhai, Guangdong, it shows off Chinese aircraft, features trade talks and flying displays, and draws foreign aircraft manufacturers. All the makers will be competing for a slice of the action: China plans to add more than 300 planes a year to its fleet until 2015 as part of a massive expansion of the aviation sector. European makers are likely to be excluded from consideration because of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme.