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Archive for December 2014

Invasion of Chechnya 20th anniversary

December 11, 2014 - RUSSIA

Twenty years ago Russian troops invaded Chechnya, a mostly Moslem province in the Caucasus Mountains at Russia’s southern fringe, in an effort to suppress a rebel Chechen government.

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Soccer Club World Cup

December 10, 2014 - MOROCCO

Morocco, which declined to host the African Nations Cup in January because of fears over Ebola, hosts the Club World Cup. The tournament, which also took place in Morocco last year, features the champion clubs of each continent.

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Nobel prizes awarded, with controversial Peace Prize

December 10, 2014 - NORWAY, SWEDEN

Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian, and Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani, share the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo for their struggle against the suppression of children and youth. India hailed Satyarthi’s win, but the Yousafzai award has been denounced in Pakistan as an insult to Islam.

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Gulf Cooperation Council meeting

December 9, 2014 - QATAR

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council is due to hold its annual summit in Doha amid tensions over the host country’s support for Islamists. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain say Qatar’s position undermines their domestic security.

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Auction in London of The House at Pooh corner illustration

December 9, 2014 - UNITED KINGDOM

One of English literature’s best-loved images, from AA Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner, is expected to fetch up to £150,000 at auction. The EH Shepard illustration is of Winnie the Pooh playing Poohsticks with Piglet and Christopher Robin.

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Visit of Prince William and Kate to New York

December 7, 2014 - UNITED STATES

Britain’s Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate visit New York for the first time to see the September 11 memorial. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple are officially known, are expecting their second child next April.

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Filming starts for 24th James Bond movie

December 6, 2014 - MOVIES

Filming begins at the Pinewood Studios in England on the 24th James Bond movie with two-times Oscar winner Christoph Waltz staring opposite Daniel Craig, Craig’s fourth outing as 007.

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NASA launches Orion crew capsule on unmanned test flight

December 4, 2014 - SPACE

The first flight test of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) , designed to replace the NASA shuttle as America’s manned space transport system, launches from atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral in the United States.

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NASA launches Orion spacecraft

December 4, 2014 - SPACE

NASA launches Orion, its next spacecraft for carrying humans, atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket. The inaugural Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, sends the unmanned 16ft-wide crew vehicle higher and faster than any capsule since the Apollo Moon missions.

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