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Egyptian Unrest Stalls U.S. Jet Delivery
July 24, 2013
The United States has not yet withheld the $1.3 billion annual military aid package to Egypt, but America is delaying the shipment of four F-16 fighter jets. Joint military exercises between the two countries, scheduled for later in the year, might be called into question.

Digital Boosts Comics Sales to Lofty Heights
July 22, 2013
Comic books are alive and thriving, thanks in increasing part to the advent of digital. In a way that coffee table books and technical manuals don't necessarily, comics lend themselves more to a digital presentation. This is borne out by a huge increase in sales of "electronic" comics in the past year.

New King Takes Over in Belgium
July 21, 2013
Belgium has a new king. King Albert II stepped aside on Belgium Day, the country's national holiday, and made way for his son, who became King Philippe I. Albert is 79; Philippe is 53.

Egyptian Constitution Revision Under Way
July 21, 2013
Interim President Anly Mansour's nominees for amending Egypt's constitution are hard at work, with a fast-track transition plan calling for elections within just a few months.

Abe Strengthens Hand in Japanese Elections
July 21, 2013
The Liberal Democratic Party won a controlling majority of the upper house of Japan's parliament, completing a trifecta for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe, elected recently for a second time, after an inconclusive few-months rule in 2007, had announced plans for reigniting the country's economic output, which has been dubbed "Abenomics." The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) already had control of the lower house of parliament.

Dueling Protests Punctuate Egyptian Unrest
July 18, 2013
In separate protests in Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities, supporters of the government turned out to show their backing for the interim leaders and supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi turned out to voice their opposition to that new government.

Egypt Interim Cabinet Sworn In
July 17, 2013
Egypt has an interim cabinet, which will be the de facto government until a new consitution is in place and new members of parliament and a new president are elected.

Magna Carta Originals to Commemorate 800th Anniversary
July 17, 2013
To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the approval of Magna Carta, the British Library will display all four surviving original copies of the famous document for three days only, in June 2015. It will be the first time that the four copies have been together since they were created.

Accusations, Protests Further Fragment Egypt
July 13, 2013
The political situation in Egypt continues to be fragmented and polarized, with the interim government floating the idea of pressing criminal charges against deposed President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood campaigning heavily for the reinstatement of Morsi and the elected government.

Sphinx Fragment Found in Israel
July 10, 2013
An archaeological dig in Israel has turned up an artifact and a riddle. The artifact is the feet of Egyptian sphinx. The riddle is how the feet got there.

Egypt Names Top Officials; Money Pours in
July 9, 2013
Egypt is reaping big monetary dividends as it expands the membership in the interim government to replace former President Mohamed Morsi. Saudi Arabia will send $5 billion in aid, in the form of money and products, and the United Arab Emirates will send $3 billion, in the form of a cash grant and a bank loan.

Army Gives Morsi 48 Hours to Achieve Reconciliation
July 1, 2013
The Egyptian military has issued an ultimatum, instructing President Mohamed Morsi’s government and its political opponents to come to some formal agreement or the generals will step in, as they did in 2011, when Hosni Mubarak fled from power.

Massive Protests Mark Morsi Anniversary
June 30, 2013
Protesters in the hundreds of thousands gathered in Cairo and in many other cities to vent their frustration with the performance of Mohamed Morsi as President. It was just one year ago that he was inaugurated as the first freely elected leader of Egypt in many, many years.

New Detention Ordered for Mubarak
April 7, 2013
Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered former President Hosni Mubarak detained for 15 days, pending an investigation on renewed charges of corruption. Allegations are that he took more than $150 million in government funds earmarked for presidential palaces and spent the money instead on private residences for himself and his two sons.

China to Send Tourists to Disputed Islands
April 7, 2013
China is accelerating its ownership claims of a set of islands, despite assertions by other countries that they are the rightful owners. The dispute, not unlike that between Japan and Taiwan and China over a group of islands in the East China Sea, has heightened tensions in the region. The latest announcement from China is that a large cruise ship capable of holding nearly 2,000 passengers was set to sail for the islands, which are called Xisha by China and Hoang Sa by Vietnam.

