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Archive for May 2017

Lebanon hopes to vote for a new parliament

May 21, 2017 - LEBANON

The country will hold its first parliamentary elections since 2009 – if Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s 30-member national unity government can agree on how the vote will be conducted. As of Apr 11, the issue was unresolved.

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Venerable Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus folds up its big top

May 21, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending The Greatest Show on Earth after a 146-year run, and its May performance in Uniondale, New York, is its last. The company lists declining ticket sales, particularly after its circus elephants were retired in 2015, among the reasons for closing.

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Utah observatory gives record-setting Clements telescope a home

May 20, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The Stansbury Park Observatory Complex (SPOC) near Salt Lake City, Utah, inaugurates the building that will house the Clements 1.8-meter telescope, billed as the largest amateur telescope in the world. The heart of the mammoth instrument is a government surplus mirror that was designed originally for a Cold War-era spy satellite.

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Spacefarers confront new terrors in Alien: Covenant

May 19, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Alien: Covenant arrives on screens, the fifth movie in the horror saga that began with Alien (1979) and the third with Ridley Scott at the helm. Scott, who directed the original, plans two more episodes after Covenant and promises answers to the hanging questions in the Alien story line.

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Cannes Film Festival 2017 opens during anxious times

May 17, 2017 - FRANCE

Visitors are promised a “celebration in passionate red and sparkling gold” for the 70th Anniversary Cannes Film Festival, and the official poster echoes the promise. The message and a surprising film selection offer diversions during anxious times.

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China hosts potential partners in new Silk Road project

May 15, 2017 - CHINA

President Xi Jinping, who wants partners in his scheme to build a modern version of the Silk Road, expects at least 20 world leaders at his One Belt, One Road (OBOR) summit. Some participants will jump at his offers. Others are said to be wary.

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