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Archive for June 2014

Venus Express tests its brakes

June 18, 2014 - VENUS

The European Space Agency plans to test aerobraking on its Venus Express spacecraft from 18 Jun to 11 Jul 2014, then attempt to keep it operational for a few more months.

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Stamp auction

June 17, 2014 - UNITED STATES

A stamp is expected to fetch US $10-20 million when it comes up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York.

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Iceland turns 70

June 17, 2014 - ICELAND

The land of icy winters and volcanic eruptions discovered by the Vikings turns 70 on 17 Jun 2014 with a rift about a broken promise marring the milestone.

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World Heritage Committee and endangered sites

June 15, 2014 - DOHA

The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convenes in Qatar from 15-25 Jun 2014 with endangered UNESCO World Heritage sites and reform of the agency high on the agenda.

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Presidential run off

June 14, 2014 - AFGHANISTAN

June 14, Kabul: Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani face each other in a presidential run-off expected to be hit by Taliban attacks. Voting comes as international forces prepare to leave at the end of 2014.

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Soccer World Cup

June 12, 2014 - BRAZIL

June 12 – July 13, Brazil: Thirty-two nations play 64 games in 12 Brazilian cities in the World Cup soccer tournament. The hosts are clear favourites to win, and to chalk up a sixth World Cup title, with Argentina second favourites.

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FIFA World Cup soccer

June 12, 2014 - BRAZIL

The country that regards itself as the King of the Copa Mundial hosts the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup, from 12 Jun to 13 Jul 2014.

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16TH OPEC Meeting

June 11, 2014 - AUSTRIA

The 165th Ordinary Meeting of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) convenes in Vienna on 11 Jun 2014 with a mixed basket of news.

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Abuse of men and boys

June 10, 2014 - ENGLAND

June 10-13, London: Campaigners hope the taboo but widespread issue of sexual violence against men in conflict will shape debate at a global summit. The Refugee Law Project says abuse of men and boys can tear communities apart more than guns alone.

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Law of the Sea meeting

June 9, 2014 - UNITED NATIONS

The state parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea meet on 9-13 Jun 2014 at UN headquarters in New York for, potentially, one of their most fraught gatherings.

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