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Reports More Contaminated Water
April 7, 2013
Contaminated water, more than 120 tons of it, has seeped into the ground from two holding tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The report, issued by the plant's owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, was the latest in a long line of setbacks following the twin disasters of the 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit the northeast of Japan two years ago.

China to Send Survey Team to Disputed Islands
March 14, 2013
China has announced plans to send a team of people to do a survey of the islands as the heart of a three-country dispute. The vice director of the Chinese mapping agency said that the agency would send surveyors to the islands, which the Chinese and Taiwanese call Diaoyu and which the Japanese call Senkaku, and also increase ship patrols of the area around the islands. The surveys would include mapping of caves and other land-based features not currently reflected on satellite images.
Japan's government warned that it would interpret the landing of any person on the islands as a violation of Japanese borders. Further, Japan said, any vessel crossing into the waters directly surrounding the islands would be a similar violation.

Egypt Reports Jump in Tourist Numbers
March 14, 2013
Egypt was more of a tourist destination in 2012 than the year before, but traveler numbers were still below those seen before the revolution. MENA, the state news agency, reported a 17-percent increase in the number of travelers visiting Egypt in 2012. The total figure was 11.5 million. The 2011 figure was 9.8 million. By contrast, in 2010, when Hosni Mubarak was still president, 14.7 million tourists visited the country.

600-Year-Old Chinese Coin Found in Africa
March 13, 2013
Researchers have found a 600-year-old Chinese coin in Kenya, suggesting that trade between the two areas was taking place earlier than has long been thought. The tiny silver and copper coin has a square hole in the middle, so it could be worn on a belt. The coin is of the type called "Yongle Tonbgao," after the 15th Century Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle

Mummies Had Clogged Arteries
March 11, 2013
Ancient people had clogged arteries, scientists have found. According to a study led by a California neurobiologist, the mummies of people from ancient America, Egypt, and Peru showed evidence of atherosclerosis, or hardened arteries. The study, which utilized the kind of CT scans used on King Tut and other famous past Egyptians, analyzed 137 mummies in all and found strong evidence of calcium deposits that caused the artery-hardening. The oldest of the mummies was 4,000 years old.

Judge Strikes Down NYC Sugary Drink Ban
March 11, 2013
New York City's ban on large sugary drinks is on hold, pending an appeal in state courts. A State Supreme Court judge has halted the ban, a day before it was to take effect, saying that the ban applied standards inconsistently. For example, the judge said, the Board of Health's plan would ban single sales of sugary drinks in sizes larger than 16 ounces but would not stop consumers from buying multiple 16-ounce size drinks. Also, the judge noted, the ban applied to some restaurants but not convenience stores.

State Park to Honor Harriet Tubman
March 10, 2013
A new Maryland state park will honor Harriet Tubman, the "Moses of Her People." Ground was broken to mark the 100th anniversary of her death. Speaking at the ceremony was Patricia Ross-Hawkins, one of Tubman's distant relatives. Also on the program were a speech by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and a stage presentation by a Tubman re-enactor, and songs by a local church choir.

Japan Upgrades Tsunami Warning System
March 10, 2013
To mark the second anniversary of one of the most devastating earthquakes in recent memory, Japan has unveiled an upgrade to its warning system, even as the cleanup continues in Japan and across the Pacific.

Mummies Had Clogged Arteries
March 11, 2013
Ancient people had clogged arteries, scientists have found. According to a study led by a California neurobiologist, the mummies of people from ancient America, Egypt, and Peru showed evidence of atherosclerosis, or hardened arteries. The study, which utilized the kind of CT scans used on King Tut and other famous past Egyptians, analyzed 137 mummies in all and found strong evidence of calcium deposits that caused the artery-hardening. The oldest of the mummies was 4,000 years old.

