SARAJEVO 9-11 Sep 2012 Religious leaders, others gather to mark Siege anniversary
Religious leaders and notables from political circles and civil society from some 60 countries gather in the Bosnian capital for the World Meeting for Peace, at which “the most urgent issues of today’s society, coexistence and peace” will be addressed, according to the organizers. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Siege of Sarajevo. The 1991-1995 siege became a symbol of the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The Community of Sant’Egidio, a Christian evangelical movement founded in Rome, is organizing the event in
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VIENTIANE *5-6 Nov 2012 Laos hosts biennial ASEM summit
(*Or Nov 17) ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) brings together 48 countries, so Laos will be hosting many world leaders at ASEM 9. Should ASEM move beyond a loose forum for interregional cooperation, it would be a formidable bloc: it represents half the world’s population, 60 per cent of world trade and half the global GDP. The summit agenda is aimed at tackling “non-traditional security challenges,” which include food and energy security, sustainable development, financial and economic crises, climate change, natural disaster response and socio-cultural cooperation.
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EGYPT 5 Nov 2012 King Tut’s tomb discovered 90 years agoRead More
UNITED STATES 3 Nov 2012 Shuttle Atlantis formally retired
NASA has built a 90,000 square foot exhibit building at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral to accommodate Shuttle Atlantis, now retired, and the orbiter will be wheeled to its new home on Nov 3. The exhibit will share the story of the 30-year shuttle program and give the public ways to look at the spacecraft close-up. Space.com reports that in the weeks since Atlantis landed after its final mission to the International Space Station, crews have been working to make it a museum-safe display
FRANCE 1 Nov 2012 Enforcement of law requiring breathalyzers in cars beginsRead More
ASHGABAT Nov 2012 Turkmenistan hosts annual CIS summit
As 2012 president of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Turkmenistan has the task of bringing the grouping of former Soviet states closer to economic and customs union, a key ambition of the bloc. The goal remains elusive for the now 21-year-old bloc. Grievances over Russia’s domination and internal rifts over trade and other issues are slowing the process.
GENEVA Nov 2012 Atom smasher shut down for upgrade
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) plan to shut down the atom smasher in November for 20 months while they ramp up its power. When they turn it back on, they hope the boost will reveal more than a hint of the Higgs Boson. Discovery of the so-called God Particle would complete and affirm Standard Model particle physics, show how particles acquire mass and make sense of the Universe. The discovery would rank as one of the biggest scientific advances of the last 60 years, according to the BBC
PARIS Nov 2012 European Space Agency ministerial to decide budget priorities
The European Space Agency Ministerial Council, which will include Poland as the 20th ESA member, meets with hard decisions about priorities. Most ESA states are severely cash-strapped, and NASA’s withdrawal from the joint ExoMars missions exacerbates the funding shortfall. The ministers will be putting together a multi-year spending plan. The debate on whether to upgrade the Ariane 5 rocket or replace it won’t be a quiet one, and continued European funding for the International Space Station is in question.