Sweet: Belgium to Unveil Chocolate Stamps
February 12, 2013
Stamps in Belgium will soon be sweet, chocolate-sweet. Bpost, the Belgian postal service, will issue a limited run of chocolate-themed stamps, beginning March 25. The series will include five different designs, including nutella and chocolate sprinkles.

Wrestling Out of 2020 Olympics
February 12, 2013
The International Olympic Committee has removed wrestling from the 2020 Olympics. The decision includes both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, the IOC said, confirming that the two sports will be on offer at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro.

Longer School Day Nets Flak in France
February 12, 2013
A French government decree to lengthen the school day has resulted in widespread criticism. The government, in an effort to increase performance of French students, has told schools nationwide to add a half-day of school on Wednesday (the only day of the week on which students currently don't go to school) and to reduce the school day by 45 minutes the other three days, for a net increase of more than two hours in class time.

Christmas Truce Commemorative Soccer Game Planned
February 10, 2013
Among the events being planned to mark the one-hundred-year anniversary of the start of World War I is a soccer game. On Christmas Day in 1914, the warring soldiers laid down their weapons and met in no-man's land for a discussion, in which has come to be known as the Christmas Truce.

Etch-a-Sketch Inventor Dies
February 3, 2013
The inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch® has died. Andre Cassagnes, a French electrician who for years was not listed as the venerable toy's creator, was 86.

Canada Takes Penny Out of Circulation
February 3, 2013
Canada is officially off the penny. The Canadian Mint has stopped circulating the one-cent coin to banks and has issued a recall for all current one-cent holdings. Retailers can still accept pennies, until the supply runs out. However, the Government is encouraging retailers to adopt the new rounding rules.

Oldest Marathoner to Retire at 101
January 31, 2013
Fauja Singh will run his final marathon on February 24. He will be five weeks away from his 102nd birthday.

South Korea Joins North in Space
January 30, 2013
Both North Korea and South Korea can now boast of a successful rocket launch. North Korea's launch took place in December. South Korea's took place yesterday.

Egyptian Curfew Cut Amid Widening Concern
January 30, 2013
The Egyptian Government has announced a reduction of the curfew in three Suez Canal cities, in response to continued violence and the army chief's warning that the Government's future was dire. Meanwhile, President Mohamed Morsi cut short a visit to Europe to return to Cairo, and opposition leader Mohamed El-Baradei reiterated a call for a national unity government.

Au Revoir to Hashtag in France
January 30, 2013
One person's hashtag is another person's sharp word. That's the case in France, where the Government has officially banned the word "hashtag" from online transmissions, most notably Twitter. Instead, French speakers are encouraged to use "mot-dièse," which is the rough equivalent of the English "sharp word."

Smog Readings Off the Charts in China
January 30, 2013
The Chinese Government has announced plans to address a persistent smog problem in Beijing and other cities, in the wake of an off-the-charts air quality reading in the capital on Tuesday.

Egyptian Protesters Defy Curfew
January 28, 2013
Two years after the revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's streets are again alive with protests. This time, the target is the new president, Mohamed Morsi, whose curfew for three Suez Canal cities was roundly ignored by critics of the new government and its new governmental framework.

State of Emergency in Egyptian City
January 27, 2013
President Mohammed Morsi has announced a stage of emergency in Port Said, the Egyptian city that was the site of a deadly riot a few days ago.

Healthful Lunches Cut Japanese Obesity Rate
January 27, 2013
For the sixth year in a row, childhood obesity has declined in Japan, thanks in large part to a concerted effort by the Government and school systems to serve healthful foods at lunch.

Japan to Pursue More Active Military Role
January 24, 2013
Japan's government will soon consider a change to the way its armed forces operate, with an eye toward more protection of Japanese citizens in the wake of a terrorist attack in Algeria.

Mobile Libraries Roll Through Still-devastated Haiti
January 23, 2013
Three years after a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving 2 million homeless, the country is struggling with recovery. It was already one of the world's poorest nations when the earthquake hit; and although aid from around the world approached $10 billion, recovery has been slow.

Russian Military Switches to Socks, Permanently
January 16, 2013
The Russian Military will soon require its members to wear socks, something they don't all do at the moment.

Japan to Build World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm
January 16, 2013
Looking to embrace alternative energy in a big way, Japan has announced plans to build the world's biggest offshore wind farm, off the coast of Fukushima, the area devastated by the twin disasters of earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Russia Reinvigorates Lunar Missions
January 15, 2013
Russia has announced renewed efforts to send an unmanned probe to the Moon, the head of the country's space agency said. The Luna-Glob announcement follows a report from December 2012 that Russia had set a target of 2030 for the completion of a manned mission to the Moon, along with a space station orbiting the Moon and the dispatch of robotic craft to Venus, Mars, and Jupiter.

Japanese Leader Warns China over Disputed Islands
January 14, 2013
Japan's new prime minister has spoken out against Chinese actions in regard to a group of islands in the East China Sea, as the Japanese cabinet approved an increase in defense spending for the first time in a decade.

Mubarak Wins Right to Retrial
January 13, 2013
An Egyptian judge has ordered a retrial for former President Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence after being convicted in June 2011 of conspiring in the killing of protesters, has suffered from failing health, and his lawyers hope that the retrial judges will take that into account.

Island Rises Out of North Sea near Germany
January 13, 2013
A new island has appeared off the coast of Germany. Named Norderoogsand, the island, which is 16 miles off the North Sea coast of Germany, has an area of 34 acres. It is home to more than 50 species of plant and several species of sea bird.

Egyptian Cabinet Shakeup Complete
January 6, 2013
Egypt's government includes 10 new ministers, the result of a Cabinet-level shakeup promised by President Mohamed Morsi after the approval of the country's constitution.

Both Sides Ignore Cease-fire in Syria
May 14, 2012
Despite the promise of a cease-fire and the presence of international observers, the violence in Syria continues.

Egypt Gains New Political Party as Two Largest Groups Squabble
April 29, 2012
Mohamed El Baradei is back in the spotlight, as the leader of a new Egyptian political party, even as the country's two most powerful Islamist groups struggle for control of the new government.

Egyptian Generals to Play Musical Chairs with Cabinet
April 29, 2012
In yet another announcement spurred by public unrest, Egypt's ruling generals announced that they would reshuffle the Cabinet within two days.

Large Anti-military Protest Fills Tahrir Square
April 22, 2012
Cairo's Tahrir Square was again home to a large protest, as tens of thousands of people gathered to voice their frustration with the country's ruling military council.

Egypt Calls for Presidential Candidates for Unknown Election Date
February 19, 2012


Egypt's government will begin accepting nominations for the president on March 10, the Supreme Constitutional Court said. The announcement of the new president is to be made by the end of June, but a date for the election itself has not been forthcoming.

Libyans Mark Anniversary of Revolution in Spontaneity, Solemnity
February 19, 2012
Celebrations are taking place across Libya to mark the first anniversary of the revolt that led to the ouster of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. These are not large, loud affairs, out of respect for those who died on both sides of the struggle.

Putin Nets Challenges for Supremacy
December 13, 2011
The owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, has announced his candidacy for the presidency of Russia. His main opponent will be Vladimir Putin, the current prime minister and former president (2000-2008).

February 5, 2012
Street violence in Syria is worsening and spreading. Protesters have attacked several Syrian embassies around the world, including in London, Athens, Berlin, Canberra, and Kuwait City.

100,000 Brave Cold for Anti-Putin Rally
February 5, 2012
In the largest demonstration yet, more than 100,000 Russians braved freezing weather to march through downtown Moscow to protest against the intended resumption of the presidency by Vladimir Putin. The former president, now the prime minister, has announced his intention to run again for president, and recent polls show him comfortably ahead of other likely candidates.

Thousands Protest Against Putin, Russian Elections
December 11, 2011
Huge numbers of protesters filled squares in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and 60 other cities across Russia, to speak out against what they perceived to be election fraud.

Worldwide Summit Nets Agreement on Curbing Carbon Emissions
December 11, 2011

After two weeks of often contentious negotiations, representatives of many of the world's largest nations agreed on a blueprint for fighting global warming.

Arab League Considering Expulsion of Syria
October 16, 2011
The Arab League will meet in emergency session to discuss the possible suspension of Syria, an action the League took earlier this year against Libya.

Protesters Target Syrian Embassies Around World

Assad Supporters Fill Streets in Syrian Capital
October 12, 2011
The streets of Damascus were full recently, but it wasn't with protesters against the government. This time round, the tens of thousands of people in the main square of Syria's capital city were showing their support for President Bashar al-Assad.

Mimes Put on Silent Traffic Enforcement
October 12, 2011
Police in one part of Caracas are welcoming a new initiative to address the chronic problem of crowded, dangerous streets: mimes. Sucre, in the eastern part of the Venezuelan capita of Caracas, has deployed 120 mimes dressed as clowns into the streets, making frowning faces and wagging their white-gloved fingers at motorists who ignore traffic signals and crosswalks, motorcyclists and cyclists who ride the wrong way on one-way streets, and even pedestrians who cross in the middle of streets, not at designated crosswalks.

Big Ben Clock Tower Leaning a Bit
October 10, 2011
Big Ben has tilted to one side.

One of the world's most famous clocks, and the big tower that houses it, are leaning a tiny bit to one side, according to surveyors in the United Kingdom. The tower, which is more than 315 feet high, has sunk a bit into the ground and is now leaning at an angle of 0.26 degrees.

Yemen Violence Continues
Yemeni government troops fired full-bore on a square full of protesters in Sanaa, the capital, on Saturday, killing 40 people. The troops fired on the orders of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is back in the country after yet another trip to Saudia Arabia for treatment on wounds suffered in an assassination attempt a few weeks ago.

Syrian Troops Lock Down Protest Haven
July 4, 2011
As part of a further crackdown on the protesters gathering en masse in the historically restive city of Hama, Syrian soldiers have added an Olympic champion to the list of injured, along with 20 other people. Athens bronze medalist Nasser al-Shami was part of the large protest in Hama.

Syrian Crackdown Continues as Protests Multiply
July 3, 2011
One day after firing the governor of Hama, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered another crackdown in the city, a hotbed of opposition. Army troops backed by tanks and other heavily fortified vehicles roamed the city, arresting dozens of people suspected of fomenting disquiet.

Yemen Violence Spreads; Key Defections Increase
June 29, 2011
The civil unrest in Yemen has turned increasingly violent in recent weeks and has spread far beyond Sanaa, the capital.

Yemen Violence Increases; Civil War Feared
May 24, 2011
Even as Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh appealed for a cease-fire, the political situation continued to deteriorate around him.

Shanghai to Introduce One-dog Policy
May 16, 2011
People who live in Shanghai have recently found out that they will have to abide by the city's new one-dog policy as well as the country's one-child policy. This is bad news for many dog owners.

Tanks Latest Part of Crackdown in Syria
May 8, 2011
The violence continues against anti-government protesters in Syrian cities. The latest instance was of tanks rolling into Homs, the country's third-largest city, to convince protesters to abandon their marches and calls for political reform. Residents of other towns reported tanks in their streets as well.

Bin Laden's Death Brings Mixture of Relief, Anger, Grief
May 2, 2011
The death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has brought relief and renewed grief to people who lost family members and friends in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Hundreds Arrested in Syria
May 1, 2011
The Syrian government has ordered large numbers of arrests in Daraa, home of the protests against President Bashar al-Assad and his authoritarian regime.

Syria Death Toll Nears 400
April 27, 2011
The streets in major towns in Syria are turning violent, as the government has ordered more and more crackdowns on protesters. Nearly 400 people have died since the protests against the government of Bashar al-Assad began in mid-March.

120 Protesters Killed in Syria
April 24, 2011
In two days, Syrian security forces have killed 120 people around the country. The shots fired on the second day were into a funeral procession for protesters killed in earlier crackdowns ordered by President Bashar Assad.

Yemen President Offers to Leave in Exchange for Immunity
April 24, 2011
In a dramatic reversal, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has announced that he will agree to leave his post, handing over power to a deputy, in exchange for immunity from prosecution for him and his family.

Allies Fast Deserting Yemen President
April 7, 2011
Clashes Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is losing friends fast. His violent crackdown on peaceful protesters has pushed away two longtime military commanders, and longtime political allies the United States and Saudi Arabia; and even now, other neighboring countries are negotiating terms of his exit.

Syrian Leader Cracks Down on Protesters
April 4, 2011
Following on the lines of other Middle Eastern countries, most notably Egypt, Syrians in the thousands marched through the streets of large cities, calling for reforms of an autocratic government.

Yemen Situation No Closer to Resolution
April 4, 2011
Clashes between government forces and protesters in Yemen continued to escalate into violence, as President Ali Abdullah Saleh insisted on staying in his post until the end of this year, despite widespread calls for his immediate removal.

'Spiderman' Scales World's Tallest Building
March 29, 2011
"Spiderman" has spun another web of success. Alain Robert, a Frenchman known for scaling tall buildings, found his way to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in about six hours.

The 2011 Sendai Earthquake
One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, it triggered a tsunami that devastated a large part of the country.

The 2011 Libya Protests
Find out more about the massive protests in the North African country of Libya.

Key Commanders Abandon Yemeni President
March 21, 2011
Another of the Middle East nations facing protests against its government, Yemen, has experienced wider problems, including a violent crackdown on protesters and a defection by key military officials.

The 2011 Bahrain Protests
Find out more about the massive protests in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain.

Middle East, Northern Africa Alive with Protests
The recent protests in Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya are not isolated events. All across the Middle East and northern Africa, people have been taking to the streets by the thousands, sometimes the tens of thousands, to speak out against what they see as government oppression.

2012 London Olympics Reveal Schedule
Organizers of the London Olympics have released the competition schedule, a month before tickets are to go on sale for all events. The Opening Ceremonies, on July 27, and the Closing Ceremonies, on August 12, will bookend a total of 302 medal events in 26 sports. The full schedule is here.

Focus on Green at Nuremberg Toy Fair
Green is the color of choice for many entries in this year's Nuremberg Toy Fair.

Party Leaders Resign
Six members of the ruling National Democratic Party, including the secretary-general and the son of President Mubarak, have resigned.

Massive Protests Continue in Egypt
For the 11th straight day, huge masses of people rallied in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, protesting against the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

Saudia Arabia Exploring Alternative Energy Sources
Saudi Arabia, the kingdom known for its vast oil reserves, is thinking green. A statement from the Oil Ministry said that the government was looking into ways to get energy from a variety of sources, including nuclear, solar, and wind.

Restaurant Opens Near Top of Tallest Building
The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, now has a restaurant to match the building's lofty stature.

King Tut's Tomb Soon to be Closed to Public
The
tomb of King Tutankhamen, the famed King Tut, will be closed to the public in 2011, the Egyptian government has announced.

Oracle Octopus Gets Memorial
The octopus Paul, which shot to worldwide fame for apparently correctly picking the winner of several games in the 2010 soccer World Cup, is the subject of a memorial.

Amputee Soccer Taking Hold in Haiti
Men who survived the 2010 earthquake by having a leg amputated have formed a soccer league.

Long Spells at Screen Create Health Risk
A new study asserts that sitting in front of a computer or TV for even two hours at a time can be harmful to your health.

German Sinkhole Continues Recent Trend
Another large sinkhole has opened up, this tine swallowing a parked car and a garage door but claiming no lives.

Oracle Octopus Dead of Natural Causes
The octopus Paul, which shot to worldwide fame for apparently correctly picking the winner of several games in the 2010 soccer World Cup, has died.

Dead Sea Scrolls to Appear Online
In an example of modern technology enhancing understanding of ancient technology, the Israel Antiquities Authority has announced that sometime soon, high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls will be available online.

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